Peg’s Posts: Who’s your hero?
A few weeks ago, my last conversation with Jake before he headed east to join nearly 40,000 runners in the New York City Marathon went something like this: “Huge favor — could you get autographs from Ryan and Deena for me?” I even apologized for sounding like a groupie, but no matter. Jake understood and was prepped to spend most of his last waking hours before the marathon working in the Garmin booth at the expo. That’s where Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor made brief appearances and signed autographs for a never-ending line of fans. I’d handed off a couple issues of Runner’s World for them to sign: December 2006, with Deena gracing the cover as one of the Runner’s World “Heroes of Running”. She was highlighted as an American record holder and bronze medalist in the marathon in 2004. Ryan’s cover shot was the September 2008 issue, containing a prelude to Hall’s performance in Beijing and a feature story on where he derives motivation.
Jake returned from NY with my autographed magazines, a poster, and one more reason I can call Ryan and Deena my heroes: they use the Forerunner 405. Check out these YouTube videos to hear what they had to say about their favorite Forerunner features: Deena digs “back to start” while Ryan raves about having data on hand, from accurate mile splits to pace, when and where he wants it. Nice to know the same GPS-enabled sport watch used by some of the top athletes in the world can be on hand for your runs too. Now that’s motivation for mortals. Speaking of motivation, if yours is lagging with the colder temps, check out the Runner’s World Heroes of Running 2008. Exceptional athletes and inspiring causes abound.
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