This week unfortunately, Jason was not available to record an episode. He came down with a virus and has been bedridden all weekend. So Ray was alone and hosted the episode (download here) that featured our first guest EVER. Molly Marco (@Lifeiskitsch) joins Ray as they recap their week of training, and discuss the recent trend that shows 1/2 marathons growing in popularity over the past decade.
Training Update: Ray finally went back to running this week. He ran almost 5 laps around a track. Molly is training for the Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 half marathon in Los Angeles this fall. She just started training a couple of weeks ago and she is already at 18miles a week. She loves her Vibrams Five Fingers barefoot running shoes.
This weeks conversation centered around the growing popularity of 1/2 marathons. A recent Running USA article shows the trend that the number of people participating in 1/2 marathons has more than doubled over the past decade. Since 2003, this road race distance has seen a growth in participation by 10% or more each year. Both Molly and Ray agree that one main driver for growing trend is that a 1/2 marathon is less intimidating to long distance running beginners and more challenging than 5 and 10Ks.
This episode also featured a spot by our first advertising partner, The Out Running Podcast. A show similar to ours where Chuck Wickens(@the_wick) chronicles his training. You can find out more about his show at outrunningpodcast.blogspot.com
Thanks for listening!