- Congrats to Tina Muir, a British elite runner who has been living in Kentucky, and her husband, on their new addition! Bailey Grace arrived on Friday. You might remember Tina’s public discussion of her amenorrhea and her lifestyle changes before and during pregnancy.
- Nick Symmonds announced he’ll be running the Eugene Marathon in April as a second attempt at breaking 3 hours. In December, he ran 3:00:35 off of some 25 miles a week, annoying the hell out of all of us.
- In what appears to be a renewed commitment of Oiselle’s to sponsoring rising elites, the company announced twins Regina Lopez and Sabrina Lopez as the latest additions to the Haute Volée. Both qualified for the 2020 marathon trials at CIM, and join Allie Kieffer as new signings to Oiselle.
- Lindsey Hein scooped up new half-marathon American record-holder Molly Huddle for her I’ll Have Another podcast this week. Other recent guests on Lindsey’s show include Kathrine Switzer, Des Linden and Kris Lawrence, so it’s a good time to load up your listening queue!
When will January end?
‘Tis the season for crazy weather that can completely ruin your races plans. The snow is melting for a lot of us this week, but it can’t be trusted. This weekend, it was 40º in Louisville and they still had to cut a 5k to 2.3 miles because of snow and ice.
Race directors face difficult decisions when the weather is potentially hazardous to runners and volunteers, or would even hinder public safety crews from doing their jobs. Plus, you’ve got liability issues.
Another recent example is the bitter cold on New Year’s Day. In Indianapolis, Anise’s New Year’s Day race day forecast was a HIGH of 5º (with lower windchill). Even with an 11 a.m. start time, it wouldn’t even be that “warm.”
The race director sent out an email that people running a 10:00 pace or slower were invited to run a 1.5 mile version of the route and still receive medals and swag. Anise is a bit slower than that pace but is an experienced runner and used to the cold. She reached out to the race director and asked if she would be required to turn early. The answer was no, but the race director wanted to offer an option to for people to cut it short for safety.
What do you prefer when the weather isn’t good for a race? Cancellation, short course for everyone, short course option, time limits, or something different?