I’m going to don my Howard Cosell hat (anyone old enough to remember him?) and play Wide World of Sports for a minute here, ’cause there was some amazing stuff going on this weekend:
- Top of the list, of course, is Patrick Makau’s amazing 2:03:38 Berlin world record. He took 21 seconds off of Haile Gebraselassie’s old record, which is a heck of a lot. I’m convinced sub-2:00 is not a matter of when, but if.
- Sixty-two year old Diana Nyad‘s incredible effort at swimming from Cuba to Key West. She was on attempt number
two to make this journey without a shark cage. She made it over 40 hours in the water and had to stop because she had been stung multiple times by Portuguese man-o-wars. What an incredible athlete she is. I have no doubt she has it in her to make this crossing and hate that something so out of her control stopped her. Diana, you are an inspiration!
- In my corner of the world–my Run for Chocolate teammates decimated the competition at the Ragnar Relay DC. They not only won the female division but did it with four hours over the second place team. And, they were the seventh team overall out of 275. I’m not going to lie–it was really, really hard for me to miss this opportunity, but I am so happy for my girls!
- Finally, my youngest made her cross-country debut this weekend, running a 2k race with the Howard County Jr. Striders.Loved watching her put the effort in and finishing with a smile on her face!
Do you think the 2:00-hr. mark will be broken?
Have you run a long-distance relay?