Amazing stuff

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
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    The amazing Diana Nyad

    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!

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    My little one finishing her first cross-country race

Do you think the 2:00-hr. mark will be broken?

Have you run a long-distance relay?

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  1. Whoa, your ragnar team was on fire! That’s awesome!!
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  2. Awesome stuff all around!!!

  3. I think 2:00 will be broken.

    Look at the olympic records in running and other sports even? Like figure skating — what they did back in 1970 vs today. Crazy amazing! Or if you look at swimming and those suits that are super fast — but that’s technology giving the edge.

    I think with the marathon it’s all going to be the runner, the course, the weather.
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  4. Oh yes, all amazing stuff! I think sub 2:00 will come but not for a very long time. It will be seconds each time I think. I’ve done some crazy relays, but here in SA most relays have the option of individual entries as well and then I always go for that. Have a good week!
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  5. The 2hr marathon is like what the 4min mile used to be before Bannister broke it. At this point it probably is not longer a question of if but when will it be broken?
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  6. CONGRATS ON YOUR RAGNAR domination. Love the team name!! I agree with Jeff in that the 2 HR sub mary will be what the 4 minute mile was! WHICH IS CRAZY FAST!!!!!
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  7. That was an amazing result; 2 hours is just a matter of time.

    Congrats to the kid – she looks great! And congrats to your Ragnar team, bittersweeet, I’m sure :)
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  8. Great post. Loved the recap, actually just read about the Marathon PR.

    Yes, it will be broken. It’s just a matter of time for the “perfect storm” to come. A person who was raised properly, proper coaching and diet and drive.

    I hope it’s in my lifetime :) I can totally respect that achievement.

    Never done a relay… never did well in team sports, I don’t like relying on other people if I am competing. If I am doing something for fun though… then I am game and willing to do a relay!
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  9. A sub 2 hour full…..wowzer! That would be crazy fast!!! Congrats to your team and your little one! Big running news!!!

    I have never done a relay but I would love to!
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  10. The marathon record amazes me and I am trying not to feel too bad that a ran a half marathon a couple minutes slower than that. But the Diana Nyad really amazes me. Running is tough but at least you won’t get eaten by a shark. My husband and I were trying to figure out how you swim in a shark cage. Does a boat pull it?
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  11. sub 2 is going to happen!

    Yeah Diana. She will make it on attempt #3…I hope.

    Yeah for your relay team. WIsh you could have been part of it.

    Congrats to your youngest! (I hope to have at least one of my kids follow me into running.)
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  12. I think the two-hour marathon is like the four-minute mile. It seems so impossible, but I think it’ll happen. I just wonder if we’ll be alive to see it. Cheers!
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  13. What a cutie little one. Bring her over to Charm City’s Kids XC in Annapolis next Sunday. If she is 5-10 yo, she would run 1/2 mile.
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  14. i didn’t know about the 2 performances, now I am too busy to follow the Rugby World Cup (speaking of sport). I don’t think that the 2 hours will be broken because nobody will stress the body for a record when it is possible to win the marathon in 2h 5′.
    Your “youngest” looks very fast in the picture.
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  15. All of these items are truly inspirational… each and every one! Yes, I think the 2 hr barrier will be broken… but what sort of bogus rules will the IAAF pull out of their butts to mess with it?

    Distance relay? Why, yes :) Did I ever mention that I ran in the Hood to Coast Relay? LOL
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  16. Sub 2 will happen eventually, I have no doubt.. Its a matter of when, not if in my mind.

    Woop for your relay team – tres cool :)
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  17. Did that runner that went 2:03 do it only in a mens only race? If he didnt, does it still count? Just saying, being fair is being fair, sorry still a little mad at the latest dumb ruling on races
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  18. I’m with BDD I think I saw a woman pacing him in Berlin, just saying…
    No seriously congrats all around. I do think 2 hours will be broken. Now if I could just get back sub 2 on a freaking half I’d be happy.
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  19. Pretty amazing stuff! It actually blows my mind that he (and most of the other elites) run 26 miles at a faster pace than I can do a half mile.
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  20. Congrats to your daughter on her race. She did awesome. Run for Choc did dominated that race. That is so cool.
    I do believe it is possible for a sub 2. I believe in miracles.

  21. How did Portuguese Man-O-Wars end up in the Atlantic between Cuba and Miami? Did somebody plant them there? That is just not right.

    Seriously though, she will do it and for that I have no doubt.

    Congrats to your daughter. Taking in mom’s shoed footsteps before the barefooted foot steps?

    And I am slightly jealous of your trip to NYC. I miss home more and more these days probably b/c I have not been back in some time.
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  22. Sub 2 not for quite a while..probably 30 years at least.
    but sub 2:03 maybe in just a few years.

    Thanks my guess!

    Bummer about the jelly fish. Darnit!
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  23. Dyana is freaking amazing.

    2hrs will be broken, it is just a matter of time. Personally, I hope to break 2hrs in the HALF MARATHON. :)

    Congrats to your daughter!!! SO COOL!
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  24. I feel happy with a sub 2 hour 1/2 a lot of times…mind blowing.
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  25. Congrats to your little girl!! Awesome!!
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  26. I do think 2 hours will be broken. It will be awesome!

    And I love long-distance relays. I’ve done the Colorado Relay twice. It turns running into a team sport, and gets you out on trails. Also, how often do any of us run under the stars? It’s the greatest!
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  27. It was a pretty amazing weekend! I’m glad your Ragnar team did so well. Those are the funnest races to participate in. I’m sorry you had to miss out this year! And I love the team name! I think the 2 hour mark will be broken at some point. Whenever there’s a boundary set, it seems like someone will reset it.

  28. I love it that your little one did so well! It’s just the beginning!

  29. I have done the 100 on 100 in Vermont twice. I ran it as a 6 person relay. You can do any combo I think.

  30. Well shoot, we missed that meet. I’m so sad to have missed seeing you!

    Diana is a rock star. Multiple Man O’War stings. The meer sighting of one would have sent me scampering!
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  31. That woman is my hero!! She has some serious grit. I wish I could be half as tough as her.

    You know some speedy women!! That is awesome.
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  32. Nyad is amazing and watching her on CNN today it struck me what a great spirit she has.
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  33. I just love feisty older women who refuse to just lay down and get old. Well done Diana – love your spirit.
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  34. Dang, Mr Cosell, no love for the mile? Lagat finally won the 5th ave mile in 3:50, Jenny Simpson wins again, and I even heard some crazy barefoot hippie ran it in 4:57.

    PS, there was a runner from the Ragnar Relay at the NYC Barefoot festivities. Not sure what that has to do with anything, but there it is.
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  35. Every time I come here, I love your blog layout even more. I hope my kids like running. My oldest daughter is obviously gifted with running so far but just to spite me, she says how much she hates it and how she is NOT a runner. I just bite my tongue and try not to let her know that I want her to like it. If I didn’t like it then she would love it. Congrats to your little one! And a 2:00 marathon…yes, it will happen, I’m sure. But man, I can’t even begin to imagine that.

  36. I think the 2 hour mark will be broken, but the question is, HOW? I mean, how does that even happen? Granted, it’s hard for me to get it because I can’t even break 5 hours…

    I want to run Ragnar next year, but we’ll see where life takes me between now and then. I was really hyped up about getting a Ragnar team together about 2 months ago, and then I’ve lost a little bit of interest. I think it’s just my marathon training making me not very motivated, so hopefully the motivation will come! I think I can definitely find enough people.
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  37. Yup, I remember Howard Cosell. Yup. I’m almost 40. So anyway, my kid runs the XC, too. He’s hardcore into it now. I know that proud feeling you must’ve had when you daughter finished the race. =)
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  38. love that photo of your little girl !!!!
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  39. Sub 2-hour marathon is definitely going to happen. Although it pains me to admit it, most likely not by me. The numbers are close enough now that someone will make it happen. I’m guessing within the next 10 years.

    Love the picture of your daughter running her race. I hope to be able to watch one of my kids cross a finish line one day. Not looking likely for my son, but there’s still hope for my little girl. You’ve clearly set a great example.
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  40. Those truly are some inspiring stories to read this am :)
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  41. How awesome is she…taking after her amazing Momma :)

    Never run a relay, although I’d like to someday!
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