Recently, it seems as though I have become a night athlete. There are times I don’t make it to the gym until 10:30 p.m. to fit in a quick run and/or strength training routine. Of course the Olympics late night airings doesn’t help me abandon this new schedule, but pushes me harder and further. The Olympic athletes continue to impress and inspire me as I pound one last mile on the treadmill. Tonight I incorporated some speed intervals into my run by upping the miles per hour to 8.5 during the commercial breaks. If you are keeping up with the games, you know that these breaks are often brief because of NBC’s exclusive live coverage. This created the perfect opportunity to focus on my running form and pick up the pace.
Michael Phelps and three fellow American swimmers won the 4 by 100 meter freestyle relay tonight (or this morning in Beijing) and the joy and excitement these boys showed was amazing. Phelps is unbelievable but it was also great to see his teammate, Jason Lezak, swim the final leg with a record-breaking time.
Blake, Deena, and Magdelena (US Marathon team) runnersworld.com
Throughout the night I had the chance to catch quite a few events but I am still eagerly awaiting for track and field to begin on Friday, August 15th. This happens to be the day I arrive to Martha’s Vineyard and I hope my family won’t mind that I will be eager to watch these races (it only happens once every four years!). The first night will close with the 10,000 meters featuring one of my all time favorites, Kara Goucher. Two days later, the women’s marathon will take place at 7:30p.m. and I am rooting for Deena Kastor to win. Paula Radcliffe, the English world record holder in the marathon will be competing, however she has been out due to injury recently and did not finish in Athens in 2004. The following Friday will be the women’s 5,000 meter event and a there has been a small controversy over whether or not Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan will both compete in the 5K and 10K. A week is a good amount of time to recover from a 10K and I hope both women stick to each race considering they have proven to be the best Americans at the track trials in Eugene, Oregon. Last is the men’s marathon on the 24th, at the same time as the women’s. Ryan Hall will be the American to beat but the two other Americans in the race hit close to home, literally. Dathan Ritzehein was a high school Cross Country star when I was running in Michigan and I can still remember hearing his name called over the loudspeaker at my freshman year state championship meet. He won of course. The other athlete is Brian Sell, who continues to train with the Hanson’s team in Rochester, Michigan. The Hanson’s Distance Project was started by two brothers whom own the store I bought my first pair of running shoes. Those are just a few races of interest that I suggest watching over the course of the Olympics. Runner’s World has the full schedule of events found here.
Something about Nike makes me ready to run and it is probably beacause the marketing has proven to work on me (I am still a loyal Asics shoe wearer). I am considering this race because I see the handouts are at every Starbucks I have visited the last few weeks. Maybe you should partake.
Lastly, if this post was of interest to you, I recommend grabbing the September issue of Runner’s World. The magazine has all types of changes to the layout and it is wonderful. As a magazine junkie (collector?), I can say that this redesign has improved a publication that did not even need improving. Other positive elements of the issue were the “Secrets of the Olympians,” the international runners featured in the issue, and gear: Sports Bras.
Goodnight. Tomorrow I will be posting about my fabulous dinner of Edamame Dumplings. Here is a peak…