29 Jan '16, 11pm

Resurgent Brett Gotcher Taking The Hard Road To U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon

Resurgent Brett Gotcher Taking The Hard Road To U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon

It’s just before 9 o’clock on a Wednesday morning in Aptos, Calif., exactly one month before the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, and Brett Gotcher, who holds a 2:10:36 personal best for the distance, is pulling a large piece of rubber padding from Lane 1 of his high school track so he can start his workout. “The thing with the marathon,” explains the 31-year-old Gotcher, pausing between pulls. “is that if you make everything a little harder on yourself, even mentally, it’s only going to help you. Somedays, you just have to treat it like it’s a job.” Now six years removed from that personal best (and the fourth-fastest American debut marathon in history), Gotcher hasn’t had it easy since the 2012 marathon trials in Houston, where he finished fifth in 2:11:09 in what was one of the fastest and deepest American-only marathons ever. Officially, Gotcher was the alternate for the ...

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