As almost of you certainly know, today is the Boston Marathon. It is the world’s most famous race, and entry into the event is highly coveted. Qualifying for the event is not an easy endeavor, and earning a finisher’s medal will invoke envy from the masses. With this in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to share some motivation from 2014 Boston Champion Meb Keflezighi and the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Series for today’s motivation. Enjoy.
Back in college (and in middle school and high school as well), we played an insane amount of NBA Jam. Is was not the most realistic basketball game on the market, but it was a lot of fun. You would play two on two and there were tons of crazy catch phrases like “BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!”, “He’s building himself a house, one brick at a time!”, and “He’s on fire!” Our personal favorite was “Is it the shoes?”, which was a reference to the Spike Lee Nike commercials from the 1980’s.
Anyway, history lesson aside, I have been thinking about my shoes for this weekend’s Country Music Half Marathon. I have been dealing with some toe issues for quite a bit now. Susan is just waiting for my big toe nail to fall off (I will spare you the pictures), and I am just hoping that the toe pain from the WDW Marathon does not come back with any regularity. All of these issues have one thing in common, my shoes. Specifically, my Asics Nimbus 14’s are the culprits. The shoes are very comfortable, but they run small when compared to Brooks and some other shoe manufacturers. I have run three half marathons and a full marathon in these shoes, but there is still plenty of life left in them. I am thinking that I will transition them to my everyday shoe and go back to my Brooks Glycerin 11’s for the Country Music Marathon this weekend. I need a new pair of shoes to wear around normally anyway, and as long as I am not running in them, they fit well.
My Brooks Glycerin 11’s were the shoes that I wore during my fastest two half marathons, and they are showing some wear and tear. I ran in them last night to gauge how my feet felt in them and it went well. Ever since my injury last year, I have been quite gun-shy with my shoes and that is one reason that I had transitioned away from my Brooks.
I will probably get a new pair of the Brooks Glycerin 11’s or 12’s for the Disneyland Half. And I am not ruling out the Asics Nimbus 14’s in the future, I am just going to try a larger pair.
While I was writing this post, I came across an interesting article about Skechers sponsoring Meb Keflezighi, the winner of the Boston Marathon and American running hero. You can read it here.
The last few days have seen me register for a plethora of races. I’m certain Susan and my checkbook hope that I cool it off for a little while. But, I now have every month except August booked with at least one race, and there are two good options for that month, with no real need to register too early. And surprisingly, as it stands now, my busiest month of races will be July, which means I better to acclimated to the Memphis heat and humidity! There is a wide variety of distances represented in my running schedule over the next couple of months, and can easily be adapted into my training schedule.
Now, let’s explore the new races!
Thursday, May 23: Zoom Through the Zoo 4 Miler: This is the first of the four races that comprise the first ever M-Town Race Series. Theses four races are staples of the Memphis racing scene and all are evening races in an attempt to compensate for the heat and humidity.
Friday, June 7: Harbortown 5K: The second race in the M-Town Series and it is the only one that I will not be able to run due to a scheduling conflict. However, since it was the same cost to register for the series versus registering for the other three races individually, I decided to register for the entire series. I’m not sure want the series perks are, but I should get some value from the series.
Saturday, June 15: Gibson Guitar 5K: The third race in the M-Town Series and this probably is the most popular race in the entire series and is one that I have wanted to run for a couple of years now. The only downside is that this race is on Father’s Day weekend, so I won’t have a very long to visit my parents that weekend.
Saturday, June 15, through June 22: Boston Remembrance Virtual Run: I debated about running this, but I caved. The goal is to complete 26.2 miles during the week, whether it be all in one run or split daily. Participants will receive a pair of socks and a nice looking medal while proceeds are going to the One Fund Boston.
Wednesday, July 3: Stars and Stripes 5K: The fourth and final race of the M-Town series is also the newest, and easiest to get to from my home. How could you not run in a race that celebrates America?
Sunday, September 1: Tupelo 14.2: I may be crazy for signing up for this race, but I could not shake the desire to run it. The race is run at 5:00 in the morning since the first day of September is typically a brutally hot time of year here in the south. I am currently in my early training stage for this race, and the weather is already getting hot. It will only get worse from here, but it will be something that I can manage. I feared that I missed registering for the event because due to a glitch withing the system, registration was cutoff at 350 total participants, not 350 marathon participants and 300 14.2 participants. A quick email to clarify the situation enabled the registration process to be opened back up and I became the 351st person to register for the races that weekend.
These races will be my first 4 miler and 14.2, along with my second 10K and 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th 5K’s!
These races are in addition to my previously scheduled virtual runs on July 4 (Captain America 5K and First Avenger 10K) and my very own Platinum Sombrero 5K (registration is still open, sign up today). I will be having a very busy summer of running, and once it subsides, I will have to crank it back up for training for my first ever marathon (WDW Marathon) and two more half marathons (4 Bridges and St. Jude Half).
I know that I have posted a lot today, but I wanted to share a couple more things. I was browsing the internet for something to post for Motivation Monday and my landing on the webpage for Saucony. It was on the Saucony site that I find the image that I will be using today as well as a cool little product that Saucony has for pre-order with 100% of the sale being donated to The One Fund Boston. I also found this amazing blog post about running a marathon. If it were on WP, I would just reblog it. Now, let’s look at the motivation. This image is rather self explanatory and goes off of the #findyourstrong movement that Saucony has going on right now.
The second item I found was a cheap way to carry some Boston inspiration with you as well as donate a little money to The One Boston Fund. Saucony is selling a #BostonStrong Lace Medallion to wear on your running shoes. This is a great way to remember those in Boston on any run that you may go on, and at a very nominal fee of $5.00. And 100% of the sale will be donated to The One Boston Fund. The items are on a pre-sale status and you will get them as soon as they are available, which is being advertised as four weeks. Also, if you have converted to Lock Laces, you can still wear this medallion, but it might be a little loose. And if you are interested in trying Lock Laces, go to their website, buy a pair, use the promo code KYLEJUDE to get free shipping and 20% of that sale will go directly to St. Jude (shameless plug).
Here is a quick gym update for the day. A couple of months ago when I was joining my new gym, I remarked that the new gym was just a sh0rt run from my house once I was healthy. Well, I have been running for a few weeks now, but I have only ran to the gym once. And today, I decided to run there again. Round trip, my run was 4.17 miles today, and did the miles at a 9:53 pace. In the middle of the four plus running miles, I did a twenty minute dumbbell lifting set focusing primarily on my upper body. I did all of my stretching once I got home and felt great. Maybe I will make this my Monday routine. We shall see. But if I do, I need to make sure that I bring a sweat rag because the last few times that I have gone to the gym, they have had no towels available.
Since I neglected to post something last week for Motivation Monday, I decided to post two pictures today. The first picture is a great reminder that even when it does not feel like it, we are making progress. Getting fit and achieving your goals are not easy tasks, and with the pain comes the reward.
The second motivational picture today is one that should put everything in perspective. Next time it is a little warm during a run or your side hurts or you would rather be lying on the couch, think of this picture, her story, and her resolve. I know that I am going to. This motivation comes courtesy of a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing two weeks ago.
And you can watch an interview with her on YouTube here.
Last night in Memphis, the local Fleet Feet hosted a running event to honor the victims in Boston. The Memphis running community did a fantastic job of supporting this event, and the turnout was even greater than Fleet Feet was expecting with over 300 of us showing up to show support. Fleet Feet made t-shirts for the event, and sold them for $10 apiece with all profits being donated to The One Fund. The support was so overwhelming that the shirts sold out within minutes (I was unable to grab one last night) and a second batch had to be ordered! This was the second Memphis area run for Boston, but this was the only one I was able to attend. We ran a neighborhood street course for about 3.25 miles, and runners of all abilities were there. It was almost a perfect evening for a run, and the whole evening was handled like a sanctioned race. There was a water station at the mile and a half mark, the course was marked off (but not closed), and there were post race refreshments. Included in the refreshments was a keg of Samuel Adams beer, which was fitting.
Fleet Feet had previously had a Saucony demo scheduled for this date, so that demo was just rolled into the Runners for Boston event. Numerous runners took some Saucony shoes for a test drive during the event, including myself. I tried the Saucony Triumph 10. The shoe was comfortable and more importantly, my feet don’t hurt from running in them last night. I may have a new shoe option for the near future!
The local ABC affiliate for Memphis was there last night and had some great coverage of the event. A local student played the National Anthem for the runners on his saxophone after 26.2 seconds of silence for the victims of the tragedy in Boston. Runners were also encouraged to sign a board with the names of any victims or Boston runners that they may have known. I was very blessed to be a part of this event and I was very pleased to see the support from the Memphis running community.
Words cannot even begin to describe how dispicable today’s actions in Boston were. All over the internet, the running community has been offering inspiration and ideas of unity. I thought that I would do my part and share some of what I have seen.
First, many runners are pledging to wear race shirts tomorrow. If your work dress code will not permit you to wear a race shirt (as mine does), people are suggesting wear a race shirt as you base layer, or wear some other race gear, as your shoes or watch.
Second, I have seen the following picture on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram several times this afternoon:
Third, the team over at Run Junkees are organizing a virtual run tomorrow. No registration fees or medals, just runners being unified to remember those affected by today’s tragedy. They are encouraging people to run any distance tomorrow starting at 8:00 am and ending at 11:00 pm on Saturday night. Here is the bib: boston_memorial_run_bib