Just want to point out that halfway through this week we’ll be halfway through February which means we’re close to March! I have noticed a marked difference in when the sun is up in the mornings, which brings me joy because this running-in-the-dark-everyday thing is wearing me down.
Meanwhile, the marathon scene is heating up in the southern states — quite literally. The 26.2 with Donna brought racers 71º temperatures, 13 mph winds, and 91% humidity on Sunday. (And our own Angelica still prevailed!)
- Joanie won the women’s division in the 10k at the Donna event, held alongside a 5k on Saturday. She ran 42:43 and was 8th overall. GOAT.
- In Birmingham, the Mercedes-Benz half marathon was also on Sunday. Kellyn Taylor finished second in 72:28 (behind Kenya’s Ann Karindi) — she’s run a 4:33 mile and a 32:34 10k the past two weekends. Woof. Her NAZ teammate Scott Smith scooped up the men’s half win in 64:22.
- Olympic gold medalist in triathlon and new mom Gwen Jorgensen clocked a new 5k PR at the Husky Invite this weekend of 15:15.64, behind Emily Infeld (15:15.52). Back in November — 3 months after giving birth — Gwen declared she was switching from triathlon to the marathon with the intent of winning another Olympic gold medal. (No kidding, it’s her pinned tweet.) Less than four months after winning her Olympic gold in triathlon, she clocked 2:41:01 at NYC — her debut at the distance. We’ll be keeping an eye on her race schedule, for sure.
- Indoors, the New Balance Grand Prix brings joy to our distance-loving hearts. Jenny Simpson toed the line for her first and only indoor race of the year in the 3k, alongside Emma Coburn, who has raced enough lately for them both. Both former Buffs and former steeplechasers, Jenny and Emma don’t race each other often nowadays but any time they do, get out the popcorn. Sarah Brown did a great job as pacer setting them up to try for sub-8:40. Jenny showed off that miler kick to win in 8:40.31, smiling as only Jenny can while flying down the backstretch. 19-year-old Fotyen Tesfay finished second, while Emma faded a bit to fourth in 8:43.57. In the 1500, Dawit Seyaum of Ethopia won in 4:04.38 with Aisha Praught-Leer (Jamaica) second in 4:04.95. Cory McGee PR’d in 4:08.84 for sixth.
- Next weekend is the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, which will be televised on NBCSN Feb. 17 and 18.
- Someone we won’t see on the track this spring … Shannon Rowbury. She and husband Pablo are expecting their first baby this summer.
Two tangentially-related reads to finish off this week — and by tangentially, we mean food.
- McSweeny’s: “FAQ: Your New Cursed Instant Pot”
- “Cheese triggers the same part of the brain as hard drugs, say scientists”
That aside, let’s roundtable! Jenny’s “won and done” indoor season versus Emma’s race-every-weekend approach made us think about our own racing schedules. How do you incorporate racing into your schedule leading up to your A-race of the season? Do you race a lot? Do you race all-out, or use races as tempos/harder training runs?