On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Houston, we have a marathon

As many of you know, the women's Olympic marathon trials are in Houston this weekend. I guess the men's are, too, but who cares about those? (Okay, fine, some people do, but now that Galen Rupp is out and we don't have the excitement of the Galen Rupp mask, well...)

No blog can ever have too much Rupp Mask.

Anyway, I think the most interesting thing about the trials is that I am a contender! Yes, you read that that right. At least according to Runner's World. So maybe I haven't met the A- (or B-) standard. But, look at this!

Tera Moody is was?* running, and her best is a 2:30 half marathon! I can do that!

Yeah, I get that it's just a typographical error (that they've since fixed). But let's go with it.

In all seriousness, I know it's trendy to be into Desiree Davila because she kind of rocks. But I love me some Tera Moody, and not just because she's a fellow Chicagoan and we have the same initials.

See? Never enough.
*She's injured, but I can't find any suggestion that she's out of the race.


  1. I'd rather see Desi take it than one of the "pretty" girls.

  2. Desiree Davila passed me going up Heartbreak Hill at the 2007 Boston Marathon. I think she ran like a 2:48 that day, which shows both how far she has come over the last 5 years and how stupid fast I went out that day.

    I'll still be pulling for Kara, though.

  3. Holy #$@#, Mike. Pardon me while I go look up your 2007 Boston splits and get (even more) impressed with you.

    Pulling for Kara, though? Not Shalane?

  4. Yeah, I guess I prefer brunettes.

    Is Deena Kastor running? This has gotta be her last rodeo.

  5. RW says Deena is running. I would assume it would have to be her last go-round. Not just because of her advancing age, but because of the strength/age of the field in general. I wouldn't write her off just on age, and maybe things would be different if it were a few years back and the field wasn't as strong (I'm thinking 2000), but given how many of these women are just reaching their peak - yeah. She's done after this. Good luck, Deena! (But I still want Tera to win.)

  6. My friend Serena Kessler is racing in the trials too! If you see her give her a shout out!