Saturday, April 19, 2008

Up next: the Toronto Ultra 100K

Because I enjoy punishing myself, I signed up to race the Toronto Ultra 100K on May 3. When the publisher of Canadian Running Magazine asked me how I was training for the event, I said, "Tapering off, from nothing." I'm hoping my BHP Billiton Rock and Ice Ultra experience serves as some form of preparation for this, because I haven't done much else, apart from my usual 10K runs home from work and a Sunday-morning longish jaunt.

I'm planning to pace for 7 hours and 45 minutes, though I'm guessing it'll take me much longer. I hope I don't ruin my DNF-free running record. It was tempting to joggle this race, but I don't think there's an existing record for the 100K joggle, plus I didn't want to worry about getting it verified.

A big congratulations to Perry Romanowski for joggling the Flora London Marathon drop-free, in the rain, in 3:35.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The story of Buster Martin

Buster Martin finished the Flora London Marathon in just over 10 hours, but according to this report, he may not in fact be 101 years old, his name may not be Buster and he may not have fathered seventeen children.
On a side note, the article says the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a superhero is 3 hours and 4 minutes. So the only question is: which superhero do I choose?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Paris Marathon thriller

What a finish. This is the gutsiest marathon win I've seen since Salazar and Beardsley's Duel in the Sun. The announcer is great - he says: "I don't know you Martha, but what you're doing is incredible!"