Runner's-World

10/1/16


Good morning!


It’s October. Wow.

Two years ago, I started writing about two things: love and running. (And sometimes coffee) It became my therapy. I’d post the pic, put down my thoughts and dreams; then I’d go out there and live them. My blog and running saved me from falling apart during time when I could have easily crumbled. I’m still dealing with life, but somehow coming here and working it out has given me the ability to take those crazy things life throws at me with a little more grace. Grateful for that. Thank you for being a part of it.

Happy Fall Festivus, y'all🎃
Xx

Grete Waitz

Grete Waitz was born on October 1, 1953 in Oslo, Norway. This accomplished distance runner set world records at the 3,000 meters, 10 kilometers, 8 kilometers, 10 miles and 15 kilometers. Waitz won the New York City Marathon nine times, and the London Marathon twice. She took home a silver medal from the 1984 Olympics and won a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships. She started a 5 kilometer race in her home country that eventually drew 40,000 runners, and established a foundation that provides support for cancer treatment facilities.

Grete Waitz died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 57.

“Running is flying*”

*When you walk, one foot is always on the ground. When you run, most of the time you are actually airborne. For example: a 6-foot-tall runner with feet about 1 foot long was found to take 1,250 steps while running 8-minute miles. Thus, while covering 1 mile–5,280 feet–he was in touch with the ground for 1,250 feet and airborne for 4,030 feet.

Put another way, he was in the air for 76% of the time. So don’t think of it as a 10-mile run. Think of it as 7 miles of flying.

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“Running is Flying”

By: Paul E. Richardson