It is time again for another set of my favourite stories and blog posts from the week. As always, if you came across anything you think is worthy of mention here do not hesitate to post a link in the comments.
The New York Marathon will be getting a new set of apps that will make it easier to track the progress of runners. Sounds cool. Hopefully other races will be able to offer similar technology in the future.
Is soft hard on the body?
Not really a surprise here but good to read if you are just starting to train for a marathon, the importance of mileage to marathon training.
Here is an important article as the current heat wave continues. Stay cool with health boosting foods.
The next #runchat will take place on Twitter tomorrow night.
Since I finished reading the book a couple of nights ago I thought tonight would be a good night to review Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi.
With just 224 pages, if you are looking for a quick read related to running this one is a decent choice.
Before reading this book about the only thing I knew about the author was that he had been the first American to win the New York Marathon since 1982 when he won in 2009 and I had seen the clip of him doing the Top 10 on David Letterman following his win.
His story is certainly an interesting one, starting with him and his family leaving a war-torn country and eventually ending up in San Diego and not being able to speak English when he arrived.
In terms of running, one of the more interesting aspects to the story is reading about the use of high altitude training to get ready for races by moving to Mammoth Lakes, California. He was not alone either, as there seem to be a number of elite American athletes training there in the high altitude.
The other aspect to the book that really caught me was the series of injuries and setbacks he suffered between winning the silver medal in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and winning the New York Marathon in 2009. I won’t spoil the story for you I will leave it at saying what he overcame to win in New York was certainly impressive.
If you are looking for a quick read and one that might inspire you with your your running goals this is a good choice.
After yesterday’s long run I am enjoying a rest day today. I certainly picked a good day for a rest day this week as we have had rain showers on and off all day.
I am looking forward to tomorrow as the New York Road Runners will be announcing the winners of the lottery.
Since I read the odds of being accepted via the lottery are approximately 11% I do not really expect that I will be running in New York on November 6th. However, until the results are announced tomorrow the possibility is still there and I will be waiting the results with great anticipation.
If I don’t get in this year I will likely continue applying until I receive a guaranteed entry – if you do not get in three years in a row you receive a guaranteed entry the fourth year.
Did you entry the lottery for the New York Marathon? Have you run the New York Marathon before?
Stay tuned for an update tomorrow!
After a few intense workouts on my legs since Wednesday – hill repeats Wednesday, a tempo run Friday, a day of skiing Saturday and a long run yesterday my legs were starting to feel tired. As a result, I am enjoying a day of rest before I resume my training tomorrow.
Since I am not running today I have been doing a bit of reading about running. Earlier I came across an article about the Top 10 Marathons Around the Globe as selected by www.cheapflights.com
Of course the list includes some of the standard marathons that are on everyone’s bucket list – Boston, New York City, London, Berlin. However there are also a few that I would not have thought of before reading the article. It also leaves me with a few more ideas for marathons to profile.
What do you think of the list? Have you completed any of these marathons so far or are you planning on running them in the future? Are there other marathons that did not make the list that you think should be there?
I also came across this story about Gladys Burrill who was honoured by the Hawaii House of Representatives for being the oldest woman to finish a marathon. She completed the Honolulu Marathon last year at the age of 92! I don’t know about you but I think that is an amazing record.
In terms of my training, I will be back on rack tomorrow with an easy 12 km run to get me ready for my first round of speedwork on Wednesday.