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Arrogance Rehashed

Part of what I do on this blog is talk about running.  Mostly my running.  But let’s talk about someone else’s running for a change.

Ryan Hall.  First DNF ever.  At the Olympics.

My issue is not with Ryan and the DNF.  Many people are sure to disagree with me, but my issue is with his approach to his training and how he prepared himself to represent the USA in the Olympic Marathon.

He fired his coach (even before the trials) and decided he would let God tell him what to do.   He followed no training plan.  I find this incredibly arrogant.  And based on what happened, maybe God does too.

First, God has more important things to do than email Ryan a daily workout and running plan.  Did he really think God was going to tell him what workout to do each day?  And second, we are not meant to know it all and do everything alone.

I believe, based on the results, that God is telling Ryan to get a coach.  An actual coach.  And this was his way of taking Ryan down a notch or two.  Don’t assume that you don’t need help.  Or that you have God’s attention and focus.

Ryan’s arrogance got him nothing more than a DNF.  And his pre-race interview showcased this arrogance.  He said something along the lines of, “I have realized just how awesome I really am.”

And now we can all see it.  Thanks Ryan. Maybe you should reach out to Meb for some tips on humility.

Sloth Sunday

Breakfast:  a dark chocolate cupcake from Sprinkles.  No judging here.

Today includes some marathon watching (NO SPOILERS), a grocery list, the crock pot and the couch.

I am making pulled pork bbq in the crock pot and homemade cole slaw.

Maybe, I will take a ride on my bike.  Michael found my helmet yesterday.   I am sad it is the last day of the Olympics. But at the same time, I will be happy to have all of that time back.

Ok, I couldn’t resist the Hunger Games Blu-Ray pre-order.  I am weak.

Weekend Recap

imageMimosa Sunday made a roaring comeback this weekend!

Long Run Saturday turned into bike and errand day. But it was very productive.

Sloth Sunday turned into 6 miles at our new gym!  And then we went out to lunch and I drank Mimosa’s on the couch.  Our new neighbor came by to introduce himself and was VERY nice.  And I watched the Women’s Marathon.  Kara and Shalane should be very proud of what they did.

Today is another bike day.  My IT Band isn’t hurting, but I can feel it is tight.  So I will bike, and then stretch.

Sloth Sunday

Yesterday was a very productive day.  We picked up our veggies/fruit, joined a gym, had lunch, went out to my parents and made a quick spin through the grocery store. I rode my bike and checked out the canal!

Today, because we joined the gym, I am taking my run inside.  I am planning somewhere between 5 and 6 but I am going to LISTEN to my IT Band and if it starts to hurt at all, that is it.  I haven’t mentioned it lately because I didn’t want to jinx it. But it has been much, much better.

I have the women’s marathon on the DVR.  NO SPOILERS!

Long Run Saturday

Is probably going to turn into Long Run Sunday. Or not at all.  Priority for today: go talk to the gym people.  They are building a brand new gym just down the street.  I need to go score me a deal and get access pronto!

Also, I bought one of these last year (happy birthday to me) and I didn’t use it much (or at all) in NC.  But I am very excited to use it here in AZ.  I am pretty shaky on the thing, but getting better.  If only I could find my helmet.  There is a canal right around the corner!  I might have to go check it out anyway.

Mens 10k at 1:15 today!  Did you see the women yesterday?  Talk about a whole other gear.