Minute 1: Big surprise in the Leadville Trail Marathon
The Leadville Trail Marathon is 74 miles shorter than the infamous Leadville 100, but nonetheless it’s a bear of a race. That statement became literally true this month when a black bear dashed out of the woods onto a dirt road crowded with startled marathoners. No one was hurt, but the TV news account below is a little spooky nonetheless. Yogi stole the show from Kara Goucher, the American Olympian who made her trail racing debut at Leadville.
Many track and road racing fans predicted that an accomplished 40-year-old woman like Goucher would show the trail running crowd how it’s done in the big leagues. Goucher herself wasn’t smack-talking before the race, but she definitely left Leadville with a newfound respect for her sisters of the traveling dirty shorts. “I remember thinking that this is the most pain I had ever been in in my life—more than giving birth—and then I looked down at my Garmin and it said 11.6 miles,” Goucher told Outside, “I was like, oh my god. I don’t know if I’m going to make it.” The full article and interview are a terrific read.
Minute 2: What is the ideal runner’s soundtrack?
About 60% of runners hit the trails and roads with a soundtrack in their ears, according to Running USA. Beyond picking songs you like, is there any science behind an ideal running playlist? According to LIVESTRONG, the answer is “yes.” They just outlined 4 ways to pick the ideal music for your run, including selecting songs in the 150-180 beats per minute. Hits in that beat range include Eminem’s ‘Til I Collapse and Tom Petty’s Runnin’ Down a Dream, both aptly named for runners. Runner’s World chimes in with The Best Running Songs to Add to Your Playlist, while Cosmo harmonizes with women in its 40 Songs You Need on Your Running Playlist.
Minute 3: Keto works, but is it safe?
The Keto Diet continues to grow in popularity and sometimes in controversy. The low carb plan was ranked #1 on this list of The 10 Most Popular Diets of 2018, while the Mayo Clinic labeled the diet “a concern for long-term heart health.” On the plus side of the ledger, new research suggests that the Keto diet could help Navy SEALs on the battlefield and cognition among older adults. If you are concerned about diving into the trendy diet, check out this article on the 8 Signs the High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet Isn’t Right for You.
Minute 4: Gear We Love
We usually find ourselves rooting for Fitbit as the humble David to Nike’s Goliath. With the Apple Watch approaching its 5th birthday this fall, Fitbit continues to stay a few strides ahead of their rival in functionality for athletes. That lead continues to shrink, however, as described in this new article: Apple’s New Watch Update Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle … and Fitbit Should Be Worried. We still prefer the style and functionality of Fitbit over its rival, not to mention the price points. Check out our comparison guide of the Top 4 Fitbit Models.
Even though you can’t wear them, we often include books on our lists of favorite gear. New York Magazine just surveyed 11 respected athletes, coaches and authors to compile their list of The 10 Best Running Books of all time. The list has good cred with us since many of our favorites like “Running with the Buffaloes” made the podium. Most of these titles are available as audiobooks, making them excellent companions for long Sunday morning slogs.
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Minute 5: Quick Intervals
- The fastest marathoner on earth, Eliud Kipchoge, just announced that he will make another attempt at the mythical 1:59 finish time in Vienna this fall. Kipchoge won Berlin last year in 2:01 and won London this April in 2:02. His Vienna attempt will feature multiple laps on a custom-designed course in the heart of the city, allowing for excellent spectator viewing. We have chronicled his 1:59 quest before as part of the Nike Breaking2 Project.
- While Kipchoge is getting faster, the average man is taking much longer to finish a marathon. The average finish time has increased from 3:48 in 1986 to 4:32 in 2018. Women slowed from 1986 through 2001, but unlike male marathoners, they have quickened their pace over the past 7 years to an average of 4:52. The stats are included in an extensive survey from RunRepeat.
- If this race isn’t on your bucket list, it should be: The Mount Washington Road Race. Held every June on New Hampshire’s highest peak, the race attracts world-class competition and serves up incredible views. This year’s women’s race ended in an unprecedented tie at the summit between Vermont’s Heidi Caldwell and Brittni Hutton of Texas. (Hutton spends most of the year living out of her van as she journeys from race to race.) The photo finish image is here along with a race recap. Even though you missed Mt. Washington this year, the Pike’s Peak Ascent is still accepting entries for its August 24 13.3 mile race with 7,815 of elevation gain.
Minute 6: Daily Inspiration
In honor of Memorial Day and Flag Day, here’s a HOOYAH to some of the fittest folks on the planet – Navy SEALs. We like this recent challenge article from VeryWellFit: Can you complete a Navy SEALs workout? We also like the video below which chronicles a group of super fit triathletes and CrossFitters who attempt a SEAL workout on the beaches of SoCal. The detailed account of their sufferfest is here.
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