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WORLD OF RUNNING
The Marathon Project
- Overall details
- 40 women and 48 men raced
- 8 women under the olympic standard (2:29:30)
- 7 men finished faster than 2:10 and 12 men under the Olympic standard (2:11:30)
- 1st Sarah Hall PR and second fastest in American history of 2:20:32
- 2nd Keira D’Amato ran 2:22:56 an 11 minute PR
- 3rd Kellyn Taylor 2:25:22
- 4th Emma Bates 2:25:40
- 5th Natasha Wodak of Canada ran 2:26:19 for the 2nd fastest all-time Canadian
- 8th Ursula Patricia Sanchez Garcia of Mexico hit the Olympic Standard by running personal best time of 2:29:11 to qualify for the games to represent Mexico
- 1st Martin Hehir ran 2:08:59 in the 7th fastest American all-time
- 2nd Noah Droddy ran 2:09:09 for 9th all time US
- 9th Nathan Martin in 2:11:05 – Ran a personal best and under the Olympic Standard of 2:11:30
- SHORT EXCLUSIVE FROM NATHAN IN EPISODE
- Eric Shirley
- 1956 and ‘60 Olympic steeplechaser still on the run
MAIN TOPIC: WHY IS IT HARD TO THRIVE RIGHT NOW?
Have you ever thought, “My training is fine but something’s just off…”? Whether it’s the holidays, Covid, a rut, a move, a job change, or something else, there are times where it is hard to thrive in both running and life.
Some specific reasons we are thrown off that we discuss in this episode are:
Deviating from routine
Whether we resist it or obsess over it, we are creatures of habit. When our run, sleep, or eating schedules are disrupted or unplanned we can feel off, start missing runs, sleep, and meals.
Sometimes we get in a funk. We don’t do what we know we should and then feel badly about it. This can be in many areas of life including running. Corey Joyner @cjtherunner tells A to Z Running that tracking progress can both bring joy as well help with consistency.
Another realm we become unstructured with is food. Chelsea of @maesmenu (and maesmenu.com) speaks to the role food has for us to be fueled and be satisfied.
In addition to running and food we can neglect relationships that we feel we have responsibility in.
Living in Relational Tension & Dissonance
As much as some of us try to “run” from relationships when they are broken, the only way to resolution and reconciliation is through the pain, work, or conflict. One way we enter in is being vulnerable with ourselves and others.
Communication is key. Have you heard this phrase before? Well, that’s because it’s true. Whitney of @themotherrunners shared with us about the importance of communicating run time and schedule. She has a great article called, How to Fit in Exercise During the Holidays.
Another byproduct of relational tension and dissonance is being fake for others or to avoid others concern. A few ways we can help is not only discussing and confronting issues but giving and receiving authentically and with grace. We give specifics on the podcast.
Feeling/Being Out of Control
Nothing’s the way I want it and no matter how much I want it, nothing changes. We legitimately do not have control over many things in life. We can focus on the positive changes we can make, but it is exhausting to keep straining while pushing against a brick wall.
When we let go of this need for control, we can go to a place of rest. It’s good to pause. There are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of rest.
All Stress/Work and No Play
There are an impossible amount of “shoulds” that we can place on ourselves. Sometimes these shoulds absorb the joy and life out of our activities. Shawanna White @peachrunner26.2 tells A to Z Running about how she has fun on the run.
Spreading joy by sharing smiles and positivity can go a long way. Casey @caseysmodernlife tells us that smiling is a way to combat negativity.
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