Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Meb is a true example of American pride

Check out the pic, Meb wrote the names of the victims from last year's bombing on his bib.  Whether he had won or had came in 20th, he is a true American.

Monday, April 21, 2014

04/21/2014 PM 7 mile run

I channeled my inner Meb this afternoon and got in a great 7 mile run with a fast finish.  It is beautiful outside and I enjoyed running in the sun.  My thoughts for the run were based solely upon those doing, enjoying, and suffering through the Boston Marathon today.  Once again, Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi for an awesome win.  

I continue to use my Nike Sportswatch for my outdoor runs and love the info it provides.  Here are my splits for the run:

Mile 1-  8:21
Mile 2-  8:30
Mile 3-  8:17
Mile 4-  8:16
Mile 5-  8:10
Mile 6-  7:48
Mile 7-  7:15

My first thought is, after going up slightly for mile 2, I got faster every mile forward.  I am pumped that I finished with a 7:15 mile.  I'm not going to lie, it hurt a bit.  However, I like finishing fast and I really think it's beneficial for a multitude of reasons.  If for no other reason than to train you to accept the pain.

Hopefully you DVR'd the Boston race and catch watch it.  I know a lot of what happened already, but I cannot wait to see the race unfold and to hear the stories of triumph and perseverance.  Plus, since I ran 7 miles today, I am going to enjoy some Easter candy while I watch!  Win Win!

Meb wins the Boston Marathon 2014!!! First American in over 20 years!

Your 2014 Boston Marathon Champion, in an unofficial time of 02:08:35, Meb Keflezighi

Boston Marathon Day! Get your DVR set for a strong field

Boston Marathon 2014 is here.  This Monday marathon is not short of any history in a normal year, but this year is obviously even more special, important, dynamic, sad, thoughtful, etc.  

Beyond the story lines and pain and courage, there is a race being run as well.  This could shape up to be one of the strongest Boston fields, especially on the women's side.

The top 2 U.S. runners involved include, Ryan Hall (finally healthy) on the men's side and Shalane Flanagan on the women's.  

The Universal Sports Channel will be broadcasting the pre race program as well as the marathon.  Pre race coverage started this morning at 7am. Here are the starting times by division:

Mobility impaired: 8:50 a.m.  
Wheelchair division: 9:17 a.m.
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m.
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m.
Elite Men and Wave One: 10 a.m.
Wave Two: 10:25 a.m.
Wave Three: 11 a.m.
Wave Four: 11:25 a.m.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

04/20/2014 PM Easter 5 miler

Happy Easter!  Hopefully you had a great day with your family like I did.  Today was beautiful here, sunny, warm, etc.  After a great day of food, candy, egg hunts (not necessarily in that order), I got in a great 5 mile run this evening.

I don't know if it was the great day I had, the NYC Marathon stuff I looked at online last night, or the fact that the Boston Marathon is tomorrow, but I had a very motivated 5 mile run tonight at a pace of about 8:15/mile.  

I know the weather perking up over the last few days helps a lot.  I am already looking forward to tomorrow's run as well.  I anticipate, if all goes well, a 7-8 mile run tomorrow afternoon.