The Rocky Balboa Ultramarathon

Now we’ve seen it all.

Remember the old movie Rocky II?  Of course you do.  Remember the scene where Rocky is in training, running the streets of Philadelphia, followed by a gang of kids?  Unless you live in Philly, it might have seemed like an ordinary training run, but for those in the know, it seemed to be much more.  In fact, if you looped together the landmarks that Rocky passed on his training run – including the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art – you would get a 50K run.  That’s all the local running community needed to hear.  The race was on – the first official Rocky 50K, held this past Saturday, December 7th.

Technically, this wasn’t actually a race – it was more of an organized run for die-hard runners.  There were no race bibs, aid stations, T-shirts, or awards.  Streets weren’t closed to traffic, and no one was officially timed.  Still, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, the run was a big success.

Here’s to hoping that the run becomes an annual event – it sounds a fun one.  For more info, follow the website:



About horowitzrun

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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s