Friday Inspiration: Galen to the Marathon

With Ryan Hall’s retirement, the U.S. lost one of its few truly great marathoners. But this week, news arrived that Galen Rupp will be trying his luck at the marathon this year. Its too early to tell if Rupp will be the next Meb or Hall*, but I’m excited to watch him race.

Here he is destroying the 10k.


*and he already comes with some doping baggage.


Friday Inspiration: Farewell Ryan Hall

There are lots and lots of great Ryan Hall videos out there, and I’ll probably post more of them in the weeks to come, but when I think of Ryan Hall videos, I think of this one (even though, really, it focuses on Josh Cox). I have visualized Hall’s stride in this video on dozens of runs when I’m trying to will myself to stay fluid, remain smooth, keep going. For all the ups and downs of his career, Hall was certainly an inspiration. I look forward to seeing what such a fascinating guy does as a second act.

Friday Inspiration – Getting excited for the long run

Tomorrow, I’ll do my last really long run of this training cycle — 20 miles. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m looking forward to it being done. 

Whenever I want to post a video related to a long run, this Josh Cox / Ryan Hall video always comes to mind. Maybe it’s their graceful strides and the ease with which they click off sub six minute miles, or maybe its the gorgeous backdrop. Maybe its Johnny Cash. I don’t know, but there’s something about it that just get to me. Maybe it will inspire you too.

Friday Inspiration – The Long Run

My road to recovery continues.  I’ll be running my first legitimate “long” this weekend – twelve miles of Brooklyn adventure.  I’m really looking forward to it.  When I think of long run videos, I always return to this one of Ryan Hall and Josh Cox from back in the day when they both ran in Mammoth Lakes.  Hall and Cox run together for an hour and forty five minutes, then Cox continues on, doing a ten minute fartlek and another hour twenty on his own for a total of 31 miles.  All to a great Johnny Cash sound track.  Good stuff for running nerds.

At the end there’s some footage of Cox reciting poetry which I could do without.  I’d just go ahead and skip that.

Side note for the ancient language nerds – the  tattoo in Hebrew on Josh Cox’s side are the Hebrew letters yod, hey, vav, and hey -one of the names for God.  The tattoo in Greek, I am told, is meant to read “Jesus” but is in fact slightly misspelled.

The Return of Friday Inspiration

Spring is in the air and I am inspired and ready to take things to the next level, and so I am restarting the Friday inspiration series where I post running videos to get stoked for the weekends long run.

Today’s video is one I have posted before, but something about this video of Ryan Hall and Josh Cox just sticks in my mind. Maybe it’s the Johnny Cash song and how well the lyrics match the stoicism and fatalism of long distance running. Maybe it is Josh and Ryan’s easy stride as they knock out mile after mile on a sub six pace. Maybe it is the gorgeous scenery. I dare you to watch this video and not want to go for a run.