Yesterday marked the end of the Olympics, and was also the running of the men’s Olympic marathon (in case you missed #allthenews). I woke up early to watch the race because, Meb. 

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Meb obviously did not have the race that he dreamed of. In case you missed it —> he stopped running about halfway through the course, and continued to drop back, finishing in 33rd place. In an interview after the race, he said that he stopped seven times and I’m pretty sure he said that he was throwing up during the race. He finished in 2 hours and 16 minutes, slipping right when he made it to the finish line and turned it into an opportunity to do a few push ups (not quite what I want to do after 26.2 miles… haha). 

Meb dropping to do some push ups at the Olympic marathon | Crazy Running Girl

USA’s Mebrahtom Keflezighi does push-ups on the finish line of the Men’s Marathon athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

 

It would have been so easy for Meb to quit. It would have been so easy for him to quit fighting. But he didn’t, and this is an example of why I think he’s so inspirational.

He’s a good role model in showing us how to fight when you don’t have a fight left; how to push through when things aren’t going your way. We’ve all definitely had races like that (ahem, Dallas 2014) and even times in life, where it takes so much more to find the strength to fight for what you deserve. 

And the best part? He does it all with a smile on his face. 

I think we can learn so much from Meb –> from what it truly means to “run to win” and how to keep the fight alive, even when it’s the toughest thing that you can do. 

I was super happy to hear that he’s planning on running two more marathons —> I really hope he does Boston one more time!

And well, obviously Meb wasn’t the only American running yesterday… Galen Rupp had a fabulous second marathon and got the bronze, but what about Jared Ward?! Sixth place!! That’s so amazing… because I feel like he’s a runner that’s most “like us” (after all, he is a professor in his non-running life). 

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Last week’s training for Twin Cities Marathon didn’t quite go as I expected. I was ready to get back into it after a fun weekend in Oregon, but had some weird glitch happen with my phone and the alarm didn’t go off on Thursday to get my mid-long run in for the week (sad face), and other things came up so it didn’t happen on Friday either. Telling myself to shake it off, this week is a new week and life happens.

18 miles done! | Crazy Running Girl

 

Here’s a recap:

Sunday: Hiking in Oregon (recap up next week!)
Monday: Rest day (although we did go for a fun bike ride in Portland, does that count!?)
Tuesday: Easy 5 miles  in the rain
Wednesday: Treadmill speedwork —> 12x400m with 200m jog in between and 800m w/u and c/d; OTF after work [legs were def tired, ha!]
Thursday: Missed work out 🙁
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 18 miles
Mileage was around 29 miles and should have been around 42, so that’s a bummer. This week will make up for it for sure!

 

What were your favorite moments from the Olympics? Did you get up to watch the men’s marathon? 

How were your workouts last week? What’s the weather like by you? 



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