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
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?