Nike’s Breaking 2:00:00 Hour Attempt

There has been a lot of hue and cry lately about Nike’s and their athlete’s attempt to break 2:00:00 hours for the marathon distance. So I will add my two cents into the dithering and expounding on and on about this event from a middle of the pack runner, who has no experience with professional, collegiate or high levels of running.

First of all, this is not a race. The participants are only running against one another, attempting to keep up with professional rabbits hired to maintain a certain pace for a limited amount of time and the only competition is the clock. I don’t believe that there will be too many other runners on this course during the time trial.

In other words it is a time trial. Continue reading

Marathon Madness – Not For Everyone

1983 Marine Corps Marathon

I didn’t think it would take too long before I did a running post.

I know I am spouting blasphemy but I really do not believe that all runners aspire to running a marathon or an Ultra as the ultimate prize of running.

Over the past few years, there has been such an emphasis on those two segments of the running world, culture, community or whatever the hell you want to call it, that it almost seems that if you don’t do marathons or ultras you are somehow being left behind.

ummm cough, sneeze….bullshit!

Personally, I would love to be able to train for and run a marathon again, but an ultra, well that doesn’t really trip my trigger. Unfortunately, I have a small problem, my body does not hold up to marathon training.

Which means that my probability of ever running one, much less racing one again are pretty slim.

Wanting to run one versus being able to run one are two different things. Continue reading