The groundhog saw his shadow and the “big game” is over. Now we can go back to talking about what’s important: running. Catch up on running and racing news, join in our roundtable below, and catch us on #SaltyChat tonight!
On the racing front this weekend:
- Emily Infeld won the USATF Cross Country National Championships in Tallahassee, Fla., her first national championship title at any distance. Infeld has been a top distance runner for years, and may now be the top 10k runner with others moving up to the marathon. Molly Seidel finished second, having graduated from Notre Dame last year with four NCAA titles — cross country, 10k outdoors, and 3k and 5k indoors. Infeld and Seidel stayed together until the last 600 meters or so, and Infeld pulled away to win by 3.4 seconds. A great win for her and nice to see Seidel up front after battling with injuries. Steph Bruce placed third. The top six qualify for Team USA at the NACAC Cross Championships in El Salvador on Feb. 17, including Courtney Frerichs, Emily Durgin and Susan Tanui.
- The Millrose Games at the Armory was the weekend’s big indoor meet. Aisha Praught-Leer and training partner Emma Coburn went 1-2 in the 3k and Dominique Scott was right in the finish line lean, too. Missouri senior Karissa Schweizer took the lead for part of the race and faded slightly to fourth, but it’ll be fun to see where her season goes. Colleen Quigley won the Wanamaker Mile in 4:30.05 to edge out Kate Grace in a weird finish in which the tape was a bit past the line, and Colleen pushed through the line then raised her arms at the tape, while Kate didn’t lean until the tape but it was too late.
Meanwhile, on the runners-not-running front:
- Alexi Pappas and Kyle Merber have started a podcast, the Book Club Track Club. These are two of my favorite people to follow on social media and there’s no way this won’t be fantastic.
And, in the news: Strava.
- Since November, Strava has published its global heat map showing worldwide user data. Last week, someone pointed out that you can maybe-kinda-sorta see the outlines of U.S. military bases from people doing workouts around the base perimeters, or wearing fitness trackers while patrolling. The heat map can also show routes between bases, making military personnel subject to attack. Strava has recommended everyone familiarize themselves with its privacy settings, and yes, that means you.
It is a good reminder that your fitness device might be tracking and sharing more information than you thought.
Let’s roundtable: What fitness tracking apps/devices do you use? Are you concerned about your privacy/safety regarding use of those apps? What precautions, if any, do you take to protect your location, etc?
And while you’re thinking about Strava … have you ever noticed someone posting training logs that don’t seem to quite add up? Race times that didn’t correlate to training? Or, do you know people who stop their watches so it doesn’t record extra breaks in a run so the run data looks “better”? There’s lots of ways you can cheat your training, and we’re talking about them tonight on #SaltyChat! Join us at 8 p.m. EST on Twitter to join in and chat in real-time with the Salty Running community!