maor's road to the world championships has been an exciting one, to say the least. she first qualified for a spot in rio at the ottawa marathon during a tough heat wave that left many unable to finish the course, despite being her first ever marathon! then early this year, she worked hard to overcome an injury and prove her fitness. now, she's headed to london to race in the iaaf world championships, feeling confident and ready to show what she's made of.
You switched from middle to long distance running post-college. Why the change?
The idea behind trying to run the marathon was to have an opportunity to qualify for 2016 Olympic Games. While my coach and I discussed my progression and the opportunities that are associated with sticking to the short distances, I realized that there is more room for growth in the longer distances, and that I have a better shot in qualifying for the Olympic Games in the small window we had until the games. It was a risky move, but it was all worth it in the end; as I qualified for both the Olympic Games, as well as the Wold Championships, in the same race. However, I feel like I still have unfinished business on the track, and I definitely want to get back to it.
How did it feel to learn you were headed to London?
The beginning of 2017 was a bit rough for me, as I was dealing with a nagging injury. As April came, I felt like I'm cutting it short as far as the timing of the build up for a marathon goes. However, I stayed healthy and gained fitness quickly and that gave me confidence. Due to my injury, the Israeli federation wanted assurance that I am fit enough for Worlds and they kept me in the dark as far as their decision of the team selection, so that was a bit nerve racking. But once I had the plane ticket in my hands I was very excited and also relieved!
You've raced on the international stage before (the 2016 Summer Olympics). How are you feeling now compared to when you were headed to Rio?
I feel like the World Championships is like a mini-Olympics. It is basically the same kind of competition, minus all the hype around it. It is nice to know what to expect for me there. At the same time I feel like I have more expectations of myself, as well as other people have more expectations from me. I still feel that I have a lot to learn from competing on that stage and I'm grateful for the opportunity, and I look at it as a good practice for the future.
What are your goals going into Worlds?
My goal is to run a PR, if the conditions are right. I want to execute my race plan well.
What flavors of nuun did you bring with you to London?
I am going to use both of the Performance flavors (Mango Orange and Blueberry Strawberry) in the marathon. And I have taken with me also Tropical, Mango Orange (Energy) and Strawberry Lemonade.
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