Weekly Roundup: October 18, 2019

Huge running weekend! Did you miss out? Don’t worry – we’ve got all the news you need to know below the jump.

The Fast Women newsletter has the rundown of last weekend. Along with the new marathon record, the newsletter provides more updates on Jordan Hasay who dropped out of the race and asks the question we’ve all been wondering: what is the women’s sub-2 hour marathon equivalent?

As an aside, what does it mean when a runner sticks with a coach either known for having athletes suspended for doing or who is under suspicion of doping? As a professional, do you get the heck out? Should you?

PSA: Doping isn’t just bad because it is cheating, it is actually also really bad for your brain and your body.

Although I am highly suspicious of basically everything Runner’s World publishes, I did appreciate their article on women’s safety as a fundamental right (which was to say they didn’t talk about it in the typical way it’s discussed in media-at-large, which is telling women what to do to keep men from attacking them as if it is their responsibility not to get attacked).

Adding a new term for mansplaining to the list, Trail Sister’s piece on trailsplaining rings especially true. After the Collegiate FKT, men could not stop telling me that altitude had been a challenge for me even after I had completed the attempt… one going so far as to tell me that I would have been so much faster had I just acclimatized in Denver for a few days. Groan (okay, but to be fair, altitude probably should have impacted me, but it didn’t, so don’t tell me it did, mmmkay?). Anyone who might be worried that they are runsplaining or trailsplaining, please review our handy flow chart.

Susan Lacke is one of my favorite writers, and she gives a humorous review of the running advice of yore. Some of it is pretty cringeworthy, and as always, a nice reminder of how the world has persistently tried to keep women out of their running shoes. One more time, with feeling, our knees are fine.

Love this piece from Podium Runner about going from trying to win a marathon to trying to finish one. I was reminiscing with a friend the other day about the “good ole days” of running, where I went into an ultra just hoping for a finish. Was I having more fun then? Maybe.

Perhaps you scoffed last week when I suggested the study that found red meat to be totally okay was funded by the beef industry, y’all, but the research group that discounted risks of red meat has ties to program partly backed by beef industry. Feeling vindicated.

Speaking or science that isn’t, research suggests that actually we don’t need to panic and eat within 30-45 minutes of our run or dire health penalties will occur. Honestly, I never did anyway, so it’s good news that it isn’t so bad.

A truly super and comprehensive review of potential causes of heel pain for runners. I bookmarked this for later, to be read during a race taper. Just kidding, don’t do that.

Finally, finishing with a quote from the epic and winningest woman gymnast Simone Biles:

It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s OK to say, ‘Yes, I am good at this,’ and you don’t hold back,” Biles said Friday in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports the day after winning her fifth all-around title at the world championships. “You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it. But I feel like it’s good (to do) because once you realize you’re confident and good at it, then you’re even better at what you do.

Yes, in every way, yes.

How was your week? Did I overlook anything? Thoughts on the week in running news?

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021 to raise money for Girls on the Run. Next challenge: Pinhoti FKT. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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