I've seen a number of people say they "just want to beat Oprah" for their first marathon. Every single time it makes me laugh because I wonder what is it about her specifically that they feel if they can't beat her time they are horrible runners.
She was quite fit at that point, age 40 in 1994, so if you are comparing her to the older woman she is today it's really not the same thing. Her Marine Corps Marathon time was 4:29 which is a respectable first marathon. Mine was,4:17,so I guess I win the beat Oprah prize.
It made me wonder how other celebrities stack up and why we don’t have the same “must beat them” attitude…why do you think that is??NYC tends to be the time of year where we see a slew of celebrities pop up attempting their first marathon. This is usually because they are raising money for a great cause and I love anything that helps introduce running to more people, so I’ll take it.
But we never hear about their training…so how do they end up doing?
I met Bill Ransic before NYC last year, so let's start there! Bill started at the back of the pack earning money for every runner he passed on his way to a finish time of 4:57. His previous marathon in 2001 in Chicago was 4:31
Last year Pamela Anderson also did a marathon for charity, but her longest run before the race was I believe 12 miles, yet she finished in 5:41 which goes to show the power of mind over body.
- Katie Holmes 5:29
- Al Gore 4:58 (while still VP)
- P Diddy 4:14
- Ryan Reynolds (hubba hubba) 3:50
- Natalie Morales 3:31
- Bobby Flay 4:01
- Drew Carey 4:37
- Teri Hatcher 5:06
- Tiki Barber 5:14
I love the money they raise, but I hope in the future there is a little more prior to the race about their training to help everyone really understand what it takes to go 26.2.
I think what started as Oprah herself saying “if I can do it, anyone can do it” inspired many of her followers to begin running…then slowly began shifting in to a different mindset of “I just want to beat Oprah’s time.”
Some have that it’s because she was the first celebrity to shine a light on the marathon and prior to her the only standard runners had was that of a Boston Qualifying time. So instead, she became the every man/women time to beat.
“When the attitude simply becomes to finish, that attitude becomes pervasive,” says an old marathoner. “The marathon was once this incredible challenge, to finish it and to finish as fast as you can. I just think there’s a mind-set out there about the marathon, and it’s a different mind-set from 25 years ago.” -- from Salon
I meant to get this up yesterday for TOLT, but life goes on, so just something light for Friday!
What do think drives the beat Oprah mindset?
Any other celebrity marathon runners you followed?
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