Winners who cheat and lying fitbits, think about it Thursday.

I didn’t run this morning.  I did go for a 5 mile walk but I just didn’t feel like running and that’s okay because sometimes you just don’t feel like running.  I think there’s a part of me that might be a little afraid of running hard or running long because I’ve really become fearful of the migraines.  I just hate them and until I figure out the source of them or how to stop them, I’m erring on the side of caution.

I love to be outside first thing in the morning though so a walk is perfect and it helps me keep those steps up on the fitbit.  Since Mom has been here and we’re on a weight loss kick we’ve been trying to keep our steps way up there.  I’ve been pretty successful or so I thought until I saw this article.

lying fitbitI knew my fitbit wasn’t too terribly accurate because I wore it with my Garmin so I could compare and while the discrepancies weren’t significant, they were definitely noticeable.

Walking, rather than running, is definitely helping me stay hydrated which has been an issue in the past for me.  It’s a lot easier to keep up with fluid intake with walking, for me anyway.  I have been making more of an effort lately after seeing this article.

lack of water

You can click here to read the article.

How many of you do squats on a regular basis?  I love squats.  Last year I did that 1,000 squat challenge and I nailed it but I was sore for days.  I was wondering the other day if I actually have the fitness level to do that now and I was looking for the challenge when I came across this article.

booty

big, big, booty but you got a big booty….

I don’t think I could rock that kind of booty or even a Kardashian booty.  I think it would get in my way but God bless em for being able to.

And the last thing I want you to think about today is this article.  It’s about runners like Lilian Mariita from Kenya who came to this country to win races and help support her family both here and in Kenya, until she was banned for 8 years, for doping.

Lilian Mariita

These are runners who participate in races large enough to offer substantial prize money yet small enough that they don’t have to typically worry about drug testing.  The article is also about the woman who seems to be at the center of this controversy, former elite Russian athlete Larisa Mikhaylova.  I got really pissed reading this article but I’d like to know what you think.

And that’s it, things to think about on Thursday.

Have you read anything recently that made you think about it long after you finished?

Jeptoo’s failed drug test, is this a trend?

On Monday, Athletics Kenya admitted that the illegal substance Rita Jeptoo tested positive for was EPO. The positive sample was taken on September 25th and considered out of competition but I’m still bothered by it. I find it hard to believe that if she was using EPO it didn’t affect her race.

She tested positive

If you have any doubts of the effects of EPO on runners, read this article. I realize the article goes on to talk about horses but you get the gist of it. And anyway, if you have any doubts of the effects of EPO just consult the experts and by the experts, I mean Google.

The fact that this test was performed two weeks before Jeptoo won the Chicago marathon is not what I have an issue with. What I have the issue with is the fact that she failed. Period. When is that ever okay? And the fact that they have a B sample is fine but why haven’t they tested it? Why is it her decision? And just how prevalent is EPO among distance runners in Kenya, Russia or wherever.

This is not okay
Just a few months ago I read an article in Runner’s World on doping among local elites. These are not the athletes you read about on a daily basis, they aren’t the Meb’s or the Shalane’s of the sport but they still win money and just how fair is that? In my opinion, it isn’t.

I was blown away when I read Christian Hesch’s casual account of doping and how he maintains that he used it 54 times over 2 years but only to recover from injuries, never during races. Sorry, but I call bullshit on that one.

Liar!Once the word is out that someone has failed a drug test, I lose all respect for them and any success they may have had. Whether they raced while doping or not is a moot point. The point is that EPO enhances performance therefore it gives the user an advantage and that is why doping is illegal and should not be tolerated.

I am wondering what will happen with Rita Jeptoo. Will the B sample be tested? Will she accept the findings of the failed test and suffer the consequences? What are those consequences? Who knows, but it definitely brought back flashbacks of this incident.

I agree with Paula Radcliffe and I’m glad this test result came to light before Jeptoo accepted the huge payout she was going to receive for winning the World Marathon Majors. If the test was wrong, then I hope that comes out too but if she did indeed use EPO then she should have to pay the price. We should never reward anyone for cheating and doping is indeed cheating no matter who you are.

How do you feel about doping and EPO?

Do you think Rita Jeptoo knowingly used EPO?