Marathon Cheaters Beware!

After Runner’s World posted this article it seems like everyone’s talking about cheating in distance running. I find it really sad to think there are people out there planning ways to cheat in marathons so they can sneak their way into Boston. It’s just so pathetic, and proves that they don’t run for themselves. For them it’s about being able to post some awesome photo on Instagram or brag about their new PR or BQ status. Yes, I know I have a running blog and I tell you about my races, goals, and PRs, but let’s be real… I don’t have many readers. This is pretty much a journal to myself. I want to be able to read this later in life and re-live my youth in LA.

Real runners set goals and work for them because it is so intrinsically motivating to meet them. Meeting goals also helps you in your everyday life. A few weeks ago when work was especially challenging I reminded myself I recently ran 26.2 miles with a pesky glute. It really put things in perspective. I feel grateful that the people I’ve met in the running community are such great people constantly seeking ways to be better versions of themselves. They’re not in it for the glory. BTW if you’re looking for a way to waste time, check out this blog. They’ve devoted their blog to finding marathon cheaters.

So this brings my to my next random thought. Before I jump in, I’m not accusing anyone of cheating, so don’t freak out, but do you think it’s fair to qualify for Boston on this kind of course?home_charts_top

Or these?elevation


It seems like everyone is afraid to run a marathon with even the slightest hill because their time will suffer. I earned free entry to the San Fransisco Marathon likely because people are afraid to run the course because it has something scary, HILLS. Chicago, known to be a flat and fast course, isn’t even a popular BQ course anymore. People are wanting to go downhill.

I ran a downhill half marathon back in 2014. I had fun, I ran a PR, and thought to myself WOAH I just ran a sub 1:30. It took a few weeks for me to really understand how aided the course was and I felt a strong need to regain that PR on a flat course. Not so sure I’ll be signing up for any downhill courses anytime soon. It just doesn’t feel as rewarding. What do you think? I know you’re not cheating if it’s a legit course, but is it aided or fair? Should you earn a spot at Boston if you’re running 5000 feet, the equivalent of a mile, straight down?

Enough about that. What else happened this weekend? Alaina and I hit up Yogaworks grand opening yesterday. We went to Urban Zen with the boys. Aka structured nap with some hip-openers, mediation, aromatherapy, and hamstring stretching. Just what a runner needs 🙂

It was perfect after a tour of Long Beach with Gisele and Ellen.Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 5.29.29 PM.png

And this is the best thing I ate all week. Rice cakes from Lukshon. They jumped major rankings on the Jonathan Gold list this year so Brent and I felt the need to go back. If you haven’t been. GO. Just do it.

And their eggplant. I don’t understand how a vegetable can be so good!!!!!

I loved it so much I’m currently cooking eggplant and polenta for dinner, and I know I’ll be very disappointed because there is no way it will compare to yesterday’s eggplant but I’ll give it a try.

Second to last thought. Pretty much 90% of my thoughts these days are on my sister Carmen. She’s due with a baby girl TOMORROW! I can’t believe CARMEN IS GOING TO BE A MOM. I can’t wait to be in NY Memorial Day weekend to see her and the baby. AHHH!!!!

And I’ll leave you with a photo of our beautiful kindergarteners doing yoga post-recess before heading inside for the rest of the afternoon. Have I recently mentioned I love my job? 

6 thoughts on “Marathon Cheaters Beware!

  1. What are your thoughts on courses like Mountains 2 Beach? Yes, lots of downhill, but not to the extent of others.

  2. I purposely didn’t mention M2B because I know lot’s of people who run that race 🙂 Definitely not as bad as the others. I think more like 1000 ft elevation loss? Personally I don’t think I’d run it, but it’s nothing like some other courses out there.

    • yeah, its something like that. I’m running it this year, which is why i was curious 🙂 that being said, i’ve also run the Nike Women’s marathon in San Francisco where I live so bring on the hills! I think there is something to be said for varied terrain for sure.

      • Many downhill courses are gorgeous! Canyon City was a beautiful route. And Mountains to Beach…who doesn’t want to run both in the mountains and on the beach!? What I find strange though is people who only run downhill. It’s like they’re scared not to PR or something. You’re missing a lot of beauty and great races if you’re afraid of a little incline. Good luck at M2B!

  3. I completely agree, if you are running just for PR’s maybe you aren’t running for the right reason. I mean, Big Sur! The North Face Challenge races! anyways…I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you!

  4. Just came across this blog. A colleague at work just ran a Revel downhill course to qualify for Boston. During the race, he set personal records in the mile, 5K, 10K & half marathon distances, ridiculous… His average pace was 7:10 the same as a recent 10K. IMO, no one that respects the sport of running would utilize one of these bogus 26.2 mile courses (I won’t call them “marathons”) to qualify for Boston.

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