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Episode 292: Marty Hehir – 2:08:59 for the win at The Marathon Project

Marty Hehir, winner of the Marathon Project for the Men joins me today! Marty ran a huge PR of over two minutes in a time of 2:08:59 yesterday at this race, not only taking the win but also making him the 7th fastest American marathoner of all time.

Marty is the father of two and also in his fourth year of Medical School, in the process of interviewing fore residency programs to become an anesthesiologist.

His previous running experience includes, placing in the top 10 at the 2015 NCAA D1 Cross Country Championship being a key player in his team winning the National Title that year.  Marty also competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 10K finishing 7th.

After graduating college he spent 10 months with the Northern Arizona Elite team under Coach Ben Rosario before heading to Med School at Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia.

He currently runs for Rebook and trains with his coach Chris Fox.  This was also his coach at Syracuse.

In this episode we get to hear about what the past few months as looked like for Marty in med school, training, welcoming a new baby to the family and all about the race!

What we talked about:

4:20- When he committed to run The Marathon Project and where his thoughts were at after the Olympic Trials

8:55- Applying to residency programs 

11:15- Balancing his and his wife’s busy schedules with their kids

13:00- His training leading up to The Marathon Project

14:45- His experience working in the ICU with COVID patients

17:50- His thoughts on the start line

19:40- Deciding to take the lead and make a move during the race

24:00- Crossing the finish line seeing sub 2:09

26:30- How training differed from the Olympic Trials buildup to The Marathon Project buildup

29:50- Training with and racing with Colin Bennie

30:45- What it feels like to become the 7th fastest all-time American marathoner

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