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Long, but interesting read about the Western States 100: The Toughest Footrace in the World.
Doing the Color Run this Augusts? Here’s everything you need to know to rock it (according to this blogger, anyway).
Love racing? Love beer? Then here are some runs for you!
Are calluses bad for you as a runner? Outside magazine says, probably not.
T-shirt of the week
For you science geeks:
* Do diet beverages really help people lose weight? A study seems to have found the definitive answer. But…for what it’s worth, water is best. Why ingest chemicals?
* The only running app you need, according to Runner’s World’s Mark Remy.
A little long, but funny:
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The best thing about a big city marathon is the spectators. They come holding homemade megaphones (and real ones), inflatable alpacas and tons of funny signs.
I’ve run a lot of marathons & half marathons and have never seen as much entertainment (planned and otherwise) on the course as I did in Pittsburgh on Sunday. It was like a three-ring circus with bands every other block, school kids cheering, neighborhood cheer parties, and of course….plenty of fans holding hilarious signs.
Unfortunately, I always seemed to be on the wrong side of the road, or my camera wouldn’t turn on quickly enough, so I didn’t get many photos of the spectators (below), but they did not disappoint.
A few of the favorites I saw this weekend:
* I only cheer for hot moms. You qualify.
* Puke and rally
* If it were easy, it would be called your mother
* Never trust a fart in a marathon
* I’m proud of you, random stranger
* My mom runs marathons. And all my dad does is drink beer.
* Hot guy ahead, creepy guy behind you. Run faster!
* This will all be worth it when you update your Facebook status!
* My mom is the one with nice legs.
* Does making this sign count as exercise?
Is urinating in public paleo? (I’m still trying to figure this one out.)
BTW — if you were at Pittsburgh and were wondering about the inflatable alpaca’s, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette got the scoop:
Alpacas ‘out of hand’
Six inflatable alpacas bobbed over spectators’ heads along the marathon route. And, somehow, this felt normal.
The friendly folks hoisting the alpacas are members of the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club, a bustling 250-member group, but this is a very particular sect of the troupe.
Team Iron Alpaca was formed five years ago when six strangers biked to a nearby alpaca farm, Chris Rotelli explained, “and we were all friends by the top of the climb.”
Mr. Rotelli, the ringleader, shouted a rapid burst of encouragement as his wife, Julie, passed by in the last mile of the half-marathon.
Mr. Rotelli is a walking tribute to Steve Prefontaine. He wears a black singlet, neon arm sleeves and a bleached-blonde wig.
And the inflatable alpacas?
“You can find anything on Amazon,” he said, laughing. “It’s gotten out of hand. They’ve been in a wedding. It’s not good.”
This week’s question: What’s the best race sign(s) you’ve seen?
Seen at the Pittsburgh Marathon: “Yous running and no one is chasing you?” — Benjamin Reitz
At Richmond Marathon – a little boy had a sign “This is the worst parade ever!!” — Tom Grant
From our Erie Marathon water stop last year: “Chuck Norris never ran a marathon”, and “Worst. Parade. Ever.” — Ross Aresco
See some of the best signs from Monday’s Boston marathon.
Planning to try a tri? Here’s a 12 week sprint triathlon training schedule.
Amby Burfoot: 7 great things about the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Kristen Armstrong pays tribute to her most loyal running partners in Pause for Paws.
T-shirt of the Week
Wish I’d had this shirt when I still had my Y membership and worked out in the weight room. Nothing pissed me off more than muscle-heads who left 100 lb weights on the leg press.
Glute activtion: 10 must-do exercises (Weak glutes are to blame for many common running ailments, including low back pain and knee and hip problems.
Solid running advice for all of us from ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes. (“Fail boldly. The more you take on, the more you will fail. But the more fail, the more you will learn—and the more you will succeed.”)
Sore hip flexors? It may not be what you think.
Your running Rorschach Test.
The next big thing in racing?
I didn’t until Tom Madura, Erie’s barefoot runner, sent me this note:
Are you still looking for feedback on what gear people got for Christmas?
I got a great Nike Dri-Fit cold-weather shirt, and three new pairs of tights from Running Funky.
As soon as the Arctic temperatures subside I’ll be rocking these on the road!
Because, you know, running barefoot doesn’t attract enough attention.
Here’s Tom in his funky tights:
Running Funky has dozens, literally dozens, of funky fabrics (click on the drop menu under “tights colors”) you can choose from and tights are just $53, which isn’t a bad price considering a pair of boring old black Under Armour tights (like the 18 pairs I have in my closet) will run you $60 to $100 each.
Aren’t these way more fun?
And, good news…there’s still time to order these for the St. Paddy’s day run:
If you hurry, you might even be able to get these in time for the Valentine’s Day Prediction run on Feb. 15:
And now, I must share this earworm because I want to take you to…I want to take you to funky town:
* Don’t be fooled by the claims on the front of the package. Check the nutrition facts. Here are 16 supposedly healthy foods with more sugar than a Snickers bar
* Tight shoulders are common among runners, particularly among runners who have desk jobs. Here are some tips to help you loosen up.
* Completely unrelated to running, but Outside online wrote a fascinating piece on Iditerod racer Lance Mackey: The world’s toughest athlete.
* Again, not running related, but…cycling is good cross-training and I stumbled upon this offer for a free e-book from Vello Mom — Road Biking for Beginners. You have to join their mailing list to get a link to the book (a 22-page PDF). I haven’t read it all the way through, yet, but it looks worth reading.
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