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May 25, 2007

Terre Haute marathoner sets sights on Olympic trials

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute marathoner made his first trip to Green Bay, Wis., last week to run the Green Bay Marathon expecting temperatures in the upper 50s or lower 60s.

Instead, Scot Mullins raced Sunday in typical fall football weather. Temperatures at Lambeau Field were in the 30s after a storm hit Green Bay the night before the marathon.

Despite expecting the tame temperatures, Mullins had gloves and ear warmers with him on the trip.

“I always come prepared,” he explained.

Mullins ran a lap inside Lambeau Field before crossing the finish line (He did not actually run on the frozen tundra; it was being re-sodded). Mullins said it was “nice” to run in Lambeau Field —it was not the same thrill for him as it was for many native Cheeseheads.

Mullins finished in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 58 seconds, which is just 1:58 short of the “B” standard for qualifying for the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials.

The 33-year-old set a new personal best by more than six minutes, breaking his previous mark which he set in February by winning the Myrtle Beach Marathon in 2:32:01.

Mullins thinks the qualifying standard for the USATF Olympic Trials is within his reach.

The problem is you can’t go out and run a marathon every few weeks trying to reach it. So Mullins is registered for the Chicago Marathon in October, hoping a “flat, fast course” can help him shave off a few more minutes.

Mullins hopes to stick to the training plan he used for Green Bay, which was putting in 120 to 130 miles per week. Mullins said his weekly training before Myrtle Beach was only 80 to 90 miles.

In the weeks prior to Green Bay, Mullins said he would average about 18 miles a day, getting up to 24 miles one day each week.

Only in the last few years has Mullins really got his competitive fire going again.

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