Waiting for the Olympic Marathon Trials

I’m so excited. I just found out that the Olympic Marathon Trials will be broadcast live this Saturday.

Live! This Saturday!

I’m running early and then planting my behind on the sofa and stuffing my face with all sorts of yummy foods (think Super Bowl party, except for running).

I have my favorites, of course. Kara Goucher. Shalane Flanagan. Amy Cragg (formerly Amy Hastings). Deena Kastor. Sarah Hall. And Renee Metivier Baille, because I like the tattoo down her waist.

2014 Peachtree 10km Road Race Atlanta, Ga July 4, 2014 Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun Victah1111@aol.com 631-291-3409 www.photorun.NET

Gooo, Renee!

As for the men, there’s just one word: Meb (Meb!).


Boston strong, baby. Photo credit: AOL

I’m also rooting for Abdi Abdirahman and Fernando Cabada (kind of a long shot but I so like this guy).

I really, really wanted to cheer on Sage Canaday, one of my favorite ultra-runners, but alas, he missed the qualifying time by 12 seconds. Can you imagine it? Twelve friggin’ seconds, poor dude.


A little eye Canaday. Photo: http://www.sagecanaday.com

I love watching running. I’ve viewed the London Marathon Women’s Race over six times. I never become bored, even after I know who wins. I love the rhythm of the runners, how their arms swing, their legs move. I love noticing small details: The slight tightening of shoulders when fatigue sets in, vague facial expressions, the way elbows drop and rise. It’s similar to a dance.

It’s also deceptive. Because watching, it looks so easy. It looks effortless. And yet they are churning out a lowish 5- minute pace, mile after long and stubborn mile.

Last week in the gym I set the treadmill on the 12 setting, which is a 5 minute pace, and tried running. I lasted less than a minute, and I was in serious danger of falling off the damned machine. The idea of maintaining such a pace for 26.25 miles is mind-boggling and something I will obviously never, ever reach in my lifetime.

So I’ll be watching and cheering on every single Olympic Marathon Trial runner, even those finishing at the back of the pack. Because marathons are tough and the paces are brutal and each runner has poured so much heart and given up huge chunks of life for this moment. And though they’ll never know it, in my sister’s living room in the Philly suburbs, I’ll be clapping, cheering, stuffing my face with popcorn and loving every single one of them.

Last week’s stats:

Monday: 6.5 miles, hilly
Tuesday: Cross trail: weights and 45 minutes bike
Wednesday: 4 miles hill work
Thursday: 8.15 miles, hilly
Friday: 4.5 miles speedwork on treadmill (.25 mile 5x 7:30 and 7:19 pace)
Saturday: Rest and lots ‘o walking
Sunday: 10 miles, flattish
Total: 33.15 miles

2 thoughts on “Waiting for the Olympic Marathon Trials

  1. ariavie

    My thoughts on the trials:

    I’m so happy they’re letting Alana Hadley run in the trials even though she’ll be too young to compete in the official games. It’s stupid that you have to be 20 years old to run the marathon, but gymnastics and swimming allow teenagers.

    My eyes are on Craig Leon for the guys. C’mon stud muffin, get it! 😉

    Matt and I have been following Sage’s attempts, and it’s a bummer there have been SO MANY near misses, for the last year, but we wonder if his (too?) frequent racing was the problem.


    1. cinthiaritchie

      Yeah, it is cool about Alana. Wonder how she’ll do? And many of the gymnastic and swimmers in the Olympics are still in high school. I think some of the gymnastic might actually be in middle school (is that possible? They look so darned young). I think Sage became a bit obsessed with qualifying, and maybe with racing too. I can’t wait to watch the race. I will think of you watching in your jammies (how odd that it will be early afternoon here in Philly and still morning out there).


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