FLASHBACK: HOMER SIMPSON RUNS IN THE SPRINGFIELD MARATHON!

In case you missed it, legendary TV family man Homer Simpson once ran in the Springfield Marathon.  Here are excerpts from the episode to take you through that wild & crazy time:

Announcer: And in 1984, Portugal’s Carlos Lopes becomes the oldest Olympic marathon runner ever at age 38.

Homer: 38!? That’s roughly my age! Marge! After a lot of thought…I’ve decided to run the Springfield marathon!

Marge: Oh, please. You get exhausted watching the “Twilight Zone” marathon.

Chief Wiggum, starting the marathon: On your marks, get set; now get outta here before I change my mind.

Homer (running): I can’t believe it! I’m actually running a marathon. (clutches his chest) Argh, I hit the wall! This is so painful! (the pain subsides) Hey, I got my second wind! (clutches his chest again) Owgh, another wall, I can’t…(pain subsides) Woo hoo! Third wind! 

Comic Book Guy (running the marathon dressed as the Flash): No one can outrun the Flash! (falls into a manhole) Curses! One of my super-foes has set a trap!

Marge, on the sidelines of the course: Hey! Grampa’s running!

Lisa: That’s not Grampa, dad’s just dehydrated!

As the race is drawing to a close, two foreign athletes are in front, but Bart suddenly comes out of an alley, disguised with a Italian sweatshirt and a moustache, and crosses the finish line first. As he is handed the winner’s prize, a bird flies along and steals his fake moustache. An angry mob chases him, but he manages to escape.

Just another ordinary day in Springfield . . .

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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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