Sunday I spent a couple hours running on the treadmill while watching the women’s marathon…it is absolutely one of my favorite things to do!! I love watching those ladies run and even if the US didn’t take a medal, we came in 6,7 and 9 which is impressive!
Watching Desi keep fighting back as well, made me want to keep pushing for one of my longest runs since moving to Denver. Thank you ladies!!In honor of the Olympics and my absolutely giddiness at watching the marathon unfold, I thought I’d share some fun running factoids that you might not know, but can now toss around like confetti to impress all your friends.
Fine. They may not be impressed. But still, you’ll look like a real running guru.
28 Running Facts You Should Know
- This is the 28th summer Olympics! Though it was officially labeled XXXI there have been 3 cancelled Olympics
- The marathon was not an event of the ancient Olympic games. The marathon started in 1896 in Athens, a race from Marathon – northeast of Athens – to the Olympic Stadium, a distance of 42.195 kilometers
- 57% of all race finishers in 2015 were women
- Atlanta Peachtree road race has the largest number of finishers in US at 54,752 (2015), the NYC marathon is next at just over 50,000
- The fastest mile ever run: Hicham El Guerrouj from Morroco in 3:43:13 and Svetlana Msterkova of Russia in 4:12:56
- 45 degrees is the optimal race day temperature based on scientific testing of how the body reacts to different temps
- Researchers from the University of Portsmouth in England found that breasts don’t just bounce up and down during running; they also move in a complicated figure-8 pattern and without support could create saggy breasts!
- Running outside at the same pace as on the treadmill burns more calorie due to air resistance!
- The most common runners injuries: runner’s knee, stress fractures, shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis
- The first New York City Marathon was in 1970 and cost $1 for the 127 participants.
- Your feet can produce up to a pint of sweat each day.
- Eric Allen and Patricia Dechow studied 300,000 Chicago marathon finishers and found women are more likely to negative split than men due to running conservatively in the first half.
- Just 2 1/2 hours of weekly running increases men’s testosterone 15%, proving once again exercise is good for the bedroom.
- Fauja Singh is the oldest marathon finisher, completing his last race at 101
- Orphan Budhia Singh had completed 48 marathons by age 5
- The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments.
- Your neighborhood cat can run faster than a human!
- Lactic acid makes breast milk taste sour
- 3100 miles that’s the distance of the longest certified road race – Sri Chimnoy
- Under 600 people have completed a marathon on all 7 continents
- Average finish time across all 2015 Boston Marathon finishers was 3:46
- Average winning time of a Boston Marathon is 2:09 for men and 2:25 for women
- 1984 was the first women’s marathon in the Olympics
- Christopher McDougall’s 2009 book, Born to Run, kicked off a barefoot running mania
- Ultrarunning is a smaller set of racers. But growing at a faster rate than marathons or half marathons
- Tough Guy is considered the oldest obstacle course race and started in 1987, now joined by Mud Run and Spartan to create a whole new running world
- Paula Radcliff still holds the women’s marathon record of 2:15:23 from the 2003 London Marathon
- It takes 200 muscles to take a step when you run.
And because we love a good funny fact, thanks to Pavement Runner for this made up one that we all think might be true.
This weekend I’ll actually be hiking and at a conference with GASP Tim Ferriss of the 4- hour Work week, so I won’t get to watch the men’s marathon…and yes…I’m very upset!Know the youngest #marathon finisher? Oldest? Largest race? Find out #runchat Click To Tweet
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