I love Meb Keflezighi. Mainly for his relentless drive to always do his best and be the best. Before my speed workout on Tuesday, I watched this video. It brought a smile to my face. The best part – when Meb recounts how his running talent was discovered. His middle school PE teacher said in order to get an A, you have to run really fast. So what did Meb do? Run a 5:20 mile. He came to America with nothing but the clothes on his back and has turned into an inspirational marathon legend. Meb makes me work harder. Read more
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My coach has me on a 6 day a week running plan. This is a little more than I am use to running but I’m happy to do it as long as I don’t get injured. I think that if I go easy when I should go easy and go hard when I should go hard, I’ll be just fine. But I’m still doing my yoga poses every morning to be on the safe side.
Yesterday after my 10 miler, I decided I was really looking forward to my rest day today. We were having brunch for my dad’s birthday so it was a perfect day to take it easy. However, as in typical Tracie fashion, before I went to bed last night I set the alarm clock for 7 am (which is the latest I ever sleep in) and planned out my strength training session. Mario’s reaction when I woke him up this morning to go to the gym: “Geez Tracie, do you ever take a rest day?”. Ummm, not if I can help it. Read more
When I first started running marathons back in 2005, I remember thinking after my second marathon, I was going to take a break from running to do something different. I was going to get back into dancing. I took dance my entire life until I graduated high school and sometimes I miss it. Well I never ended up taking my dance classes and the only dancing I really did was Thursday night salsa dancing. Up until this past Saturday, I was having the same thoughts. I should do something different after the marathon. Well as most races do, Sunday got me excited to start running again. Monday I’m meeting with my coach and I’m more than excited. It doesn’t look like dance classes are in my future. Read more
Today has been a little hectic and I haven’t had the time to put into my blog entry that I would like. Between getting ready for company this week and buying a car, we’ve had little down time. However, during the 4+ hours we spent at the car dealership, I was able to read Meb’s marathon reflection from the Olympics. It is a great read and makes me respect him even more. Read more
Running is like life. You start at the same place with your fellow runners. You all finish at the same place. How you do is largely up to you. If you win, you congratulate your team and yourself. If you lose, you evaluate how to improve. You can’t make excuses like “He didn’t pass me the ball” or “The coach didn’t put me in.” It’s on you. That’s the beauty of the sport.
December of 2010 my cousin Dan waited who knows how long, to get me a signed copy of Meb’s book, Run to Overcome. I read it in a day. Meb’s story fascinated me and inspired me. And after his amazing finish on Sunday, I am reminded of why I admire him as a human being and as an athlete. Meb has suffered. He has gone through very difficult times, overcome many hardships, but has continued to have that awesome smile on his face. He is strong, hard working, genuine, and above all, an incredibly positive person. When Meb was 6 years old, his father left Eritrea and walked 225 miles to Sudan’s border in order to provide a better life for his family. Meb possesses that same love and determination.
The book is a reminder to us all that life is what we put into it, love is selfless, and staying positive in the face of adversity will carry us to the next day. Read the book if you get a chance. Meb is a true inspiration.
Then you should watch this Citi commercial. Meb’s WHOO at the end makes me smile every time I see it.
Happy Trails and Happy Running !
First and foremost, a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Meb Keflezighi on his amazing 4th place finish in today’s marathon. I have to be honest – I had all but counted him out halfway through the race. He seemed so far back, and I thought it was highly unlikely he would be able to catch up to the other runners. But as with the marathon, anything can happen. One by one, he picked off the other runners and went from 20th to 4th. What an amazing way to complete his last Olympics. And my heart goes out to Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman. Some races just don’t turn out the way we hope.
Now to the Kenyans…
Although a Kenyan did not take gold today, one can not deny their unbelievably amazing running talents. There are many reasons we believe contribute to their dominance of the long distance running field. Altitude, diet, their need to escape poverty, running from an early age, etc. John Burnett from NPR spent a few days last month eating like the Kenyans and his article makes a point well worth noting: the Kenyans eat simple. No special drinks, no special bars, no protein powders, and no supplements.
“It’s just normal Kenyan food — vegetables, spaghetti, ugali,” said Wilson Kipsang, captain of the Kenyan marathon team… They eat food eaten by ordinary Kenyans. You wouldn’t expect an Olympian to eat what they eat. The cook is not a sports dietician, just a woman from the village,” he said, chuckling.
On top of their typical Kenyan food, their approach to fluid intake is also a little different.
Hundreds of aspiring athletes — and a few world record holders — ran past us with efficient, relaxed strides in their daily 30- to 40-kilometer course along the rust-colored paths surrounding Iten. Not one of them carried a water bottle.
No special drinks. No special food. And they continue to dominate. I’m the first to admit I’m always looking for foods or drinks that may give me that extra boost. I mean I actually consumed an entire bottle of beet juice the day before a race because I thought it would improve my performance. But Burnett’s article has encouraged me to reflect a little more on the sport. Running, for as complex as we can make it, is still a simple sport. There is no replacement for the miles of training. There is no magic food… well maybe chia seeds Simple, clean nutrition is what your body needs. Even Meb says in this article that he has no specific nutrition plan – just a clean diet and to have pasta the night before a race.
Tomorrow marks 12 weeks until my next race. I’ve been running all summer injury free and have been able to put in more miles per week than normal. I’m focusing more on finding joy in the sport. Take easy days, push hard, rest, eat, and pay attention to my body. Certainly I am no Kenyan but I appreciate their approach to the sport.
Happy Last Day of the Olympics!
This morning I was reading an article about Meb Keflezighi and his preparation for the Olympic marathon on Sunday. He gave a brief look into his training and how he addresses recovery. One of the things he mentioned was recovery boots. Recovery boots? That’s a new one for me so it immediately peaked my interest. What I imagined (some cool boots to go with my compression socks), was far from reality. Recovery boots are intense and when I make millions, I might just buy a pair for $1200.
The Pump is an FDA approved, medical grade SIPC-Sequential, Intermittent, Pneumatic, Compression device with 4-chambered sleeves that inflation sequential from the toes to the base of the buttock. Device used for recovery in maximal, endurance sports. The Boots massage the muscles to improve circulation during use and help reduce swelling, soreness and fatigue, all while you rest and relax.
The brand used my Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall is NormaTec. They are quite a bit more expensive – $1650 for us normal athletes and you have to call if you want info on ordering the elite system. Their website has a detailed science section and testimonial section. Some other athletes using the NormaTec boots are Chrissie Wellington, Kevin Garnett, Shaq, Levi Leipheimer, Craig Alexander, and Steve Nash. Heck, even Mark Wahlberg has a pair of the NormaTec boots.
Why are these boots good for the athlete? The boots increase circulation and venous blood flow, reduces swelling, and massages all of the muscles in your lower extremities (thighs, calves, ankles, feet). In addition, before a workout, the boots can be used to energize your muscles.
Right now I’m sticking to my compression socks (mainly because I clearly can not afford $1200+ for a pair of recovery boots). BUT I am keeping them in mind so one day in the very distant future, I might just buy a pair.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Ever since I read that Desiree Davila and Meb Keflezighi were suffering from injuries and were questionable about running the marathon, I’ve been checking the news every morning for an update. So far it seems both runners are still planning to run, although they have a few more days to make a decision. Davila has been struggling with a hip flexor tendon injury and Keflezighi strained a muscle during the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon back in June.
My heart was very sad this morning when I read that Paula Radcliffe would be dropping out of the August 5th race due to a foot injury. She is considered by many to be the greatest female distance runner and holds the world record for the marathon with a time of 2:15:25.
“I have been through the mill emotionally and physically the past three weeks, cried more tears than ever, vented more frustration and at the same time calmly tried every direction and avenue available to heal myself,” Radcliffe said in a statement. “As desperate as I was to be part of the amazing experience of the London Olympics, I don’t want to be there below my best.”
I remember watching the 2004 Olympics in Athens and when she dropped out, I cried with her. How hard it must be to dedicate practically your entire adult life to something only to not have it work out the way you were hoping in the end. But even if she never gets the Olympic finish she has worked so hard for, she still has quite a few accomplishments to her name. Other than being the female world record holder in the marathon, she has won the London Marathon three times, the New York City Marathon twice, and the Chicago Marathon once. In addition, she has won the Half Marathon World Championship three times and holds the world record in the 10,000 meters. I can only imagine how hard of a decision this was for her, but I still admire her for all that she has accomplished. She has had an amazing running career, and who knows that the future holds. I wish her the best and hope that she finds peace with this decision.
One more week to go until the women’s marathon… I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Desiree and Meb!
Happy Trails and Happy Running,