… since I announced that I’m doing a second marathon people have been asking why. Especially since I was so very, very miserable training and doing the first one. I’ve just been saying “for reasons” which many of you found to be an unsatisfying answer – and I can’t blame you. A big part of that was making sure that the main reason is actually something that I want to do. And I’ve decided that it is and it’s time to tell everyone.
This marathon isn’t just another goal, it’s actually a small part of a bigger goal.- 114.4 miles bigger to be exact.
I’m going to attempt IRONMAN Arizona in November of 2016.
in fact, the idea to do the IM came from some audiobooks that I was listening to trying to psych myself up to do this marathon.
So which is it Ragen? Did you start training for the LA Marathon as part of your bigger plan to attempt an Ironman? Or did you get the idea for the Ironman while trying to psyche yourself up for the LA Marathon? You can’t have it both ways.
This is the bigger lie (hence the bigger heading). This is kind of funny. Yesterday, she backed out of the LA Marathon. She blogged that they changed the the finish time from 8 hours to 6.5 hours. And she is somewhat correct. But keep in mind that Ragen is a self-proclaimed ‘trained researcher.’ Now, I know I don’t have formal training as a researcher so just bear with me.
A 2 minute search on Google led me to this facebook page. Which shows that yes, they did change the time. It also shows that the local running community was upset. And they worked with the LA Marathon and just four days after the announcement of the change, they changed it back. At which point the LA Marathon “announced they will support all finishers & maintain timing and medals past the 6.5 hour cutoff. Thank you for your support!” This all happened in July.
If Ragen really intended to do the marathon, don’t you think she would have known this? And if she didn’t, don’t you think she would have ‘done activism’ like she is always encouraging? Wouldn’t Ragen, as an activist, have written letters, contacted the LA Marathon, asked her followers to do the same? That is her MO. But not this time. She just accepted the time change, rolled over and quit.
So not only did she not argue the time change after the marathon was announced, she totally missed the update. She has NO reason not to do the marathon based on her excuse of the time change. And when it was brought to her attention, she totally ignored it.