Five good reasons to start running in the winter. After a longer than two year break from running (it’s a loooong story), I’m back – I started running again on January 1st. That’s right – I started running smack-dab in the middle of a very cold, very snowy Canadian winter.
What motivates you when your in a race be it a triathlon or running event? Do the signs of your friends and family keep you going or distract you? The photo is a collage of signs myself and Karen’s family made to keep her going during the Alberta Challenge Triathlon. Karen was competing in her [...]
“Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes, Runner
Many of us are now in the time of year where the colder weather is approaching as fast as the dark evening hours, and the beginning of winter is issuing a challenge to runners everywhere to find the time and the motivation to get out and run.
There is no doubt that out of all the road running distances available, the marathon has by far the most appeal. Nearly everyone who has run a 5k or a 10k will, at some stage, dream
Running may not be the best spectator sport, but compelling running makes for compelling viewing. In the YouTube age, we have greater access to running video than ever before.
In the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, running coach Sam Mussabini tells Harold Abrahams, “you can’t put in what God’s left out.” The implication is that you’re either born with the natural talent to be fast, or you’re not. [ad#inPost-Big] On the surface, this quote seems to imply that if you’re not fast now, then [...]
We’ve all done it. You get into the car and drive 2 minutes for a jug of milk, when it would have been just as easy, and healthier, to walk or cycle. Today seems like a good day to vow to change your world. Sustrans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity, is sponsoring its second [...]
The crime is not to avoid failure, the crime is to not give triumph a chance. —H. Weldon
No wonder experience is the best teacher. It has to teach us things we don’t want to learn. —Unknown
Growing up, I loved watching sport on the telly, and my favourite events were the running competitions. I always had boundless admiration for these athletes, and I guess it was back then that my own love for running started. I have often philosophised about what defines an athlete.
It is often said that it takes 30 days to form a pattern and 90 days to form a habit, but as Jim Ryun says, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” So how do you get motivated to do things like run and keep to a training schedule?
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. Edward Eggleston
26.2 Marathon Stories is a lovingly crafted tribute from two authors who obviously have a deep, personal connection with marathoning.
When you are through changing, you are through. –Bruce Barton
Death tugs at my ear and says, “Live, I am coming.” –Oliver Wendall Holmes
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.– Goethe
Kids grow up so fast. Trust me, I know. My two year old just told me the other day that she needs some privacy in the washroom. Time with our children is precious, but our running and health shouldn’t be compromised.
Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. — Doug Larson
I got this gem from David’s Flickr page and thought I’d share what he wrote me when I asked him for permission to feature it here. Mark, I just now saw your nice words about my surreal encounter with Pre. You are welcome to use the pic and story on your web site. The thing [...]
Here’s a terrific story about how Anne Mahlum of Philadephia, Pennsylvania is making a big difference in the lives of homeless people through running
Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.–Okakura Kakuzo
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they’re capable of understanding. – Steve Prefontaine Submitted by Janelle V.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. –George Bernard Shaw
So you’re feeling old and tired and like maybe you should hang up the running shoes. As if!
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.– Walter Elliott
Gertrude Stein once famously said that the answer is there ain’t no answer.
An old African proverb says……
You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win. –Sugar Ray Leonard
It is a hard rule of life, and I believe a healthy one, that no great plan is ever carried out without meeting and overcoming endless obstacles that come up to try the skill of man’s hand, the quality of his courage, and the endurance of his faith.–Donald Douglas
I had not heard of the World Harmony Run until I went looking for some good video and when I found this clip I felt like I had opened a door to a new world – a world where harmony and peace are a priority. The World Harmony Run was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987. From their website: The World Harmony Run is a global relay that seeks to
Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present. –Rudy Guiliani
The impossible is often untried. –Jim Goodwin
This remarkable film clip shows Bill Rodger’s 1979 Boston Marathon win
Don’t oppose forces. Use them. –Buckminster Fuller
The Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope pits runner against elevation, loose volcanic rock. 50 degree temperature changes and sheer will. For a lucky few there is gold in them thar hills
If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.–Calvin Coolidge
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
We go from whining infant to waddling toddler to gold-medal sprinter partly by nature, but mostly by will and determination and intelligence.
I always feel a little apologetic when I use a professionally produced commercial as the inspirational video of the week but sometimes they just speak to me. As the perenial Queen of Cheap Excuses this one had me at ‘my dog is sick’
In play we reveal what kind of people we are. –Ovid
Exhaustion is the shortest way to equality and fraternity.–Friedrich Nietzsche
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.–Mark Twain
We must travel in the direction of our fear.–John Berryman
The hardest years in life are those between 10 and 70. –Helen Hayes
Running is 80 percent mental.–Joan Benoit Samuelson
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better–Albert Camus
Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose. –George Meredith
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. –M. Kathleen Casey
There is a one day showing of the movie The Spirit of the Marathon on January 24, 2008. It is playing in many cities across the nation and tickets are available on-line. I’ve included a trailer to what promises to be an inspirational and interesting documentary following the marathon journey of both amateur and professional [...]
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming. – Frank Shorter
It’s that time of year when it’s dark in the morning and it’s dark in the early evening and it’s cold. It’s that time of year when getting in a good workout means bundling up and facing the possibility of a run made difficult and uncomfortable by the elements. It’s also that time of year [...]
Every runner has greatness in them. What makes you great?
The outpouring of emotion surrounding the tragic death of Ryan Shay reached its cathartic peak on Saturday as thousands of runners from across North America participated in what may be a first of its kind – the “virtual” 5.5 Mile Ryan Shay Memorial Run. Ever since the run was suggested, runners everywhere have chimed in [...]
Today is dedicated to Ryan Shay who died while running in the Olympic Trials in New York City. Ryan’s story is well known to most people who read this blog. Less well known is the story of Dorothy Barnett-Griffin who died during the swim portion of the Ironman Florida race the next day. After losing [...]
Inventor Spot takes a look at 10 interesting sports ads, of which Nike’s “You’re faster than you think” campaign in Canada is one. Running ad campaigns that go beyond the trite or the commercial are rare, but they do exist. Brooks’ Run World Run campaign was a hit in 2004, featuring this video (music by [...]
Last week we featured a documentary that was produced in conjunction with the Achilles Track Club, an organization dedicated to developing disabled athletes. This week’s video features their head coach, Todd Philpott and tells a bit more about what the organization does and how they do it.
Things you can do when you have a new baby in the house, and she stops you from running (babies have that power): Buy a jogging stroller. It will take a few months until she’s big enough to go in it, but you can immediately start dreaming about your quality time together. Rest. Remember, recovery [...]
This post is a tribute to all of the members of the RBF who are heading to Staten Island early tomorrow morning to run across the bridge, through Brooklyn and Queens, into Manhatten, over to the Bronx and back to Manhatten to the finish line of the New York City Marathon in Central Park. Our [...]
Just a little reminder that Nova airs its Marathon Challenge TV Special tomorrow, Tuesday October 30th. Check their site for details.
Note To RSS Subscribers: There are two Youtube videos embedded in this post. Visit the site directly if you cannot see them. — I thought I’d try something fun today and challenge you to join me writing on a subject. If this goes over well, perhaps we’ll do it on a regular basis. The question [...]
Today is the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. For triathletes this is our Boston Marathon, our Superbowl, our World Series, our World Cup. Slightly over 1800 athletes ranging in age from 19 to 78 will set out to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a marathon. Some are pros, some are age [...]
Watch this amazing footage of Sunday’s Chicago’s winners. It doesn’t get any closer or more exciting than this folks! Recent Posts from this Author’s Blog
Yes I know, Mark beat me to the headline but really, can you sing the praises of a 2:04:26 marathon finish too often? Not on a site called the Complete Running Network! For this video you need to be able to sing in German, or at least be able to understand it. Since most of [...]
I ran my first marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program. I raised about $3,700, met some of our mentors (people stricken with blood cancers) and felt really good about my participation. Many of us run for cause. There are many causes to run for, all worthy. I also make a [...]
We got a great email from NOVA today telling us about their upcoming show, NOVA’s Marathon Challenge. In cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association and Tufts University, NOVA was granted unprecedented access to the Boston Marathon course. In the summer of 2006, we began following 13 hopeful novices as they took the first step toward [...]
Professional athletes have an ability to dig deep and hold pace that leaves me slack jawed. This video shows Maryam Yusuf Jamal hanging on by a very short margin as Yelena Soboleva gains on her at the Osaka IAAF World Championships. I can only imagine the pain and determination required to keep from getting passed [...]
The other day I discovered a Wall Street Journalstory that distilled findings from academic studies of human happiness into seven lessons. The list related to money and careers, but I wondered how runners could use it to become the best they can be. Here are the lessons and explanations configured for both the casual and [...]
A funny thing happens when you roll the dice and start cross-training by swimming and riding your bike. You realize that you could probably manage a triathlon. You get intrigued. You sign up for a local Tri for Fun and before you know it you’re hooked. This weekend marks the half way point between Ironman [...]
When I was first commissioned (i.e. asked to volunteer) to provide the Saturday Inspirational Video I showcased a trailer for a film called ‘Runners High’ about a program in Oakland California that trains kids to run a marathon. I recently had the opportunity to see the film and found myself deeply moved by the journeys [...]
Mr. Fields would have made a lousy runner. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. Then give up. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” – W.C. Fields
All I have to say to Mr. Foxx is that “someday” will be a lot farther off for some of us! “Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.” – Redd Foxx
Ask most runners who their idol is, and you usually get one if the greats, Zatopek, Prefontaine, Shorter, Rodgers, Gebrselassie, and so on. My personal choice is different. The runner I have the greatest admiration for is America’s sole Olympic marathon participant in 2000, Rod DeHaven. He was never world class, though a marathon PR [...]
St. George’s, Bermuda. Ding! The ship’s computer cheerfully acknowledges my existence. The smiling crew member hands my key card back to me. Thank you Dianna, have a nice morning! It’s Wednesday, July 11th and I’m standing on King’s Wharf in St. George’s, Bermuda. I step off the cruise ship, take a deep breath and realize [...]
We all have tough training days when our legs feel like lead and we’re just not in the mood. What would you do if you had no legs? How about no fingers—just a long thumb-like appendage at the end of each deformed arm? I guess you wouldn’t have to complain about your leaden legs any [...]
1) Runners are sexy – with the possible exception of swimmers, there’s no one with better bods out there. Great legs, tiny buns, and a little bit of upper body that you can’t get with cycling. 2) Runners are low-maintenance. Shoes, road, and … well, that’s it. 3) Runners are sociable – think about all [...]
Next week, from July 23th to July 25th, 90 people—including 18 women—will start a race in Death Valley, Calif., that will end 135 miles later high up on Mt. Whitney. This is the Kiehl’s Badwater Ultramarathon. If you have never rented the movie “Running on the Sun,” I can’t recommend it enough. It is a [...]
I think Joan’s been hangin’ with the wrong runners! “The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.” – Joan Rivers
Do you think George may have stumbled on the difference between elite versus non-elite runners? “Have you ever noticed? Anyone going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” – George Carlin
Galen Rupp is a Junior at Oregon State University with a very impressive running record. His coach is 3 time NYC Marathon winner Alberto Salazar. When Rupp was in high school he attempted to break a 4 minute mile. Watch this video to see how things turned out.
In 1982 a 23-year-old college student named Julie Moss made the most memorable and remarkable trip to the finish line of the Kona Ironman Championship on record. In the lead for most the latter part of the race, she found herself out of energy and falling to the pavement just yards from the finish. She [...]
“The obstacle is the path.” – Zen Saying
In my short running career I have had more than my share of memorable races, both good and bad. There was my first road race, a 5k in 90°F heat, for which I carbo-loaded the night before like I was running an ultra. That fettuccine Alfredo did me no favors on race day, but I [...]
Scratch that – this isn’t about motivation. We’re all motivated to run, be it to drop a couple of pounds, set a new PR, or just spend time with the other runners in our life. The problem we all face is one of execution – actually getting our butts out the door and on the [...]
Happy father’s day to all you dads out there!
Last week Daniel Komen ran the fastest ever mile on American soil at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon. It was not a world record but it was a blazing sub 4 mile – 3:48.28 to be exact. When I looked up the Prefontaine Classic’s history I discovered that Daniel Komen still holds the World’s Record [...]
We all have our reasons for running. We want fitness and speed and PRs and time alone and lots of other things. Some of us are super serious and competitive and some of us are just starting out and haven’t really committed to reasons yet and some of us are just working to stay healthy. [...]
One of my favorite sayings is “Fall down seven times, get up eight”. It’s what anyone trying to do something difficult needs to keep in mind. We all stretch ourselves to reach new goals and sometimes we fail and the only real antidote to failure is to put the disappointment behind us and just keep [...]
It’s a big run weekend with lots of runs posted to the CRN Race calendar. Everyone goes into a race with some sort of goal in mind—everything from “qualify for the Boston Marathon” to “finish” to “have fun.” Sometimes we reach our goals and sometimes we don’t and sometimes we accomplish something that wasn’t a [...]
We runners are a hardy bunch. We push ourselves to exhaustion. We sometimes break bones and scrape skin seeking out stressful situations to see just how far we can push ourselves. Sometimes we do all this while overcoming some immense obstacles. If you’re San Luis Obispo, Calif., pulmonologist Tom Vendegna, 43, you run to reverse [...]
Spring is here, at least in most of the country, and with the warmer weather comes all kinds of extra demands on your time: yard work, cookouts, kids’ soccer games, etc. It’s easy to let your training slip at this time of year. I know that I often run more miles during the cold winter [...]
In 1972 Steve Prefontaine set the American record in the 1972 5k (13:22.8) and was set to compete in the 1972 Olympic Games. The race shown in this video is the epitome of drive and determination. You can practically feel the lactic acid building up in your legs and your lungs as you watch it. [...]
“No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” —Roger Bannister
The sport of distance-running is undoubtedly dominated by East Africans. Women and men from countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Morocco have indelibly and literally altered the face of the sport. Paradoxically, despite their astounding success, African runners perform in virtual anonymity. This article marks the start of a series of articles, titled Better Know [...]
“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.” —Bruce Barton
Today, it’s a two-fer! Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. —Mark Twain You can’t really be strong until you see a funny side to things. —Ken Kesey
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. – William James
Any time a conversation at a party or business meeting comes around to running, as it somehow always does, it’s inevitable that one of the non-runners in the discussion will ask: Why do you run? I, like most runners, have any number of stock answers to this question: Because I love it; it’s great exercise; [...]
Watching this clip makes me want to hop in the car, drive down to the Monterey Bay and just run. (The Team in Training South Bay Run Team from Los Gatos, California.)
I have run 3 marathons and I only wish I had watched this video before each of them. This is one woman’s description of her thoughhttp://completerunning.com/archives/2007/03/03/i-couldnt-have-said-it-better-myself/ts and feelings as she runs her first marathon.
Today I give you a video of my bud Dean Karnazes. Dean is by no means the only guy in the country who suffers from a certain version of lunacy that compels him to run in 100+ mile increments but he’s the only one I’ve met personally. For 2006 his shtick was to run 50 [...]
You know the one about how if you fail to attend a meeting all tasks identified at that meeting are assigned to you? It has a cousin called, “Dis da man’s video choice and you get to pick them from now on.” Actually, I am honored to have been invited to be your Saturday Inspirational [...]
More often than not, the videos I show here on Saturdays feature male runners. This is not by design. In fact, I often find it difficult to find videos featuring female runners. But today, I found an amazing little gem that brought me close to tears. The video features a young woman with the universal message that running is, for many of us, time where we can reflect on life and sort things out.
“All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. —Charles Kingsley
What do YOU think about when you are running? I don’t know about you, but I don’t listen to music when I run alone so I end up either talking to myself or thinking. Running sure allows for time to do some great thinking and planning of my life. So I guess the question to ask would be “what do I think about?”
“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
Matthew Campbell (1888-1939)
A recent article by Mark right here on CompleteRunning.com got me to thinking about what it means to be a consistent runner. Those thoughts and a short excerpt in Runners World led me to this site: the United States Running Streak Association, Inc., which allows membership only to runners who have logged at least one mile every day for a period of time. Beansprout—you’re eligible—way to go!
Here are some photos of Whitemud Creek (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) in the winter. The creek freezes over and is quite safe to run on after a few weeks of cold weather. These ice trails are shared by runners, cross country skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts and hikers.
She’s a runner with average running talent. But what she’s about to accomplish today is definitely not average. No. It’s much more than that. Through goal setting, determination and her passion for running, today, Beansprout will reach a milestone that deserves everyone’s attention.
It’s the holiday season, and like most people at this time of year, a bit of reflection is in order. So here goes my 2 cents worth of introspection and reflection. Hi! I’m Lee and I’m a runner. Yes I’m addicted, and I’m not going to give it up! This is a (mostly) harmless addiction [...]
I was very fortunate to run into a lady at my local running store who would end up being my mentor and coach through several marathons. Her name is Cathy Meyers and she will be running her 56th marathon this Sunday. The The Wellstone Dallas White Rock Marathon,Texas, also marks her 10-year anniversary of running. [...]
I’m prone to deep thinking at precisely the time I can ill afford it: When a major deadline draws near. So on the cusp of completing a big work project, I’m now wondering what it must be like to run a race that you know is your last. This thought comes courtesy of a man [...]
Warning: This article is for people in a constant struggle to find the will to exercise. It may not be appealing if you are not one of those people, or if you are the type of person who prefers to focus only on the warm, fuzzy side of life. —————— The Jedi & You The [...]
I’m quite sure that there are people out there who never feel unmotivated or unexcited to get out there and pound the pavement. I’m also quite sure that I’m not one of those people. Don’t get me wrong, I love to run. I love the feeling I get when I’m done and I’ve accomplished my [...]
Hi, my name’s Bill, and I’m a runner. I didn’t set out to be a runner, it just sort of happened. I thought, for many years, that I was a cyclist, caught somewhere in the grey space between man and machine, somehow transcending both to become some sort of cool, mech-human hybrid riding off into [...]
If you don’t know the story of Terry Fox, you should. The night before his leg was amputated, Terry Fox read about an amputee who ran the New York City Marathon. The article inspired Terry’s Marathon of Hope, an incredible cross-Canada run on an artificial leg to raise money for cancer research. Terry’s story inspired [...]
There are thousands of anxiety-riddled runners this month signed up for a marathon. Hundreds of them will not make it, to the start or to the finish. Some will become sick and say, “That’s it.” Some will be overwhelmed by conditions or personal turmoil and decide, “There’s just no way.” Still others will limp to [...]
Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win. —Tom Fleming
Our World’s Strongest Dad post from a few weeks ago continually brings people to CRN so we thought we’d feature two more video clips by this amazing dynamic duo. These two video clips are more documentary in nature than World’s Strongest Dad was. Are you ready to be inspired? Team Hoyt: An Inspiring Story of [...]
“But whatever happens,” he said,”I will run.” – 2 Samuel 18:23
I have always been an avid collector of inspirational quotations. Through my journey, I have found many great running quotes (that’s another article) that describe the many challenges runners face and their dedication to the sport. I have also found many non-running quotes that apply very well to running. Here are my favorite 10 non-running [...]
So, it appears that another fall is upon us. Fall, if I may be blunt, ROCKS. Straight up Kicks Tail and Takes Names, as far as running is concerned. Summer gets all the glory, winter gets all the tough cred, and spring gets all the beauty and joy, but for me, fall is the time [...]
A classic piece of unbelievable determination as demonstrated by Julie Moss. As the announcer in this video said, Ironman hasn’t been the same since.
“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve
For over last three years I have had a chronic knee injury which has limited me to running shorter distances (about 10 miles per week). This is quite a quite a decline for me as I was sometimes running more than 40 miles per week when I was training for marathons. Due to my knee [...]
I can’t imagine anyone not being impressed with Paula Radcliffe. She’s not only super talented, she’s super determined. As is depicted in this nifty video-montage, Paula came back after her defeat at the Greece Olympics with a vengeance and won in convincing fashion at New York and in London. Paula, if you happen upon this [...]
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius. Joseph Addison
When people learn I’m married, they’ll frequently ask if my husband runs too. My usual response: “Thank heavens, no.” Truth is, there’s only room for one runner in this relationship. We aren’t an athletically mismatched couple, as The New York Times outlined last week. He’s always taken physical fitness just as seriously as I do. [...]
Whoever said running is boring has not had the privilege of running with some of the great people I have. Over the years I have run with many running groups and running partners. I used to be a group leader for a marathon training program organized by a local running store. Every Sunday I would [...]
When I first started running, 12 years ago, I ran one block. One block. Then I walked the rest of the mile I had routed out using the odometer on my car. I eventually worked myself up to completing that mile—at a pace of about 15 minutes per mile. At that rate, any dedicated walker [...]
It doesn’t get any more inspiring than this, folks! For your viewing amazement, here are Dick and Rick Hoyt. Note: This YouTube video may not be visible in bloglines or other feed readers.
“It is very difficult to train for a marathon; but it is even more difficult to not be able to train for a marathon.” – Aaron Douglas Trimble
When I first started running, I made every mistake you can think of, and then some. I ran every workout too fast. I never took rest days, leading to the inevitable injuries. I ate right before I ran. And, most memorably, I ran my first half-marathon in cotton socks that became saturated halfway through the [...]
Now, I think I would be guilty of being a bit dramatic if I compared being diagnosed with a terminal illness to that of being stricken with a running injury. But with that noted, I have sustained a marathon ending knee injury and, for me, it sure felt like it was the end of the [...]
Although the quality of the video could be better, this is a tremendous compilation of some of the best male runners who ever laced ‘em up, engaged in some of the finest moments in running history (it would be great to find one of these featuring women runners). You are about to witness clips of [...]
“Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you.” – Aaron Douglas Trimble
Something different is happening in the world of ultra running. In most sports, dare I say, all active sports, it is difficult or impossible for women to compete head-to-head with men. Do you think women will ever beat men in a cycling road race? Or maybe in the 200-meter dash? Differences surrounding lung capacity, muscle [...]