Are you ready for the biggest weekend in the history of American marathoning?
Two days. Two of America's biggest marathons. Chicago. Boston. Hall. Rupp. Linden. Huddle. It's going to be awesome.
It's a bit mad that, after 101 weeks without a World Marathon Major on US soil, we suddenly get two in the same weekend. Chicago kicks things off on Sunday with Sara Hall and Galen Rupp leading the US contingent. They represent, respectively, America's best chance at a women's and men's major champion this fall.
One day later, it's Boston, which will be run outside the month of April for the first time in its 125-year history. And with a ton of uncertainty in the elite fields, it's anyone's guess as to who runs well there. Will Des Linden run well? Molly Huddle? Jordan Hasay? Who the hell knows?
Those are just a few reasons to tune in this weekend (and we haven't even gotten to the international fields yet!). And unlike Berlin or London, you don't have to set an alarm to rise at an ungodly hour on the weekends. Well, unless you live on the West Coast...
But we digress! It's going to be a busy, beautiful weekend on the streets of two of America's greatest cities and we can't wait to break it all down on LetsRun.com for you this weekend. And that starts right now, with our race previews. Read on...
Ryan is bullish on Sara's fitness heading into the 2021 Chicago Marathon - "She’s definitely done workouts that she’s never been able to do before and [she’s] super confident, feeling great" - but acknowledges the warmish forecast may take the AR off the table.
The AIRWAAV performance mouthpiece is a relatively new training tool that launched late in 2020 after nearly 16 years of research. The AIRWAAV performance mouthpiece fits along your bottom teeth and pushes your jaw just forward enough to create the "optimal airway opening," resulting in:
Increased endurance -- by reducing respiratory rate by 20%, resulting in less lactic acid production
Increased strength -- by improving muscular endurance
Faster recovery times -- by reducing cortisol buildup by up to 50%
*Supporters Club subscription required* Would you be surprised to know that Wallace Spearmon, the man who ended up coaching the men's 4x100 team, did not even know he was going to be the coach when he arrived at the Olympics? With no relay camp, coaching uncertainty, and just two days of baton practice in Tokyo, is it any surprise that the US failed to make the Olympic final?