Welcome to episode 178 of the Final Surge Podcast where we welcome back Martin Hehir. We had Martin on the podcast almost 4 years ago when he was a year out of college and running with the NAZ Elite team in Flagstaff. Today he is in Philadelphia, going to medical school, getting ready for his residency and has two kids. Yes he is still running though and recently won The Marathon Project race with a sub 2:09. We talk to him about his training and how he pulled that off with everything going on in his life right now.
1:25 Since the last time we had you on you left to go to medical school, can you bring us up to date?
2:58 You got married, go to medical school, had a couple of kids, what has been the hardest part of all that while still training?
4:01 You wanted to continue the running, was there ever a worry you wouldn’t have the time?
5:45 When you graduate school are you expecting to still have the time?
6:49 You have been blessed with some amazing coaches, how is it being teamed back up with Coach Fox?
7:52 Fox and Rosario are both successful, but different coaches, what is the biggest difference you have noticed?
12:30 You mentioned other guys, NAZ seems like a tight team, right now you are with a team, but training on your own. Has that been a struggle?
14:00 Your in medical school so what was your reaction when you heard about this virus?
15:16 How did it impact your running?
16:35 How long of a break did you end up taking after the Trials?
18:30 Was there anything on the schedule or not yet?
19:38 You said early Sept you were out of shape, how long did it take you to get back in shape?
20:45 When you have a 20 mile day what does that day look like for you with everything going on?
23:30 Come November did your milage stay the same at 100 miles a week?
24:32 At what point did you realize it could be a big day?
26:10 There was a group of men in the 2:09 range, was it perfect race and perfect conditions or is this the new standard?
28:14 How were those last two weeks leading up to the race?
29:25 Walk us through the race
32:31 With only 4 miles it doesn’t sound like much, but those 4 miles are the longest part of the race. What was your thinking when you went to the front?
33:56 At that point did you feel like you could hold on for another 5k?
34:41 What were your thoughts as you crossed the finish line?
35:27 I know with your residency coming yp is going to change things, but did this year change your outlook?
36:45 If you were looking forward ahead to this year is there a plan you would like to see happen?
37:39 What do you see as the vision for the Rebook Group you run with?
39:17 Do you think it will be more of a 10k and marathon group?