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How's this for some runner math: a three hour flight delay + 13 hour flight + jet lag + cold rain = a marathon PR of 2:26.
Columbus runner Nicholas Lawyer pulled off the race of his life and just came home from Tokyo with that incredibly strong PR on his racing resume. We caught up with Nicholas after his huge new PR on the streets of Japan. Let's see what makes the speedy marathoner tick.
Inspiration can come from the least likely moments. Elizabeth Wren trained this past winter for two marathons. When an IT band injury struck, she dropped out of one race and then gutted through the other, the Flying Pig Marathon. Midway through the race, she started chatting with a few strangers who were pacing alongside her. " I talked to so many people about trails and decided, before even finishing the Pig, that I wanted to do a 50k," Elizabeth says. That random conversation in the middle of a race set her on the path to her first ultra.
Marathons are hard. 26.2 miles of testing one’s limits, whether fast or slow or somewhere in between, takes a toll on the body. Imagine breaking it up into 5K’s at a time with roughly 50 minutes of rest. Well, that’s exactly what three runners did in Columbus on Saturday, December 1. Sam, Jackie, and I started at 6:30 am to run a TRIPLE treadmill marathon at ourColumbus Running Company, Dublin location. This was our kickoff fundraiser for the2019 Run Across Haiti. After just about 11.5 hours of rotating on a single treadmill, we completed 78.6 miles, three full marathons.
This February will mark my third trip across the island withWork and the Run Across Haiti. I have had many people ask me if it is easier or harder knowing exactly what I am getting myself into, and the answer I tend to give is simply “Yes!”
JALYN DEVEREAUX JUST FINISHED HER TRACK & CROSS COUNTRY CAREER AT OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY. THERE, SHE RAN MOSTLY MIDDLE DISTANCE RACES, SPENT HER SUMMERS AS A COUNSELOR AT THE MYERS RUNNING CAMP, AND PROBABLY NEVER CONSIDERED WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO LITERALLY RUN ACROSS A COUNTRY. THIS WINTER, ALL THAT CHANGED. AS PART OF THE ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS WORK, SHE TOOK PART IN THE FUNDRAISING RACE RUN ACROSS HAITI. HERE, JAYLN SHARES HER EXPERIENCE WITH US.