Sun’s out, buns out, right? Racing season has officially begun, with Houston and Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona both this weekend. We’ve updated our Monday morning post to bring you awesome stuff happening in the world of running (and beyond) and give us a place to discuss it! We’ve got a lot to share today, so let’s get cracking.
- Oprah, the woman who showed all of us non-elites out there that we could run a marathon, brought down the house with her #MeToo-inspired speech at the Golden Globes. “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
- Allie Kieffer, who we also mentioned last week, announced this week that she signed with Oiselle and then threw down like a boss to win Doha by 2 minutes in 70:41.
- At Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona, Stephanie Bruce snagged a 1-second win over Elvin Kibet, finishing in 72:32.
- Our own Sesame was first female at the First Light Marathon in Mobile, Al., in 3:14!
Meanwhile, Houston did not disappoint, unless we’re talking about the television coverage.
- Molly Huddle set a new American record in the half marathon — 67:25 — and beat out Jordan Hasay, who ran 68:38. Becky Wade (12th, 71:15), Aliphine Tuliamuk (14th, 71:41) and Serena Burla (15th, 71:41) rounded out the top Americans. (Canadian Natasha Wodak was 13th, 71:31.)
- And an award for stick-to-it-ness should go to Sarah Crouch, who rebounded after a rough Chicago to place 7th, first American, and hit the Olympic Trials A standard with her 2:35:22.
- Six other women grabbed OTQ times in the full, which was paced by Deena Kastor. Ironically, that meant Kastor was on the course as Molly broke the AR Deena held for 12 years.
- And, two of our own Saltines ran the half at Houston! Congrats Paprika (37th, 76:35) and Olive (121st, 1:35:16)!
And, one more Texas racing-related tidbit:
- Chip Gaines is training for a marathon. Now, while we’ve got some diehard Fixer Upper fans around here (myself included), that’s not the best part of this story. Chip is running a marathon because he ran into Gabe Grunewald in Central Park one day. She was so excited to meet him and Jo, and what started as a joke about coaching him for a race apparently turned into a real thing. “After hearing Gabe’s story, I realized two things: I didn’t want to spend another second standing on the sidelines, and secondly, given what she’s gone through, I didn’t have any excuse not to give this a shot. So I committed.” No word yet on specifics, but Chip says Gabe will be coaching him and he’ll be documenting on Twitter throughout his training.
Like Chip, a lot of us are planning our races and racing strategies for this spring. Let’s talk about it!
Have you chosen your goal race for this spring, or for this year? How far out do you plan? How many “key” races do you train for a year? And, how do you pick them?