Haile Gebrselassie took first place in the Berlin Marathon today with a time of 2 hours 4 minutes and 26 seconds. This is a world record besting Paul Tergat’s previous world record by 29 seconds (also set in Berlin).
I first heard about Gebrselassie in an episode of Endurance Planet (MP3 file). Haile is 34 years old and set his 25th world record with this win today. He took $71,000 for winning the race and another $71,000 for setting a world record at the marathon.
He was previously a middle distance runner and this is only his 7th marathon attempt. Read more articles about the event.
I have been reading the Run to Win website for over a year. Blaine, the author, focuses on running news and ways to improve your personal training. Most of the time it deals with running itself, but he also covers great information for cross training.
Recently he posted about what to do when dogs chase you. He also gives book reviews somewhat regularly. When he gave away a copy of Coast to Coast a year and a half ago is when I started keeping up with the site. I did not win the book, but consequently bought it and wrote a review of it myself.
Check out Run to Win for the latest track and distance running news as well as great information to keep you on the road doing what you enjoy.
Today we had a big activity planned. Nothing really important, only that we wanted to get together with some friends at a park. If we got rained out, it would just mean that we would try and schedule it again in the future. But, we had been psyched up for this for a couple of weeks.
With all the rain we had been having this week, we were concerned that we would not be able to eat watermelon and throw a football together. However, it did not rain today and only got up to 90 degrees. When we got to the park at 5:00 this evening it was a nice 84 degrees. It cooled on down to 81 by the time we left, four hours later.
There was one complication with the rain though. This is a two level park and has a small lake in it with lots of running trails. You can go up the hills to the upper level which is even with the ground level of the area, or go down to what looks like an area that had been strip mined years before. The lower level was totally flooded! It was a huge lake. The difference in the two levels is probably 20 feet and the water level was up maybe 5 feet higher than normal.
We had a good time and I got to have a short chat with one of the elite runners from the area. This park is a very popular training spot for runners. I saw Joel running for the first 2 hours we were there. He ran with different people at different paces and was doing some sprints during this time too. He ran the 10K with me this weekend and won in a time that was 21 minutes faster than my time. This is the first time I had met him and he invited me to train with them and their coach. He assured me that there were old people who trained with them as well and that I could find a pace group that would fit my speed.
We have had 32″ of rain since Sunday morning! There is usually a pattern to the rain during rainy season. We expect it to rain a couple of hours in the late afternoon every day. Previous to Sunday we had not had any rain in 2 weeks.
Sunday it rained just about all day. At least off and on most of the day. Monday it just rained in the afternoon. Tuesday the rain was torrential. After we dropped our son off at his Tae Kwon Do class, we went to the grocery store. It rained so hard that I could not carry on a phone conversation while in the store. It was just too loud pounding on the roof of the store. It then sprinkled on and off all night. It was even raining this morning when we got up. That makes 2 days this week that it has rained in the morning, which is very rare.
It has not gotten over 90 all week. Sunday’s high was only 84. That is very nice. Our projected highs over the next few days will be between 86 and 92. Sweet!
I chose a different outdoor location to record this episode that I have used in the past. I moved to my side yard. The birds don’t seem to be as noisy over there. There was also less traffic noise. Enjoy.