marathon running


Chicago W12D4 - TEMPO 9


I did my best to use positive talk to get me through this, but it was notttt easy. It was over 80 outside and high humidity and I definitely felt it. But I just kept telling myself to run based on feel. Even if that meant I wouldn’t hit the pace I want. It’s more beneficial to at least get the miles in, rather than get overwhelmed that I’m not hitting a certain pace and quit the workout early.

So I pushed though and took water breaks every so often. I got to a water fountain to refill my bottles and it was turned off! Thankfully there was a bathroom with a sink with clean water that I used instead. I was so thirsty!!

I struggled the most in the last two miles, but I just kept moving forward, reminding myself I can do this, I am strong enough, and that these are the workouts that really count and that really build the strength in my legs. I pushed through the final mile and basically walked the cool down mile haha :)

Even though I was drinking water, I think I got dehydrated. I did not feel the best after I got home. But I’ve been drinking water and eating some food and I’m feeling better. I am ready for some fall weather!

Stretching and foam rolling are a must tonight. My poor legs are so sore!

Happy Friday eve!! I have my final summer Friday tomorrow and I plan on using it for a good mix of laziness and crossing off my to do list :)

There’s a fake way to do pretty much everything, and there’ll always be an example of somebody getting further ahead than you, by doing a lot less.

Don’t be seduced by any of that - just do the work! 😼✊🏼💥

This morning was business as usual Continuous 30 minute tempo with step downs - 6 mins at marathon pace, then 3 x 2 mins gradually faster. Repeat. Then 6 mins at tempo pace.

Splits by @FitFriendApp:

  1. 6:00 mins, 4:08/k, 6:39/mi
  2. 2:01 mins, 3:43/k, 5:59/mi
  3. 2:01 mins, 3:33/k, 5:42/mi
  4. 2:00 mins, 3:19/k, 5:20/mi
  5. 6:00 mins, 4:05/k, 6:34/mi
  6. 2:00 mins, 3:46/k, 6:04/mi
  7. 2:00 mins, 3:31/k, 5:41/mi
  8. 2:00 mins, 3:18/k, 5:19/mi
  9. 6:01 mins, 3:42/k, 5:58/mi

Honolulu Marathon Training: Week 3, Run #11-3mi easy

I didn’t sleep well last night (probably due to some anxiety/excitement about heading towards Hawaii) so I didn’t wake up at 6 for this like I’d hoped. But a little after 7 I got up and got ready to go. I had a check to deposit so my plan was to run to the bank and then keep going.

Maps said the bank was .4 miles away from me, and something happened in which life went terribly wrong and I ran 2 miles before I made it there. I literally don’t know what happened. The app was taking me this convoluted way and I’d go where it told me and then it would switch directions. In the end, it helped me get my mileage, but it was actually really frustrating in the moment because I was so nervous about running with a check on me. 

In the end, I wound up passing my starting point and literally going straight until I hit the bank, I have no idea why the app messed up so bad.

But it was a good, solid run! And now I’m spending many hours in the airport (I’ve been here since 11 and my flight, which they delayed 6 hours in advance, doesn’t leave until 7:30). Thankfully there is working WiFi so I’m just gonna be watching a lot of Netflix!


Marathon runners eat your hearts out — The Tendai Monks of Mt. Hiei.

The Tendai Monks of Mt. Hiei in Japan are an ancient Buddhist order that trace their origins as far back 806 AD.  Masters of mental and physical discipline, among their regular meditation and religious worship, the Tendai Monks practice an ancient endurance challenge that ranks as one of the most grueling endurance challenges of all human history.

The Tendai Monks like to prove their mental discipline through acts of physical endurance.  These devoted Buddhists take the saying, “where the mind goes, the body will follow” to the highest extreme.  Called the “Kaihogyo” (circling the mountain), the Tendai Monks walk a series of roads and trails which circle Mt. Hiei.  The full Kaihogyo takes seven years to complete altogether, with the first year being a trial period, and the remaining six being the ultimate challenge.

Most monks typically only do the first year of the Kaihogyo, which is a challenge in itself.  In that year the monks walk 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) a day for 100 consecutive days.  During the walk, the monks only take breaks to pray or meditate at the various shrines that circle Mt. Hiei.  When walking the monks wear their traditional monastic garb, as well as hand woven straw sandals for footwear.   

If a monk completes the first year of the Kaihogyo, he may petition the elder monks to complete the remaining six years of the challenge.  Originally in ancient and medieval Japan, there was no turning back after being accepted to complete the Kaihogyo.  Those who failed to complete the challenge committed ritual suicide.  Today in modern Japan, the suicide clause of the Kaihogyo has been removed from the challenge.

The remaining of the Kaihogyo follows as thus, on years 2 and 3 the monk must walk 30 km a day for 100 consecutive days.  On years 4 and 5 the monk must walk 30 km a day for 200 consecutive days.  On year 6 the monk must walk 60 km (37.3 miles) a day for 100 consecutive days.  Finally on year 7 the monk must walk a whopping 84 km a day (52.2 miles) for a consecutive 100 days, followed by a “cooling off” period of 30 km a day for 100 consecutive days.  During “rest periods” of the year, the monk is expected to complete all his monastic duties, such as administering to the public, meditating, worshiping, conducting scholarly studies, and completing chores around the monastery.

Those who complete Kaihogyo will have certainly achieved an amazing feet, walking 38,500 kilometers (23,860.7 miles).  That’s only about 1,500 km short of walking the circumference of the Earth.  Few have ever completed the challenge.  In fact since 1885 only 46 monks have successfully completed the full 1,000 days.  One of the oldest was a monk named Yusai Sakai, who completed the Kaihogyo at the age of 60 in 1987.  


We are marathoners

Love this. “We think toe nails are for sissies”. And “We are the worst parade ever.” Brilliant.

(This one courtesy of Nickswhite. Thanks for the link)

I have a long standing negative opinion on marathon running . For one our bodies weren’t built to be pushed in that manner. it is a complettly egotistical exercise that does more harm then good to your body. Street running is terrible for your knees.

Secondly, marathons jam up the city streets for an entire the day.

Most of all,  the type of people i know who marathon run are highly driven dedicated individuals. Marathon training, travel, and entry fees take up a lot of money and time. These are people who could take all that energy and really use it to make changes in more purposeful ways. Ways that effect the world around them in a helpful manner, not just their own over inflated egos and insecurities. 

I have friends who run marathons all the time and most of them could run the world. If they spent half their running time volunteering in their communities they could make some great changes. 

Instead they pay hundreds of dollar and ask for donations of my money so they can what… get a ribbon … a pin…bragging rights. I am not impressed by marathon runner at all.

Oh unless you are one of those one legged runners. Then forget everything I just said. HAHAA

Women and exclusion from long distance running.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

I’ve recently been reading a lot about the sociology of sport and I found myself inspired by feminist resistance to exclusion from long distance running. The first Olympic marathon was held in 1896. It was open to men only and was won by a Greek named Spyridon Louis. Women weren’t to be counted out entirely, however. A woman named Melpomene snuck onto the marathon route. She finished an hour and a half behind Louis, but beat plenty of men who ran slower or dropped out.

Women snuck onto marathon courses from that point forward. Resistance to their participation was strong and, I believe, reflects men’s often unconscious fear that women might in fact be their equals. Why else would they so vociferously object to women’s participation? If women are, indeed, so weak and inferior, what’s to fear from their running alongside men?

Illustrating what seems to be a degree of panic above and beyond an imperative to follow the rules, the two photos  below show the response to Syracuse University Katherine Switzer’s running the man-only Boston marathon in 1967 (Switzer registered for the marathon using her initials). After two miles, race officials realized one of their runners was a girl. Their response? To physically remove her from the race. Luckily, some of her male Syracuse teammates body blocked their grab (see above).

Why not let her run? The race was man-only, so her stats, whatever they may be, were invalid. Why take her out of the race by force? For the same reason that women were excluded to begin with: their actual potential is not obviously inferior to men’s. The only sex that is threatened by co-ed sports is the sex whose superiority is assumed.

Women were included in competitive marathoning from 1972 forward. The first Olympic women’s marathon was run in 1984.  Not so very long ago.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Richmond Marathon W6D6

16 Miles 

 Oh man this run was interesting. It was very much a tale of two halves. For the first half I felt great. I started a little slow because it was still pretty warm out, but as I got into my groove and the temperature started to cool, I really started to hit splits that I was feeling great about. Then I hit the half way point and even though I ate a Honey Stinger gel, I started to feel things fall apart. 

My legs just started to get tired, I couldn’t maintain my pace, I was starting to get dehydrated, and at mile 15 my groin started to hurt. So much so that I had to slow to a walk and apply some pressure to the pain so that I could keep going. I think maybe some of this was from starting my workout and yoga routine this week as well as not hydrating enough throughout the day and also this was my longest run in a while. I’m hoping as I start to get into more of a routine these long runs, that are only going to get longer, will get a little easier. 

12 Badass Female Athletes Who Gave Zero Fucks

1. Kathrine Switzer

It was December of 1966 when Kathrine Switzer suggested to her coach, Arnie Briggs, that she sign up for the Boston Marathon. Switzer didn’t give a single, solitary fuck that no woman had ever run the marathon before; she just loved running and wanted to do it. Switzer finished the race, becoming the first woman to do so.

2. Billie Jean King

The year was 1973, and Billie Jean King had dominated just about every female opponent she played on the way to six Wimbledon singles championships and four US Open titles. Seeing this, male tennis player Bobby Riggs challenged King to a match, saying that women, “should stay in the bedroom.”

Did King give any fucks? Nope. Instead, she waltzed into that match, already dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes,” and completely trounced Riggs in three straight sets.

3. Margaret Abbott

If the stories about Margaret Abbott are true, then she was a 100% bona fide badass. Way back in 1900, the second modern Olympics were being held in Paris. As the story goes, Abbott and her mother were visiting Paris for the World’s Fair and signed up to play in what they thought was just a friendly golf tournament.

Without knowing it, they had actually signed up for the Olympics. Abbott casuallyplayed her way to a first-place finish, then went on back home to America where she lived the rest of her life without even knowing that she was the first-ever female Olympic champion in golf. Zero fucks given.

4. Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad was already a boss-as-hell long-distance swimmer, having accomplished such feats as SWIMMING AROUND THE ENTIRETY OF MANHATTAN and SWIMMING FROM THE FRICKIN’ BAHAMAS TO FLORIDA.

But Nyad really made headlines when, in 2013, she became the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without the aid of a shark cage, because Diana Nyad gives approximately no fucks about sharks.

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Inner Mongolia’s Weird and Wonderful Genghis Khan Marathon

These days if you don’t host a marathon, you’re not on the map. Disney World, New Orleans, and South Africa – among countless other places – have the event. Even Antarctica, which doesn’t even have full-time residents, has one. And why not? Marathons are a way to attract tourism and spread a bit of publicity.

China is no stranger to marathon fever. Consider the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure & Grassland Extreme Marathon 2013 which, for the town of Xiwuqi in China’s Inner Mongolia, is like a combination of the Rose Bowl, Christmas, and the Fourth of July. The 700 runners and bikers who descend on this town of 60,000 people (a village by Chinese standards) are treated like Martians or maybe African princes – people gape, surreptitiously take photos, wave, and generally act as if Nicole Kidman or Robert DeNiro just happened to be wandering around.

Much like the public relations genius who convinced tourists to visit frigid and polluted Harbin in winter to see electric-kool-aid-colored ice sculptures, someone had the clever idea to monetize Inner Mongolia’s rolling grasslands by bringing avid athletes to town.

Read more. [Image: Debra Bruno]



San Luis Obispo Marathon tempation

I just had a really interesting email land in my inbox from the organisers of the SLO Marathon. They’ve invited me to come and run the race in April as an ambassador.

Has anyone done it? I’ve never been to California but have seen plenty of things that make me think it’s a brilliant place to visit and a cracking place to run.

So should I?

Update: All of your comments have made me think I should do it. The email has been sent. We’ll see if it comes off.