Ryan Hall is still setting personal bests in retirement. But now his PBs are coming in the weightlifting category.
Hall, one of the greatest ever U.S. distance runners, announced his retirement earlier this year citing low testosterone levels and extreme fatigue. Judging by his recent Twitter posts, Hall, the American record holder in the half-marathon and the nation’s fastest ever marathoner, seems to be enjoying life in retirement as he’s gotten into cross-training and weightlifting.
Hit a new best on the bench press today. 215.Still got a long ways to go but feels good to be getting better at something.It's been a while
— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall3) April 28, 2016
Hall, who weighed in at approximately 125 lbs during his running career, now checks in at about 160 lbs. He’s been retired from running for three-and-a-half months. According to his Twitter account, he set a new PB in the bench press by lifting 215 lbs.
“Hit a new best on the bench press today, 215,” wrote Hall. “Still got a long ways to go but feels good to be getting better at something. It’s been a while.”
Hall made an appearance at the Boston Marathon in mid-April and the following week travelled to Europe to cheer on his wife Sara, an elite runner, at the London Marathon. Though Hall never won a major international race, he has run 59:43 in the half-marathon, a national record, and represented the United States at multiple Olympics.
He ran 2:04:58 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.
In an earlier post, Hall claimed that he began feeling “a little soft” and that he weighed in at 165 lbs at the end of a bulking phase.
Me at the end of bulking about to start my first cut (165 lbs). Starting to feel a little soft. pic.twitter.com/wAvb9QAYZz
— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall3) April 21, 2016
The Asics-sponsored athlete is not completely off of running as he’s expected to be racing this summer. Hall is scheduled to compete in the Beat the Sun challenge in Chamonix, France.
Hall may need to brush up on Canadian Running‘s upper body feature to ensure he’s able to power his way to a fast time given his added upper body strength.
Hall won’t be too out-of-shape when it comes to running. According to his wife’s Instagram account, Hall occasionally joins Sara for her running workouts. The two met while at Stanford University.