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Saturday Stories

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It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

A story about running and beer.

The first 100 shoes to cross the finish line at the New York Marathon.

Advice on decoding food labels for runners.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Many runners stepped up to helpin New York after last weekend’s marathon was cancelled. You can read more on that here , here and here.

Some good food safety tips.

Here are some good stretches for after a run.

Finally, the next #runchat takes place on twitter tomorrow night.

Run 4 NYC

I was planning to get in a run today while my daughter had her afternoon nap. I hadn’t figured out how far I was going to run or ahead of time. However, while surfing Twitter before I left home I came across the following website. I quickly registered and was off to run an unexpected half-marathon.

This is not the first time I have participated in such a virtual run. I previously participated in runs for Christchurch New Zealand and Japan following powerful earthquakes last year. From what I recall both of those efforts were in their efforts to encourage runners to run and donate to relief efforts.

Hopefully this initiative will be as successful because much assistance is still very much needed in the areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. For runners it is an easy way to contribute while doing something you enjoy.

As for my run, since my wife is due to give birth any day now I decided on two loops that would keep me fairly close to home. I also made sure to bring my phone with me in case I had to return home quickly.

Not having run more than 11 km since the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three weeks ago  I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel. I felt fine once I got going and was able to maintain my marathon pace for the full 21 km, finishing in 1:35.

As for runners who made their way to New York for the marathon, it sounds like many of them volunteered and donated to the relief efforts. You can read about some of those efforts here and here. With all of the negativity surrounding whether the marathon should go ahead or get cancelled and whether the decision to cancel the marathon came too late it was great to read these stories detailing the contributions of runners to relief efforts today.

As for the Run 4 NYC effort I joined today, they are accepting registrations until the 11th of November. Heard here to register, donate and run!

 

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

This study suggests exercise is not the cause of sudden cardiac death.

With all of the debate surrounding whether the New York Marathon should have been cancelled here is a good post on crisis communications and how the NYRR handled the situation. 

10 Commandments of marathon recovery.

If you are in New York City or know runners who travelled there for the marathon here’s how runners can help this weekend.

Saturday Stories

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

New York Marathon to restore bag check after their decision to cancel it was criticized by runners.

An investigation of the roots of cheating in running.

A post on the benefits of speed training while training for a marathon.

Finally, the next #runchat takes place on Twitter tomorrow night.

 

Canceling My Application For the New York Marathon Lottery

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may have caught that I submitted a lottery application for this year’s New York Marathon. Along with the Boston Marathon it is one of the big marathons I would like to run at some point.

Last year I applied for the lottery for the first time. I applied again this year to keep my eligibility for an automatic entry active.  If you are not familiar with the registration process for the New York Marathon, entering the lottery is one of the remaining options if you are not quick enough to run the qualifying time for your age category.

Up until this year if you were unsuccessful in three consecutive lottery attempts you gained an automatic entry the fourth year. As of this year this guaranteed entry option will no longer be an option.

Since I applied for the lottery last year I was still eligible for a guaranteed spot by 2014 if I applied for the lottery again this year. Last weekend I put my name in the lottery to maintain the possibility of a guaranteed entry by 2014.

However, after more I have come to the conclusion that it is a risk not worth taking. Unfortunately even my number was drawn I would not be able to go and with the entry fee for international runners now sitting at $347 it is too expensive a gamble to take.

I still would like to run New York at some point but I guess if I do end up doing it in the future I’ll have to take my chance on the lottery and hope my name is picked the year I do want to go or I’ll have to opt for one of those pricey guaranteed travel packages.

For this year I’ll have to get my name removed from the lottery and if I do run a second marathon I’ll have to find another option.

Is the cost of race fees ever a deterrent for you? Do you still plan to run the New York Marathon despite this year’s price increase?

Saturday Stories

Saturday morning brings another edition of Saturday Stories. Since I’ll be in Philadelphia next weekend there likely won’t be any stories next weekend. I’ll follow-up with a longer post the following Saturday. As always, if you came across something you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here is an inspiring story, Woman with MS Finishes New York Marathon.

Last week I posted a link to an article about celebrities running the New York Marathon. Here’s a blog post about one of those celebrities who seems to have a convenient excuses ready for his finish times.

The IAAF decided to allow Paula Radcliffe to keep her 2003 marathon record.

For those of you who are about to run a marathon, here are some useful tips about recovery and getting back to running after the marathon.

This guy illustrated the New York Marathon as he went.

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Saturday Stories

It’s Saturday and that means it is time once again for Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite blog posts and articles from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here are some useful tips on how to avoid injury.

The Chilean miner who ran the New York Marathon after spending 69 days trapped in a mine is back this year.

Have a race coming up? Here are some pre-race nutrition tips as well as tips to ease pre-race jitters.

In order to deal with increasing numbers the New York Marathon is considering becoming a two day event.

I was surprised to see this as most marathons do seem to have a minimum age requirement, the PEI Marathon might not let nine year old boy run again.

Saturday Stories

It is time for Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite blog posts and articles from the past week. As always, if you came across anything this past week you feel is worthy of mention feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here are a couple of good articles describing the emotions one goes through during a marathon, one from the Globe and Mail and one from the National Post.

Do you get the blues after a marathon?

With recent reports of runners dying during marathons and half-marathons I thought this was a good article to put everything in perspective.

Here is an inspiring story about a high school student who runs cross country with the help of her guide dog.

Whether you are running New York or not this video looking at the behind the scenes preparations for the race is cool.

Are you looking to drop minutes from your pace?

These lessons learned could help you prepare for your next marathon.

Finally, the next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.

Changes to Guaranteed Entry to the New York Marathon

Changes to the registration process for the New York Marathon were announced today. The changes affect guaranteed entry options with the result being a tightening of the qualifying times and the gradual elimination of the guaranteed entry via the lottery if denied entry in three consecutive years.

The changes aren’t really that surprising given the growing popularity if marathons and the fact the Boston Athletic Association made similar changes to their registation process.

I applied for a lottery entry for the first time this year. Under the new rules I will not be able to gain automatic entry via the lottery as this option is being phased out after 2013. If I want to get in I will have to take my chances by entering every year and hoping my number eventually comes up.

Direct qualification is not something I considered for New York because the standards were already tougher than they were for Boston. Under the new rules, I would have to run a 2:45 marathon or 1:19 half-marathon over the next four years.

Conceivably, more runners will now be accepted via the lottery since the qualifying standards will be tighter. However, it will be interesting to see how many people will continue to apply for entry via the lottery. Will some people give up on the lottery now that there will no longer be an automatic entry after being denied for three consecutive years?

What do you think of the changes? If you had planned to run New York will you still take your chances with the lottery?