Friday five

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Gratuitous shot of one of my favorite local spots for running. Love the fall colors

Lots going on in the running world this week, so I’m going to touch on a few points this Friday:

  • It’s Marine Corps Marathon weekend, the “people’s marathon.” I’ve got client Kat from Sneakers ‘n Fingerpaints toeing the line for the first time and I couldn’t be more excited for her. I got to meet her and her husband yesterday, which was a real treat. Who else is running this classic on Sunday?
  • Have you heard about the six-year old who ran a half marathon last weekend? I have to admit, that kind of made me cringe. I guess coming from my mama perspective, I just wouldn’t want to see one of my kids at that age (or their current ages!) run a half marathon. What are your thoughts on it?
  • Speaking of fall marathons, it’s three weeks out now for a couple of big East Coast marathons, namely Richmond and Philadelphia. Lots of 20s and 22s to be run this weekend, including my own. I am ready to be done with it, I’ll admit!
  • Did you see/read that Ryan Hall had to pull the plug on the NYC marathon? I can’t help but feel for the guy, no matter if/what mistakes he is making in his training/coaching. So much potential…
  • I stumbled across the article on anemia in runners this week and found it different than anything else I’d ever come across. As someone with perpetually low iron stores no matter what I do, this information was really interesting. Other anemia sufferers might want to take a look.

That’s what I’ve got on this Friday. What’s going on in your running world? 

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  1. 2h47, I wouldn’t go as far as to say the 6 year old ran a half marathon…
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  2. I, too, cringed at the 6 year old running the half. But then I did even more so when I read the article and found out a 5 year old did it earlier in the year. I’m all for kids being active but I’m not sure they are ready for an endurance event like that even if it is a run/walk.

    I’m so excited for Kat! She’s going to do great.
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  3. I read about that six year old, I agree, it’s a little young. However, even though my son really didn’t start running until Middle School, I remember a time when he was almost three and he wanted to run on the track during my other son’s soccer game. He blew out three quarters of a mile without blinking an eye. Some kids are born to run.
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  4. Yay for Kat! I love that race.
    I think kids have their whole lives to run distances like that. No need to do it so young. I saw an 11-yo who ran a full as well. No bueno.
    I too feel for RH. Sigh.
    I’m racing in costume this weekend….or not…
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  5. yay go kat!!! i know she’ll do great, cause she has a great coach!
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  6. 6 seems way to young to be running a half marathon. Ryan Hall.. I do feel for the guy, injuries suck.
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  7. Yikes, 6 is really young for a half! Although I’ve amazed at that child’s endurance. Yep, 20-22 this weekend for me, too. I’m excited to be on the home stretch!
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  8. I saw that on the 6 year old and no matter what, I just don’t buy that it’s healthy. No way, no how!
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  9. Thanks a bunch coach! You’ve been nothing but a great advisor and friend too – so after the race I’ll be sure to call you Amanda instead ;) I’ll keep you updated for sure!
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  10. So excited for Kat!

    Off to read those two articles! I hadn’t heard of either!
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  11. So excited for Kat! I don’t think I’d let my 6 year old run a half marathon. That just seems excessive. recently posted..Cold or Dark?My Profile

  12. Nothing special running-wise, but we are planning on the Ski and Snowboard Show – have to get ready for winter!
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  13. I’m bummed about Ryan Hall. I will be at the NYC Marathon (not to run, just spectate as my hubby runs his first) and I had hoped to watch Ryan race. Thanks for the article on anemia, as a fellow sufferer, I will go read it for tips. Wishing you an awesome long run this weekend!
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  14. Ugh – 6?!? I’m all about kids pushing themselves, but I’m struggling with even letting my 8.5 year old run a 10k….that seems a little much for such a little developing body!
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  15. Ahhh, well… I’m aiming for a food coma marathon. That type of race is more my speed.
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  16. Since I would love either of my boys (15.5 and 17) to run a race of ANY distance with me … I thought it was intriguing – until I read about it.

    She is a 6-year old who was running a race to raise money for an anti-abortion group. OK, let me correct that – HER PARENTS were USING her as a TOOL for their religious/political beliefs. At 6 she is barely beyond a toddler, has no real concept of pregnancy, adoption or abortion … this is NOT her choice.

    It is sick and twisted … regardless of your views, using your children in a way that is questionable to their health is bad judgment at best, abusive at worst.
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  17. 6 is too young to run a half in my opinion. Too bad about Ryan Hall. I just read an article 2 days ago about him running it and it being his comeback. I will have to check out that anemia article. My iron levels are always quite low but never to the point of anemic (knock on wood).
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  18. I’m so excited for Kat to run her first marathon!! So glad that you all got a chance to meet. I love this time of year with all the big fall races coming up. It is a bummer about Ryan Hall and I’m also bummed that I’m going to miss cheering at the NYC marathon this year for the first time in a long time!
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  19. I wonder if Ryan Hall ever changed his weird arm carriage?

  20. That story about the six-year-old girl running the marathon made me cringe too! Sometimes I wonder if my daughter running the mile (as in 1!) is too much. I just think that’s too much on such a young, developing body. I did my last 20-miler this morning. YAY! I’m so glad to be done. I’m rocking the compression socks now and looking forward to putting my feet up and starting to taper this weekend. I cannot believe Richmond is only three weeks away. Can’t wait to meet you!
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  21. OMG! You and me both!!!!! I eat SO MUCH red meat and meat in general and my iron levels, are ALWAYS SO LOW! It’s crazy!!
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  22. So excited for Kat! The story about the 6-yr old just left me shaking my head. I really feel for Ryan Hall :(
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  23. I’m happy that everything worked out with the marathon this weekend so that all those who trained will be able to run.
    Interesting tid-bit about the 6 year old – she lives in the town where I went to high school (and my twin brother still lives).
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  24. I had not heard about Ryan Hall and I’m really so sad for him! I JUST read the article on him in Runner’s World and was really pulling for him. That has to be so awful. Ugh! Lots of great action in running coming up for us non-elites though. Good luck to everyone digging in leading up to the final days/weeks!
    I agree with you about the 6 year-old. Too much, too soon. What’s the rush?
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  25. I hadn’t heard about the 6 year old. Now I am curious…must go read more about his story. My son just turned 7 last week and he has been on runs with his dad that top about 2 miles. 13 is a lot for that age!
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  26. I am all for running. For anyone, anytime. However, I know how I was as a kid, how my friends were, just how kids are. Some are determined and have discipline, but only to an extent. I generally find it hard to believe that a kid that young is begging to run for nearly 3 hours. But, I guess…. if she is safe, well hydrated, fed, who are we to judge?
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  27. Thanks for posting the anemia/iron deficiency article. I did a ton of research on it (it is certainly complicated) this fall as I was experiencing low levels of iron. I am interested in why this article is different from others that you have read? I found it informative and it did a good job of simplifying the complicated nature of iron deficiency, but not all that new.
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  28. There’s so much going on in your part of the world. Running season has started to peter out over here. There’s a few smaller races but all of the major marathons are done for 2013.
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  29. Loved the perfection article. I have to be so careful. I can easily get caught up in trying for the unrealistic expectation of perfection. I feel bad for Ryan too.
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  30. I saw press about the 6 year old running a 1/2 and my gut reaction was, “NO BUENO” that is simply too young. I have a six year old and I can’t imagine. It’s put too much stress on their developing bodies, which can have all kinds of repercussions later on. Just my opinion, but running a half marathon with my 6 year old is something you will never hear me say or promote.
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  31. Poor Ryan Hall. And poor American running. Where are our male distance stars?!
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