Runner's Web Digest - February 7, 2003
- Runner's Web Digest - February 7, 2003
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The winner of our Monthly Pegasus Quiz was William Neale of Austin, TX who correctly identified the photo as that of Jim Ryun and Marty Liquori.
We have one personal postings this week.
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Book of the Week: Road Racing for Serious Runners
by Pete Pfitzinger, Scott Douglas, Bill Rodgers
Improve your racing performance through multispeed training! Whether your distance is 5K, marathon, or anything in-between, this book tells you how to train smarter and run faster.
The authors present a training and racing plan for competitive runners to excel in the full spectrum of road racing distances, telling how to individualize programs for 5K-, 8K-, 10K-, and 15K-races. 60 photos.
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The FiveStar Site of the Week:
The FiveStar Site of the Week for next week is: AdventureSports Magazine.
Adventure Sports Magazine Premiers March 2003.
Hitting newsstands this spring, Adventure Sports will be North America's premier magazine covering the fast-growing sport of adventure racing, the disciplines that make up the sport, and other of outdoor adventure pursuits. It's time!
Multi-sport racing has been embraced by countries like New Zealand and Australia for decades. Over the past seven years, the relatively new sport of adventure racing has grown exponentially, and the U.S. has caught the bug. What's all the excitement about?
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This Weeks News:
Overtraining can be risky:
If some exercise is good for you, then more must be better, right? Not so, say two studies appearing in the February issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
One study found that professional soccer players have an increased risk of osteoarthritis in the hip, while researchers in the second study discovered that women who run long distances are at risk for lower bone density, which can lead to osteoporosis.
For the first study, researchers in the United Kingdom compared 68 professional soccer players to 136 comparably aged "controls" who hadn't played professional sports. The soccer players answered questionnaires about their health, while information about members of the control group was obtained from X-rays used in a previous study.
More...from Health24 at:
The Sport of Adventure Racing:
While Adventure Sports magazine will cover various aspects of multi-sport off-road racing the primary focus will be Adventure Racing, a relatively new sport that has shown extensive growth worldwide over the past six years. Adventure racing is comprised of several different sports or disciplines such as trail running, mountain biking, paddling, climbing, repelling, mountaineering, orienteering and other adventurous sports. The number of disciplines in a race varies from just two or three to many depending on the race's length and location. Typically, these races are completed by teams of two to five members that are required to complete the entire race together.
Adventure races can be categorized into three types of races. The most publicized are the Expedition Races, which usually incorporate the widest array of disciplines, span hundreds of miles requiring teams many days to complete. They can last three to 15 days and require extensive training and gear in the many disciplines. The most notable expedition race is the Eco-Challenge held each year in exotic places around the world such as New Zealand, Sabah and Morocco or the 2002 race in Fiji. Closer to home, North American Expedition Races include Beast of the East, Florida Coast to Coast, Mega Dose, PrimalQuest and Raid the North.
More...from Adventure Sports Magazine at:
Exercise Boosts Immune Function:
TOKYO (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New research shows exercise helps the elderly in more ways than just protecting bones. A study out of Tokyo finds exercise can actually reduce the risk of developing an upper respiratory infection.
Forty-five men and women, average age about 65, exercised doing both resistance training and endurance training for twelve months. Each exercise was done for a total of 60 minutes each week. Researchers from the University of Tokyo tested the levels of secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA), a biological marker of immune function found in saliva, before training and at 4 and 12 months after training.
The study showed that with exercise, the levels of SIgA increased, and as the time of exercise increased, so, too, did the levels.
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We Are What We Drink:
With two thirds of Americans overweight or obese, we tend to spend a great deal of time focusing on the nutritional content of food and often overlook the importance of fluids. However, proper fluid consumption is vital for obtaining essential nutrients as well as keeping the body hydrated.
We all have seen the ads and billboards encouraging the consumption of milk. It's a terrific way for the Dairy Council to increase sales, but I'm more interested in the increased consumption of calcium. Did you know that more women will die this year from the complications of osteoporotic hip fracture than will die from breast cancer?
Osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, will affect one out of three women of all ages, and one out of every two women over the age of 50. And guys, we are not immune. One out of every five men will also develop osteoporosis. The important message is that, in most all cases, it's preventable. How? By performing weight bearing exercise and increasing consumption of calcium and vitamin D.
Cheese, collard greens, and broccoli are great sources of calcium, but one of the best sources of calcium and vitamin D (which aids in the absorption of the calcium) happens to be milk. However, most of us, and in particular most children, are NOT getting enough calcium and/or vitamin D.
More...from CooperWellness at:
Cycling - Human Power:
The bicycle is a tremendously efficient means of transportation. In fact cycling is more efficient than any other method of travel--including walking! The one billion bicycles in the world are a testament to its effectiveness. The engine for this efficient mode of transport is the human body. Because bodies are fueled by food, diet plays an important role in how the body performs. Different muscle groups and types provide the power. Genetic inheritance, intensive training, and a competitive drive help top athletes push the boundaries of endurance and speed on the bicycle.
More...from the Science of Cycling at:
Cold Water Ups Risk of Lung Problem in Swimmers:
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Strenuous swimming in cold water may cause a life-threatening build-up of fluid in the lungs, the recent cases of three US sailors show.
Navy researchers report that the three men, all in their 20s, accumulated fluid in their lungs during a 2-mile ocean swim in water that was 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
During their swims, the men--all undergoing training as Navy SEALs--developed symptoms that included dizziness, rapid breathing, confusion and coughing up blood.
The swimmers recovered with treatment, but if they had been left untreated, the fluid in their lungs--the mark of a condition called pulmonary edema--would have cut off their access to oxygen, causing them to suffocate.
These cases of pulmonary edema, reported this week in the February issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, occurred even though the patients had worn wet suits. They also said they had not put their heads underwater or inhaled water during their swims.
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Track Profile - Prize Money database:
Virtually every sport, from Formula One automobile racing and Tennis to Surfing and Lawn Bowling, regularly track and make available prize money earnings of their associated athletes. This is an effort to track those earning for track and field athletes.
It is important to note that these figures do not represent annual earnings by the sport's athletes. As in other sports, many track & field athletes supplement their incomes with endorsement contracts, a variety of sponsorships, and in many cases, assistance from their national federations or governments. But while other sports routinely publish prize money earnings of their associated athletes, such figures are not readily available for track & field, the marquee Summer Olympic sport. While professionalism officially entered the sport two decades ago, there is still a widely held perception, one that remains particularly strong in the United States, that track & field is still an amateur sport. With its annual prize money survey, Track Profile hopes to help change that perception.
- 2002 Report -
More than $US 13 million in prize money and bonuses was awarded in track & field competitions in 2002, a year-long survey by the Track Profile News Service revealed.
More...from Track Profile at:
Running while pregnant:
Pregnancy can have a tremendous bearing on the running career of a woman. She is confronted with the prospect of either a 10 to 12 month layoff, or with an equivalent period of cautious running, of playing it by ear. The second option is often difficult to maintain due to psychological and physical factors, as well as from lack of guidance, but since a long layoff is so hard to come back from, many opt for cautious running anyway. When pregnancy is non-pathological, and the mother-to-be is not overwhelmed with fatigue, why not run?
The runner should tell her physician about her physical activity during pregnancy. Chances are that he/she will not give much more advice than make sure you do not overexert. That is wise advice, but frequently difficult to apply because overexertion often becomes apparent after the fact, when fatigue has already set in. The runner should approach her pregnancy running gingerly...
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The Value of Intervals for Distance Runners
By Coach Brendon
I am sure the most runners out there know that as they approach key events that they need to add speed and one of the common methods employed is intervals.
Intervals are a series of efforts run at speeds faster then normal training with a rest interval (usually a walk or slow jog). These are an obvious stepping stone to developing speed but what sort of intervals should you do? Also when and how much? The final point worth considering is the length of recovery between intervals and how hard you run/walk between.
Types of Intervals
Very Short Floats.
These are typically 100-200m efforts. Can be very good for working on leg speed and also for pre event warm ups. Running these at race pace can feel really easy and leave you feeling ready.
More...from EnduranceCoach at:
Study: Vitamin A can be harmful:
Taking vitamin A supplements can weaken the bones and increase the risk of fractures up to seven times, according to a large Swedish study.
The research, conducted on men, confirms three earlier studies in women showing that high intake of vitamin A raises the risk of broken hips and weak bones. The latest study is the first to measure levels of the vitamin in blood, rather than just asking about diet and supplement use.
The three-decade study and other evidence suggest that daily vitamin A consumption of more than 1.5 milligrams can be dangerous, and that most people should not take vitamin A supplements.
More...from CNN at:
Weight Training: Should it be Part of My Endurance Training Program?
Philosophies exist that advise athletes against weight training because it is detrimental to aerobic base building. The thought process regarding resistance training (RT) of these philosophies is based on the body's adaptation to aerobic energy system efficiency. Some conclude that RT is anaerobic and is therefore contrary to our training efforts. So which is it? The answer lies in science so let's explore it.
In physiology there is a principle known as the Specificity Principle. The Specificity Principle states adaptations to training are solely dependent upon the type of overload imposed. This means that performing an anaerobic activity such as RT at high intensity and short duration will induce specific strength-power (anaerobic) adaptations. Conversely, performing aerobic activity produces aerobic adaptations [i]. This also means that whatever you perform the most is what your body will predominantly adapt to.
More...from TriNewbies.com at:
From Runner's World:
Words That Inspire
"If someone says, 'Hey, I ran 100 miles this week. How far did you run?'
ignore him! What the hell difference does it make? The magic is in the
man, not the 100 miles." - Bill Bowerman
You probably know that setting a specific, doable goal is an excellent
way to stay motivated. But there's an even better method: Set two goals.
That's right, always have two goals on the schedule ahead of you, so
that when you reach one, you can quickly re-focus on the other. Another
thing: Make the two goals different enough from each other to keep
things interesting. - Adam Bean, managing editor
A Tip for Your Toes: "If your feet tend to get really cold on your
winter runs, treat your shoes with a waterproof spray. The spray will
protect the shoes from the elements and, in turn, keep your feet
warmer." - Jeff Galloway
Plantar warts: Plantar warts are a virus that cause warts to form on the
soles of the feet. Good forms of treatment include Salicylic acid,
Compound W, and according to new research, duct tape.
Strength training is the core of top triathlete Barb Lindquist's training:
Why has pro triathlete Barb Lindquist been a consistent podium finisher over the years? How does she race year round in as many as 20 events a year and still come out on top?
It is a given that smart training, good nutrition, and a lot of hard work are the foundation to her success. So let's take a look at a key element to the formula that keeps Barb at the top of her game.
One essential element to her success has been strength training. This ingredient has helped to keep her injury-free - a key to consistency. In the past seven years Barb has never been sidelined do to strains, tears, overuse, and other chronic symptoms that many athletes experience.
Barb races year round so her strength training is not structured in the traditional cyclical pattern of weight training. We have a year-round schedule. After years of conditioning, muscle memory builds so the pattern in which she trains puts her into a maintenance level with her program.
More...from Active.com at:
Aerodynamics for Your Average Joe:
If you are an elite or top age-group racer, then aerodynamic positioning and equipment should be important to you. But what about the "average Joe" who rides under 20 mph, or even 16 or 17 mph? Will better positioning and equipment really make a difference? That is something I was challenged to find out, as customers always ask that question trying to justify spending their money on some new gadget that has become available.
On various "forums" on the internet there is rampant speculation about aero effectiveness when positioning and equipment such as disk wheels are applied to very average racers. I set up some guidelines to work in and began a search for my test mule. I ran a small ad in Bicycling magazine looking for volunteers for this project, and about 1200 people had sharp enough eyes to find the ad and reply, so we weeded our way through the applicants. My volunteer ended up being a young man from Texas who had no cycling background other than riding around the neighborhood with his wife. Because of the onset of middle age and some encouragement by his wife, "Joe" had decided to give cycling a go. Our victim was about to buy a bike anyway so after talking with him he went out and made his purchase. Part of this deal was that after riding for 1 week he would go out and ride a conscientious 26 mile time trial. We had talked about how to have some controls in place so the test meant something, trying for very similar wind conditions, temperature and time of day. He would be repeating this test the following weekend so the numbers would be pretty comparable.
More...from TriNewbies.com at:
Tips for properly dropping the few extra off-season pounds:
Many athletes begin serious preparation for the season a few pounds above ideal weight. Often hard-training athletes are surprised at how difficult it is to drop just a few pounds.
In this three-article series, I will discuss effective ways to reduce body fat. This first column discusses how to adjust workout routines to benefit weight loss
More...from Active.com at:
Anger Expression Can Be Healthy, for Some Men:
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outward expressions of anger may help protect some men from heart disease and stroke, a new study shows.
The risk of a non-fatal heart attack was cut by more than 50% in men with moderate levels of anger expression, compared to men who rarely expressed anger, according to the study published in Psychosomatic Medicine.
Men with moderate levels of anger expression were also less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely expressed anger.
The study may appear to contradict previous research showing that chronic anger raises the risk of heart disease. But those studies looked at levels of anger, not at styles of coping with anger, the study's lead author Patricia Mona Eng told Reuters Health. Eng was a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health at the time the study was conducted.
More...from Reuters at:
Two Drinks a Day May Cut Stroke Risk-U.S. Study:
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two alcoholic drinks a day may reduce the risk of the most common kind of stroke by nearly 30 percent but downing five drinks or more daily raises the risk by about 70 percent, according to a study published on Tuesday.
The findings, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, were based on an analysis of 35 previously published studies which appeared between 1966 and 2002.
"Our study strongly suggests that reducing alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers should be an important approach to prevention of stroke in the general population," said the report published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.
More...from Reuters at:
February 7, 2003:
Millrose Games - New York, NY
7-9 P.M. EST (LIVE) - ESPN2
February 8, 2003:
Television: Verizon Millrose Games
NBC 2:30-4:30 PM
USA Men's Marathon Championship - Birmingham, AL
Run for the Whales 5/10K - Maui, Hawaii
February 9, 2003:
Mercedes Marathon - Birmingham, AL
Valentine Marathon - Olympia, WA
Energizer Euro Series - Gent, Belgium
February 14-16, 2003:
Sirius Consulting Sprints (XC Skiing)
February 14-15, 2003:
Titan Games: The Road to Athens - San Jose, CA
February 15-16, 2003:
USA Cross Country Championships - Houston, TX
February 16, 2003:
Motorola Marathon - Austin, TX
Hong Kong Marathon
This Weeks Personal Postings/Releases:
I started running about 2 months ago and I was wondering how
long does one need to run to really start seeing results.
How long a duration each day would I have to run to get
skinny. I am about 10lbs overweight and run about 4 miles or
40 min a night 5-6 days a week.
Television and Online Coverage:
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USA Track and Field 2002 Elite U.S. TV Schedule
OLN Triathlon Broadcast Schedule:
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CBC Sports Schedule
Sundays @ 1P.M. EDT
Track & Field: The Running Zone
Runner's World VCR Alerts
USATF summer track broadcasting listing
"A Woman's View of the World"
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