Nike+ challenges

3 11 2007

One last RR note. I’m signing up for the RR Nike+ challenge, of course on the side of my local store (High Park). Will keep you posted on how it goes.

Here’s the link if you want to see what the fuss is about.


Save at the Running Room

3 11 2007

Like you need another Running Room coupon, but just in case:

At, there’s a coupon for 20% off RR merch if you use a Visa card. I did just this today for a new pair of shoes.

Guess which kind? (Same as I always buy.)

Main image for GEL-1120™

Tragedy in New York, star runner Ryan Shay dies at 28

3 11 2007

Very sad news from the U.S. Men’s Olympic Trials today, in case you hadn’t heard. From the AP:

NEW YORK — Top distance runner Ryan Shay died during the U.S. men’s Olympic marathon trials Saturday, overshadowing what was supposed to be a showcase day for the sport.

Shay collapsed about 5½ miles into the race and was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:46 a.m., New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said. He was 28.

“It cuts a knife through everybody’s hearts,” said Wittenberg, whose group organized the race.

Shay was the 2003 U.S. marathon champion. Absolutely heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to his family.

His death cast a shadow over the day’s proceedings, including the incredible accomplishment of three young American runners.

Ryan Hall, who had never run a marathon before April, won in a trials record time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 2 seconds. Dathan Ritzenhein followed in 2:11:07 and Brian Sell was third in 2:11:40.

They’re all going to Beijing to represent the U.S. in the marathon. Meb Keflezighi, the reigning silver medallist from Athens, won’t be there. He finished eighth. Neither will Khalid Khannouchi, the 35-year-old former world-record-holder. He was fourth.

The young guns made them take a back seat. Will the 25-year-old Hall, 24-year-old Ritzenhein or 29-year-old Sell come through in China? Can’t wait to see.

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the big show — the NYC Marathon. Can’t believe it’s been a whole year since last year’s debut of Sir Lance-a-lot (of pain, that is).

Some YouTube-age to get you psyched:

Let the eagle snore

1 11 2007

Just testing an embed of a YouTube clip. But if you ever needed motivation for running, this might be it.

Former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft singing his patriotic ditty,”Let the Eagle Soar”. Yes, he wrote it. No, it’s not a joke.

For more political entertainment and rappin’ Karl Rove, check out Musical leaders: Should politics and singing ever mix? A little shameless CBC work plug for ya.

I can feel it, coming back again

30 10 2007

Maybe it’s the crisp fall weather — just cool enough to get focused, but still warm enough for shorts. Maybe it’s the inspiring stories from Lisa and Kenny. Maybe it’s looking at the calendar and getting under the six-month countdown to Boston.

Or maybe it’s just time.

At any rate, the itch to start training has crept back into my bloodstream for the first time since Mississauga in May. I’m ready to go.

I’m all ears to any advice anyone has. The draft plan is:

* Jingle Bell 5k Burlington (it’s tradition)
* Boxing Day race in Hamilton (don’t even know the distance, but my uncle is super-keen)
* Chilly, Burlington, early March (see above re: tradition)
* Around The Bay, late March
* Boston, April 21

Anybody interested in any of those races?

On a completely unrelated note, I think Halloween is a bit overrated, but any excuse to pound back serious candy is all right by this camper. But if you’re into it … here are some neat pics of “Halloween chic” in years gone by. (And no, I didn’t build this gallery – just thought it was kinda cool.)

Races done, races to come

25 10 2007

Belated shout out to Lisa for tearing it up in the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in San Fran last weekend. Maybe if we’re really nice to her, she’ll give us some insights about her Tiffany necklace and such.

And best o’ luck to Kenny, who tackles the Marine Corps this weekend. Dare ya to talk back to one of those U.S. Marines handing out the cups at the water stands. Having them bark “push it!” instills a Pavlovian reaction to just … do … it.

And to Marc, who’s thinking about a marathon next October, I say go for it, man! You’ll never look back. Trust me.

Taper talk

24 10 2007

No matter how long you run, I suspect there’s always something new to learn, some new technique to try.

I was leafing through the latest Runner’s World on the subway tonight and I stumbled across this interesting article on tapering.

Basically, it suggests that the tapers in most marathon and half-marathon programs might be too long and too steep. The writer talks to some elites who’ve had success by keeping up the mileage, particularly quality mileage, closer to race day.

Don’t know about anybody else, but I’ve never felt comfortable with the traditional 3-week taper. The first week is great and usually pretty restful. But by the end of week 2, I start to feel slugg-o.

What’s that they say about an object at rest wanting to stay at rest?

I’m willing to try the short and sweet route next time around.

Any thoughts, anybody?