New marathon world record
Geoffrey Mutai’s 2:03:01 this morning in Boston is the fastest marathon ever by nearly a minute. It tops Gebrselassie’s 2008 mark, and is the largest drop in the world record in more than 40 years.
But at some point running became a major contributor to stress. Instead of something fun to do, it got filled with pressure, mostly pressure to compete with myself. I started training really hard and fast, and subsequently started injuring myself while training.
Now I haven’t run a race since last fall, and I’ve decided I don’t have to run unless I want to. This means I’ve been going one or two times a week for the past couple months.
I think I’m about to fill out my marathon registration, and sign up for a race or two. The new rule is I can’t run hard, and I don’t care how fast I go.
- 5k: 21:54 (7:03 pace) Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 3/7/2010
- 4M: 27:14 (6:48 pace) adidas Run for the Parks 4/20/2008
- 10k: 46:53 (7:23 pace) Joe Kleinerman 10k 12/10/2006
- Half Marathon: 1:36:46 (7:23 pace) Brooklyn Half 5/3/2008
- Marathon: 3:32:25 (8:06 pace) NYC Marathon 11/2008
Times Square, nbd
New York Half Marathon live-blogging from the race!
I need just a few more donations to make my goal for the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
My nieces Jennah and Andrea will continue to taunt you until you donate, so please give what you can to this wonderful organization.
The half-marathon is in a week and two days. At this point, I just want it to be over so I can stop being so nervous about it. But I’m sure on the actual day I’ll feel really inspired by all the other amazing women running with me on the team.
If you’re looking for a runner with a cause to support
Dog runs race…wearing his own bib number.
Pictured: John Stribula, 46, and Champ, 8, running Allentown, Pennsylvania’s Super Bowl 10K. RW Editor in Chief David Willey says, “We’ve all seen people running races with their dogs, but this is the first time I’d seen a dog with its own bib number. John insisted that Champ’s number be taken first at the finish, saying, ‘He always beats me.’” Read more in David’s blog. And check out our section on running with dogs.
Photograph by John Hoffman