Recently Read: 5.2.14

How is it May?! I ask both because I woke up in a start this morning when I realized we hadn’t paid our rent and because it’s been a miserable weather week. Anyway…

In annoying news, dopers are still all over our sport. On the one hand, I’m glad to see her get caught. On the other, I don’t understand our two year bans or the time frame that was assigned that allows her to compete in Worlds next year. Lauren Fleshman had an interesting perspective where she talks about a few years ago when she realized she couldn’t reach her goals without doping. Like Lauren, no outcome is worth cheating to me. My litmus test for most things comes from the poem below; it hung in my husband’s room when I first met him and now hangs next to our bathroom mirror.

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife,
Whose judgement upon him must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life,
Is the man staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test,
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But the final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

Moving on…I’m looking forward to trying out a class here. I like spinning fine but rowing is a totally new idea. I like that it is a huge cardio workout without direct impact on the legs, works through the hip joint and builds upper body strength perfect for a good arm swing.

I love this article on the impact of running, both because it comes from my alma mater and because we all know the benefits of running, so it’s nice to see them quantified for the world to appreciate.

This is just plain awesome. I’m not even sure I can drink a beer in 5 minutes, let alone 4 and run a mile. That being said, I’d love to know what the women’s record is. I have this thing about holding random records.

Finally, I’m thisclose to picking my fall marathon and kicking off my training cycle, so this is my go-to video to remind me why all the hard work will be worth it.

What are you up to this weekend? Racing? Long Runs? Cleaning up the yard?

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