Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Boston Inspiration

I was able to find a live stream of the Boston Marathon yesterday, so I could catch the men's and women's finishes from my office at work.

It is amazing to me how fast the elite athletes are. Ryan Hall finished 4th (2:08:47) after running sub-5 minute miles for 26.1 miles. That is insane. That is basically a dead sprint. How can that not win? I can't even run one mile that fast.

Watching those fast runners is inspiring and depressing at the same time. Inspiring that makes you want to get out and run, and depressing that you will never run that fast.

Still, it was fun to watch, and congrats to all Boston finishers!

I ordered "The Stick" and received it yesterday. My wife said I could have made something like it, but I think she overestimates my handyman ability.

It is a pretty cool device, and I really wanted it to be able to roll out my calves a couple times a day. They get really tight.

Running Update
I've been nursing a sore foot (again), this time it is the top of my foot and I think it was caused by running in the orthotics. So, I put those away temporarily and am giving my foot a week or so of rest to heal up. I had been running 3 times a week until this past weekend.

Also, I've been reading "Running for Mortals" which was a gift from my wife, and I've found some really good tips in their. I like that it breaks things down for the average guy (or girl) trying to run.

13 comments:

Hannah said...

Isn't Ryan Hall awesome?! He's a Jim Ryun's Running Camp guy, and I went to that camp. Granted, a few years earlier, and then there's also the fact I'm insanely slow...but, whatever! It is my running claim to fame! :)

Hope your foot is all healed up very soon!

IzzyBubbles said...

You can't help but love Boston - I agree that is absolutely insane how fast the elites run. It's even more insane if you go to one of those big races one day and just get to watch them...I got to do that in Chicago. They ARE sprintng the whole time - for 26 miles. Crazy. And inspiring.

Hope the stick works for you - I have a knock-off version that I like for rolling my calves.

Stacey said...

"Inspiring and depressing at the same time.." :) I know, those elite runners are amazing!

I love The Stick. Hope it works for you! And hope your foot heals fast!

Leelee said...

Delurking to agree...Boston was amazing and inspiring...and intimidating!!!! Hope your foot heals quickly!!

Lisa said...

I try not to be discouraged by the fast fast elite runners. Definately very exciting to watch, though. :-)

The Happy Runner said...

I LOVE the stick. Hope it works well for you!

celmore said...

I love my Stick...hehehe...that sounds funny. I take it to the gym, work and on travel.

lindsay said...

i hope you didn't have to pay to watch the marathon - i heard some people were? dumb!

hope your foot heals after a few days of rest :-/

ryan hall = awesome. that is all.

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SeeGirlRun said...

So is the stick better than a foam roller? It doesn't look like it would be. And you'll have to post a review of the book. I'm interested but haven't been willing to buy it if it's only fluff...

Laura

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Evolving Through Running said...

The Stick was my first injury-related purchase when training for my first marathon. Got it right after a calf strain and worked out on my calf 2-3 times a day for a couple weeks. Made a HUGE difference and let me keep going, although much slower and with a bit of a limp.
I'm with you on the amazement of someone running sub 5-minute miles for an entire marathon. I'd like to be able to go sub 9-minute for a whole race, but even that sounds daunting. Those guys (and ladies) are spectacular.
Finally watched the first half of Running the Sahara last night after catching the second half a couple weeks back. The wonders of Tivo tracking it down on one of the 11 thousand Showtime channels. Remarkable/insane accomplishment. Really amazing what the human body and mind are capable of.