Happy Zombie Monday!
It’s raining here in Chicago. And it’s the first workday after “springing forward” with DST. I’m usually the type that’s reluctant to open my eyes in the morning, but once I do, I’m 100% awake (usually annoyingly so). This morning, I was the walking dead. Bumping into things. Forgetting what I was doing mid-doing. Oh, and then a grown-up, adult couple (I say this because of their age, not their maturity level) were breaking up from opposite ends of the bus this morning. Loudly. Oh, and to top it off, apparently SXSW is still happening, so you’ll have to continue to ignore 50% of your twitter feed. Rough stuff, man.
Now, here’s all the news that’s fit to shove into my soggy trainers!
- A new study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago attempts to figure out what makes for the best marathon training. The study is definitely just a start, but still gives us a glimpse of what we kind of already know: build miles, then speed. Oh, and run a lot.
- Um, this woman ran a marathon on a broken ankle. It took her nine hours. I don’t know which is worse.
- Apparently we still don’t really know why orthotics work, which just means this is another study to throw in the stack of studies that show we know just about 0% about running.
- I noticed an overabundance of WEIRD RUNNING ATTIRE on the lake path this weekend. It’s that time of year: where runners are too lazy to unpack summer clothes, so they cobble together a “warm weather” running outfit from things they seemingly find in dumpsters outside of old Bro Factories. Can’t remember what “53 degrees” feels like? Runners World’s “What to Wear” tool has you covered – literally and figuratively.
- The Chicago Marathon held its first-ever lottery for the 15,000 spots that went unfilled due to technological problems during registration. More than 36,000 people entered. Let the Hunger Games begin…
- Mo Farah is thinking about trying his hand at ruling the road! (And by that I mean racing the 2014 London Marathon! 26.2 miles of MoBot!)
- If you only run races because of the cool military flyovers at the start, then you might have to rethink your motivation. I mean, for several reasons, but mostly because the sequester means no more flyovers.
- Apparently, the whole Pope resignation thing might delay the Rome Marathon. First, it’s rainstorms that delayed (cancelled) races. Now, it’s shit storms!
- In related news, half of the registrants in last year’s cancelled NYC Marathon opted for the refund.
- Two Ethiopians disappeared a few miles into the recent Jerusalem Marathon in an apparent defection (which apparently is a thing, particularly in Israel).
- The Gaza Marathon was cancelled after Hamas refused to allow women to participate. The race was in its third year, and served as a fundraiser for the UN’s summer youth programs. :(
- Moses ran the San Diego Half Marathon, which isn’t nearly as interesting as the guy who wanders San Diego with three mules.