Marathon World Record

This past Sunday Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record in the marathon running 2:01:39. The previous record was 2:02:57 set in 2014. His pace 4:38 minutes per mile or 13 mph. My treadmill doesn’t even go that fast. If you ran that speed for a 5k, you would run a 14:24. He also ran negative splits – the first half of the marathon he ran in 1:01:06, and the second half he ran in 1:00:33. The world record for the half marathon is 58:23, only 2 minutes slower.

Kipchoge is 33 years old and from Kenya where he grew up running to and from school. He has now won 9 consecutive marathons, and he has won a total of 10 of the 11 marathons he has entered. He is also the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon.

What are his secrets?

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Recent Eats and Exercise

You know it’s almost fall when you start seeing Halloween and Christmas decorations in all the catalogues! :) I’m not quite ready, but I do enjoy the changing seasons. Pumpkins, falling leaves, and crisp temperatures are starting to work their way in. We had one more beautiful summer sunset the other night.

I love marathon training, and fall is the perfect time to increase your mileage - cooler temps, less humidity, and beautiful views. I’ve had some great marathon workouts recently including mile repeats, progression tempo, regular tempo, and long runs with marathon pace miles. Here are some highlights.

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Today's Top American Women Marathon Runners

American women's marathoning is huge right now. Shalane Flanagan won the NYC marathon in November 2017 - the first American women to do so in 40 years. Desiree Linden won the Boston Marathon in April 2018 - the first American woman to do so in 33 years. The 2020 Olympic Trials will be held in February 2020 in Atlanta, GA, and the top three finishers will represent the USA in the 2020 Olympics. There are already more than ten top contenders for those three spots. 

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Training Update August 2018 & Light in the Dark

The past few weeks I have been ramping up my running mileage, and today marks exactly two months till my marathon! As the days get shorter, many of us are back to wearing headlamps and reflective clothing to both see and be seen! It is so important to wear bright clothing and flashing lights in the dark for safety.

Our favorite headlamp for running is the Black Diamond Sprinter. It is lightweight, bright, and rechargeable via USB. It does not bounce around and easily stays in place. There is also a flashing red light in the back allowing people behind you to see where you are. This is my go-to that I have had for several years.

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Run Fast, Eat Slow, Say YUM!

Hello! Our garden continues to overflow us with veggies, and right now our biggest harvest is tomatoes. I would say this picture shows less than an eighth of our current tomato crop. In addition to the cherry tomatoes, we have a ton of large ones that are almost ready too. This past weekend, I used the tomatoes to make a big batch of gazpacho.

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Whistler Family Vacation

This past week I had an amazing family vacation to Whistler, BC. Whistler is about 1.5 hours north of Vancouver, BC, and part of the 2010 Winter Olympics were held there. Despite a population of only 12,000, Whistler is home to one of the biggest ski resorts in North America and has over 2 million visitors every year. This is no surprise after discovering the pristine location and absolutely incredible scenery and views. There is an extensive trail system throughout the town that is really well maintained and perfect for exploring.

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