Roundup and Roundtable: March 26, 2018

Becky Wade, left, at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Photo: @beckyswade via Instagram.

The women’s-only half marathon record dropped to 66:11 this weekend at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Spain. Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta defeated race favorite, Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya), by 43 seconds. Jepkosgei holds the mixed-gender women’s WR of 64:51 but was dropped by Gudeta around mile 8.5.

For the U.S., Emma Bates set a new personal best of 71:45 for 27th place. Becky Wade was 41st in 72:31 and Elaina Balouris Tabb 64th in 74:55.

“For sure the coolest race I’ve run yet and a big honor to wear the USA in a world-class field,” Becky posted on Instagram. She’s racing the London Marathon in four weeks.

On the topic of world championships, the USATF Mountain, Ultra, Trail Council announced the team for the 2018 Trail World Championships to be held May 12 in Spain. A huge congrats to Danielle Filipek, Clare Gallagher, Sabrina Little, Kaytlyn Gerbin, Amy Leedham and Sarah Pizzo for their selection to the team! The technical 50 mile course goes from sea level in Castellón to Sant Joan de Penyagolosa mountain, about a mile above sea level. In total, the course has about 3 miles of ascent and 2.3 miles of descent. Yeowch. The team consists of six women and six men; the top three in each gender will score for the U.S. Find more details and bios in this great article from the American Trail Running Association.

Sarah Crouch with the W at RNR Dallas.

Rock ’n’ Roll Dallas ran under warm and humid conditions because, well, Texas. Sarah Crouch won by almost 2 minutes with a time of 79:07. Caitlin Keen was second in 80:50 and Kristin Garcia third in 85:42.

Your read of the week: new site Tempo Journal profiled six women shaping running culture internationally, none of whom were on my radar before.

Speaking of women under the radar — you might’ve noticed I like to link to the social media profiles of the women I mention in these roundups. I love being able to follow them — I get inspired by them but also love an opportunity to show my support.

For this week’s roundtable, who do you love following on social media? Who should we be following but aren’t? Mine: Esther Atkins. Lots of reasons why — she’s motivating and positive; just completed a crazy amazing home reno project; has a cute dog; and she lives not too far from me and trains in similarly crazy weather conditions. Find her on Insta!

Don’t miss any of the Salty Running #MarchMadness contests this week happening only on Twitter (@SaltyRunning). Today’s bracket run-off is between Baystate Marathon, Garmin Marathon, Columbus Marathon, and the Ottawa Marathon (what can we say, y’all must like marathons). Vote for your choice for best race on Twitter today. Voting is open for just 24 hours. 

Started running in my early 20s and ended up running my first marathon 15 months later. Managed to break 3 hours in my 12th marathon. Pilates instructor passionate about the importance of your powerhouse in running and the mind/body connection. One husband, zero kids, mama to one Australian Shepherd.

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