Pro Turned Recreational Athlete with Roberto Mandje
In this two-part episode we interview Roberto Mandje, retired Olympic 1500m runner turned father, coach, mentor, fitness model, and pacer of us mere mortals.
PART I: In great detail Roberto describes his journey from 4:58 miler in the 8th grade to representing Equatorial Guinea in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. This is a thoughtful reflection on one athlete’s journey to a destination many dream of but most won’t reach. With great sensitivity Roberto describes his experience preparing for the semi-final 1500m race; from the quiet of the sequestered locker room to the swirl of distractions as he lines up next to Hicham El Guerrouj, this is a not-to-miss segment.
PART II: Roberto retired from professional running in 2016. He and his wife and eldest daughter moved to New York City where he began working with New York Road Runners. Listen to another inspiring segment of Roberto’s journey during which he describes the factors involved in his monumental decision to retire. Follow along as Roberto translates years of professional experience into valuable wisdom and training tips for the recreational athlete. Are Roberto’s Olympic aspirations behind him? As we head towards the 2020 Summer Olympics, will Roberto toe the line one more time?