With all the Olympic articles and features you can currently find on-line, there are a lot more interesting things than reading about what I've been up to running-wise this past week! Which is good seeing as I don't have too much to report outside of completing week 2 of my NYC Marathon training with a 35 mile, mostly tempo-paced, week. 14 weeks to go now and the long run for the week was 11 miles.
The Olympics athletics (track and field) events are starting soon and I can't wait! For over 20 years it's been one of my favourite weeks in sport and this year promises to be no different. There are a few things I'm excited about, starting with the female marathon next Sunday morning. The alarm clock has already been set for 5.45am EST to watch the 1-2-3 American team and, with Paula Radcliffe out, I'm well and truly gunning for Kara Goucher who I had the fortune of meeting last year at the Boston Marathon.
Who isn't excited for the 100m and 200m men's races with Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake likely leading an incredibly fast bunch of sprinters from Jamaica and the US. Personally I'm hoping for an upset where the new 18 year old British sprinter, Adam Gamili, gets in the medals and, at the very least, goes sub-10 seconds for the first time. Incidentally, if you have an iPhone then check out the new Bolt! app that a friend of mine helped develop... good stuff!
I'm also excited about the men's 400m hurdles which has been one of my favorite sprint races ever since watching Ed Moses during his incredible period of 9 years, 9 weeks and 9 days of being undefeated. Never heard of him? Check out the video above from his second Olympic gold medal in LA 1984. This year I'll be hoping for Britain's Dai Green to take the gold!
Women's heptathlon should be incredible too with Britain's Jessica Ennis being in great form in front of a very passionate home crowd... can't wait!
Finally, what's my favorite athletics moment of all time? It's a tough question and it wasn't actually at the Olympics but the Athletics World Championships in 1995 - Jonathan Edwards breaking the triple jump world record twice in the finals and being the first person to jump over 18 metres. Such an awesome sportsman and the record still stands 17 years on. the video still gives me goose-pimples!