You know- when I ran Cross Country for that brief (and painfully slow) year in high school- I really connected to the sport because I just felt like us runners were a different type. It wasn't all about the glory- no one came to watch our XC meets- you literally couldn't bribe your friends to watch cause they just didn't "get it." It wasn't about the team sport aspect of it all- most of the times you were working alone on the course- and at the end of the day- it's an individual race. The uniforms weren't anything to write home about. XC didn't give you this badass street cred- most of us were just skinny, awkward kids that lacked coordination to end up in another more popular sport (disclaimer- this is how it was at my school- if at your school it was the most desired athletic program to enter into, my apologies for lumping you into the same category that our team was in).
What I LOVED about XC was that with all those things in mind, the XC runners did the work: put in the work at the unglamorous practices, had a tenacity to push through the pain, and were just a really honest sort. I feel like it shows a lot about someone's character if they have an inclination towards endurance sports- you're the type that doesn't give up when the going gets hard. And I LOVE that about runners.
With all those things in mind- it always bums me out to see cheating in races. It completely defeats the whole spirit of running and one of the reasons I was so attracted to the sport.
So this weekend a lady whose previous PR in a marathon was a 4:39 went on to WIN the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon (is the race the marathon or having to say that title to everyone?!) with a 2:54:21. Before you go on to think this is a regular slow-to-sonic story (the runworld's version of rags to riches)- she cheated- and did a reallyyyy poor job at it. Not only is she not fast, but she basically is the world's least believable cheat.
If you are GOING to cheat- try and at least do it in a semi-believable manner. If you're not going to put the time into training- put the time into coordinating something that was more put together than her cheating.
Tttrracckkkk tonight was 10 by 400's. Love speed workouts! And I wore my new Skechers Go Meb Speed 3's and actually REALLY liked them. This was shocking to me as I could just not imagine a world where I (a VERY serious athlete. jk) wore the same shoes that Kim Kardashian was a spokesmodel for.
Luckily, meeting the Skechers reps at Kara Goucher's Podium Retreat helped to change my mind about their Performance division and I was totally impressed by how light and comfortable their shoes were. I have actually recommended Skechers to a few friends based on what they were looking for in a shoe- and I genuinely thought that I was more likely to wear Shape Ups than the Skechers running shoes- but I promise- they are amazing. The GoMeb Speed's have a lot of kick and are super light and comfortable. Very different than the Newtons but had the kick/responsiveness that I am always on the holy grail search for.
Post trackkkk dinner with some speedy ladies I love:
This is pretty much my favorite photo EVER of the Great Wall of China Marathon. Naomi (commenter below) hits it right on the head, "Everyone looks miserable." I just cannot believe that they don't have a better photo to advertise the marathon- maybe it's to appeal to the true masochists (like me) out there. If you're not truly regretting your existence on earth during the marathon, then it's not hard enough- is what I always like to say.
Can't wait to wake up in just a few hours for another Competitor photo shoot. I'm sure I'll look REALLY fresh for a 6 am shoot. Hope you have a great run today- or a stretch- or a walk in the park. Maybe run a little faster than you normally would- or a little longer.... ;-)