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    Runner s Web Digest - March 2, 2001 Visit the Runner s Web at http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html The site is updated multiple times daily. Check out our
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      Runner's Web Digest - March 2, 2001

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      New This Week:
      This week's poll is: "What is your favourite event/race?
      Road race/track, Marathon, Triathlon, Ironman, Duathlon."

      Our poll this past week was "Will you attend or watch on television the
      events in Edmonton, Alberta this summer?
      IAAF Athletics Champs., ITU Triathlon Champs. , Both , Neither , Don't
      know "
      The responses as of Digest preparation time were:
      IAAF Athletics Champs. 21
      ITU Triathlon Champs. 13
      Both 18
      Neither 2
      Don't know 2
      Total Votes: 56

      You can access the poll from our FrontPage as well as voting on and/or
      checking the results of previous polls.

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      the Runner's Web, email us at
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      February Trivia Question:
      Roger Bannister was the first runner to break the 4 minute mile. Who was the
      Dave Leblanc was the first to submit the name of Australian John Landy.

      Pegasus Trivia Quiz Winner!
      Jeff Platt of Calgary correctly picked Grete Waitz as the first women to run
      a sub 2:30 marathon.
      Grete ran 2h 27m 33s at the NYC Marathon in 1979.

      Check out our Photo of the Week from our FrontPage. This photo will be
      updated at least weekly and possibly more frequently. The current photo is:
      Stephanie Graf beats Olympic 800 champion Maria Mutola at Gaz de France Meet
      in the 800M.

      The FiveStar Site of the Week:
      Our FiveStar site of the week for next week is the National Capital Race
      site at:
      Race weekend includes the National Capital Marathon which has been running
      since 1975 and
      the Nordion 10K plus a 5K and half-marathon.
      Check out this redesigned site.

      Send your suggestions for our Site of the Week to

      Be sure to check out our Flash Page where we list all recent additions to
      the Runner's Web. This page is updated before Monday morning each week.

      St. Patrick Day Races:
      Check out this list of St. Patrick Day races from Running Times magazine at:

      Sharon Donnelly Update:
      Visit Sharon's web site at http://www.SharonDonnelly.com to read about her
      training for the past several months.
      Her 2001 race schedule and associated activities are listed on her "Road to
      the Olympics" page.

      Proper Hydration for Athletic Performance:
      This article covers the following topics:
      1) Basic Muscle Anatomy and Physiology
      2) Dehydration and Injury
      3) Guidelines for Proper Rehydration
      4) Over-hydration
      5) Links
      Read it at:

      Tuna-In to a Healthy Heart:
      By Fran Berger, HealthScout Reporter
      (HealthScout) -- Tuna, salmon, mackerel -- take your pick -- but include at
      least one of these fatty fish each week in your diet if you're older and you
      want to lower your risk of dying from a heart attack.
      But take note fried fish lovers: Even if you eat lean fish like cod, it
      won't lower that death risk.
      That's the conclusion of a study presented today at the American Heart
      Association's 41st annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
      and Prevention.
      Researchers looked at almost seven years of data on more than 4,000 people
      over the age of 65, enrolled in the National Heart Lung and Blood
      Institute's Cardiovascular Health Study, and found those who ate a modest
      amount of fatty fish had a 44 percent lower risk of dying from a heart
      More...from Yahoo at:

      A challenging career change:
      By Rick Freeman/The Gazette
      What's so funny now, Ahmad Rashad?
      Probably a whole lot less than what he found funny the day after the
      Still in Sydney, Amy Van Dyken wanted to switch her career from swimming to
      triathlon. The swim, the six-time gold medalist figured, would be easy
      enough. The biking was no sweat, she had picked it up to stay in shape after
      shoulder surgery.
      But the run would be tough. She had rarely done it. So she jumped at her
      first opportunity to run on a treadmill after the Olympics ended.
      As it happened, Rashad was working out nearby.
      "He almost fell off the treadmill laughing," Van Dyken said. "He said, 'You
      can bend your knees, you know.'"
      More...from the Gazette at:

      Watch Your Back:
      Nearly two thirds of adults have experienced back pain at some point in
      their lives.
      Follow this simple workout and you'll never be one of them.
      More...from MensHealth at:

      Caffeine and Exercise Performance
      (from the American College of Sports Medicine)
      Caffeine may be the most widely used stimulant in the world. It is found in
      a variety of plants, dietary sources (including coffee, tea, chocolate,
      cocoa, and colas), and non-prescription medications. The average caffeine
      consumption in the USA is approximately 2 cups of coffee per daily (200 mg);
      10% of the population ingests more than 1000 mg per day. Caffeine is a
      socially acceptable, legal drug consumed by all groups in society.
      Caffeine is often referred to as nutritional ergogenic aid, but it has no
      nutritional value. Ingested caffeine is quickly absorbed from the stomach
      and peaks in the blood in 1-2 hours. Caffeine has the potential to affect
      all systems of the body, as it is absorbed by most tissue. The remaining
      caffeine is broken down in the liver and by-products are excreted in urine.
      More...from Doctor's Whos Who at:

      Age Slower:
      Everyone would love to learn how to prevent, slow down, or reverse the aging
      process. We are constantly seeking ways to achieve the most out of our life,
      and to extend our productive years beyond their expected end.
      Are you searching for the fountain of youth? Do you even know where to begin
      to look? Well, read on to explore how attitude, nutrition, and exercise can
      help you slow down the aging process
      More...from Yahoo at:

      Overuse injuries in cycling:
      Mention cycling and injury and it's most likely you'll think of crashing -
      gravel rash and broken collarbones. But there is another side to injuries,
      that of overuse.
      More...from Kjerag.com at:
      [2 line URL]

      Nike Recalls Jordan Trunner Cross-Training Shoes:
      Washington, D.C. (CPSC) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
      Safety Commission (CPSC), Nike USA Inc., Beaverton, Ore., is voluntarily
      recalling about 225,000 pairs of its Jordan Trunner LX and Jordan Trunner
      2000 cross-training shoes. The shoes have a thin metal strip on the outside
      of the heel that can protrude from the shoe and form a sharp edge that can
      cut consumers.
      Nike has received 16 reports of consumers receiving cuts to the lower legs
      from the metal strip on these shoes, including several reports of persons
      requiring stitches.
      More...from InteliHealth at:

      Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
      Did you know that you would have to run an entire marathon (26.2 miles) to
      burn approximately one pound of fat (3,500 calories)?
      That's why you should be wary of "fast-working, fat-burning diets" that
      claim you can lose up to 20 pounds of fat in two weeks. During one week,
      your body can only lose up to about 4 pounds of fat as energy. Any more than
      that, and you're trimming down on glycogen, liquid and even muscle -- which,
      as you might of guessed, can be dangerously unhealthy.
      Instead, aim to lose up to 2 pounds per week and you'll find it easier to
      keep the pounds off -- for good.

      Mood Disorders Tax Body Later in Life:
      By Serena Gordon, HealthScout Reporter
      (HealthScout) -- While episodes of depression and other mood disorders may
      come and go, the toll they take on your body may last forever, new research
      Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had past episodes of serious
      affective disorders, like major depression or generalized anxiety disorder,
      had levels of fatigue that were up to 10 percent higher than other patients,
      says a study in the current issue of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
      "There seems to be a scar associated with a past history of an affective
      disorder," says lead study author, Judith Fifield, an associate professor of
      family medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. "People
      with a history of a major affective disorder were at risk for a higher level
      of fatigue, even if it was as much as 20 to 30 years in the past."
      More...from Yahoo at:

      Training by text message has arrived:
      By Dave Smith - Kjerag.com
      A revolutionary new coaching service for runners has just been launched. The
      PBClub is aimed at runners of all abilities who want to run from 10K up to
      the marathon event but who aren't sure what to do or how to train for the
      events. PBClub acts as a virtual coach and guides the runner towards
      personal bests (PB's) via training schedules that are emailed and sent via
      text message to the individual runners. Spencer Duval, the coaching brains
      behind the scheme, explained to Kjerag.com how different levels of runners
      are catered for by the service meaning that up to 15 schemes are in place -
      this is not a programme which expects athletes to suit the training. The
      training is set at the right level for the athlete.
      This one of a kind service is supported by Sportswear Company FILA and the
      magazine RUNNING FITNESS. FILA provide the PBClub kit which is included FREE
      in certain membership packages and RUNNING FITNESS are promoting the club in
      it's monthly magazine. The combined help of these two supporters has enabled
      the PBClub to set sign up rates at an incredible low figure. In fact the
      bronze membership is FREE to join. All members get access to the PBClubs
      Website for tips and hints along with a monthly newsletter emailed to them.
      The platinum membership (top of the range membership at only £50 per year!)
      not only offers daily email training schedules but also daily text messages
      so runners won't ever be stuck as to what to do that day. There are hotline
      phone numbers so members on certain packages can talk to the experts and
      exclusive email help lines for any other problems that may be encountered.
      The PBClub didn't officially launch until today but already people have
      started signing up for the coaching advice.
      more details from the PBclub website.....

      Help for Ingrown Toenails:
      A Monthly Foot Fact from Foot.com
      Teaneck, NJ (March 1, 2001) - The irritation, redness and swelling that
      accompany an ingrown toenail lead to one basic thing: ouch.
      An ingrown toenail, known to physicians as onychocryptosis, is caused when
      the nail of the toe grows into the surrounding skin. The condition is
      usually very painful and can lead to a serious infection.
      According to Dr. Suzanne Belyea, Medical Director of Foot.com, ingrown
      toenails develop for many reasons. In some cases the condition is
      congenital. Often trauma, like stubbing a toe or having it stepped on, can
      jam the nail into the skin. The repeated pounding from running or other
      sports can also cause ingrown toenails.
      "The most common cause is cutting your toenails incorrectly," Dr. Belyea
      says. "Often poorly cut nails will re-grow into the skin, and wearing tight

      stockings or shoes with a tight toe box makes matters worse." Toenails
      should normally be cut straight across so that the nail corner is visible.
      "You can have very mild symptoms of an ingrown toenail for weeks or months,
      but once the skin is opened and an infection sets in, you're dealing with a
      serious situation," Dr. Belyea adds. Bacteria can enter the skin next to
      nail, and will thrive in a warm, moist environment. At this stage,
      with sterile instruments and antibiotics is usually necessary.
      One home treatment for an ingrown toenail involves soaking the toe in warm
      salt water for 20-30 minutes four times a day. To relieve pressure, you can

      cut back the nail, but be careful not to make the problem worse by
      the wound or cutting the nail at an angle that will cause it to grow back
      into the skin and become more and more ingrown. A podiatrist can do this
      more accurately.
      Applying an antibiotic such as Neosporin reduces the chance of infection.
      Wearing an open-toe shoe will help ease pressure on the area.
      If an infection sets in, see your doctor. For more information on ingrown
      toenails and other foot conditions, visit www.foot.com. Foot.com is
      to educating the public about foot health, creating forums for consumers to
      communicate with foot health professionals, and most importantly,
      unnecessary foot pain.

      Runner's World Tips:
      Take a break: "At least every six weeks (for some athletes it should be
      every three to four weeks), reduce your workouts significantly to allow
      muscles to recover from strenuous training. It's also important to take
      at least one recovery day each week where you do no training at all. The
      rest breaks are as important as your training if you want to improve
      your performance." -Owen Anderson, Ph.D., author of Lactate Lift-Off

      Bone structure: Men get osteoporosis, too, although about 10 to 15 years
      later than women, and for different underlying physiological reasons.
      Now researchers at Hebrew University in Jerusalem are developing drugs
      that stimulate bone formation in men. Although these new drugs still
      require several years of clinical trials in human, early indicators show
      that they may serve as complementary medications for women with
      osteoporosis as well as fighting osteoporosis in men.

      Talk to yourself: Take a tip from a former sports psychologist. "The
      difference between your best performance and your worst performance is
      the variation in your self-talk and the attitudes you carry around with
      you," said the late Dorothy Harris, Ph.D. For example, Kenny Moore,
      two-time Olympic marathoner, never gave up in the grueling 26.2-mile
      race, even though he often experienced pain and fatigue in the last 4 to
      5 miles. He reminded himself that growing up in Oregon and training on
      cold, wet nights was very tough, so he could work through this
      experience as well.

      "When you run, each foot absorbs the impact of up to five or six times
      your body weight as it hits the ground. So a small problem or tiny
      defect in you foot can have a big impact on your running."

      Different around the knees: Women athletes are two to eight times more
      likely than men to injure the anterior cruciate ligament, the ligament
      behind the kneecap that connects the two longest bones of the leg.
      Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that
      women achieve a lower level of tension when they contract the muscles
      around the knee, leading to lesser joint stability and increased risk of

      Next time you feel unmotivated about running, visit a specialty running
      store--and buy one small thing for yourself. Just the smell and look of
      these places gets me reinvigorated about my running. - Adam Bean, RW
      managing editor

      "Bad races are the result of giving in to natural urges: running fast
      when you feel fresh and slowing down when you start to hurt." -Joe

      Run for your brain: We've previously reported study results from The Salk
      Institute showing that running mice produce more new-brain-cell growth than
      sedentary mice. The Salk research team's latest results were released
      yesterday. The study found that running mice with a rare brain condition
      suffered less degenerative disease than those that didn't run. "The results
      suggest that exercise might delay the onset and progression of some
      neurodegenerative diseases," said head scientist Carrolee Barlow.

      Style means speed:
      When you're blown completely, riding like a three legged nodding dog, some
      would have it that you're doing yourself good - 'hardening' I think is the
      But poor mechanical efficiency, such as that which occurs when your tongue
      is hanging out to dry on your stem and your body is bobbing like a very good
      bobber will do nothing but train you to be slow. It's no different for
      runners - run like an octopus falling out of a tree and you're training
      yourself to be slow.
      More...from Kjerag.com at:
      [2 line URL]

      A Drink a Day May Keep the Heart Doc Away (If You Have the Right Gene):
      Rate at Which the Body Breaks Down Alcohol May Be Key to Heart Benefits of
      By Neil Osterweil, WebMD Medical News
      Reviewed by Dr. Gary D. Vogin
      Feb. 21, 2001 -- Here's to your health -- if you carry the proper gene, that
      is: People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol and who carry a specific
      form of a gene that controls the rate at which alcohol is broken down in
      their blood are at dramatically lower risk for heart attack than those who
      carry other forms of the gene, report researchers in the Feb. 22 issue of
      The New England Journal of Medicine.
      "There are a couple of intriguing aspects to this study. I think the first
      and most compelling is that this demonstrates how we're going to be able to
      use the emerging genetic knowledge, in that most of the impact is going to
      be [genetic] interactions with lifestyle factors and environmental factors,
      and this, I think, is a great illustration of how this is going to play out.
      We're not going to find the gene for heart disease, but I think we'll find
      other examples of interactions," says co-author Meier J. Stampfer, MD, DrPH,
      associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, in
      an interview with WebMD.
      More...from WebMD at:

      Study: Stretch Cords Help Exercise:
      Ira Dreyfuss Associated Press Writer: Associated Press
      Washington (AP) - Step aerobics exercisers can stretch the benefits of their
      workouts by tugging on supersized rubber bands, a study finds.
      Straining against the stretch cords, which were made for exercise, has the
      same effect as weight training - spurring muscle growth in a way that simply
      bounding up and down on a step platform cannot match, the report said.
      People who don't have time for separate aerobics and strength sessions at a
      health club can combine them into one class and get similar gains, said
      researcher William J. Kraemer.
      ``Everybody is jumping up and down on time economy now, and we are saying
      this can be done in a three-day-a-week quality program,'' said Kraemer,
      director of The Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University,
      Muncie, Ind.
      More...from Asimba.com at:

      Long runs: Plan ahead to make your marathon training a success
      By Jennifer Colvin, Active.com
      Weekly long runs are the cornerstone of marathon training. At first, they're
      not so bad. When you're only increasing your mileage 10 percent a week to
      slowly build your base while keeping your chance of injury low, it doesn't
      seem like much.
      But after a few weeks, those 10 percent increases really add up. Once your
      long runs reach 12-plus miles, they can be tough to get through unless you
      plan ahead.
      More...from Active.com at:

      Bear Facts Could Fight Muscle Wasting:
      Searching Among Hibernating Animals
      Feb 23 2001 12:31:18
      Nicolle Charbonneau
      Are you brave enough to crawl into the den of a drowsy, 300-pound black
      bear? A group of U.S. scientists were, and what they learned could someday
      help patients who lose muscle during extended bed rest and astronauts who
      return to Earth on wobbly legs.
      Physically inactive bears lose muscle mass at a fifth the rate people do,
      allowing the bears to emerge from five to seven months of hibernation with
      minimal loss of strength, say the Wyoming researchers.
      More...from drkoop.com at:

      Campaign Pushes At-Home Exercises:
      Lauran Neergaard AP Medical Writer: Associated Press
      Washington (AP) - Call a sprained ankle the injury that gets little respect.
      Some ice, elevate the foot, and it'll be fine, right? Actually, millions of
      sufferers have weak ankles at risk of repeated sprains, chronic pain or
      other injury because they improperly treated that first sprain.
      Now specialists are starting a campaign to help Americans properly treat a
      sprained ankle with at-home strengthening exercises that can work as well as
      formal physical therapy - and to help particularly vulnerable teen-age
      athletes prevent this common injury in the first place.
      More...from Asimba.com at:

      Coming Up:

      March 2-3, 2001:
      USA Indoor Track & Field Championships
      Atlanta, GA

      March 3, 2001:
      New Zealand Ironman
      Lake Taupo, NZ

      SA Triathlon Championships
      Club Mykonos, SA

      Carolina First Reedy River Run 10K
      Greenville, SC

      March 4, 2001:
      LA Marathon
      Los Angeles, CA
      Runner's World Coverage

      Fila Mudman Duathlon
      Bracknell, Berkshire, UK

      Sutter Home Napa Valley Marathon
      Napa, CA

      March 9 - 11, 2001:
      World Indoor Athletics Championships
      Lisbon, Spain

      March 10, 2001:
      Gate River Run 15K
      Jacksonville, FL

      Bayou City Classic 10K
      Houston, TX

      For a look at additional races check out the Runner's Web Races, Marathons
      and Calendars pages at:
      http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html or look at the "Coming Up"
      section on our FrontPage.

      Also check out the following site:
      This Week's Hot Links from Track and Field News at:
      There are a number if US indoor track meets on this week with links to the
      web sites available from the above link.

      Television and Online Coverage:
      [Check local listings as event times are subject to change]

      Outdoor Life Network
      Use Search for Triathlon and Cycling

      CBC Sports Schedule

      CTV Sportsnet

      Sundays @ 1P.M. EDT
      Track & Field: The Running Zone

      Yahoo Sports TV Schedule

      Runner's World VCR Alerts

      USATF summer track broadcasting listing

      "A Woman's View of the World"

      Online Ordering For "Triathlon 2001" Directory:
      The 488-page reference book is still available, and here is how you can get
      it. First, publisher Randall
      Northam, in Britain, and I have dropped the online-ordering system Paypal,
      which turned out to be darn crummy after all (it doesn't handle any
      international orders). Thus, unfortunately, we are currently unable to take
      orders online by credit card --

      Nonetheless, you can do what plenty of others have done, and order the book
      via mail. The book costs either US$30 or 20 pounds sterling, plus shipping.
      USA and Canadian orders, etc., should be directed to: Katherine Williams,
      PO Box 323, Winter Harbor, ME 04693-0323, USA. (The cost, including
      shipping, is $34 for USA; $37 for Canada and Mexico. For orders to
      Australia, elsewhere, etc., the total is US $39).

      Those in Europe can order directly from SportsBooks, adding £2 postage for
      the UK and £3 for the rest of Europe. Mail checks or money orders to
      Randall Northam, SportsBooks, PO Box 422, Worcester, WR1 1ZT, United
      Kingdom. Fax number there (for sending credit card details) there is +44
      8700 750-888.

      We apologize for the lack of an online-ordering system just now. We are
      working on making that available. Please contact Katherine
      (mailto:KWilliams@...) with any questions.

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