Nick Roché on Chasing an Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier While Balancing A Full-Time Job
For this fun episode of the CITIUS MAG Podcast, I decided to take a few minutes during Boston Marathon weekend to sit down and chat with my buddy Nick Roché. He’s not a well-known name in the track and field scene but I’m impressed by his drive to chase an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier while balancing a full-time job with Adidas. He ran in college at Gonzaga and got back into training recently. He shares what re-invigorated his passion for the sport on this episode.
“It was in the lead-up like Week 8 of a build-up for Berlin, where you’re not broken yet from the miles and workouts,” Roche says. “You’re still feeling good and thinking, ‘Man, I’m gonna smash this thing.’ It hit me that this is something that I enjoy doing again. It’s been great ever since. Just trying to build off of it, get better each time and make the most of that race opportunity. I don’t think I did the best job of that in college because you’re racing so much.”
Nick made his marathon debut at the 2017 Boston Marathon and ran 2:36:18. He lowered it at the 2017 Berlin Marathon to 2:27:25.
“I think it would be completely outrageous to to expect a nine to 10 minute PB every single time but I’m going to train and shoot for a nine to 10 minute PB every single time with that said.”
Nick is a very funny guy and I think this could be a relatable episode for those who balance full-time jobs and lofty running goals. The alternative title for this episode is two normal guys shooting the shit at the Sheraton in Beantown.
NOTE: This was recorded before the Yankees started being very good.
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