While I took the Fall marathon season off, this last weekend was one of the busiest marathon weekends of the year with big names including Bank of America's Chicago Marathon (one of my favorites,) Portland Marathon (my third BQ race in a downpour,) and Denver's Rock and Roll Marathon (my hometown!)
Not racing and dealing with the flu, I lived vicariosly through others online via twitter, facebook and even caught a good portion of the Ironman coverage of Kona on Saturday. Some great races and some great write-ups I decided to re-post and share.
You'll always remember your first. This badass girl, the Skinny Pink Ninja, overcame a traffic accident and a Dr. who told her she wouldn't run again. She completed his first marathon on Sunday in Denver. Her write-up, "True Grit: My Battle with the 26.2 Monster" cracked me up with the encounter with an 81 year old member of the 50 Marathons in 50 states club; "Years ago, after he had run 11 marathons, his doctor told him to stop because it was bad for him. 55 marathons later he was in Denver running and his doctor, who was 10 years younger than him, is living in a nursing home."
From "AE513," A smaller town half marathon including the ballpark used in the film, "A League of Their Own" (Bosse Field) at the Evansville Half Marathon. A gutsy run, a PR, and a podium.
Turning lemons into lemonade, Mark had a tweaked calf that lead to a disappointing DNF at the Chicago Marathon. Mark decided to capture some big video of the elites and enjoy the race as a spectator. Catch his blog for the video.
Where many races were enjoying cool fall temps, the Long Beach Marathon got downright hot. SugarMagnolia overcame plantar faciitis, a lost camera, and lost water bottle to complete a very respectable half along the ocean.
The "Chuck Norris" of runners, Joe Marruchella, used the Denver Rock and Roll Marathon as a tune-up race for New York. This guy's tune-up is borderline elite. I met Joe at Boston in 2009. I respect him for his badass running, his mission to honor his friend Dom, and his blog. His write-up of the Denver (Half) Marathon in my hometown.
An experienced triathlete with a goal of qualifying for Boston before the age of 40 took on the Portland Marathon. Last year was a steady heavy rain. This year just provided intermittent cooling rain, but the infamous train delay returned. Read See Becca Try to Tri Portland race report to see if she hit her goal.
Holy crap Batman! This dude didn't medal in his AG, he frickin' came in first overall. He used the Pfitzinger 18/70 program which is the polar opposite direction of the book I'm reading, Run Less, Run Faster. Thanks for impressing me, and thanks for confusing me (on my training plan for my next race.) This blogger/runner accomplished the feat at the Towpath Marathon this last weekend. His write-up.
Some great races and some great motivation for me as start for pre-training ramp-up to my next marathon. Did you run this last weekend and write about it? Drop me a line on Facebook or twitter and I'll add ya!