His idea of cutting back on mileage meant running just 30 to 50 miles a week. Once he resumes full marathon training, he'll increase the total to about 100 miles, including a good mix of interval training, tempo runs and a weekly 20-mile jaunt.
Even as he was cutting back, he still found the energy to win the Athens (Ohio) Half Marathon in April in 1:05:30, averaging five minutes a mile. He finished more than nine minutes ahead of runner-up Jason Pyles of Charleston, who won the 2010 Charleston Distance Run.
Weiss's resumption of full marathon training will begin sometime next year. Once he's reached peak fitness, he'll compete in several marathons, seeking to qualify for the Olympic Trials scheduled for January of 2016. Those trials offer the opportunity to be an Olympic marathoner.
In October of 2011, he ran a 2:17:22 in the Twin Cities Marathon to qualify for the Olympic Trials in January of 2012 but performed poorly in the trials, placing 81st of 84 finishers.
"I didn't have much time to build back up from my qualifier,'' he said. "It took a month to recover, so I had two months to get ready, and it was winter. I kind of knew it would go badly.''
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.