Runner's Web Digest - March 2, 2001
- 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
The responses as of Digest preparation time were:
IAAF Athletics Champs. 21
ITU Triathlon Champs. 13
Don't know 2
Total Votes: 56
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checking the results of previous polls.
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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
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
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
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
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
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:
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:
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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
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
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
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
"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:
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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,
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
More...from Active.com at:
Bear Facts Could Fight Muscle Wasting:
Searching Among Hibernating Animals
Feb 23 2001 12:31:18
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:
March 2-3, 2001:
USA Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 3, 2001:
New Zealand Ironman
Lake Taupo, NZ
SA Triathlon Championships
Club Mykonos, SA
Carolina First Reedy River Run 10K
March 4, 2001:
Los Angeles, CA
Runner's World Coverage
Fila Mudman Duathlon
Bracknell, Berkshire, UK
Sutter Home Napa Valley Marathon
March 9 - 11, 2001:
World Indoor Athletics Championships
March 10, 2001:
Gate River Run 15K
Bayou City Classic 10K
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
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
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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