Roundup and Roundtable: Feb. 26, 2018

Hey, we could lead off with something cute this week but there was hella good racing over the weekend so forget it.

HASTY HASTINGS, also known as Amy Cragg, set a new PR at the Tokyo Marathon Saturday … by more than FIVE minutes. She was third in 2:21:40, and moves up to fifth on the U.S. all-time list. Training partner Shalane Flanagan tweeted, “Just talked to @HastyHastings on the phone!!! She is soooooo happy and her legs really hurt!” That about sums it up.

On Sunday, Sara Hall edged out Steph Bruce by 1 second at the Gasparilla Half, 1:12:01 and 1:12:02 (5:29 pace) — both more than 30 seconds under the previous course record. Video posted on Twitter just before the finish shows how damn close it was.

Monday Motivation Meets Master’s Running

Ida Keeling, the first woman over 100 years old to complete the 60 meter indoor event. Photo: @aaron_robison68 via Twitter

USATF posted this great video of Kathy Bergen after she won an exhibition race in Albuquerque during indoor nationals. “I got a coach when I turned 70, eight years ago,” she says, and talks about looking ahead to the 2020 championships because she’ll have turned 80. Watch her 200 meter race here.

Legendary Ida Keeling raced the 60 meter indoors at the Armory this weekend and set a new world record … at age 102. Granted, the record was hers for the taking because she’s the first woman over 100 to complete the event. For real, 102? Ida, you go girl.


When we talk about women who inspire us, one thing that plays into it is how we balance the various aspects of our lives. Family, work, running, other hobbies (whatever those are) — they all warrant our time and attention. But are we balancing or are we just doing the best we can? Angela over at SF Road Warrior posted her thoughts on the “myth of balance” this week, including:

“There’s not an infinite supply of time, energy, resources, and life hacks in the universe; there’s just not.”

Back in October, our own Hops posited a similar theory:

“Can you really do it all? Can you have a family, a career, go after your running goals, and be healthy and happy? I think the answer is no.”

Let’s roundtable: how do you feel about finding “balance”? Is it a magical place we can all attain if we can just figure out how to prioritize and organize the shit out of every minute? Or is it an unrealistic expectation? What does your own version of balance look like?

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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  1. My new rule for racing is: If my finish line photos don’t look like Amy Cragg finishing the Tokyo Marathon, I haven’t tried hard enough.

  2. After I had my third kid in 4 years, I struggled with training and competing at my former high (for me) level and it took me a couple of years to come to terms that I could not devote the time and energy to running like that at this point in my life. And that’s not something that’s wrong with me — that is something that just is. I can put my time and energy into things like nurturing my family and improving my community … and I can still run. Maybe I can’t run as much or as fast as I used to, but so what?

  3. Re: balance. I think it’s achievable, as long as you stick to what’s right for you. I’m really internalizing Barley’s post about not comparing myself to others. For me, balance means 20 miles a week, lots o’ time with the kiddies and husband, and my career, while rock solid, is not the meteoric rise envisioned when I was 12. But you know what? It works great for me. It’d probably drive someone else nuts, but there it is. Balanced..for now!

    1. That’s great that you have found a good routine and what is balance to you Colleen! I know it’s definitely different for everyone and can be hard not to compare. I think the other part about ‘balance’ is that there is a time and a season, what is balanced to you right now is not what will be the right balance maybe 6 months from now.