As Hurricane Sandy is about to smack New York with supremely high winds and flooding rain for at least 24 hours, the important news for runners is that it’s still very much expected that Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon will go on as scheduled. From foreign entrants especially, race director Mary Wittenberg said today, “we are seeing some questions about ‘will the marathon go on,’ and answering ‘yes.’”
Mixing in Fly Wheel for a Well-balanced Training Program
Have you ever worked your tail off on an incline in spin class only to see your neighbor spinning so fast it’s highly doubtful they’ve got any resistance on at all? If the thought of reaching over and turning up their resistance a few full turns tempts you the way that it tempts me, I encourage you to check out Fly Wheel.
They use torque and speed to create a metric called power, and at key moments during your ride, you can see scope the torque board to see how your effort stacks up against the other folks in your class. Of course, aliases are encouraged and you can opt not to participate, so this is by no means a shaming technique. A little aggro? Perhaps. But I think it’s a beautiful thing to hold yourself accountable to the rest of the class.
Better yet, it’s a great way to squeeze in some social cross-training into your marathon training program.
This year, I have the privilege of running the New York City Marathon thanks to Niketown NY and the Robinhood Foundation. Learn more about the “largest private poverty-fighting organization in New York City here, or visit their tumblr.
Lesson #1: Don’t ever lie about your Marathon time. Other runners know how to find official race times only hours after you cross the finish line. Sadly, so many people think that just under four hours or close to Boston qualifying is an actual time. No, it’s not…
To Pete Sagal, I will be as frank with you as I am with the people that I pace: You just didn’t want it badly enough. And I say that as the First Place Female of the 2012 Summer Olympics Beer Mile of run club that shall not be named.
Stephen’s quite handsome. British. Witty. Drinks like a fish. Runs like an animal, and I mean that in the most complementary way. As in, he is one of those terrible, graceful runners that makes running look like an art. He’s also a Type 1 diabetic, which means that he was born without the ability to regulate blood sugar.
I had the privilege of running my first 50 mile race with this gentleman last year. He has gone on to run a second 50, and recently killed at the Leadville 100, the hellish uphill ultramarathon immortalized by MacDougal’s Born to Run. The sheer joy that he finds in challenging his body’s limits continually inspires me.
Read more about his running adventures and check out his Leadville Race Report at his blog, RunDiabetes.
Lady Bridgerunners are hitting up the Nike Women's Marathon
A party of three has more than doubled in size. This year, our Lady Bridge team has become a family of seven with serious plans to kill that one mile, nearly 300 ft elevation gain with smiles on our faces.
Training is well underway, so stay tuned for more @ladyBRxSF adventures.
$5 bet that we convince one of our crew to live-blog from the course. @shutupandrun?