Before the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, distance runner Amy Hastings made some changes.
In January, the 28-year-old barely missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympic team when she finished fourth in the U.S. Marathon Olympic Team Trials. Instead of giving up on her Olympic dream, Hastings returned for the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials in June and qualified to represent the United States in London in the 10,000-meter event.
Now, Hastings has returned to the road in order to participate in the marathon, and once again, she's taken drastic steps to be successful. Earlier this year, the California native moved from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., to Providence, R.I., in order to live and train with New Zealand native and marathon runner Kim Smith.
When she arrived in Providence, Hastings found the training conditions to be different from those in Mammoth Lakes, she said. In addition to training at sea level instead of altitude, the training sets were a bit different. Some of those differences included more time between training sets and intervals and more difficult cool down runs, Hastings said.
And though there were many differences in her training regimen, Hastings said she adjusted well.
"It was extremely difficult, but I felt like I adjusted very easily," Hastings told Flotrack.org on Nov. 1. "I just decided if it was going to work I couldn't question it and I just had to go into it 100 percent, and it turned out to be a really easy move and a really easy transition."
Hastings is planning to put her new training to the test on Nov. 4 when she competes in the New York City Marathon. She's already arrived in the city and had very little trouble reaching her hotel, she said.
Now, Hastings just has to focus on final preparations and making sure she runs her own race.
"I'm just really excited for the race and I think I can do well," she told Flotrack.org. "Mainly I want to run smart and stay focused for the whole thing and just be competitive. I think if I do those things the rest will kind of take care of itself."
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime fan of female athletes and Olympic sports. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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