Two-time U.S. Olympian Molly Huddle will head into the unknown on Nov. 6, when she runs her first 26.2-mile race at the New York City Marathon.
Huddle’s schedule later in the 2020 Olympic cycle is a little unclear as well.
What’s for sure is that Huddle will not race a spring marathon and plans a track season in 2017, hopefully peaking at the world championships in London in August.
Huddle said it *could* be her last track season.
“I hope to run the Olympic Trials for the marathon in 2020,” Huddle said Tuesday. “That process kind of starts now.”
Huddle, 32, owns the American 10,000m record, set while finishing sixth at the Rio Olympics in 30:13.17. She also held the American 5000m record for six years until Shannon Rowbury snatched it Sept. 9.
Huddle said she doesn’t expect in 2020 to attempt what Galen Rupp did this year, trying to make the Olympic team in the marathon and a track event or two. But she didn’t rule it out, either.
She also hasn’t set a goal for New York next month, the most anticipated marathon debut by a U.S. woman since Shalane Flanagan in 2010.
“I haven’t pinpointed a hard time or place for what I would define as successful,” Huddle said. “I want to feel like I paced myself appropriately and used my energy as efficiently as I could, not to hit that wall. Those are all things I’m going to have to figure out.”
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