IN REPLY TO, &LDQUO;OK, YOU&RSQUO;RE A RUNNER. GET OVER IT&RDQUO; VIA @LAURENFLESHMAN
Something tells me Stafko would not approve that I wore this outfit in public.
So this guy Chad Stafko at the Wall Street Journal wrote an articleandnbsp;a few days ago about runnerandrsquo;s putting 26.2 stickers on their cars and preening around shoving their athletic feats in everyoneandrsquo;s faces. Iandrsquo;d say give it a read but you probably already have, and if you havenandrsquo;t, donandrsquo;t bother. Itandrsquo;s pretty lame to be honest. When I read it, I wasnandrsquo;t so much pissed off as I was incredulous that the Wall Street Journal would print such a thing. I kind of assumed they had higher journalistic standards, and that assumption had me doubting my interpretation of the pieceandhellip;Could Stafko be writing a satire here? Is he making a long joke? andnbsp;I read through the final paragraphs again to see if I had missed the punchline, and again I couldnandrsquo;t find one. Huh.
I wasnandrsquo;t pissed off enough to write a response right away. I kind of just thought andldquo;he does [Read More
published November 16, 2013 at 12:38am EST
INDIANAPOLIS MONUMENTAL MARATHON RECAP
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon: 2:49:28 for 26.27 miles and#40;6:27 avgand#41; 9th femaleand#40;just 22 seconds off my PR!and#41;Though I didn't run a personal best, I have nothing but positive thoughts after this race. Sure I have had some major success this year off the road, but I haven't posted a single respectable time on the boards since May of 2012. It is was getting old.2013 I spent half the year battle bad S.I. issues and cramping in my hips, and I made the decision not to go back to therapy, so things got worse before they got better and#40;update, I've actually had some major success with one of the those injury-be-gone balls, and the thing only cost me 20 bucks at Stinky Feetand#41;. My self rehab has saved me a couple thousand dollars in physical therapy bills, and I do it religiously every day.I was also more than a little worried about my fitness going into this race. I had a shocking V02 max workout with the women's team just a week and a half before the race, but as you know tha [Read More
published November 13, 2013 at 6:47pm EST
KENYAN DISTANCE DOMINATION
Leading up to last weekend's New York City Marathon there was great coverage of the elite athletes, as always. But this year's attention focused heavily on Kenyans, with good reason, as you willandnbsp;read.This NPR pieceandnbsp;andndash; "How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners," looks specifically at theandnbsp;and#40;relatively smalland#41; Kalenjin tribe's domination in world long-distance racing.Scientists and sports gurus have proposed all sorts of explanations over the years for Kalenjin prowess on the track: from their high-starch diet, to the altitude, to socioeconomics.All those factors are important, but none of them explain why this particular tribe is so dominant. That left Epstein when he was writing his book exploring a more controversial line of inquiry: Is there something genetically different about the Kalenjin that makes them superior runners?[Please click on link above to read/listen to entire report.]This article in The Wall Street Journalandnbsp;andndash; "Tegla Lo [Read More
published November 8, 2013 at 11:12am EST
NEW YORK CITY MARATHON: ONE YEAR AFTER HURRICANE SANDY
Photo via Flickr by Martineric
Theandnbsp;andnbsp;ING New York City Marathonandnbsp;is set to return on Sunday, Nov. 3, after being sidelined last year by Superstorm Sandy. Nearlyandnbsp;50,000 runners plan to race 26.2 miles across five towering bridges through New Yorkandrsquo;s five unique boroughs.andnbsp;The NYC Marathon is one of the worldandrsquo;s most iconic races and as runners experience the sights and sounds of the city, they will be cheered on by more than two million spectators, entertained by hundreds of bands, and inspired every step of the way.
Last year, after taking a lot of heat from angry residents, the New York Road Runners canceled the andnbsp;race about 36 hours before the scheduled start. This year,andnbsp;the specter of the Boston Marathon looms large after two homemade bombs detonated near the finish line andnbsp;killing three people and injuring more than 260.andnbsp;The New York Police Department plan to beef up security along this yearandrsquo;s andnbsp;course witht the finish [Read More
published November 1, 2013 at 1:05pm EDT
RUNNING IN THE NEWS...
Five for FridayHere are five articles I found especially noteworthy from this week's running-related media coverage. Please let me know what you think!This very interesting article in The New York Times describes a group of runners training for this weekend's New York City Marathon.Set for Marathon, Ex-Addicts Find Their Way profiles these addict/runners who live, work and train in Coriano, Italy at San Patrignano, one of the largest drug rehabilitation centers in Europe.andldquo;We are broken vases that have been glued together again,andrdquo; Floriddia said. andldquo;But if we can work and live in a healthy environment, we wonandrsquo;t break again.andrdquo; andnbsp;Tucked in the northern hills of Italy, San Patrignano is not a typical training ground for marathoners. It has 1,300 residents at its main facility, which doubles as a small farming community. The addicts submit to a four-year rehabilitation program in which they must cultivate their food, clean their rooms and undertake tasks like m [Read More
published November 1, 2013 at 5:26pm EDT
6-YEAR-OLD GIRL SETS HALF-MARATHON WORLD RECORD
How does a six-year-old girl go about running a marathon? One mile at a time.
Six-year-old Keelan Glass ran the Showdown Half Marathonandnbsp;last week in 2:47:30. Not only did she become the youngest to ever run a half marathonandnbsp;andnbsp;she now holds a single-age world recordandnbsp;according to theandnbsp;Association of Road Racing Statisticians.
By all accounts, the petite blonde first-grader took the 13.1 mile challenge on herself. Her mom, Tracy, a triathlete, helped her train but didnandrsquo;t push her into running the race. andnbsp;After each mile, her mom asked her if she wanted to continue, and she did, crossing the finish line sub 3 hours completely unaware of her major accomplishment.
So, are we going to see a slew of kindergartnerandrsquo;s sign up for marathons now? Probably not.andnbsp;The Showdown Half in Dallas has no age restriction but aandnbsp;runner has to be 18-years-old to run any of the marathon majors and#40;NYC, Boston, London, Berlinand#41;andnbsp;with the exception of Chicag [Read More
published October 22, 2013 at 10:26pm EDT