Start List/Liste de Départ: not that cold yet

The trails aren’t covered yet…but soon.

Reid Coolsaet ran another marathon. 2:48:25. I’ve actually run one faster than that. Once.

It’s a long road, gettin’ from there to here… Running is never a waste.

Ryan is getting back to base work.

Foot strike pattern data. What does it tell us?

Geoff Harris talks bikes.

Brenna Walsh gets back in the groove.

Martinson is also banging out the miles.

Some British lady thinks sport is bad. Marco Cardinale disagrees.

Here’s a small reminder not to get caught up in what the workout is…focus on feeling good about the workout.

Adam Campbell reports on TNF50.

Jeremy Walsh is getting his core on.

Amby Burfoot is saying we will see a sub-2:00 marathon in less than 40 years. …

Thoughts on food and the serious runner.

Jason Anson responds to a couple questions about his LTAD article.

Steve Boyd recaps his training group’s season.

Ottawa is about to get a more Tri-happy.

Trimes has an exclusive article about the recent deaths in marathons.

Sweatscience looks at some odd stats.

Weiler blogs about Vancouver, part 1.

Meggan Frank is not impressed with fast marathoners. Begin rant…

I have to disagree with this not finding top runners inspirational business. Just because they get to train full time does not make their performances any less impressive. That’s not to say raising kids and having a job and sticking with training until you’re 80 is not impressive, too, in their own way. But it’s much harder to run a 2:03 marathon (for example) than it is to run a 3:10 marathon with a family and a full time job. End of story. How can I say this? Because very few people can do the former, but lots of people can do the latter. It doesn’t mean it’s easy to do, but it’s not what I’d call inspiring.

It takes just as much balancing and prioritization and sacrifice to be a pro (it probably takes more) than it does to be an amateur. If you fail, athletically, as an amateur, well, you’ve got your kids, your job, whatever else that’s really important. If you are a pro athlete and you fail, you don’t get paid. And let’s be honest, these people are not paid much anyway. 

The fact is, most people are mediocre at what they do. The people who are winning these marathons are not just doing their jobs, they are the best in the world at their job. How many people do you know personally who are the best in the world at what they do. That’s the scale here not just doing a job.

Sorry to rant, but I hear this a lot, and then I hear people complain that running doesn’t get enough publicity. Well, if runners themselves don’t think the best we have is inspiring, why should anyone else care? I’m impressed with people who can run really fast. It’s pretty amazing.