The New York City Marathon Will Move You

Earlier this month I ran the 2017 New York City Marathon and I have been struggling to write about it.   It has been difficult because so many different emotions are swirling around inside me.  I started out wanting to write about what a world-class event it was.  I have never heard people refer to … Continue reading The New York City Marathon Will Move You

Chicago – My Kind of Marathon

People have told me the Chicago Marathon was their favorite race. Other people have told me how much they hated that race. I ran the Chicago Marathon a couple of weeks ago so I now have formed my own opinion about the race. Of the big city races I have run, the Chicago Marathon is … Continue reading Chicago – My Kind of Marathon

Setting Records in January

Winter is not the time of year I expect to hear about new running records.  But that is exactly what happened in late January. First there is Ron Hill, a 78-year old former Olympian who lives in England.  Ron was a running streaker who had run at least one mile every day.  During a run … Continue reading Setting Records in January

0 to 26.2 – Tips for New Marathoners

When I participated on the running bloggers panel at the Route 66 Marathon Expo, one of the questions we were asked was what advice we had for first time marathoners and half marathoners.  It is a good question, one that I would break into two parts - training tips and race day tips.  It occurred … Continue reading 0 to 26.2 – Tips for New Marathoners

Remembering the First Women’s Olympic Marathon

Watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio has made me remember the 1984 Summer Olympics.   There were a number of iconic moments during the 1984 Games.   I wrote about them back in the early days of the Funatical Runner.   This blog post puts me in the mood for the next two Sundays … Continue reading Remembering the First Women’s Olympic Marathon

One in A Million

You might think that every marathon is the same.  Same race, just different place.  I can tell you from my experience that they are not.  This past weekend I ran my twelfth marathon, the Virgin Money London Marathon.   It was very different than any other I have run.  Someone said the London Marathon is … Continue reading One in A Million

The Most Feared Person in a Marathon

In general, the atmosphere at a marathon or half marathon is lively and full of fun.  At the start, there is music playing and runners giddy with excitement and anticipation.  I remember crossing the start line in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago, dancing and running to “Uptown Funk”.  It isn’t easy to dance and … Continue reading The Most Feared Person in a Marathon