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Yep. Still my favorite.

by Meghann on August 12, 2012

Alright, who watched the Olympic marathon this morning? Was anyone else on their feet cheering at their top of the lungs at the end? Just me?

As I stated last week, the marathon is my favorite Olympic event and, once again, I was reminded how much I love the marathon (I guess you really have to love it to sit through the entire race and – even better – you really have to love your fiance to sit through the entire race while she provides commentary regarding the each runner’s racing strategy – love you babe! ).

Anyways, I was instantly inspired as soon as the race was over (AWESOME ending – especially Meb coming in 4th!) and wanted to give my takeaway from this morning’s race.

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1. Age is just a number

Back in January – at the ripe old age of 37- Meb took first at the Olympic trials, making him the oldest male ever to win the trials. Today he held his own, not only as the only American left standing at the finish line, but placing 4th as one of the oldest competitors in the field. Watching him run was inspiring – 37 (young by most standards, but not by elite marathoner standards) and still at the top of his game, competing against runners who were 10-15 years younger than him.

On the flip side, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, won the race at the young age of 23. Further proof, that age is just a number in the marathon. A lot of critics thought he was too young and inexperienced to be a threat, but he pulled through and took home gold.

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2. Listen to your body, if something isn’t right – stop

This is a critical lesson for all athletes, but especially marathoners – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Ryan Hall had his first DNF this morning when he pulled out of the marathon in the first half of the race. He was almost speechless in the interview he gave as soon as he dropped. He was still in shock, not believing he pulled out of the Olympic marathon, but he knew something was wrong with his hamstring and trying to push any further would have been bad. He swallowed his pride, listened to his body, and made a smart decision.

Elite marathoners dropping races because they know something isn’t right, is not a new concept. Just this morning 20 marathoners dropping, including Hall’s teammate, Abdihakem. They know it’s better to avoid further injury – and potentially ruining their running career – than to push it for one race (even if that race is the Olympics).

3. There really is a strategy to marathons

If there wasn’t, then a Kenyan might have won the race today. The announcers had pretty much given up on the Ugandan runner at mile 20. The two Kenyans were holding strong to the lead, and the Ugandan was beginning to fall behind. Then, on the turn of an uphill, the Ugandan saw his moment and took it. As the two leaders took the uphill at a steady pace, Kiprotich pushed it hard and continued the slightly faster pace on the downhill to the finish.

Kiprotich ran a smart, strategic race. He stayed with the lead pack, but didn’t push past them until the end. He conserved just enough energy to push it when it counted and now gold has to show for it.

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4. Don’t give up, you might surprise yourself in the end

This one goes out to all of the marathoners this morning, who proved once again why I love the marathon. It’s 26.2 miles where you’re giving it all you have, and just when you think you have nothing left to give, you find a second wind, you remember that goal you had set for yourself, and you soak in some of that energy of the crowds cheering around you. In the end, you always surprise yourself, whether it be an unexpected gold, taking fourth, or even a new personal best – that feeling can be matched by no other.

:)

Alright, who’s ready to run the London Marathon now? I know it’s a totally different course, but I still want to run it. :)

Derek and I had french toast and coffee while we watched the marathon.

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I topped mine with black cherry Chobani, fresh cherries, and granola.

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Maddie had some energy to burn off, so we took her to the dog park after the race.

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She made a couple of new friends

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But mainly kept to herself (typical)

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We brought turkey Publix subs to munch on for lunch.

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Then, Maddie went back home and we headed to the mall to purchase all the suits for our wedding. We ended up scoring a GREAT deal, which I can’t wait to share it on the Wedding Page this week. :)

Dinner was enjoyed at home.

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Triscuit chicken nuggets <– recipe HERE

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Mixed veggies

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Sweet potato fries

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No-bake chocolate peanut butter cake for dessert

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There was also an equal sized piece of cake enjoyed earlier in the afternoon, as well as some peanut butter filled pretzels at the store. ;)

Alright, time to turn on the closing ceremonies and say good-bye to the Olympics. I already miss them. *sniff*

Good night!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sana August 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I have no idea what I am going to do with my evenings once the Olympics are overrrr!

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2 Elisabeth August 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I’m watching the Closing Ceremonies & I already miss the Olympics! I’m always sad when they’re over :( Oh, and I felt really bad for Ryan Hall that he had to leave the Marathon! He obviously knew his body was telling him to stop, but it still really sucks. Meb was so inspiring! I hope that I’m even a little bit as fit as he is at close to 40 :)

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3 Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat August 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Every time you eat a Publix sub I am jealous I don’t live in a place with Publix anymore- looks tasty!
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4 Rebecca @ Viaggiatory August 13, 2012 at 4:27 am

I made your triscuit chicken nuggets for my flatmates and they loved them!

I’m so sad that the Olympics are over. I imagine this entire week will be spent in something of a post-Olympics slump. :(
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5 cathy@1970kikiproject August 13, 2012 at 6:04 am

the men’s marathon was my favourite event, too. so funny that we had to wait til the very last day! and i inflicted the 2+ hours of viewing (+my comments!) on my parents – very nice of derek to sit alongside you!
thanks for sharing your thoughts, meghann!
oh – we are proud of our canadian men: 20th, 21st and 27th in the marathon!
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6 cathy@1970kikiproject August 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

*20th, 22nd and 27th – oops!
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7 Amanda August 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

Yeah, Stephen Kiprotich deserved. Moved from his home country of Uganda to train in Kenya where they take distance running more seriously. He looks like such a nice guy, too.
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8 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

Those chicken nuggets sound and look yummy! Must try the recipe :)
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9 Charlie (The Runner Beans) August 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

Sign up for London!! I did it this year and it was AMAZING!!! Its my first and only marathon that I’ve run so have nothing to compare it to, but it was awesome. plus I am a great tour guide!!
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10 Sara@RunningInPinkProject August 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

French toast on a Sunday= Amazing!!! Its one of my favorite weekend breakfasts. Ive done apple, peach, and vanilla but I need to branch out. The yogurt/cherry combo looks awesome!
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11 Janet Oberholtzer August 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

Great lessons to learn from the marathon… I was impressed by many of the same things.
Run on!
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12 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

I love these facts about marathons, I’m running my first in October and I’m so excited!!!
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13 Mari August 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

For the second year in a row I have managed to miss out on adding my name to the ballot for London, here’s a tip when (of course it is a when not an if!) you do it. Unlike NY which is open for entries to the ballot for months, the London one is only open for about a week, right after the marathon is ran. Don’t be as daft as me and miss it…. You better be sure that my name will be in there next year!!!

I was out on the course watching the marathon yesterday and the women’s event last week, so inspiring! Even the ones that finished dead last are really fast, and I will admit to being rather touched when these athletes gets almost the biggest cheer from the crowds.

Don’t forget the Paralympics though!!! Only just over two weeks to go, you bet I’ll be out there catching as much as I can of that too.

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14 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian August 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

I completely agree on everything you said about the marathon! I was so happy to see Meb cross the finish line with a massive smile on his face and waving the flag behind him. And also – so happy for Uganda! He won only their second gold medal ever! That course looked so hard and it seems like it took a toll on many runners.
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15 Carissa August 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

Great recap. I missed the race but I know it’s always inspiring to watch. Crazy about all the people dropping out, but you have to be safe with your bodies.
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16 Emily N August 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

I watched it. I turned it on when they were about 20 minutes in (I was outside with my doggies when it started). It really was an amazing race. And its amazing how much my love of the Olympics has changed and grown since I took up running a year and a half ago. :)
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17 Mary @ food and fun on the run August 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

London Marathon 2014…. you in??

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18 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights August 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

The men’s marathon was definitely the highlight of the Olympics for me! My hsuband and I got up extra early to head to the gym to watch it while we did our long runs. I was cheering at the end–thank goodness no one else was in the gym, because I looked like a crazy!

Meb had an amazing finish, going from as far back as 17th at one point to taking 4th! And Stephen Kiprotich definitely deserved the gold–I was so happy for him and for Uganda!
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19 kim@hungryhealthygirl August 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

You’ve inspired me…I need to run another marathon! ;) And that no-bake chocolate pb cake looks amazing!
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20 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

So sad the Olympics are over!

I felt bad for Hall, but I’m glad he had the sense to stop and not push himself to injury — I’m certain it wasn’t an easy decision!
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21 Angela August 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I’d love to run the London marathon. I know loads of people who have done it as their first marathon and they loved it. It’s really hard to get into though. All the people I know did it through using a charity entry so had to raise a big chunk of money as well as train.

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