If you live under a rock, or have better things to do with your Saturdays, today was the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, Texas - for both men and women. I know international races often have more prestige and have a wider range of competitors, but I really enjoyed this because I honestly felt like I would have been happy no matter who won.
So it was (in order) Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila and Kara Goucher who rounded out the top 3 for women, and who will be representing the US in the Olympics come summer. For the men, top 3 were Meb, Ryan Hall and Abdi.
There was no live video coverage of the event, so I followed along with the Runner's World updates online for a little over two and a half hours - AKA exactly the time I planned to do a long run. Whoops. All of a sudden it was 11:15 and time to run. Hopped on the treadmill (still no uphills/downhills on the schedule for me) and ran a half marathon. Please ignore the fact that it took me longer to run a half marathon on the treadmill than it did for the guys today to run an entire marathon. Details.
That's 13.1 in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds. I really was not feeling this run today, but I think the whole Olympic trials pushed me to finish. So what's a gal to do after a morning of reading running updates and then running? Take an ice bath, scarf some food and watch the two hour recap of the race all over again, duh!
I truly believe that if I mention one more thing about this marathon today my husband will just walk out. Poor guy needs to detox from girly running nonsense. I promised him a trip to see a movie called "Bad Guys, Guns, Action and Explosions" or something like that tomorrow. They're all the same to me.
Did you follow the US Olympics Marathon Trials today? Video or live updates?
Please don't judge that I did both. I only felt a little ridiculous watching a race where I already knew the exact outcome.
Any great runs today inspired by the race? Do races make you want to run more?
Races always make me want to run right afterwards. Whenever hubby watches me race, he is usually excited to run for a while afterwards. The excitement of the finish line is so thrilling and inspirational!