This week last year I had marathons on my mind.

  • I wrote a lengthy article that explains why 50 Marathons in 50 Days is impressive. The sport can not really afford to be insular, and people like Dean Karnazes and Sam Thompson can much more easily relate to the “average” runner than somebody like Scott Jurek or Robert Cheriyout.
  • On a personal note, it took 5 weeks of low mileage to decondition. I managed to regain that level of fitness in the two months that I had before the New York City Marathon, though, so it was only a temporary setback. I also began lifting weights with a wedding ring on, which has surprisingly enough brought in quite a bit of search traffic to the website.
  • The B.A.A. published a press release that they were going to move up the start of the Boston Marathon by 2 hours to 10:00 a.m. I predicted that there was going to be a blizzard due to the earlier starting time (despite my approval of moving the race up), and I was not too far off of the mark. A Nor’Easter blew through right before the race.