"It really slowed down a lot going up any hill. I was very surprised as it just made it that much easier on me. I don't know if it was the wind or they were trying to conserve energy, or if they were tired, I'm not sure what it was, but we slowed down incredibly every time we went up a hill."
"I pretty much led from over a mile out. I ran in the lead all the way up that hill (at 4.5 miles) and led all the way in. I wanted to push the pace a little more than they had been going up the hills. and I thought this was my last chance to test everybody. We still had a decent pack with us of about seven, so I want to just test everybody and see what they were really feeling like. Were they playing cat-and-mouse games or were they really tired. So I pushed it a little bit up that hill to see, and I made it a two man race. I felt very confident then that everybody was very tired. Coming down to the end, I felt like I did last year - I felt great. Once again I doubted my instincts, I really wanted to go at five miles because I felt everybody was tired, including Todd. I felt I could have run away from there, I kept the pace up but didn't put it all the way down. I just played it safe. I kept it honest but didn't make a break as early as I could have."
I don't race much in the Fall - I never have. I've only had three races prior to this. I kind of favor the training side of the Fall. I test myself here and then, sometimes real early. I'll get a race in just to break up the training schedule a little bit, and get a taste of what it feels like to race. I haven't raced in four weeks, but it was just a matter of just getting the work done in practice.
I hope to make the World Indoor team in the 3K, and if I do I'll probably run the World Indoors and Cross Country is just two weeks afterwards and I'm not sure if it fits into my schedule.
"Joe (LeMay) ran a tough race. He pushed the pace a lot and strung it out to that group of seven or eight. From that point everyone looked around and felt they had the kick. Sometimes championship races are like that. The course is hard on the second side, and you'd have to be in great shape to break away in that wind and run alone. We (Reina) took off together at 4 1/2. There was an attempt to do something after that, but I couldn't. Mentally I wanted to, but physically I was running as fast as I could. It worked out exactly the way Reuben likes it. He ran a good race, he did exactly what he is supposed to do. I tried to elbow him into the flags, but even that didn't work."
"I did a lot better than my last race considering I dropped out at the Olympics. So I'm pleased about that. It weiged on me even on the starting line today. A race like that is so devastating because you've prepared your whole life for that one moment. If it doesn't go your way, you take some time and regroup, and either you give up or you bust your ass getting ready for the next year, and that is what I decided to do. I would like to have a buildup similar to '95 and finish in the top ten in the World Cross (in Turin, March 23). Right now I'm in about 28 flat 10K shape. With another three months training I should be in 27:30 shape for the Worlds" If I can be in that kind of shape for cross, then I'll be really happy come track season. I'm going run indoors where my goal is to break four minutes (for the mile). It may seem as an odd goal, but I never did it - I just want to get under four minutes."
"I'm looking forward to the track season, my number one goal is to break the American record in the 10K (27:20.56). Then I'm going to look at that million dollar challenge for the marathon (to better Bob Kempainen's 2:08:54 AB) probably at Chicago and run that pace until I die."
"Last year I had a very bad race, I was about 50th or 60th place at the quarter mile and was never able to get moving. This year my coach (Tom Fleming) said just get out and let's see what happens. My first priority was hitting the first mile clear. I was a little apprehensivebut the worst thing for me would be to start out in the back and just be stuck there. I wouldn't mind going out hard and dying if that's what has to happen. Right about three miles I decided I needed a break, and for about a kilometer I took a break and let the pack take it. I was running very easy at that point. I think Todd and Reuben were a little fresher around 4-5 miles because I did so much of the work, but that is the price you pay. Todd and Reuben were able to maintain form up that hill (at 4.5 miles) and everyone else just fell apart."