Runners Feed Chats with Kim Smith
Just two weeks out from the Boston Marathon, Runners Feed catches up with New Zealand Olympian and multiple record-holder, Kim Smith.
• 1500 meters: 4:11
• 3000 meters: 8:35 [NR]
• 5000 meters: 14:45 [NR]
• 10,0000 meters: 30:55 [NR]
• Half Marathon: 1:07:36 [NR] (New Orleans, 2011)
• Marathon: 2:25:21 [NR] (London, 2010)
* [NR] denotes a New Zealand record
Interview with Kim Smith
1. Describe your current training situation?
I’m living in Providence Rhode Island and have been here since graduating from Providence College. My coach is Ray Treacy the Providence college coach. My main training partners at the moment are Molly Huddle the American 5000m record holder and Roisin McGettigan the Irish steeplechase record holder. We have a pretty relaxed approach to training, we don’t meet up with Ray everyday or anything like that as he has a full time job with the college team but we try to meet up with each other as much as we can.
2. Despite all the fast post collegiate training groups around the US, you decided to stay in Providence with your college coach Ray Treacy. Explain.
When I got to Providence running really clicked for me and Ray’s coaching worked pretty much right away. We have a similar coaching philosophy and since he has been coaching me for 9 years he knows me well and knows what works and what doesn’t for me. I feel comfortable in Rhode Island and it has been a great place for me to train the last 9 years.
3. Can you describe what your relationship was like with the late Arthur Lydiard?
Some of my friends were coached by Arthur when I first got into running and he was involved a bit with my running club. I would go to his house with them for training weekends. He had my friends running a lot and I was a bit lazy and didn’t want to run that much so I was never coached by him but he was a pretty great story teller and had lots of stories about all the great athletes he coached in the past which was always inspiring. Even though the girls he coached were better than me back then he always told me I was going to be the one to be good. I think he was the only one to see it back then but he saw some talent in me for sure and was very encouraging. I actually saw him a few days before he died when he was watching the 2004 NCAA cross country championships when I won. He was very happy for me and basically said I told ya so!
The Road to Boston
4. Providence isn’t too far from Boston. Do you feel like you have a home court advantage?
Definitely, I have been up running on the course for some long runs with some people of the BAA which has been very helpful. The course is 45 mins from my house so traveling is not going to be a problem which is nice. I feel like I’ll have a lot of support on the course also which will really help. I’m definitely excited.
5. In February you ran the fastest half marathon by a woman on American soil (1:07:36) at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon, and less than three weeks ago you defended your title at the New Bedford Half Marathon.
Describe how these races have prepared you for Boston.
The Mardi Gras race was a race where I was meant to race hard and fast, not quite as fast as I did but hard. I was pretty surprised by my time but it was one of those days where you just feel amazing. Those days don’t happen too often but it’s great to have them. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt that good in a race before. I feel like I could have gone even faster if I had someone to run with but after half way I was alone and the guys in front were too far ahead to even see. It was an awesome feeling to run that fast without really trying too.
New Bedford was more a tempo effort, I find workouts alone pretty hard so it was a chance to do a workout with a big group of guys. My coach wanted me to run 70 to 71 minutes and I ran right around 70 so it was a solid effort. The NYC half marathon was the same day and I really wanted to run as I love running in New York and the competition was great but my coach wanted me focusing on the big picture which is Boston.
6. How have you prepared for the rolling hills and the infamous heartbreak hill?
I have done runs on the hills so I feel like I know them which I think will help a lot.
7. Let’s keep this simple…..How bad do you want to win Boston?
Really really bad, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to win a race as much as this. I have of course wanted to badly win other races but I feel after having a year of marathon training and feeling good this time around I am really ready for this one.
Before we let you go….
8. Tell us where we might see you next, if you will have a track season this year and what the focus will be for 2012.
I’m doing a fall marathon but I’m not sure what I will do in between. That will depend on how I feel after the marathon
Fill in the Blanks With Kim Smith:
If I wasn’t a professional runner I would be a “not sure, any ideas?”
Something you don’t know about me is that I “am really lazy.”
Kiwis are known for “beauty, brains and brawn of course”
Apple juice or orange juice? “Orange Juice.”
If I could only have one food for the rest of my life it would be “too hard to answer.”
I never travel to a race without “shoes, would be hard to race otherwise!”
To celebrate a great performance I “have one or five glasses of wine.”
My favorite part of Runnersfeed.com is that it provides “great and very informative articles!”
Thank you so much for your time Kim and Good Luck in Boston!