I took a rest day today so not much to report on a personal running front – except that I’m truly looking forward to a 10 miler tomorrow 🙂
Instead I thought I’d share something I learned in my Conditioning for Competitive Athletics class today. The new semester started this past Monday and my CCA class is the one I’m looking forward to the most. The semester is split into two parts. The first half we’re focusing on endurance training, specifically running! Today we talked about marathon records.
Right now the world record for the fastest marathon is 2:03:38 (that’s a 4:43 pace for 26.2 miles!!), set by Patrick Makau of Kenya in the Berlin Marathon in September of 2011.
2:03:38 – SO FAST!
Not far behind is Paula Radcliffe who holds the women’s world marathon record of 2:15:25 (a 5:10 pace for 26.2 miles!!).
2:15:25 SO FAST!!
After we talked about the records and all the physiology behind setting a marathon record, my professor showed us a graph of the records over the years and made the prediction that somebody will break 2 hours, probably in the next 20 years! That will be a huge accomplishment in human performance when it happens. A debate ensued amongst the grad students based on the graph over who the 2 hour record would go to first – a male or a female? Look at the graph, use your stereotypical opinions and make a guess.
Women are droppin fast! Will they pass the boys?
Who do you think will break the 2 hour record first – a man or a woman?
Last week Austin hosted a big convention called The Running Event, and it was all about running (duh). My co-workers and I were lucky enough to be put on the list to the Saucony (a running brand/manufacturer) party. They also happen to be the company who designs the shoes I like to run in – Saucony Mirage.
To be honest, I had completely forgotten about the party but decided after core class that I would go with the crew, still in my workout gear, to check it out. And I am so glad I did (for several reasons…)
- There were Olympians there, and I got to meet them, take pictures, dance and get their autographs.
Saucony Mirages signed by Olympians!
Lauryn, gold medalist from the 4×100 in Beijing.
Molly, 5k record holder in the US
- They were giving away free shoes. Saucony shoes. Saucony Mirage shoes. It was perfect, like the running gods were smiling down on me for socializing. After the St. Jude Half Marathon I was due for another pair and how great that they were FREE!
Sweet new shoes!
I can’t wait to get out there today and put some miles on these pink babies. Nothin’ like clean new shoes waitin’ to get dirty! Plus, if I run farther than 1.2 miles I’ll reach my 1,000 miles for the year goal!
It’ll be a short and quick run because of finals material but looking forward to stretching the legs out after yesterday’s brutal hilly half. Plus, winter arrived last night and I’m excited to have some cold air in my lungs again 🙂
Oooh, I can’t believe the Olympics are over! What will we talk about with strangers now? Maybe it’s a good thing – we can all get to bed before midnight again.
The games certainly provided some inspiring moments – did you hear about the US runner who broke his fibula during the 4×100 and kept going? The relay team ended up with a silver medal. Or how about the runner with two prosthetic legs? Despite the hype, I’d say Michael’s medal record is pretty impressive. And then there’s the 15 year-old Katie Ledecky who came out of nowhere to win the gold in swimming. London didn’t disappoint with the great displays of athleticism and sportsmanship nor the displays of defeat and immaturity.
Personally, I came to love some of the advertisements. The Nike commercials were my favorite (they’ve got a great advertising team) – especially this one. I saw it for the first time just a few days ago and had to smile at the toughness of the girls. It sends a positive message for females in athletics, something that I think people still have trouble accepting we’re good at. So this clip is not just for girls, for anyone who has been told it can’t be done. Don’t listen. Get out there and do what you love.
How do you feel about the Olympics being over? What was most inspiring to you in these games?