Sunday, November 5

Watching Lance

Hello friends --- there's an eyewitness account of Lance Armstrong's New York Marathon experience over at the ready room. Check it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't it rewarding to read that Armstrong said the marathon was the most difficult physical activity he'd EVER done? You runners participate in THE hardest sport, it's true...

November 06, 2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger BL said...

It was rewarding. But at the same time, Lance said he didn't train properly for the marathon.

His longest long run was 16 miles.

November 06, 2006 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but I still think he would've said that if he had trained properly, because then he would've been able to run a more competitive race, thereby also increasing the degree of difficulty. I bet he does another one...

November 06, 2006 6:33 PM  
Blogger BL said...

I guess my problem is that my marathon experience was so disappointing.

I trained to finish the race, and I did but I don't feel particularly proud of my effort. I'm not even really sure why I ran the race. And so I finished in 4 hours 56 minutes.

Big deal. I just ran and jogged and kept going until I got to the finish line. The 50 yard line of Notre Dame stadium.

I don't know what I expected but I really want a physical effort I can be more proud of. Prouder of.

Grammar fails me.

I guess as my foot is telling me now, just completing the training without getting injured is good. But I want to run harder and faster and stronger.

That's my goal for Jan. 14.

November 06, 2006 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to let each race be what it's going to be. You're first marathon was a look-see. You had to experience the beast first before you could even begin to get an inkling about what kind of creature it can be. And even the most well-prepared, elite athletes in the world can't predict a race. Did you see what happened to Paula Radcliffe two years ago at the Olympics? She had a complete psychological meltdown, and I think also some physical problems she didn't anticipate. No one can say that she's not a well-trained runner, but on that day the beast got the better of her. Which is why the marathon is so much more than being physically prepared.

I think you also have to be willing to change your attitude mid-race. If it's not the race you predicted, are you willing to revel in the kind of race it turned out to be, or are you going to experiene misery for 18 more miles? I know you guys want to beat the guy next to you and get personal bests and all, but is that it? It seems like a big gamble if that's the only draw of the marathon, since those things are hard to come by and the training takes such commitment...

By the way, I think your foot needs to see a doctor...

November 07, 2006 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does my foot need to see a doctor? We'll see. I'm going running tomorrow and after a week off I'll use that as a gauge of how things feel.

November 07, 2006 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, I'm definitely not just about winning a race. I'm too slow for that.

If my foot and everything else allow me to run in Phoenix, I'll have several goals.

1) Run an hour faster than the last marathon.

2) Run faster than the last marathon.

3) Enjoy having the ability to run a marathon in January among thousands of people and have a great time.

November 07, 2006 12:03 PM  

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