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Can You Run As Fast As Top Marathoner Ryan Hall?

Written on October 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm , by

This guy is the definition of fast. How long can you keep up with him? (Photo courtesy of Asics)

You’ve heard it before: when you want to run faster, it helps to hit the pavement with faster friends. Not only will you be motivated to pump up the pace, but you can gab about which pro runner you want to see break the finisher’s tape first.

But what if you had the chance to do more than talk about that runner, but actually feel what it’s like to run at their level – you know, without taking any crazy speed-boosting drugs? Consider it done, thanks to Asics and their latest challenge to New Yorkers. With the ING New York City Marathon set for its big return this Sunday, after being canceled last year due to Superstorm Sandy, the big sneaker brand wants runners to “Better Their Best” with the opportunity to step into top marathoner Ryan Hall’s sneaks – well, sort of. Instead of actually wearing his shoes (um, gross – there are some things we don’t like to share), you’ll hop on a one-of-a kind treadmill that’s set to one speed, and one speed only: 12.6. That’s the equivalent of Hall’s 4:46-mile pace, and we think you can keep up. But don’t worry – you’re strapped to a harness, juuust in case.

The best part of this “Run with Ryan” experiment? The treadmill is on a truck, meaning it’s traveling throughout the city. So if you haven’t seen it in your hood yet, keep those eyes peeled and sneakers laced. Still need incentive to hop on? For every minute logged on the treadmill between now and November 2nd, Asics will donate $5 (up to $26,200) to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of public programs focused on youth development.

Now that we’ve got you feeling the need for speed, check out the times and locations below to find the closest area the treadmill will be traveling to. We recommend running there as your pre-sprint warm-up:

  • October 31 (until 9pm): Time Warner Center, S/S 60th St. and Broadway
  • November 1: Asics Bryant Park Store, 5th and 42nd St.
  • November 2: Central Park, N/S 58th St. and 7th Ave

For an extra boost of confidence, watch this video to see how other New Yorkers fared in the challenge.

 

Now you tell us: How long do you think you could keep up with Ryan?

 

5 Olympic Moments with Ryan Hall

Written on August 7, 2012 at 10:42 am , by

Marathoner Ryan Hall (Photo Courtesy of NBC Olympics)

With a less than a week away from the Men’s Marathon in the 2012 London Olympics, Marathoner Ryan Hall took the time to answer our questions about his Olympic moments. Get a glimpse into the life of  the American Half Marathon and Olympic Trials record holder:

1) Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.

We were lucky to get our qualify out of the way back in January so I’ve had a long time to soak in the fact that I’ll be returning to the Olympics.  I don’t think it hit me that I was going to qualify for the London Olympics till I came down the final 100 meters to the finish line in Houston.  In the marathon anything can happen so I was just trying not to pass out and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I think it was the longest last mile of my life.
2) During the Trials or Games, what was your most challenging moment to get through?

I was having some stomach problems in the race because I was taking Aleve to take the edge off some foot problems I had been battling with leading up to the Trials.  As a result of the stomach problems I wasn’t able to take in my usual calories or fluids which  lead to an out of body experience around mile 23.  The last 3 miles of a marathon is always hard but this was like I was outside of my body watching as my body was trying to tell me it was out of energy and strength.  I was in second at the time but I wasn’t sure I was even going to make it to the finish line let alone finish in the top 3 and earn my spot on the Olympic Team.  I prayed for strength and thought of my wife waiting for me at the finish line and somehow, by the grace of God, I made it.

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