I’m gearing up for a much-needed vacation, so many of these links were compiled throughout the last week. Apologies if some of them seem older. I added more than usual to attempt to make up for my laziness. I also put them into sub-categories, so let me know if that makes things easier to navigate or if you prefer the old-school “throw it all in a bucket” version of yore…
Big Names, Big Races
- Pamela Anderson is “running” the NYC Marathon, and has apparently not been too concerned about the “running” part of her “training.” I wish her the best, but eesh. So, you know, say “Hey!” if you see her out there. Sounds like she’ll need all the race-day support she can get.
- Some fascinating insight here into what a pro, Kenyan marathoner’s training looks like as far as pacers, etc., as well as how London really went down. Kipsang kind of makes a marathon sound like a hostile board meeting, which I guess it kind of is if you’re running for a living.
- Totally surprising that an egomaniac known for his Cheater McCheaterson actions 25 years ago kind of seems not sorry about anything?
- Lots and lots of exciting things are happening for Shannon Rowbury these days, none of which involve Lindsay Lohan. Side note: Did you guys know she used to be a competitive Irish dancer…?
- Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has revealed that her fellow competitors weren’t exactly secretive about their belief that she’s a doper. Probably has a lot to do with the fact that her teammates have essentially all been caught cheating (and less about the fact that she’s just been kicking consistent ass) but still a shame to hear. Everyone deserves to be celebrated.
- The one where a totally normal woman just goes out and blows away an entire marathon field and doesn’t realize it.
- An interesting conversation has unfolded here about the involvement of elites, and the “everyone’s a winner” mentality. This WSJ article triggered the blog response. Here’s a response from elite runner David Torrence, who has spent considerable time trying to build up track & field presence in his community.
- For those of you interested in the marathon numbers – including numbers that may be especially important to your speedsters out there (i.e. PRIZE MONEY) – do yourself a favor and bookmark Coach Mark Hadley’s newest venture, a site dedicated to the U.S. Marathon and its athletes.
- By now, you’re well-versed in the 2014 Boston Marathon time qualifications, but here’s a quick breakdown of participants and registrants compared to previous years. Did you nab a coveted bib?? Tell me so I can track you!
- Rudy is runnin’ Chicago, ya’ll!
Charity & Community
- Two local Chicago sisters are hosting a shoe drive called Sleeping in my Boots, which seeks to collect new shoes of all kinds for local, underprivileged kids. Collection sights have been set up at three Fleet Feet Chicago locations, where they are accepting any kind of new shoes in youth sizes 10-4. The drive goes through Oct. 19th.
- Some follow-up on Shalane and Alan’s volunteer coaching positions at PSU: wherein Shalane just hangs out by the cafeteria talking about that surprise biochem quiz, RIGHT?!
- This visual history of Adidas’ track shoes is pretty much amazing. BONUS: I now remember (and understand why) it’s pronounced AUDI-DOSS.
- I guess this one falls into “feminism and gear” or something, but here’s a great post from SF Road Warrior on why us ladies need to stop hating on the running skirts (and shift our attention to the women running with their hair down. Totally kidding. But seriously. How does that work?)
Health & Science
- If you’re recently pregnant (it’s ok, I won’t tell) and wondering whether you can continue your running/training, here’s a nice primer from Runners Connect.
- I’ve posted previously about some new technology coming out of San Diego, but here’s more scoop on those lactate indicators disguised as temp tattoos.
- The secrets of Mo Farah have been revealed.
- Xaarlin posted this interesting article on menstruation and how it effects female runners’ performance. Learning — always learning! (Also, shout out to her for blasting through a new marathon PR at Fox Valley last weekend, and overcoming a tough second half to do so!)
- Important advice from the always amazing Alexi Pappas: “Whatever makes it fun, that’s what you gotta do.“
- This is an old, but VERY funny take on elite marathoning advice. Most importantly? Don’t get stuck behind [pro runner and two-time Boston Marathon winner] Rita Jeptoo. Seriously. SO.SLOW.