Marathoner Says That Giving Up TV Helped Her Qualify For The Olympic Trials

Teal Burrell, who finished 72nd at the Olympic Trials marathon last February in 2:50:35, wrote in the ​Washington Post ​this weekend that she only made it to the Trials in the first place because she gave up television in the year leading up to her qualifier. Burrell writes that in late 2013, she "realized — despite feeling constantly frazzled and busy — that I wasted hours clicking through shows I barely liked or bingeing on series I’d already seen. I had big aspirations for the near future — I wanted to defend my PhD thesis, launch a freelance writing career and qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon — but they seemed overwhelming, things I had been working at for years."​

And she got it all done within a year after turning the television off. I'm not saying that I would necessarily trade The Americans and Veep for grinding marathon training and a postgraduate degree, but Burrell makes a compelling case. Burrell was already rapidly improving--she had already cut her PR from a debut north of 4:00 to running in the 2:50s. But she hadn't qualified for the Trials yet, and after 11 months without television, she slashed her PR by ten minutes and ran 2:42:13 in December 2014 to punch her ticket.

She writes that "Almost immediately I noticed I was enjoying my weeknights more. I didn’t automatically collapse on the couch only to look up hours later, surprised so much time had passed...Sans TV, evenings seemed longer: I got more chores or work done, spent time piddling on the Internet or read. And I actually got to bed on time." Just that one factor alone--getting to bed on time--is enough to say that giving up TV made her faster. (And it's even easier to imagine it being helpful in her academic and writing careers; of course turning off the TV helps you do homework and get writing done.)

This isn't quite on par with former NFL running back LenDale White saying that he lost 37 pounds in six months by giving up Patron tequila. But there is a 100% chance of high school and college coaches admonishing their athletes with this article at practice this week.

Meet The Men Who Will Try To Slay Kipchoge At The London Marathon

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34-year-old Eliud Kipchoge is the best marathoner there has ever been, and very likely, the best there ever will be. He enters this Sunday’s London Marathon just seven months removed from his transcendent 2:01:39 world record in Berlin, a 78-second improvement on the previous record that is only comprehensible because Kipchoge ran a is he human 2:00:25 at Nike’s Breaking2 event in 2017. Oh, and he’s also won 10 straight marathons and has never lost in London. To call him the favorite on Sunday isn’t enough; Kipchoge is arguably the biggest favorite there has ever been at a major marathon.

Four Big Questions Heading Into The Women's London Marathon

While Eliud Kipchoge casts a long shadow over the men’s race at the London Marathon, the women’s competition has much more balanced field. The current title holders from London, Berlin, Chicago and New York are all entered in this year’s race along with Americans Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson. 

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House Of Run: Would A Kipchoge Upset Be Farah's Biggest Accomplishment?

Jason and Kevin discuss Michael Norman’s 43.45 opener, the landscape in the men’s 400m, Divine Oduduru’s 19.76 in the 200m, Eliud Kipchoge’s likely outcome at the London Marathon and the prospects for Emily Sisson and Molly Huddle on Sunday.

DI Men's XC Championships Could Soon Move To 8k

A major change could be coming to NCAA DI men’s cross country in 2020 as the Division I Track and Field and Cross Country Sport Committee is recommending a proposal to switch the championship distance from 10,000m to 8,000m.

Norman's Absurd Debut, Divine's Double | Weekend Recap

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Michael Norman runs ahead of schedule. 

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Michael Norman Debuts With 43.45 400m, #4 All-Time

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It’s only April 20, but already 21-year-old Michael Norman has put the 400m world record on notice:

Asbel Kiprop Banned Four Years For Doping Violation

Former 1,500m Olympic and World champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya has been banned four years for a doping violation, the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Saturday. The 29-year-old Kiprop tested positive for EPO in a out-of-competition test in late 2017, and was provisionally suspended from competition on February 3, 2018.

Weekend Watch Guide: Loaded Distance Races At Bryan Clay, Cardinal Classic

Another busy weekend of college and professional track and field is on tap, and FloTrack has you covered Thursday through Saturday with five live events:

FloTrack To Stream 2019 London Marathon In Select Countries

AUSTIN, Texas — April 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced an agreement with London Marathon Events to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in Canada, Australia, Pan Europe (excluding UK, Ireland, and Italy) and Pan Asia (excluding China and Japan). The deal was agreed to in collaboration with TCB Sport Media.