I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I had a pretty relaxing weekend, though it seemed to go by much too quickly (as usual).
The U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon for the men and women were held in Houston, TX yesterday. Being a runnerd, I was thrilled to follow both races, and even more so because I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the participants who train in this area (including several members of the locally-based Hansons-Brooks Distance Project). I also learned that two graduates of my high school ran in the women’s race, and both ran well. An event like the marathon trials really reminds me how lucky I am to live in an area with so many great runners and such a supportive running community. A huge congratulations to everyone who ran in Houston, especially the top three men (Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahman) and top three women (Shalane Flanagan, Hansons-Brooks runner Desi Davila, and Kara Goucher). Fourth-place finishers Dathan Ritzenhein and Amy Hastings also did an excellent job and will be the first alternates for the men’s and women’s Olympic teams, respectively. I think both trials races were very good and entertaining. I followed them live online, and was very disappointed that NBC chose to not provide a live stream of the races, opting instead to show a condensed two-hour program on a six-hour tape delay. Two hours of coverage on tape delay is better than nothing, but NBC can do much better.
I only ran a few times during the past week, but they were all very good runs. I do need to increase my mileage and resume speed workouts soon, but for now I’m happy with quality, pain-free runs. I did a nice 12-mile run at Stony Creek Metropark this morning and I felt pretty good throughout the run. I started to get a little tired toward the end, but I was able to keep my mile splits pretty consistent throughout the run and my fastest mile was the last one. It was a little chilly, but otherwise the weather was pretty good for Michigan in January. I really enjoy running at Stony Creek, and I need to explore the park more because I usually stick to the main six-mile loop although there are plenty of trails and other places to run within the park. They do a great job of keeping the main path clear during the winter, and it’s marked at every quarter mile. I haven’t done speed work there yet, but I’m sure that’ll change this winter. There were a lot of runners and even a few bicyclists out today, and it’s always nice to see other runners out and about.
Did you run this weekend? If so, how did it go?
Did you watch the Olympic Trials Marathon? If so, were you rooting for any specific runners?
Do you have any favorite places to run outside in the winter?