Weekly Running Thoughts

The fall road racing season is in full effect. This past weekend, we had a few very big races.

Chicago Marathon
Tsegaye Kebede dropped the field with one mile remaining to run an impressive 2:04:38 to win the Chicago Marathon. American Dathan Ritzenhein ran a strong PR of 2:07:47 to finish 9th. Even more impressive his second half of the race which was pretty much an even split. His 2:07:47 makes him the third fastest American ever behind Ryan Hall and Khalid Khannouchi.

Twin Cities Marathon
An impressive array of men and women showed up for the US 10 mile championship (including current and former Olympians Abdi Abdirahman, Alan Webb, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, Kara Goucher, and Julie Culley). The men’s race was won by Mo Trafeh in a time of 46:45 while Olympian Janet Cherobon-Bawcom overcame Kara Goucher to win in 53:43. Jeannette Faber of Portland, OR won the women’s marathon in 2:32:38 while Christopher Kipyego won the men’s race in 2:14:55. The most interesting read from the weekend, though, was a story about Phil Coppess – who still owns the TC Marathon record despite having kids and working a full-time job.

Cross Country
The Perham Yellowjackets boys are now ranked #50 in XC Nations Top 50 cross country teams in the nation and #4 in the small schools (which seems like a mistake as they have consistently run faster than all of the three teams ranked above them). The boys and girls continue their season with the conference championships in Perham today. The boys are going for their 11th consecutive conference title and the girls are aiming for their 9th straight.

As for my own running, I’m coming off a month-long bout of some foot soreness. I was convinced it was tendinitis or possibly plantar fascitis or a dreaded stress fracture. The downside is with life in general being busy in combination with a sore foot, I haven’t gotten in quite the speedwork I would like to get in before my big Fargo Half Marathon in two weeks. The foot is still tender, but I’ve managed to get my long runs in (which are going increasingly well) and I’ve managed to stay relatively consistent with my weekly mileage (between 35-50 mpw over the last month which a majority between 45-50). I’ve got a big VO2 workout on Wednesday and a long run this weekend, but then it should be smooth sailing. I’m really hoping in two weeks, I’ll break my half marathon PR, but it’s going to come down to the weather cooperating (I’m more worried about wind than temperature) and whether or not I have the guts to suck up those last few painful miles. Overall, the last three months of training have been as good or better than just about any cycle I’ve ever had, so here’s to hoping for a big race!

To those of you who just completed a marathon in Chicago and Twin Cities, congratulations and take some well deserved time off!