Since our my last weekly running links column, the road season has come and gone without a New York City Marathon. Up next for those of us in the deep north (if there is a deep south, there has to be a deep north, right?) is miles upon miles on a treadmill or on icy pavement with the occasional winter 5k – usually about a minute or two slower than normal due to the combination of ice, heavy clothes, freezing temperatures, and questionable motivation (let’s be honest… it’s hard to be motivated to run fast when your eyeballs are covered in icicles). On to this weeks running links:
- David Patreus was in the room for some reason or another this week. Did you know his lady friend is a 1:36 half-marathoner? BTW – only runners do this – I was glad to find out she was a 1:36 half marathoner and not a 1:30 half marathoner. I hate finding out “normal people” are faster than me. I can deal with professional runners or former collegiate runners being faster than me, but it really stinks when normal people have better PRs.
- Drugs and sports is the story that just can’t go away. Do yourself a favor and check out this highly entertaining read by Jon Rankin. While I am as driven as the next person to do my best, I completely agree that if you are altered, you are not longer doing YOUR best. Great read and I’m excited for parts 2 and 3.
- I’m apparently the only guy on the planet who can go run 15 miles on a treadmill and not be bored to tears. Nevertheless, I’m always surprised when people try to turn treadmill training into something it’s not. I’m sorry but looking at a 10 inch screen scroll through the Boston Marathon course isn’t going to make me feel like I’m running the Boston Marathon. I’m going to feel like I’m on a noisy treadmill looking at a 10 inch screen of the Boston Marathon course. Get yourself a full season of a tv show you like on dvd or (do what I do) purchase the NBA League Pass. If you are trying to pretend you aren’t on a treadmill while you are on a treadmill, you are going to wind up sorely disappointed.
- The dream season for the Perham boys XC team is over. They fell just a little bit short of their ultimate goal (qualify for nationals), but nobody in the running community outside of us expected them to get that far. Had they ran an average of 1.5 seconds faster, they would’ve finished 3rd and had a good shot as an at-large qualifier. Alas, nobody should feel sorry for a team that won a state title, a national title, and finished one of the greatest small school cross country seasons of all-time.