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Friday, December 14, 2012

New Naperville Marathon to be qualifying race for Boston Marathon

New Naperville Marathon to be qualifying race for Boston Marathon - Chicago Sun-Times
"They’ll be running through the streets of West suburban Naperville.

The 2013 inaugural Naperville Marathon is scheduled for next fall on Nov. 10, and will be a qualifying race for the famous Boston Marathon. While Naperville enthusiasts have kicked around the idea for years, Kris Hartner, owner of the Naperville Running Company, said “somebody needed to come forward and take charge.”"

Read the entire article at the link above.
This is huge news as the Chicago Marathon fills quickly and area runners often travel far to qualify. For those of us in the immediate area (I'm in the next town over), it also means avoiding the trip to Chicago's Loop. That means a better night's rest, and less inconvenience on family and friends who want to watch.

Presumably, there will be fewer runners and thereby less race congestion, meaning a runner will be better able to run his intended pace. In massive races, everyone but the front runners is forced into a bottleneck, often chugging through the first few miles far slower than they should.

A marathon certainly is a long race, and maintaining quality throughout will be a challenge. The people sponsoring it are sharp folks, so they know what they are up.against. Hopefully corporate sponsors will come through.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Man Runs 2:46 Marathon In Flip Flops (Keith Levasseur)

Man Runs 2:46 Marathon In Flip Flops

Really, Keith Levasseur did. For you non-runners, 2:46 is pretty fast. Though the top guys run around 2:04-2:07, this guy is still quick. He did this at the Baltimore Marathon. His PR is a healthy 2:38, meaning he was in range of his best run.

Me? I wear the ASICS 21 series (I wear last year's, but see the 2170s -- this year's model). And I've yet to run 26.2 miles. Gotta give him props on several levels.

As quickly as I do not recommend flip flops, there is always Abebe Bikila's story. He ran, and won, and set the World Record the 1960 Olypmics... barefoot.

Read Runner's World's take on this.

See my thoughts on minimalistic running.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Passing the Lovely Lake Foxcroft in 3.5 Miles

3.5 miles run
0.2 miles walk

total: 3.7 miles
course: Briarcliffe Loop

62°F | °C
Scattered Clouds
Wind: N at 13 mph
Humidity: 58%

Warm day in Chicagoland are growing rare.Our summer was dreadfully hot, but autumn is unpredictable. Today was much sunnier than the weather I posted.

The picture, not take today, is of a small lake -- more of a pond -- Lake Foxcroft. As a neighborhood park, backing up to Glen Ellyn, IL homes, plenty of families stop by for a quick walk, or weekend anglers look for dinner. I came across it around two thirds into my jog. (Read my thoughts before the run.)

As for the running, as I swing back into a routine, I found it more humid than I'm used to, and went slowly. No watch. Too early to care about time. No headphones. Too many interesting things to hear. No running tomorrow, but I'll be back at it Tuesday.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Running Inside (with regrets) - 1.5 Miles

1.25 miles run
0.25 miles walked

total: 1.5 miles
course: home treadmill

I wanted to run outside. As I reported on Twitter, it is a gorgeous day. But I can't. Well, I could, but the reality is, I knew I'd run more on my treadmill. Few beautiful days in Chicago remain this year, so I'm kicking myself.

Broke in a new pair of ASICS 2160s. Last year's model. Too early to review, but so far, so good. Barely a mile and a half into them. The real truth will show up in 50 miles.

My whole run has little to describe. What can I say about a run that, all said, last under 20 minutes? One important thing: I did it. No, I'm not proud. I know most runners reading this are consistent in their training. None of this on/off business. I wish I was there.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

What I Ain't Is Pretty - 1.0 Mile

1.0 miles

total: 1.0 miles
course: home treadmill

A Chubby's Lament
by Anthony Trendl

I looked in the mirror and what did I see?
But a blob, a chub, a fatter version of me.
I was me, I was certain you know,
this was my gut that started to grow.
Bigger today than ever before,
would my dear gut grow any more?
I decided to run, nay, I should walk.
I'm logging off, no time for talk.

There you go. I ran/walked a mile after a look in the mirror. Nothing about me looked good.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Running Life (Running Books)

The Running Life
by Nicholas Thompson

The first sporting event that I remember caring about was the 1982 Boston Marathon. I was six years old, which is an age when most sports make no sense: the players wear masks, are freakishly tall, or contend with complicated matters like strike zones. But children know how to run and they know how to race. There’s little competition that’s purer than two men—Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley, in this case—racing side by side for 26.2 miles. Beardsley wore a white cap; Salazar wore red shorts; they ran so close together that they seemed like one.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Zola Budd to run in ultra marathon

Zola Budd was one of my heroes in high school. Unlike many runners, she was not flashy or whiny, like high maintenance Mary Decker (Tabb and later Slaney).

She disappeared for years, only reappearing in public long after she was past her elite prime. Humble, loves running and now, is going to run a 56-mile race.

Read the ESPN piece: Zola Budd to run in ultra marathon

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Marathons Don't Boost Runners' Cardiac Arrest Risk in Study

Marathons Don't Boost Runners' Cardiac Arrest Risk in Study

(Bloomberg) -- Competing in a marathon or half- marathon doesn't raise a runner's chance of suffering a cardiac arrest any more than other vigorous physical activity, according to a study reviewing a decade of data.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Faster Than Not Slow (with Rice) - 3.1 Miles

3.108 miles run (28:45 - 9:15/mile)
0.500 miles walk

total: 3.608 miles
course: home treadmill

Did not have much time to run tonight, and was full of Chinese food. That, and I still have a five mile run in my legs -- and I'll be adding one more day of runs to my week. Too many miles too soon is a bad thing in general, so this was win-win. And, I like faster more than slower.

My weight has yet to show movement. In fact, before the run, I weighed myself at 1.5 lbs higher than yesterday. The big lunch and not small dinner did not help. The treadmill thinks I burned 400 calories. I'll take it. I'll get there if I stay consistent (and persistent).

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The Lakefront Trail: Training in Chicago for the 2012 Boston Marathon

That's no my running trail. I don't run there. That's 35 miles from here on an easy traffic day.  And I'm not training for Boston. I'd love to be able to say that, but, no.

Pete B runs there, and, much like my blog, writes about his workouts and related running adventures. You'll see him as a frequent commenter here, and I thought you should check him out. A very decent runner with a 3:05 marathon PR, with Boston in his sites.

Scroll through -- he has some terrific photos as well. A good thing about running is the venue: forests, beaches, lonely roads. All make for great photos.

The Lakefront Trail: Training in Chicago for the 2012 Boston Marathon

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Persistence Is Key to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

I'm not a fitness or health expert. Most of my blog is reporting what I do and the relatedvresults. However, at best, this is anecdotal.

Most good advice will be plain spoken: eat less but eat smart, and exercise more, and don't quit. Quitting is usually the bane of most of us. We use excuses like, "My grandmother made me eat the cake," or, "Aliens stopped my exercise program."

Read the piece below for good ideas to deal with all of this. Decide today if 2012 will be different than 2011.

Persistence Is Key to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Three Accomplishments - 5.0 Miles

5.00 miles run 0.50 miles walk
total: 5.50 miles
course: home treadmill

A solid first run of the year. Much better start than last year. Then, not only did I run just a mile on New's Year's Day, I had run only one mile in all of the previous December. This last December, I ran 26.24 miles over 11 runs.

As I ran, I wondered about some stories I'm working on. A few are stuck, with problems I need to resolve. A few ideas were loosed up around mile three.

Accomplishment #1
Today, this first day of the year, finishes a rolling week with 15.373 miles run. I've not cleared 15 miles in a week (just counting running) since mid-November, 2010.
Accomplishment #2
With 5.0 miles today, I'm again, digging back to November 2010.

Accomplishment #3
I stuck at 10:00/mile the entire way. Slow? Hard to say. Two days ago, everything felt fast. The important thing is I kept it slow. My body is still getting into the most basic of shape. Just because a couple kinks are out does not mean I cannot be dreadfully foolish.

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New Year's Resolution: Running

Whose New Year's Resolution involves running? Tell me about it. A time? A big race? Total miles?