For a man, being a father and a runner don’t always go together. In fact, finding time for running together with a career, partner, and social life can be as challenging for a guy as getting all their kids buckled into the minivan without anyone having to go potty — you think you’ve got it all under control, until everything comes crashing down. Ladies, do you ever wonder how these supermen do it all? In this Week in the Life, a busy #fatherrunner tells us how he balances family, work, life, and running. Read more >>
Originally posted by Cinnamon in 2017.
I was one of those women in the photos from the 2017 Boston Marathon. This is my story.*
My cheek pressed to the pavement. “Damn,” I said to myself. “I have no excuse. I know better and should have been more prepared.”
I was at mile 11 of the Boston Marathon and a raging disaster of a leg cramp had sent me stumbling across an entire traffic lane of Central Street just past the Natick city limits, tripping on another runner’s shoe in the process and culminating in an epic face plant. I thought I could see the 20k up ahead. If I got up and ate a salt tab there would be a water station nearby and I’d be fine to finish.
Then, as if out of nowhere, large hands were hoisting me up. “Thanks, I think I got it. I just need …”
“It’s okay, I’ve got you from here miss!” a burly man shouted into my face as he held me to his side with one arm. Read more >>
Karen Abutnuttin, a 35-year-old mother of none from Canada, recently surpassed the record for least amount of social media posts during a training cycle. The record was previously held by the local Beardy Guy, Jack Ingoff, at two posts, both of which featured Ingoff complaining about the rising cost of local 5ks.
“Jack set the bar pretty high,” Karen said. “But I wanted to test the boundaries of what it means to not only be a runner but a woman runner as well.”
Karen went an entire 16-week training cycle without sharing a single post about her training.
“It was tough some days when I had a really good workout and wanted to shout it from the rooftops,” she said. “There were times when I sat staring at my phone, debating whether to hit send on a long post I had just written. In the end it was worth it to hit cancel instead.”
Karen’s biggest challenge came halfway through the training cycle when Twitter announced it would increase its character allowance to 280. It was at this point in the training cycle when Karen decided to commit to chasing the record.
“It was a difficult time when that happened and then when I decided to continue forging ahead, I was tempted to tweet about my attempt to set the record but figured it would go against the Guinness rules if I inadvertently mentioned running in a tweet.”
At the culmination of the long and quiet 16 weeks, Karen ran her local marathon and continued to extend her record by not even posting a picture of her medal the following Monday. The internet only learned of her feat after her mother posted a proud congratulatory message on Facebook. Friends started texting her immediately asking if her mom’s claims were fake news.
“Some were hurt that they didn’t know I had been training for the race,” Karen said. “They felt deceived. But when I told them about the record, they were fine.”
Karen recently submitted her record to the coveted Guinness Book of World Records. Her attempt was met with some criticism from internet threads such as Letsrun.com, who felt that if no one was watching her not post to social media sites, should the record still be ratified?
“Who’s to say she didn’t post a picture of her watch in a weak moment at 3 a.m. and then delete the post?” asked one poster.
Others tried to research her activity on less-known social media sites, such as Google+. A “Karen Abutnuttin” was found to have a profile on the site and as a result posters attempted to friend her to view the private profile. When asked why she didn’t accept the requests Karen responded, “Google+ is still a thing?”
In the meantime, Karen began posting pictures of her post-long run meals and foam rollers as soon as she started training for her next race.
“All that hard work and I still didn’t qualify for Boston,” she said. “I guess it doesn’t matter whether or not you post about it on social media.”
On Nov. 5, 2017, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon, sparking a Twitter storm of accusations over the use of the Superhero Muffins from her Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook as a performance enhancer. The muffins first faced more scrutiny than just a taste test when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency launched an investigation in late July.
Running experts including Steve Magnificent, Ted Mebflezighi, and Gara Koucher weighed in with their opinions.
Magnificent tweeted he thinks better testing measures are needed in order to recognize the use of performance-enhancing baked goods.
Mebflezighi found it difficult to get excited because the investigation into the muffin’s superhero powers is still being conducted by USADA.
Meanwhile, Koucher seemed unfazed by the possibility that the muffins helped Flanagan’s performance because her U.S. course record was still standing after Sunday’s race.
Leaked documents revealed by the Ugly Teddybears hack showed “significant increases in one’s ability to recover through the use of healthy fats and no gluten — the key components of the recipe featured in Shalane’s own book, Run Fast, Eat Slow.”
The research conducted discovered that the fat is likely the performance enhancing ingredient. Runners are constantly told fat is bad; thus, most avoid it.
“Runners are so used to being told by Runner’s Planet magazine that they should be eating a low-fat, high-carb diet. We believe these muffins go against that notion, thus increasing the possibility of a performance enhancement by about 2,500%,” a snippet from the report read.
Others are now calling into question other recipes from the book, in particular the “Can’t Beet Me Smoothie,” “Don’t get Beet Hummus” and “Runner’s High Peanut Sauce.”
Currently, USADA does not test for muffin levels — but after Sunday’s performance, that may change.
What’s your favorite “performance enhancing” food?
P.S. Y’all know this is satire, right? Okay. Good. Just checking. We love Shalane — and her muffins. 😉
Tom: Welcome to the most popular parking lot for runners in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio. This morning, these nondescript sedans and family cars will provide the backdrop for the start of Dill’s much anticipated Sunday long run.
Today we’ll be following the journey of this legendary mother of two as she attempts to finish twenty miles at thirty seconds slower than her goal marathon pace. But her journey didn’t start here on this hot and humid morning. Here’s Bob to take a look at the difficult journey Dill endured just to get herself and her minivan here. Read more >>
First there was minimalism and now, after people finally realized those Vibram things were really not the best, we’ve moved on to maximalism. But forget about all that, let’s talk about Millennialism, because today’s the day I’m converting.
As a member of Generation X (a very young member of Generation X, I might add), hearing about how good Millennials have it gives me #FOMO. My parents made me do stupid stuff because they said so, my teachers weren’t afraid to give me C’s when I did average work, and I was subjected to perms. The nerve! Instead of working on fortifying an already-healthy abundance of self-esteem, my teen years were spent moping in flannel. Perhaps worse, my trainers for high school track practice were those bad Hoka knock-offs, Saucony Jazz. We only knew about brands from the Eastbay catalogue and nutrition meant three squares. I think we even stretched before running. The horror!
Anyway, with all this talk of how good Millennials have it, I decided I’m going to convert. Read more >>
Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is finally melting. Woohoo! My kids and I note how much more grass we see each day. And the best part is that melting snow happens when warmer temperatures and sunshine arrive! After this winter of many many record lows, we deserve it. Come on spring!
When asked what our favorite signs of spring are, our minds might instantly jump to thoughts of opening the sunroof on the first 50+ degree afternoon to blare the latest Bruno Mars smash. (What?) Or perhaps we might picture that long-awaited vitamin D infusion that happens as we emerge from our basement treadmill lairs to squint mole-like into the sun. While these are obvious, there are some lesser appreciated signs of spring that I’d like to discuss today. Read more >>
Ahh, infotainment! I’ve always detested “human interest” pieces in the news; they’re so often transparent ploys to manipulate the audience into associating the news organization with emotional high ground, and they wind up blurring the lines between real, factual news and gelatinous informational flatulence.
I hold infotainment responsible for convincing non-runners that we are ruining our lives by pursuing a hobby that keeps us happy and fit, a position that’s conveniently easy to accept by the millions of couch potatoes who are watching TV news while we runners are out logging miles. And they just love sending us those links, right? Because they’re “worried about you,” or “concerned that you’re running too much.”
And so I bring you 5 ways running is ruining our lives. Let’s go down in flames together, baby! Read more >>
So this is a little late to the party, but the story is so ridiculous we think it’s still prime for a Friday 5! A couple weeks ago a man took photos of Austin police in action during a jaywalking “sting operation” – an admirable use of tax dollars since, as we all know, crossing streets in defiance of signals is a gateway crime that often launches perps into a life of bank robbing and jewelry heists.
Anyway, the spectator became concerned and started photographing when he watched police yell at a girl running by in headphones, then grab her arm when she didn’t hear them. She freaked out, as women often do when huge burly men run up behind them and grab them unexpectedly, and somehow wound up on the ground. Two very large officers proceeded to put this very tiny woman in cuffs and pack her into a cruiser, as two equally large bike cops approached to provide them with backup. In the photos, the entire force over her looks to outweigh her by 800%.
And thus, in tribute to Amanda Jo Stephen of Austin, Texas, Salty herself has mandated that this week’s Friday 5 shall be: 5 Arrestable Offenses that All Runners Commit. Follow the jump for the 5, plus the video of the arrest and the Austin police chief’s incredible response to the matter. Read more >>
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