Runner's Web Digest - July 5, 2002
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We have a winner in our Pegasus Quiz!
Dave Cuplin of Spokane, WA correctly identified Glenn Cunningham, Billy
Mills, Wes Santee and Jim Ryun as all being former University of Kansas
Jayhawks. He wins a copy of Pegasus Software's Training Log Software.
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I have no partner 9
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The Economics of Running:
Money-it's not always readily associated with running, but in fact it's what
makes the wheels of the sport turn, as it does in just about every other
endeavor of life. Is it only recently that concerns with legal tender have
overspread the sport of running, or does it just seem that way? In this
first of a two-part article, I'll take a look at the effect money has had
upon running; first from the buyer's perspective, then in part two, from the
There are two areas in which runners are prime consumers: footwear (and to a
lesser extent apparel and accessories) and events. There are other areas in
which runners spend (books, magazines, coaching, specialty food and drink,
and travel come to mind), but these are dwarfed by the "big two."
Runners are always going to need shoes and they are always going to be
looking for races. It has always been thus, and will continue to be so. Both
of these markets have matured during the past 30 or more years, but if
history is any guide, are nowhere near saturation, because shoes will
continue to wear out (quickly!) and events are even more disposable. In
addition, as fast as consumers leave the sport, new ones appear. The growth
in running, particularly in running in organized events, has increased in
recent years beyond the expectations of even the most wildly optimistic
manufacturers, retailers and event managers.
More...from CoolRunning at:
How Sweat Works:
The Sweat Gland
The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands in their skin! Sweat glands
are distributed over the entire body -- except for the lips, nipples and
external genital organs. The sweat gland is in the layer of skin called the
dermis along with other "equipment," such as nerve endings, hair follicles
and so on.
Basically, the sweat gland is a long, coiled, hollow tube of cells. The
coiled part in the dermis is where sweat is produced, and the long portion
is a duct that connects the gland to the opening or pore on the skin's outer
surface. Nerve cells from the sympathetic nervous system connect to the
More...from How Fitness Works at:
Don't stop exercising because of athletes' deaths:
The treadmills need to roll, the pedals need to spin and the stair steppers
need to turn. The pavement must be pounded, the rope jumped and the laps
We can't stop because St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile recently died
at 33 from drastically congested coronary arteries. Or because, closer to
home, William ``Shorty'' Gray, 63 but famous for his prodigious workouts at
Norfolk's downtown YMCA, died of a heart attack last week while exercising
We can't stop pursuing our own physical fitness out of fear.
We can't stop out of despair. Or some misplaced sense of futility that
exercise cannot save, seemingly, even the fittest among us.
More... from Pilot Online at:
Should You Use Supplements?
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is aware that nutraceutical
products and dietary supplements ("supplements") are already widely
available to athletes and to the general public. Athletes have told us that
gaining credible and reliable information on supplements is a priority for
them. The CCES is always seeking to provide athletes with reliable
information and guidance so that they play fairly, do not inadvertently harm
themselves or their competitors and do not test positive for prohibited
Many Canadians, including a substantial number of Canadian athletes, use
supplements because they believe it necessary to augment their regular
nutrition. They believe supplement use may make them healthier, may alter
body composition, may provide them with additional energy and may enhance
athletic performance. Inherent in these beliefs is that often-incorrect
notion that supplements are effective and safe for all people under all
More...from Athletics Canada at:
Running builds stronger hearts:
Does running cause a heart attack?
No, said Dr. Joe Wilson, a cardiologist who serves as a medical director of
the Peachtree Road Race.
Regular exercise such as running is far more helpful than hurtful in
building a strong heart. Sudden strenuous actions such as running, however,
can threaten people who are at risk for heart attacks: smokers, diabetics,
those with family history of heart disease and others with high cholesterol
or blood pressure. (Some of these, like Don Plunkett, don't know they are at
Also, a heart attack is twice as likely during the first two hours of waking
than during the rest of the day, Wilson said, so a road race at dawn is more
likely to provoke a heart attack in someone susceptible to one. See a doctor
before starting a program of vigorous exercise, he suggested.
More...from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at:
Ephedrine Enhances Performance but not Recommended:
Jul. 2, 2002 (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new study shows ephedrine and caffeine
may improve athletic performance but use of the substances is not
Ira Jacobs, Ph.D., from Ontario, Canada, presented his findings this week at
the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
He and his colleagues found athletic performance increased after taking
ephedrine and caffeine during a number of exercise tests.
Following a standard high intensity bicycle test, performance increased from
12.6 minutes in the placebo trial to 17.5 minutes during the ephedrine and
caffeine trial. Participants completed about six more repetitions of leg
presses during the ephedrine and caffeine trial than during the placebo
trial. Participants also completed 12.3 bench press repetitions in the
placebo trial compared to 14.3 in the ephedrine and caffeine trial.
More...from Ivanhoe at:
From Runner's World:
Be Patient: "When you run even splits, the early part of a race should
feel comfortable. So try to avoid the temptation to push the pace when
you feel good in the early miles. By holding back, you conserve energy
that you'll be happy to spend late in the race." - Ed Eyestone
Get Smart: Researchers in Japan found that people scored higher on
intellectual tests after completing a 12-week running program, and that
their scores fell when they stopped training.
Hurdle: Somewhere into your weekly long run, you experience
Solution: You're not alone! Many distance runners occasionally face this
problem. Try switching early morning runs to later in the day. Don't eat
2 to 3 hours before your long run. Avoid consuming high-fiber foods the
day before and monitor your caffeine. And always check with your doctor
to insure a clean bill of health.
"It's not that all of us have to dedicate our life to our sport; rather,
we can dedicate our sport to our life---approaching our training as a
way of life which enhances virtually all the endeavors we undertake."
-Dan Millman, author of The Warrior Athlete
Keeping track of your mileage is important. But if you're not the best
at writing in your training log every day, try this little technique:
Buy or create a calendar that you'll use specifically for running. Hang
it on a wall in a convenient place (one where you'll see it when you
come back from a run) and attach a pen on a string to it. Every day when
you come back from a run, record your mileage. - Adam Bean, RW managing
Tour de France:
The Tour de France is the world's greatest cycling event. As the
bicyclists climb into the mountains and quickly pass through the rolling
countryside, many postcards of life occur away from the competition -
the ambiance, the restaurants, the uniqueness of the villages and the
people who live and work near the sunflowers, ancient castles, the
fields of expansive vineyards and the big cities, too.
The Tour Within The Tour de France, an e-book, has just been published.
It includes 21 essays about the author's first five years of covering
the race and the world around it. For more information, visit the link:
Jogging helps relieve stress:
RUNNING on a treadmill allows exercisers to set their own pace and not feel
compelled to keep up with anyone else, Steve Cram, the former Olympic 1,500
metres runner who is helping to launch Cannons/Reebok running clubs this
month, says. The monotony, however, means that many cannot keep going for
very long and do not get the added benefits derived from exercising
The fresh air and changing scenery help those who run outside to cover
greater distances and the otherwise distraction-free environment gives many
their only opportunity in the day just to think. "Running is great for
relieving stress and offers the time to go over anything that needs sorting
out, which is important for busy people," Cram says.
More...from the Times Online at:
Exercising in the Heat
Hyperthermia can take the fun and health out of summer exercise.
Hot weather exercising can do more than make you hot, tired and thirsty.
Many of us remember the gruesome sight of Andersen-Schiess stumbling to the
marathon finish line in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, suffering from
Serious heat illness is even more likely to strike those who push their
endurance and are not as well conditioned as Olympic marathoners.
Exercising in warm weather is safe if you know how to manage your exercise
program and adjust your workout to the conditions.
While exercising you are exposed to both external and internal heat.
External heat comes from the combination of environmental temperature and
humidity - the heat index.
Humidity increases the effect of heat by limiting the effectiveness of sweat
evaporation to cool you. Heat radiation from certain surfaces such as
pavement, concrete or sand may make you feel hotter.
More...from SportsDoctor.com at:
In For The Long Run:
Squaw Valley-Auburn race 'the Holy Grail of Ultra'
Foresthill, Placer County -- Shambling and stumbling like a procession of
the damned, a line of runners battled up out of Volcano Canyon. Streaked
with sweat, dirt -- sometimes even vomit and blood -- participants in the
Western States 100 were just midway through a quest to run from Squaw Valley
to Auburn in less than 30 hours.
This mountain race is granddaddy to all Ultramarathon runs. At its 29th
anniversary, it remains one of the most challenging amateur athletic events
on the globe.
By Saturday afternoon, the runners had seen the worst of the trail: most of
the gain of 18,000 feet and loss of 23,000 feet involved in the 100-mile
course, rugged rock mazes and five steep canyons that became pressure
cookers under a blazing sun.
Participants had already completed 2.4 end-to-end marathons on this rugged
course. But they still had the equivalent of 1.4 more marathons to go before
reaching the finish.
More...from SFGate at:
Right foods best sources for minerals:
Your body can't produce them on its own, but you can't live without them.
Even in trace amounts, they serve vital roles in maintaining good health.
These aren't miracle drugs.
They're humble minerals. And, despite their crucial importance to our
physical well being, they can be easily misunderstood.
"One of the big misconceptions, especially with regard to vitamins and
minerals, is 'If a little is good for me, more is even better.' That's often
not the case," said John Bogden, a mineral expert based at the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark.
"You can have too little of a mineral, anything from a severe to a mild
deficiency, and if it's severe, it can even be life-threatening.
More...from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at:
Cycling biggies invest in Ugandan gold mine:
Successful sportsmen invest in many diverse businesses but three-time Tour
de France winner Lance Armstrong surely has put his money in one of the
least likely - a gold mine in Uganda.
The 30-year-old American, who will set out on Saturday bidding for a fourth
successive Tour de France crown, was persuaded to invest in it by former
English professional cyclist Paul Sherwen, who is now the managing director
of the mine.
Armstrong was following in the footsteps of former Motorola team-mate Ron
Kiefel, Mike Plant, a director of the Goodwill Games, and Jim Ochowicz,
former managing director of Motorola, who had all visited Sherwen in Uganda.
The trio along with Sherwen invested enough to secure a 2 percent holding in
the mine which the Englishman says came in very handy at the time.
"Of course everybody, Lance included, invested because they were friends,
but they did it at a time when we badly needed money," Sherwen said.
More...from VeloNews at:
Not ready to slow down:
Fallbrook runner giving marathon effort at age of 70
For Arnold Hogarth, this Fourth of July will mean more than this country's
It was on that day three years ago that Hogarth made a bet with his
daughter. It turned out to be the toughest wager he's ever tried to win.
"My daughter and I kind of challenged each other to run 13 miles," Hogarth
The task seemed easy enough. Hogarth, 67 at the time, jogged regularly to
stay in shape. The plan was for father and daughter Lisa Loaiza to train for
a month and run the America's Finest City Half Marathon from Point Loma to
Seemingly simple. But it all went bad 13 miles and a couple of hours later.
"It was a much more formidable task that we imagined," Hogarth, now 70,
said. "We got done and were just absolutely exhausted. When we got done we
swore we would never, ever, do it again. We were really a mess."
More...from the Union Tribune at:
Going up- reenergize your hill running:
Do all of your favorite training routes resemble the flats of the Kansas
prairies? Is your net altitude gain on most runs zero? Do you avoid races
like the Boston Marathon because of the reputation of climbs such as
Heartbreak Hill? Many runners shy away from any knolls, rises, prominences,
hills, peaks and mounds -- not because they are physically unable to run up
them, but because mentally the challenge seems insurmountable. Sentiments
like, "I can't run hills," "I'm more of a flat runner" and "I don't have the
right build for that kind of terrain" are common among those who avoid any
sort of bump in the road. While hills may never be your particular strength,
it is important to keep them from becoming your personal Achilles' heel.
More...from InsideTri at:
Subjects Pedal High to Boost Their Altitude Health:
After undergoing an exhaustive battery of tests in a Palo Alto hospital in
the spring, a couple of dozen civilian volunteers are heading to the top of
Colorado's Pikes Peak to expend more calories in the interests of science.
Salt Lake City exercise physiologist Andrew Subudhi leaves today for
Colorado to spend most of the summer working on the project, a three-year
study of the effects of altitude on physical performance.
The study's findings eventually could help troops deployed at altitude stay
healthier. Climbers, mountaineers, skiers and others who venture into the
mountains also might benefit.
In the first phase of the $300,000 joint study by the U.S. Army, Stanford
University and the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital, volunteers
ate 40 percent fewer calories than required while spending a couple of weeks
peddling stationary bikes atop Pikes Peak.
Aerobic performance typically drops about 25 percent at altitude, and most
people also experience a natural loss of appetite and eat less.
More...from the Salt Lake Tribune at:
Soldier was all over the map to run Grandma's
Running the 26.2 miles of Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., last weekend
wasn't easy for Daniel Bergin, but it might have been the easiest task of a
chaotic winter and spring that featured stops in Kuwait, Pakistan and North
Bergin, 40, a tech sergeant in the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd
Airlift Wing, was called to active duty for a year in December, shipped to
Kuwait, then to Pakistan for 2½ weeks and then back to Kuwait before he
returned home to Lino Lakes after three months overseas.
A veteran of five Twin Cities Marathons who ran his best time of 3 hours, 20
minutes, 8 seconds at the Milwaukee Marathon at age 18, Bergin decided this
was his year to run Grandma's, but he shipped out Jan. 28, just as
registration opened, and did not return to the United States until May 3.
More...from TwinCities.com at:
When it comes to summer drinks, water's best at keeping us cool and
TORONTO (CP) - The only thing better than a long bike ride on a hot summer's
day is a cool refreshing beer. Or maybe an iced latte. No definitely a fizzy
lemonade - not too tart and not too sweet.
It seems that during sultry summers, thirst takes hold often and reaching
for a delicious beverage is the answer. But the truth is, by the time you
feel thirsty you are already dehydrated and at risk of heat exhaustion. And
if you consistently reach for something other than water, you may not be
doing yourself any good. When it comes to thirst-quenchers, water is the
If you plan on any outdoor activity or exercise, the Canadian Athletic
Therapists' Association recommends proper hydration to stay healthy and
maintain a high level of performance. That includes drinking at least 250
millilitres of water before getting started, 125-250 ml every 15-20 minutes
during the workout and 500 ml for every pound of weight loss after the
The association also recommends that if the exercise is intense or lasts
longer than 45-50 minutes, a sports drink containing six to eight per cent
carbohydrates should be consumed during the activity.
More...from Canada.com at:
Races Coming Up:
July 6, 2002:
Television: Athletics - Oslo Golden League
Oslo Norway meet from June 28
1 PM - 2:30 PM
Ottawa Athletic Club Triathlon - Gatineau Park, PQ
Results from SportStats at
New Balance Maine Distance Festival - Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
July 6 - 28, 2002:
Tour de France
Runner's Web TDF Links
July 7, 2002:
Gold Coast Marathon - Australia
Calgary Herald Stampede Road Race - AB
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USA Track and Field 2002 Elite U.S. TV Schedule
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