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Off-Season Marathons: Good or Bad Idea?

MARATHONERS.gifYour guide to whether you should tackle 26.2 this winter.

By Jene' Shaw (triathlon.competitor.com)

Training for a marathon can be a motivating way to get through the darker months, but given the high risk of injury and need for downtime after a full racing season, it’s not appropriate for everyone. The guidelines below will help you determine whether you should lace up your sneakers, or just relax and do some yoga.

It’s A Good Idea If …
»   You have experience with continuous high-volume training.

»   You’re burned out on multisport and looking for a new focus....

 

 

 

Olympic Excellence...

Marcus-Superior.gifFor amateur men, breaking 2-hours in an Olympic distance race is a big deal. Similarly, breaking 2:15 is a big whup for most amateur women. In 2014, at least nine Minnesota men and ten Minnesota women accomplished these goals. For the guys, Matt Payne managed to crack the 120-minute mark on three occasions. For the gals, Heather Lendway broke the 115 mark, actually the 110, on each of her four starts at the 1.5-40-10 distance. Her 2:05:06 at AG Nationals was the fastest Olympic time by a US female amateur last season.

Check out the list:

FASTEST OLYMPIC TIMES 2014 – Sub 2-Hour Men. Sub-2:15 Women

Men:

Ryan Bailey – 1:54:57 @ Life Time - Oceanside

Matthew Payne – 1:55:51 @ Buffalo

Matthew Payne – 1:56:04 @ USAT Nationals

Marcus Stromberg – 1:57:32 @ USAT Nationals (photo L)...

Team Minnesota: More Then & Now Stuff...

7---Ruth.gif8-Suzie.gifTeam Minnesota Throwback - Part II -  Yesterday we posted six childhood photos of women who made Team Minnesota this year: Heather Lendway, Dani Fischer, Cathy Yndestad, Suzie Fox, Elaine Nelson, Kortney Haag, Diane Hankee, Nicole Heininger, Christina Roberts and Bridget McCoy.)We encouraged everyone to guess who's who. It's much harder than you'd think. And it's a lot of fun and a total hoot. If you haven't participated yet, go back to yesterday's post and make your pics, but not before you guess who the five girls in these photos grew up to be. FYI, shot of pro Ruth Brennan Morrey is also included....

 

Team Minnesota Throwback...

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By Suzie Fox

Now that the Minnesota multi-sport season is over it is time to stop competing against each other and have a little fun together. With a little help from the women of Team Minnesota 2014, I have put together a Women's Team Minnesota Throwback....

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