Bouncing Back from a Disappointing Race: How Lisa Rainsberger Won Boston After Missing the Olympic Team

Lisa RainsbergerLisa Rainsberger has the dubious honor of being the runner who came the closest to going to the Olympics without actually making the team.

In a competitive athletic career that lasted over 20 years, Lisa qualified for and competed at 5 Olympic Trials events, once in swimming and four times in the marathon. She finished 4th in 1984, 1988, and 1992.

Lisa is the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon and was a 2-time winn er of the Chicago Marathon.

Some of the insights Lisa reveled in our conversation were:

  • The importance of sticking to the pace that you have trained for regardless of how fast others in the race are running
  • Her use of a 9-day training cycle to spread out hard workouts and add more recovery
  • The importance of strength training and cross training in addition to running volume to improve performance
  • Lisa’s coaching and her conservative, goal-oriented approach

We’d like to thank Lisa for her time and wish her the best of luck in the future.

If any of Lisa’s experiences or advice resonate with you, we’d love to hear about it. We also love to hear what you all think about our podcasts. You can leave a comment on this page or on our iTunes page. You can also leave us a voice message at (617) 356-7969. We look forward to your feedback and thanks for listening.

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Links and resources mentioned in this interview:

Lisa’s website
Don’t be a Slave to Your Garmin
Reassessing the 7-Day Training Week
How To Keep Your Speed During Marathon Training
The Effictiveness of Strength Training for Runners

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