Runner's Web Digest - October 4, 2002
- Runner's Web Digest - October 4, 2002
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On Monday, September 30th we began a weekly contest with an autographed copy of the book, Heroes in our Midst, autographed by and supplied by Canadian Triathlete, Sharon Donnelly.
Check out our FrontPage at http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html
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The winner for Monday, September 30th was Bertrand Bozek of Montreal who correctly identified the photo as that of Canadian triathlete, Natasha Filliol. Try the quiz on Monday, October 7th.
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This week's poll is: "What is your favourite time of the year for training?"
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The previous poll was: "How are you coached?"
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Club coach 15
Internet/email coach 8
Peer group training 10
Total Votes: 114
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checking the results of previous polls.
Book of the Week: Your Performing Edge, by JoAnn Dahlkoetter.
The Complete Mind-Body Guide to Excellence in Sports, Health and Life.
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This Weeks News:
Stretch your limits:
Flexibility is the key to strength and speed.
Spinning, plyometrics, aerobics, fit ball, weightlifting, NIA, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, ski conditioning, body sculpting. Name a cardio class or a conditioning program and one can find it - along with exuberant devotees - in Boulder.
But if there is one element in the pursuit of body excellence and peak performance that athletes overlook, it is stretching, say health-care and fitness experts.
When you increase flexibility, you can prevent injuries, increase circulation and nerve function, says Dan Norman, a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.
More...from the Daily Camera at:
The height of gaining an edge:
By Paula Parrish, Rocky Mountain News
September 21, 2002
Would you do it?
If you could receive an injection that would alter your body genetically, allowing you to run a mile in 90 seconds, would you do it?
What if, with that same pinprick, you could throw a baseball 50 mph faster than Randy Johnson? Or jump high enough to leave scuff marks on Shaquille O'Neal's head?
Genetic engineering used to be a laughable science, comparable to phrenology (reading bumps on your head). But not anymore - and that's what worries Olympic officials. Cheaters always progress right along with the level of science available to them.
Genetically engineered athletes could be a decade away. Or they could be on the track or in the pool somewhere in the world right now, using gene technology that is in its infancy - crude, unproven and dangerous, possibly even deadly.
"Has someone tried to genetically enhance an athlete already? I hope not, but I'm not convinced not," said Dr. Larry Bowers, senior managing director for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. "An elite athlete competing now? No. But experimenting? Yes. We're dealing with multiple cultures, and a sense of ethics is not universal. I could see how a culture might decide to do experiments on people, even if they resulted in death."
More...from the Rocky Mountain News at:
Running to see the world:
So there was Julius Wilson one fine spring day in 1996, meandering along 28th Street in New York, minding his own business with a cane in one hand and a cold Bud in another. And then, for no apparent good reason, a woman who hadn't liked what she'd seen interrupted his stroll.
"You're faking it," she declared.
"Excuse me," Julius said.
"You're not blind. You're fat, you're lying and you don't really need that beer, either."
"What are you talking about? I am, too, blind."
"No, you're not," the woman swore.
More...from Syracuse.com at:
Still running after all these years:
Thad Davis could still feel the nervous tension as he ran pick-ups before the start of the Ken Keener Classic 5K at the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival the morning of Aug. 31.
After about 20 minutes worth of warm-ups, Davis lined up and waited for the starter's pistol -- for the 561st time.
The gun sounds and all his nervousness disappears. Davis now only worries about his pace.
"I still get a little nervous until the gun cracks," Davis said. "I warm up and do the best I can. I'm still competitive."
The 75-year-old Lancaster runner finished the 3.1-mile race in 31:57. Davis points out that is not his best run of the summer, and says he had a 31:07 a few weeks earlier at the Baltimore 5K road race.
But after 561 road races, who is going to criticize a 75-year-old who can still average 10:20 per mile.
More...from the Lancaster Eagle Gazette at:
Go Vertical For Running Power:
By Coach Brendon
THIS ARTICLE originally appeared in NZ RUNNER MAGAZINE June/July 2002
The Secrets to Strength and Power Training for Running
Ever marveled at the sheer power that some runners can produce? Being a strong powerful runner requires more than huge mileage and a lean frame. Brendon Downey explores some of the methods available to runners.
Arthur Lydiard discovered a great method for developing strong fast runners in the 1950s and 1960s. Lydiard discovered that lots of running made you fast, he then discovered that lots of hill running made you faster and finally he discovered that hard hill running and intervals on the track made you faster still. This basic strategy has not been improved markedly since. Coaches have refined the amounts and the timing of these types of training but the basic principle is still the same. Muscular Strength and Muscular Endurance are more important for ½ Marathons and Marathons due to the muscle fatiguing nature of the distance, and compared to shorter events, they do not max out oxygen transport.
More...from Brendon Downey, Coaching and Sport Science
World Class Workout 9- A bike/run brick for triathlon power:
You may not have heard of Matt Dixon yet, but if you follow the sport of triathlon then his is a name you will begin to recognize with increasing frequency.
Having done his first triathlon in November 2000 "for fun and a bet amongst friends," Matt barely even qualifies as a newcomer.
But qualifying is what he has been doing ever since, with top 10 finishes at both the Blackwater Eagleman and Half Vineman in 2001 (which earned him a slot in Kona's Ironman - he turned it down, feeling he was still too new to the sport).
Last month, Matt finished as the top amateur at the competitive City of Los Triathlon, beating several seasoned pros, and was the second-place overall finisher at the prestigious Nautica Malibu Triathlon, behind veteran Mark Lees.
More...from Active.com at:
When Senior Olympian lost 148 pounds, she found an athlete - herself:
Mitchell-Davis reached 327 pounds before her gastric-bypass surgery three years ago. Photo courtesy of Lorna Mitchell-Davis
Today Mitchell-Davis is under 180 pounds and is making up for lost time, tackling an assortment of sports at the age of 52.
Lorna Mitchell-Davis hated it when flight attendants walked down the aisle, holding a seat-belt extension aloft, asking overweight passengers if they needed assistance. She hated grocery shopping, when people spied into her cart, curious what a person her size was eating.
She avoided booths at restaurants because at 5-foot-5, 327 pounds, it was impossible to squeeze into them.
When she bought a new truck, she was embarrassed that no matter how far back she pushed the seat, the seat belt still wouldn't reach across her body.
More...from the San Diego Union-Tribune at:
New York City Marathon Daily Tips Begin Oct. 1:
Beginning Tuesday, October 1 and continuing through Monday, November 4, this site will feature a Daily Tip about preparing for, running, and-best of all-finishing the New York City Marathon. Point your browser to Athletes and Training for each day's tip and to review previous tips
More...from the New York Road Runner's site at:
Pushing 100 and going for gold:
CHARLIE Booth used to run like the wind. Now it's more like the breeze. But then he's a year off his 100th birthday.
Next week, the former professional sprinter will lace on his spikes and return to his old stomping ground of Melbourne to run in the world veteran athletic championships.
The amazingly fit Gold Coast nonagenarian began his running career in the Victorian capital in the 1920s and, as he prepares to celebrate his 99th birthday on Tuesday, is still doing the 100m dash.
More...from the Courier Mail at:
Exercise Helps Diabetics Control Heart-Related Problems:
"Gene therapy is not yet available for diabetics, but 'gym therapy' is." - Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D.
Type 2 diabetes and its often-associated high blood pressure present a double-whammy to the heart, causing abnormalities in the organ's structure and function, and damage to blood vessels throughout the body. Now a Johns Hopkins exercise physiologist suggests that exercise, mainly aerobic activity and weight training, may provide multiple solutions to these heart problems.
Writing in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D., director of clinical exercise physiology at Hopkins, says that regular aerobic and weight-lifting activities not only control blood sugar and lower blood pressure, but also provide cardiovascular benefits. As an added bonus, exercise training reduces total and abdominal fat, both of which lead to improvements in insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and blood vessel function.
More...from ScienceDaily Magazine at:
Knowing how to use your mental tools can boost your running performance and pleasure:
During most runs the road is laid out in front of us and we can see where we are at and where we want to go.
I often do my most challenging runs on the Reservoir in New York City's Central Park. There is a spot I've noticed at the Reservoir where the path turns and I can see only a few feet ahead. However, if I look to my left I can see clear to the spot where my hard run will end in about 400 meters.
It is at this moment where my mind has a choice. I can keep my gaze forward and see only where I'm at, or I can look to my left at see where I want to be. On the surface, my first choice promises nothing more than limited scenery, my own heavy breathing and the pain of lactic acid buildup. The second choice holds the promise of a beautiful view of the water and the place I want to be ... the place where all the pain will stop.
More...from Active.com at:
From Runner's World:
Sleep Matters: Running high mileage requires serious sack time to
recharge your batteries. Many elite runners need an afternoon nap in
addition to a solid 9 to 10 hours of sleep at night. Your requirement
will likely be lower, but not much lower. - Ed Eyestone
Weight Control: Grazing, or eating smaller meals more frequently, is an
excellent way to control your weight and keep your energy level high.
Research shows it may also be an effective way of lowering your
cholesterol. In the study, middle-aged and older adults who ate
frequently throughout the day had lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels
than those who ate one or two large meals a day.
Obesity is a major threat to the health of the nation:
In terms of the health of the nation, one of the biggest challenges we face is that of obesity - or being excessively overweight. This summer has seen an unprecedented number of reports on the issue - but what does it all mean? We have tried to summarise the key points and provide some practical advice on what it means for you.
More...from TimeOutdoors at:
Men and Women Get Mental Boost from Marriage:
LONDON (Reuters) - Women, as well as men, benefit from marriage and get a mental health boost from being a couple, new study findings suggest.
Research from Australia, which shows that about 13% of married men and women suffer from stress, contradicts the findings of a 1972 study by sociologist Jessie Bernard.
Her study, which looked at anxiety, depression and neurosis in married and unmarried people, found that men reaped the benefits of marriage at the expense of women.
"The idea that men benefit from being part of a couple while women suffer all the stress has taken a blow," New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.
More...from Reuters at:
A Day in the Life of a Soigneur:
Arguably the most valued pro cyclist's support person.
(a) (Sport) trainer
1. attend, nurse, tend to
2. care for, cure, treat
3. look after
To come up with a list of my responsibilities as a soigneur would be close to impossible because the list is endless. First and foremost, as a soigneur, you need to have a sense of humor. Professional cyclists are nuts. (Guys, don't worry, I mean that in a good way). You need to have a lot of stamina to last through long stage races that range anywhere from three to ten days. Working seventeen-hour days during stage races is common. Most importantly you need to be able to go with the flow. The day can change so dramatically that you need to be prepared to go and do just about anything that is asked of you. To be honest with you I don't think there is a job description out there as crazy as this one.
More...from Bike.com at:
Running with passion:
Blindness can't keep McGonigle out of race
By Cristina Silva, Globe Correspondent and Susan Bickelhaupt, Globe Staff, 10/2/2002
Nearly fifteen years ago, Pam McGonigle gave up competitive running altogether because it had become too difficult.
''I tried to compete as part of the team but it wasn't working,'' said McGonigle, the director of development for a non-profit organization in Philadelphia. ''I was constantly falling and crashing into things and always getting hurt. It became very frustrating.''
That's because McGonigle is legally blind.
More...from the Boston Globe at:
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Ironman Championships: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - October 19, 2002
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Xterra - Maui, Hawaii - October 27, 2002
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Ironman New Zealand - Taupo, New Zealand - March 1, 2003
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More women are on the run:
A look at how participation has changed during the first 25 years of Sunday's Great Race spotlights one of the significant national trends in running -- more women are doing it.
Since 1977, the overall percentage of women involved in the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race jumped from 20 percent to 42 percent last year -- nearly half the field.
"It's a tidal wave. It's a huge phenomenon," said Amby Burfoot, executive editor of Runner's World magazine. "What you're seeing in the Great Race is the tip of the iceberg."
More...from the Post-Gazette at:
Boning Up On Your Calcium Needs:
Most of us need more calcium. Almost all the calcium we have is stored in our bones; 1 percent is carried in the blood. Calcium keeps bones strong, but if we consume less than we need (1,000mg daily for adult men and women up to age 50; 1,200mg for those older than 50), our bodies will dip into the bones' reserves, borrowing enough calcium to keep blood levels steady. It'll be left up to you to repay what your bones are owed.
More...from Yahoo at:
Male cyclists link to erectile dysfunction:
With 70 million bike riders in the United States alone, it is not surprising that much attention has been drawn recently to the link between erectile dysfunction (ED) and bicycling, particularly in younger men. Too bad some reporters are still using the politically incorrect term, impotence, instead of ED.
Why younger men? Perhaps they cycle more; maybe they choose narrower saddles, not for comfort but for speed. Could it be that a middle-age spread provides more natural pelvic padding to the delicate nerves and blood vessels than does the lighter and leaner frame of youth?
More...from Canada.com at:
Statins - a double dose of heart protection - Dr. Art Hister:
Nearly every day is bringing new evidence that if you want to protect your heart, you may have to pay a lot more attention to your teeth, your stomach, and lots of other areas that on first thought you wouldn't have associated with damage to your heart.
Why? Because "inflammation" is fast joining high cholesterol levels as a major threat to your cardiovascular system. You see, it's long been known that half of all heart attacks occur in people with seemingly normal cholesterol levels. That means either that so-called "normal" cholesterol levels may actually be too high (and there is evidence that some people - those with extra cardiac risk factors - really should aim for the lowest possible cholesterol levels, not just those that are at the higher range of "normal"), or that there is more to the why your blood vessels plug up than simply the fat content of your blood stream. That "something" is probably inflammation.
More...from Canada.com at:
Get Inside The Running Mind of Alberto Salazar:
Since hanging up the racing flats, American marathon legend Alberto Salazar has been living in Portland, Oregon and working as a consultant for NIKE. He's currently heading up the Oregon Project - NIKE's super-tech distance-running experiment. Six of the most elite U.S. runners have been hand-selected by Alberto to test the "live high, train low" theory. They push themselves to the limit each day and sleep in a house that's been wired to simulate high-altitude living each night.
Alberto also coaches a local high school team. We recently caught up with him at "Run to Liberty" in New York City.
More...from Nike at:
Post Marathon Recovery:
The rule of thumb is a day of rest for each mile raced, which basically means an easy month after a hard marathon to allow your body a full recovery. Coaches usually recommend an entire week off from running, and then relative rest up to a month. Typically, your last long training runs leading up to a marathon are 20-plus miles at most, not the full race distance. Tapering, or reducing mileage and intensity, in the final weeks before the marathon usually reduces the final long run before a race to about 9 to 10 miles. Tapering builds rest time into your training schedule leading up to the race.
However, more rest is required after the marathon than after a long training run because a race is usually run with greater intensity than your training runs. It is usually the goal to run the race at your best effort, testing yourself more, using less restraint than in practice. Harder effort requires more recovery.
Marathon Runners, Swimmers, And Cross-Country Skiers Beware: Intensive Exercise Is Bad For Your Lungs:
"There is nothing like sport to improve your breathing!" people often say. Yet this is one piece of advice many top athletes must wish they never listened to, as there is no longer any doubt that an alarming proportion of them experience quite the opposite effect: too much training is actually bad for their breathing.
A broad-ranging survey conducted in Norway among 1600 top athletes by the Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education showed recently just how widespread the damage has been. No less than one athlete in ten -- regardless of the type of sport -- suffers from asthma or wheeze.
The US Olympic Committee reached similar conclusions after the 1996 summer games in Atlanta. Responding to a questionnaire, 117 out of 700 athletes (or more than 16%) reported suffering from asthma. The worst affected were the cyclists, where the proportion rose to 50%!
More...from ScienceDaily Magazine at:
Proper Shoes Keep Your Kids' Feet Fit:
(HealthScoutNews) -- When buying shoes for your children, don't sacrifice proper fit and support for trendy styles.
Bunions, corns, calluses and hammertoes are among the foot problems caused by poor-fitting shoes, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Many foot problems experienced by adults begin with ill-fitting shoes they wore when they were children.
More...from Yahoo at:
Special device can be lifesaver if runner suffers from heart troubles:
Several runners were taking a break to chug Gatorade at the Texaco on Memorial recently when two Houston Police patrol cars pulled into the parking lot. "We heard there's a runner down," said one officer. "Anybody see anything?"
Human nature throws the first selfish thought, "Man, I'm glad it's not me." Then you wonder if it's someone you know and you hope it's a false report and something minor. We all fancy ourselves pretty healthy as we log our miles and sweat through the steam of a Houston morning. But our bodies hide mysteries that can take us down, and most of us know a fellow runner who's had a problem or even died while pursuing the sport we love.
More... from the Houston Chronicle at:
Body's Built-In Computer Helps Recovery From Sports Injury:
University Park, Pa. -- Early intervention after a sports injury is essential to re-boot the body's built-in computer, which aids in stabilizing the smallest movements of muscles and joints, says the October issue of the Penn State Sports Medicine Newsletter.
The body's computer is made up of proprioceptors, sensory receptors in the joints, tendons and muscles which provide information reinforcing a person's conscious efforts to position and monitor movement of body parts. This internal guidance system helps athletes to perform in sports and above all, to avoid injuries.
When the human body senses a position change, proprioception triggers muscles to contract or relax to fit the situation. Some exercise scientists believe that this activation of reflexes to protect the joints from injury may be as important as the conscious actions taken by athletes to protect themselves.
More...from ScienceDaily Magazine at:
September 29 - October 14, 2002:
14th Asian Games - Busan, Korea
September 30 - October 5, 2002:
World Human Powered Speed Challenge - Battle Mountain, Nevada
October 5-13, 2002:
World Masters Games - Melbourne, Australia
October 5, 2002:
Powerman Canada - Gatineau Park, Quebec
Glengarry Half Marathon, 10K & 5K - ON
Fall Rhapsody Mountain Run - Gatineau, Quebec
St. George Marathon - St. George, Utah
Television: Muskoka Triathlon 4 PM
Outdoor Life Network
October 6, 2002:
Portland Marathon - Portland, OR
BUPA Great North Run - Newcastle, UK
CIBC Run for the Cure - Across Canada
Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon - Detroit, MI
ITU Makuhari World Cup - Japan
Gold Coast Half Ironman Triathlon - Australia
Army Ten Miler - Washington, DC
Television: Athletics -World Cup Madrid, Spain
Midnight - 0130 AM EDT
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