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Running The California Out Of Desiree Davila

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Desiree Davila #15 of the United State places second in the women's division of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Desiree Davila #15 of the United State places second in the women's division of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Corey Erdman of TheScore.com visits the Hansons-Brooks Running Project in Michigan to talk to the Hanson brothers about the advantages that training in Detroit have bestowed upon Desiree Davila, the rising star in the marathon who hopes to claim a spot in the 2012 London Olympics with a top-three finish at the U.S. Marathon Trials in Houston on Saturday.

"I think the advantages of having some extremities with weather are very beneficial," said [Keith] Hanson. "The World Cross Country Championships tend to be in 40-degree, rain, muddy-type environments. We're ready for that. The world championships, they were in Osaka (Japan), they were in Daegu (South Korea), we had athletes at both of those, and they were hot, humid conditions. So I think there are some advantages of having all those different climates, as opposed to a climate like Desiree came from in San Diego where it's basically upper 60s, 70s every single day. It's kind of hard to prepare for inclement weather when you come from that background."

Even though Davila has gone radio-silent for race week, it's a great read.