Today is Tuesday, but I’m really starting to realize that I need at least 2 Saturdays in every week. Come Sunday nights, I just feel like there is soooo much stuff left that I want to do and I’m all “nooooo why is it over??” As I sat on my couch on Sunday and had a Jurassic Park marathon, I read some pretty cool stuff on the web that I wanted to share with you!
1.) Via Marathon: No Evidence “Marathon Dad” Cheated*:
(*edited after original post was published because title was worded incorrectly.)
I’m sure you all have heard the story by now: Mike Rossi, Pennsylvania Dad, ran Boston this past April. He brought his kids along with him and upon returning them to school, received a letter that their 3 day absence wouldn’t be excused. Rossi posted about the educational value his kids received from this trip and the thread went viral- it seemed everyone was talking about this running dad- Even People magazine! From there, multiple threads popped up questioning Rossi’s qualifying time for the 2015 Boston Marathon. From Runner’s World:
“Rossi, 47, of Rydal, Pennsylvania, finished the 2014 Via Marathon in 3:11:45, which qualified him to participate in the 2015 Boston Marathon. He completed the Boston Marathon in 4:01:42”
I’m glad he has been proven innocent, but there are a few things that I am wondering about: Other runners around him were photographed several times on the course, but Rossi had no pics. That’s odd. As a person who has run a ton of races, I know that I have had some races where I’ve been photographed only at the end of it and once along the course-but that hardly ever happens. His timing chip clocked him in only at the start and the finish, and if I read the article correctly-there weren’t any more mats along the route.
Also, Rossi has apparently done a lot of races and his times are not consistent with his BQ time of 3:11…. If there is anyone who understands leaps in finishing times- it is me. My own times from even just 3 years ago don’t match my latest, faster times. I remember how AMAZING it felt to BQ. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of how triumphant that moment was for me. I could write a whole book on crossing that finish line and I told anyone who had ears (and still do) about my 1st BQ moment. HOT DAMN, it was important to me. Anyway, this strikes a chord with me because Rossi trained really hard, BQ’d, yet didn’t really post anything about this GIGANTIC moment on his blog or other social media outlets….? How come?? I don’t know….I guess as someone who tried for YEARS and YEARS to get the BQ…. I don’t get not posting about it? But that’s just me. Maybe he didn’t want to seem like he was bragging? (Although I never felt like I was bragging?)
I will say this: I did not read the multiple forums questioning his times..I had no desire to. My own halved marathon times have been snarled on before by trolls– so I respect that he most likely did complete the race and didn’t cheat. If he DID cheat-than shame on him
(and karma is a b****). BUT, I would like to believe that he worked hard and all of that paid off for him with his shiny 3:11 BQ/PR!
OF COURSE HE DID— HE IS THE AMAZING MEB!!!!!!!!! I love Meb!! Such a cool, humble, amazing dude. Someday-I am going to meet him. From Runner’s World:
“Keflezighi, who turned 40 on May 5, two weeks after finishing eighth in his Boston Marathon title defense, clocked 44:23 for 15K and 47:39 for 10 miles”
Holy moly that is FAST. I get excited when I hit 6:20 miles.. Meb’s warmup is probably 6:20 miles…Meb clocked 10 miles at a 4:46 pace, not to mention went on to complete the half in 1:02:29. I want to be Meb when I grow up!!!!
3.) Save the best for last!! 92 year old Hariette Thompson completed the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon on Sunday and became the oldest woman to complete a marathon!
(Photo credit: runner’s World)
From Runner’s World:
“Harriette Thompson, 92, became the oldest woman to complete a marathon on Sunday when she finished the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in 7:24:36. She surpassed the record set by Gladys Burrill, who ran 9:53:16 at the 2010 Honolulu Marathon, 19 days after her 92nd birthday, when she was 74 days younger than Thompson is now.”
This lady is one hot ticket-and she has been through SO MUCH! In the past 2 years, she has battled cancer, dealt with the recent death of her husband (January) and awful leg wounds as a result of the chemo that she underwent. This tough chick has completed this race for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 16 times since 1999- Missing only 2013 as she was battling cancer. Her son Brenny now accompanies her along the course. He makes sure that his momma is well protected, hydrated, and he fields off the constant requests for photographs. He tells them “Don’t stop her, just take a selfie”. Upon coming across the finish line, Harriette said the cheering was “like Lindbergh coming in after his flight” because of the people that greeted her at the finish line. She said that all you have to do is get to be 90 something and you’ll get the attention she has gotten! Harriette cracks me UP and has just become one of my running inspirations! I can see myself dancing across the finish line until I’m 100!
Cheers to many, many more good running years Hariette, and you keep rocking on!
Any good running stories to share?