Welcome to episode 177 of the Final Surge Podcast where we welcome professional distance runner Noah Droddy to the show. Droddy has a great story of a slightly better than average runner in high school who became an Olympics Trial qualifier. Droddy burst onto the scene in 2016 at the Trials and recently finished second in The Marathon Project. We catch up with Droddy about his preparation for his latest race and what is next for him in 2021.
1:15 How did you get started in running?
2:30 What was it in your senior year that started to change things for you?
3:40 How were your times in your senior year?
4:12 Those are not times that jump off the chart, at what point did you decide that you wanted to run at the next level?
5:35 Did you have success in college as a freshman?
6:49 What was your progress like in college?
8:15 When you were getting ready to graduate college did you expect to continue to run as a professional?
9:28 What do you by you couldn’t completely let running go?
10:29 When did you decide you were going to get serious and see what you could do?
11:59 At that point in 2015 was there even talks of the Olympic Trials?
13:00 When did the qualifier for the 10k come?
14:27 That night on the track you kind of came an icon overnight, what was that like?
16:11 When the shutdown happened how was your mindset?
18:08 How long was the process of shutting it down?
19:22 June you started training again, the Marathon Trials were done, did you switch your focus to the 10k?
21:25 Were there any health issues when you came back?
21:55 How was your training leading up to the Marathon Project?
22:43 You ran 2.5 minutes better than your PR, was 2:09 the goal for the race or just stick with the leaders?
24:00 How did you feel in the second half of the race?
25:16 Were there any workouts leading up to the race that had you thinking this could be a big race?
26:28 Do you have any staple workouts that you use every training cycle that you can see how you progress each cycle?
27:36 You mention these breakthroughs become the new benchmark, but do you think that 2:09 is now the benchmark for the US Men’s marathon?
29:28 What are your plans after your break?
30:59 What is the status of the Roots Running Group
31:57 Richie is one of the under the radar coaches that probably doesn’t get the credit they deserve