Happy Friday! As with every week, Friday Thrive is a place where I like to discuss all things running, food, and life related each week. This week is focused on running – it is, after all, the week that the BAA released acceptance and rejection notices for the Boston Marathon!
Boston Marathon registration for 2018 cut off at 3 minutes and 23 seconds – the largest cut-off in the past few years since they changed the standards.. I ran a 3:31:23 at CIM – which means I would have squeaked in by only 14 seconds if I had applied, despite running 3 minutes and 37 seconds faster than the qualifying time. (I did not apply to run Boston in 2018 for several reasons.) I could not imagine how disappointed and upset the ~5000 runners who qualified and applied but were not accepted.
At this point, I think the BAA needs to change the Boston Qualifying standards again. Based on the trends of the past few years, soon only qualifiers with 5 minutes will be able to run the marathon. I would rather have to work harder to run a sub-3:30 than spend months wondering if 3:31 was good enough. What do you think?
Fall is a busy time of year – the start of school, busy weekends, and peak race training for most runners. My most recent post on Runkeeper’s blog shares some of my top tis for training on a busy schedule – including emphasizing quality over quantity. A hard 30-45 minute run can be just as good of a workout as a 60-minute run!
Speaking of effective 30-minute running workouts, my newest weekly workout for Runkeeper provides exactly that – a hard run in 30 minutes. The Faster as You Go Fartlek begins at 10K pace, progresses to 5K pace, and finishes at mile pace. If you want a longer run, extend the warm-up and cool down or add one extra interval at each pace range.
I mentioned the Kirkland Oktoberfest in Monday’s post, but let me say again just how wonderful it is to have a drink by the water with my husband/best friend. September has been a go-go-go month, not just with birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries, but also in terms of training and work. Neither of us is a night owl or heavy drinker (we ended up giving away a good portion of our beer tickets) – the highlight was time on our weekend to just be present and unwind. And what better place to do so than on the shores of Lake Washington?
I approach many types of supplements with a mild skepticism, but beet juice (and tart cherry juice, but that’s tangential) is one that enough peer-reviewed studies affirm as a performance enhancer. And now, research is indicating that beet juice is not just good for the body – it is good for the mind. The most recent article in the Sweat Science column, “Beet Juice Keeps Your Brain Young” examines recent studies that suggest the nitric oxide found in beet juice (and beets) improves connectivity of motor regions of the brain, particularly when combined with exercise. Whether you drink beet juice or eat whole beets, there is now even more of a good reason to add them into your diet!
Do you think Boston should change their qualifying standards?
Do you like beets?