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    Runner s Web Digest - February 1, 2002 Visit the Runner s Web at http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html The site is updated multiple times daily. Check out our
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2002
      Runner's Web Digest - February 1, 2002

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      New This Week:
      We have no personal postings this week.

      The winner of our last "Heroes in our Midst" contest was:
      Brian McDonald of West Vancouver, BC, correctly identified the photo as that
      of Jerome Drayton, Canada's marathon record holder.

      The February Running Trivia and Pegasus Quiz are available from the
      FrontPage at:

      Also available today is an interview with Canadian triathlete, Natasha

      This week's new poll is:" Do you carry any special ID while training?"

      Our poll this past week was: "How long have you been an active athlete?"
      The results at publication time were:

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

      If you feel you have something to say that is worthy of a Guest Column
      on the Runner's Web, email us at
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      Our Photo of the Week, which was being updated several times during the
      week, has been replaced with the Photo Slideshow which will have a
      random number of photos you can cycle through. Check it out from our

      The FiveStar Site of the Week:
      Our FiveStar site of the week for next week is:
      Barb Lindquist's web site. Barb is one the top ranked triathletes in the
      Check out her site at:

      Send us your suggestions for our Five Star site. Please check our list of
      previous Five Star Sites available from the Five Star Window under the link
      "Previous Five Star Sites" as we do not wish to repeat a site unless it has
      undergone a major redesign.

      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

      For Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Athletes Only:
      The City of Ottawa has recently completed a "Feasibility Study for a
      Multipurpose Sport Development and Training Facility" .
      The Health, Recreation and Social Services Committee meeting which will
      consider this report is scheduled to meet at 9:30 AM on February 7th in the
      Champlain Room at City Hall.
      The proposed facility would be used by athletes from a number of sports
      including track and field and running.
      The Runner's Web has created a petition for athletes to express their
      support for this City initiative.
      For more information on this issue and to sign the electronic position,
      click on the "Indoor Facility" graphic on the Runner's Web at:

      Running Finally Proves Its Worth:
      A fad that survived the skeptics turns out to have extended lives, lowered
      risk of heart illness and diabetes, and given people a sense of well-being.
      If you are not yet a runner, [this book] will show you how to become
      healthier and happier than you have ever imagined you could be. It will do
      so no matter how out of shape or fat or old or ungraceful you are, and no
      matter how many times you have tried other exercise regimens and failed."
      So begins "The Complete Book of Running," the 314-page bestseller by Jim
      Fixx that first appeared 25 years ago, kicking off a mass movement of legs
      and arms that would later be described as a fitness revolution.
      Tens of millions of Americans began running in the late 1970s, and they soon
      felt lean and strong and more physically confident than they could remember,
      just as the book promised. And though Fixx never claimed that jogging was
      guaranteed to lengthen their lives, he implied as much, writing that--with
      running--"the heart becomes a distinctly more efficient instrument, capable
      of doing more while working less hard." His very tone appalled many doctors.
      Whatever the benefits of jogging, they argued, the repetitive pounding alone
      could damage the spine, the uterus, the stomach; would, over time, ruin
      hips, ankles and knees prematurely; and surely would cut short the lives of
      those with weak hearts who pushed themselves too hard.
      As if to confirm their fears, on July 20, 1984, Fixx himself collapsed and
      died of heart failure--while jogging. He was 52 and seemingly in the best
      shape of his life.
      "Those who were naysayers at the time said, 'Look, Jim Fixx did all that
      running, and it sure didn't do him any good,'" says Dr. William Haskell, a
      professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine who studies
      the effect of exercise on health. "How good could it be?"
      A quarter of a century after it all began, doctors now have some good
      answers to that question--because millions of the men and women who started
      running as young or middle-aged adults have never stopped. These people have
      been running regularly for their entire adult lives, and researchers have
      been watching to see what has happened to their bodies and minds.
      More...from the LA Times at:
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      In Fixx's Case, Genes Overtook Exercise:
      In the summer of 1984, Jim Fixx appeared very much in his prime. The author
      of the 1977 bestseller "The Complete Book of Running" had transformed
      himself from an overweight, chain-smoking young man into an exemplar of good
      health--and inspired millions to do the same. He was running 10 miles a day.
      He was playing tennis. He was 52, famous and very fit.
      And one Friday, while traveling in Vermont, he decided to go for a run. On
      the afternoon of July 20, Fixx set out from a motel where he was
      staying--and never returned. A motorcyclist found his body lying beside
      Route 15 in Hardwick later that day. Soon doctors had determined the cause
      of death: heart failure. The autopsy exam showed that three of Fixx's
      coronary arteries were damaged by arteriosclerosis, and one was almost
      completely blocked.
      More...from the LA Times at:
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      Heart disease deaths plummet:
      The number of people dying from heart disease has fallen by a record amount
      in a two-year period.
      Figures from the British Heart Foundation show that the number of fatalities
      has dropped by 10%.
      A staggering 13,000 less people a year died from the UK's biggest killer,
      according to figures up to the end of 2000.
      It means the UK is on course to reach government targets to reduce the
      number of deaths by heart attacks two years earlier than the expected time
      of 2010.
      But the British Heart Foundation says the number of people actually
      suffering from coronary heart conditions is not falling. An estimated 2.6
      million people are still living with the disease in the UK.
      More...from the BBC at:

      Dispelling the Myths of Exercise-Induced Asthma:
      By Joanna Zeiger
      "Asthma is psychological; it's all in your head." Unfortunately, the 12
      million Americans with asthma have heard this false rhetoric all too often.
      For all of us who work hard every day to bring our asthma under control,
      these declarations are off base, insulting and often the result of
      mis-education. Asthma is a disease. More specifically, it is an inflammatory
      disorder of the lungs that causes obstruction, due to narrowing, of the
      bronchial tubes in the lung, and because that is not enough, there is an
      added bonus of mucus and fluid production. These characteristics lead to the
      classical symptoms of asthma, including: wheezing, coughing, chest
      tightness, and sputum production. Many factors act as triggers for asthma
      and they consist of: allergy causing materials (pollens, danders, and
      molds), irritants (tobacco smoke and pollution), viral infections (the
      simple cold), and for me, particularly exercise. Medical professionals
      theorize that exercise-induced asthma is due to the cooling and dehydration
      of our lungs that occurs with the more rapid breathing that we experience
      during training and racing, especially the harder workouts.
      More...from Joanna Zeiger's web site at:

      What Are the Specific Benefits of Exercise?
      There are many health-related benefits of regular exercise, as this article
      Longevity and Aging
      Exercise, even after age 50, can add healthy and active years to one's life.
      Studies continue to show that it is never too late to start exercising and
      that even small improvements in physical fitness can significantly lower the
      risk of death. Simply walking regularly can prolong life in the elderly.
      Moderately fit people, even if they smoke or have high blood pressure, have
      a lower mortality rate than the least fit. Resistance training is important
      for the elderly, because it is the only form of exercise that can slow and
      even reverse the decline in muscle mass, bone density, and strength. Adding
      workouts that focus on speed and agility may be even more protective for
      older people. Flexibility exercises help reduce the stiffness and loss of
      balance that accompanies aging.
      More...from WebMD/Lycos at:

      Technology Cures Bad Heartbeats:
      (HealthScoutNews) -- A sophisticated technology can wipe out the rogue cells
      that cause life-threatening irregular heartbeats, a new study shows.
      In a condition called atrial fibrillation, extra heartbeats disrupt the
      normal rhythm of the two upper chambers of the heart. These erratic
      heartbeats can cause blood to pool inside the chambers. Clots can form and
      block arteries, causing strokes or heart attacks.
      About 2 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, according to the
      American Heart Association (news - web sites) (AHA). In most cases, the
      condition can be controlled by drugs such as digoxin or by an implanted
      defibrillator that delivers shocks to restore normal beating. However, the
      condition can worsen over time.
      Now, cardiologists at the University of Michigan report the successful use
      of a technology called radiofrequency ablation to find the cells responsible
      for the abnormal beats and destroy them with pulses of electricity.
      More...from Yahoo at:
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      Record-breaking feats in Antarctica:
      January has been a record-setting month in Antarctica, with the running of
      the ultimate southern marathon and completion of the longest circumpolar
      balloon journey.
      An Irishman won the first marathon to finish at the South Pole. Richard
      Donovan broke the nine-hour barrier, covering the 42.2km in 8 hours 52
      minutes 3 seconds.
      Americans Dean Karnazes (9hr 18min 55sec) and Brent Weigner (9hr 20min 5sec)
      were the only other competitors to complete the full course.
      More...from the Canberra Times at:
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      Following the gene map:
      Scientific advances could spawn more doping by athletes
      For Dr. H. Lee Sweeney, 2001 was the year of the rat. Now, 2002 will be the
      year of the dog.
      And, if all goes well with his canine experiments, he hopes to be using
      human guinea pigs just two years from now, replicating the genetic
      engineering that created bulked up rodents that others have dubbed
      "Schwarzenegger mice."
      Sweeney, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, is hoping a
      synthetic gene that tells muscles to produce more insulin-like growth
      factor-1 (IGF-1) will eventually help humans with muscular dystrophy and
      strength loss due to aging. He said his mice didn't lose their whopping 20
      percent strength gains as they grew older.
      More...from the Austin Statesmen at:

      Police advise joggers: Carry ID, map out a safe route:
      For six hours Monday, authorities tried to identify a Haverford Twp. woman
      badly hurt during a run.
      Most joggers like to travel light. No driver's license, no keys. Maybe just
      a Walkman and the open road.
      But such freedom can turn problematic if a car accident occurs, as the
      search for the name of the Haverford Township jogger identified yesterday as
      Cynthia Neary proved.
      Neary, who police said ran into the path of a car on busy, windy Darby Road,
      was listed in stable condition at the University of Pennsylvania Medical
      Center yesterday. She suffered a broken leg and severe head trauma,
      officials said.
      More...from the Philly Inquirer at:
      For more information on a running ID bracelet visit RoadID at:

      The new face of the Olympics... Mr Clean:
      Jacques Rogge has been head of the International Olympic Committee - the
      most senior sports job in the world - for just six months, yet he has
      already established a vastly different style of presidency to that of Juan
      Antonio Samaranch, who reigned for 21 years.
      Where Samaranch was a Machievellian autocrat with a Fascist background,
      Belgian surgeon Rogge is straightforward, consensus-driven and politically
      moderate. Samaranch, a resident of the chandaliered Lausanne Palace Hotel,
      immersed himself in luxurious surrounds. Rogge is more restrained.
      More...from The Age at:

      Stand with Your Legs Shoulder-Width Apart... (Moskovsky Komsomolets):
      Will the president make Russia jog in the morning?
      Good morning, my name is Vladimir Putin. For starters, let's warm-up." The
      president's shrill calls to start morning exercises could very likely wake
      Russians up in the morning.
      The State Council is due to have a meeting in the Kremlin today. The theme
      is rather light: sports in the lives of Russians. In fact, the matter is of
      extreme importance, considering that only one-tenth of the population do
      morning exercises and that our average life span is lower than that in
      Haiti, Burma and Somalia. Besides, Vladimir Putin is an inveterate athlete
      But many ordinary Russians who are used to starting their day with 50 grams
      of vodka or a cigarette will not be moved by their leaders' concern for
      their health. Moskovsky Komsomolets has learned that the State Council has
      invented some tricks to persuade them to take to sports.
      More...from the Russian Issues.com at:

      Higher-fat diets.
      Peter Horvath of SUNY Buffalo recruited 25 competitive runners (minimum
      40miles/week), spanning ages 18 to 53. Each cycled through three four-week
      diet regimens. The first included 16% of its calories from fat, the second
      30%, and the last 45%. The total number of calories they ate was held
      constant. At the end of each four-week session, Horvath tested their
      endurance. Duration of peak output was increased by 7%, overall endurance
      increased 14%, and exercise-induced muscle fatigue decreased. Blood tests
      showed the highest fat dieters used their stored fat more efficiently during
      exercise as well. In addition, Horvath's colleague Jaya Venkatraman
      determined a better immune response with the higher-fat diets, specifically
      higher white blood cell counts and reduction in production of
      inflammatories. In a more recent experiment, Horvath worked with nine female
      soccer players, varying their diets by 450 calories daily, either increasing
      fat (from peanuts) or carbohydrates. No change in total calorie intake was
      made. At the end of each of the three one-week sections of the test (normal,
      high carb, high fat) each woman ran a 90 minute treadmill test, simulating a
      soccer game, with the highest intensity reserved for the end. Horvath found
      the higher-fat diet increased the ability to sustain peak output (about 14
      kph, or sub-63 15K) for about a mile longer than the control or the
      increased carbohydrate diets. Horvath speculates that there may be a
      selective advantage in this dietary strategy for women, since women use fat
      about 50% more efficiently than men. For those taking this to heart, recent
      research by many finds that the monounsaturated fats in nuts, notably
      almonds, is especially beneficial to overall health.
      From the Santa Barbara Athletic Association at:

      Master the Marathon:
      It's the little things that count, especially in the longest races. With
      these 40 quick tips, you're sure to run better in your next Big One
      You've been training for weeks. Gradually increased the distance of your
      long runs. Paid special attention to recovery days. And monitored your fluid
      balance on an almost hourly basis. What more can you do to make sure you're
      fully prepared for that upcoming marathon?
      Plenty. The yawning marathon distance is way too vast to master with just a
      few basics. You need sophisticated strategies--marathon secrets, if you
      will--from marathon veterans with years of successful races under their
      belts . . . er, on their running shoes.
      To help you enjoy your best possible marathon-whether your first or 100th,
      whether you're aiming for a sub-3-hour effort or merely to finish-we've
      talked with a group of marathon experts and assembled their collective
      marathon wisdom.
      Then we put the most important stuff first, where you can give it the
      attention it deserves. Later, we share even more marathon information to
      help you have the kind of race you've been dreaming about.
      More...from Runner's World at:

      Triathlon: The Appliance of Science:
      Marc Jenkins exploded onto the world triathlon scene in 2001, notching up a
      string of personal bests as he broke into the world's top 20 for the first
      time. In July he beat the reigning world champion, proving his form by
      finishing seventh at the ITU World Cup in Lausanne before stealing the
      limelight at September's Home Countries Championship. And it looks as if
      there is plenty more to come from the Welsh 25-year-old as he focuses on the
      Commonwealth Games in Manchester this summer.
      Jenkins boarded the Sports Council for Wales' Elite Cymru programme while
      still a teenager and the services he now receives from UKSI Cymru, the Welsh
      element of the UK Sports Institute, complemented by British Triathlon's
      Lottery-funded World Class Performance Programme, are having a massive
      impact on his career.
      "The major thing for a triathlete is finance," he explains. "The three
      disciplines mean a lot of equipment and as with most sports we have to
      travel a lot. I wouldn't be where I am today had it not been for Elite
      ANOTHER KEY factor in Jenkins' rise up the rankings last year was his new
      partnership with coach Chris Jones. Now working alongside Jones and the
      sports science team based at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff, weak
      areas in his training have been pinpointed.
      More...from UK Sport at:

      Athletics: Pensioner shows a clean pair of heels:
      A fleet-footed pensioner ran a faster 100m on Saturday than many people a
      third her age could manage.
      June Jacobs, aged 71, ran 18.9s in the athletics meeting of the South
      Pacific Masters Games at Hamilton's Porritt Stadium, but she was
      philosophical about her effort.
      "I did 18.3 in Geelong a few months back," she said.
      More...from the New Zealand Herald at:
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      Arthritis Foundation Seeks Marathon Participants; Marathon Training, Travel
      and Triumph Help Americans with Arthritis:
      NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2002--The Tennessee Chapter of
      the Arthritis Foundation is recruiting novice and seasoned athletes who
      share the common goal of participating in world-renowned nationally-ranked
      marathons in Alaska; Dublin, Ireland; Honolulu; and Orlando for its Joints
      in Motion Training Team. Runners and walkers are being recruited to join the
      team and train for the marathons to help the nearly 43 million Americans
      with arthritis - 1.5 million live in Tennessee!
      As a member of the Joints in Motion Training team, participants receive free
      round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to the marathon of their choice;
      a comprehensive 18- to 20-week personal training program developed and
      monitored by expert coaches; race entry; pre-race pasta party; Joints in
      Motion apparel; and team motivation. In addition, team members will support
      arthritis research and community-based programs by raising funds and
      participating in the marathon in honor of someone with arthritis.
      If you are interested in joining Tennessee's training team or would like
      additional information, contact your local branch or Lou Anne Dulaney at
      800/454-4662 ext. 22 or mailto:ldulaney@....
      The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to support research to find the
      cure for and prevention of arthritis and to improve the quality of life of
      those affected by arthritis. For arthritis information, call the toll-free
      Arthritis Foundation Information Line at 800/454-4662, or visit the
      foundation's Web site at http://www.arthritis.org

      For Athletes With Injuries, These Treatments are a Work of ART:
      Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain,
      sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee and tennis elbow injuries are but a few of
      the maladies that can be quickly and permanently solved by using ART
      Mike Leahy piloted jets. An Air Force Academy graduate, Leahy, 52, flew
      fighter jets while based in Florida and Korea. In Texas, Leahy tested jets
      after they had been repaired. The man is not lacking in the nerves
      Today, Leahy is a healer. He makes people swim, bike and run faster. He is a
      triathlete's best friend, getting them to the starting line when they
      wondered if their body would cooperate.
      More...from IronmanLive at:

      Electric secrets of good health:
      You may not realise it, but you run on electricity.
      Some scientists believe that if a person's naturally occurring electric and
      magnetic fields are disturbed, serious health problems and disease like
      cancer can develop.
      "There are a lot of researchers now carrying out experiments on the activity
      of electricity and magnetism in human beings," according to Dr Gerard
      Hyland, biophysicist, formerly at Warwick University, Coventry.
      But these researchers are not the sort of scientists who would like you to
      think they are dabbling in the ancient Eastern study of Reiki and energy
      Scientists have known for a long time that all cells in the human body
      produce electricity to function and communicate and that the brain itself
      can be likened to a sort of electricity generator.
      But the effect on health when these electrical impulses are disturbed has
      not been widely studied or understood.
      More...from the BBC at:

      How to Keep the Doctor Away
      At the dawn of the 20th century, the roster of illnesses that spelled almost
      inevitable death seemed to stretch forever. Cancer, heart disease, kidney
      disease, cirrhosis, pneumonia, cholera, diphtheria, tuberculosis and even
      the flu were relentless killers. Some victims might hang on to eke out a
      normal life span, albeit in disability and pain; some might even recover
      entirely. But survival was purely a crapshoot, with depressingly unfavorable
      odds. The hospital was a place where people went to die, not to be cured.
      Today the medical landscape has been transformed beyond recognition. The
      drugs are smarter, the surgical tools more powerful, the diagnostic tests
      astonishingly precise. Today most of the deadliest diseases of 1900 are
      routinely cured or managed, and it's the choice not to
      be hospitalized that's often a decision to give up on life.
      More...from Time.com at:

      The cornerstones of training:
      Welcome to the 'cornerstones of training'. Here you will find the basics
      behind the development of a good training regime that will benefit your
      running. This article is by Dave Spence - resident coach, Cape Town.
      Athletic training and competition are complex activities, with many
      variables contributing to success. However, all training principles and
      physiological laws of training are based on three very basic rules or
      cornerstones. These cornerstones eventually determine how successful your
      training will be, whether for the 100m sprint, shot put, middle and long
      distances or ultra-marathons. The cornerstones are moderation, consistency
      and rest.
      Moderation basically comes down to not going to extremes in any aspect of
      training. Inexperienced distance runners, for example, should not attempt to
      run the excessive mileage in training that world-class runners often do.
      Serious injuries may develop that could bring your running career to an
      abrupt and premature end. Extensive volumes or hours of training are not
      necessary on a consistent basis and should be done judiciously. Only at the
      most advanced levels of the sport (and after 6 to 10 years of training) does
      the need for fairly extensive appear.
      More...from Time-to-Run at:

      Coming Up:
      February 2, 2002:
      Colgate Games Finals - New York, NY

      Pomoco Group Running Crab Half-Marathon and 5K - Hampton, VA

      February 3, 2002:
      Winterlude Triathlon - Ottawa, ON

      Las Vegas Marathon - Nevada

      International Egyptian Marathon - Luxor City , Egypt

      3M Half Marathon and Relay - Austin, TX

      Super Bowl Sunday 10K - Redondo Beach, CA

      February 15, 2002
      Sirius Consulting XC Sprints - Ottawa, ON

      For more upcoming 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 of US indoor track meets and International XC Meets on
      this week with links to
      the web sites available from the above link.

      This Weeks Personal Postings/Releases:
      No personal postings this week.

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

      OLN Triathlon Broadcast Schedule:
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      The Olympic Show
      The Olympic Show 4:00 p.m. CNBC


      CBC Sports Schedule

      CTV Sportsnet

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

      Yahoo Sports TV Schedule
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      Runner's World VCR Alerts

      USATF summer track broadcasting listing

      "A Woman's View of the World"

      Bikes on TV.com

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      Have a good week of training and/or racing.

      Ken Parker
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