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RUNNER'S NICHE

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Vol. 6 No.2 March-April 2001

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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

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Yes, I am still e-publishing Runner's Niche. I have received a

few e-mails from people wondering if the magazine is still going

out. This is understandable since the once monthly editions have

been sent out only every other month or so lately. Real life

gets in the way of my hobbies from time to time, and so the

Niche has been put on the back burner. But, at last, here is a

new issue. I hope you enjoy it, and that you are getting some

good training now that Spring has arrived.

- WG

 

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RUNNER'S NICHE / MARATHON & BEYOND TRIVIA CONTEST

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Oleg Shpyrko of Somerville, Massachusetts was our winner last

month. He will get a free issue of Marathon & Beyond and fame!

Trivia contest entrants are limited to one prize per calendar

year.

When answering, email your answers with the subject "trivia

contest" and answer the questions in the order they appear below.

Mail to: woodyg3@netone.com. The FIRST person to answer all ten

questions correctly wins. If nobody answers all ten correctly, we

will award the prize to the person who answers the most questions

correctly. Good Luck!

This month's questions (1972 Munich Olympics theme):

1. Frank Shorter won the Munich Marathon, of course, but what

legendary marathon star took the bronze medal?

2. Soviet 1500 meter runner Ludmila Bradina won her two

preliminary heats and the final at Munich. What was unique about

her times in each of these races?

3. The winner of the mens 800 meter race forgot to remove his

trademark golf cap during the national anthem at the awards

ceremony. He was forgiven for his understandable forgetfulness

by his adoring nation. Who was he and what country did be

compete for?

4. The winner of the mens 5,000 and 10,000 was, of course, Lasse

Viren of Finland. Viren collided with another runner in the

middle of the 10,000, and both fell to the ground. Viren caught

up with the leaders and eventually took the gold. The runner he

got tangled up with watched the remainder of the race from the

infield. Who was this Ethiopian superstar?

5. The same runner who fell and was out of the 10,000 still

managed to medal in another event. What was that event and what

was his placing?

6. In the 10,000 meter race mentioned in question 4, second place

finisher Emiel Puttemans of Belgium ran a time of 27:39.6. Had

Viren not placed ahead of Puttemans, what significance would this

time have had to the world of track and field?

7. Who won the 3,000 meter steeplechase at Munich?

8. What was the longest distance event for women in the 1972

Olympics?

9. The winner of the womens 800 was also the first woman to break

2:00, who was she?

10. The third place finisher in the mens 800 later attended

college in the United States at Eastern New Mexico. Who was he

and what is his homeland?

Last month's answers:

1. American Mark Coogan won a silver medal in a major

international marathon. At what event did he win his silver

medal? Answer: Pan Am Games.

2. How many world records did Czech superstar Emil Zatopek set in

his running career? Answer: 18

3. Who holds the women's American record for 5 K on the roads?

Answer: Deena Drossin.

4. Who holds the women's world record for 10 miles on the roads?

Answer: Colleen DeReuck.

5. For what nation did former world marathon record holder Steve

Jones compete? Answer: Wales.

6. At what distance did Kiwi Dick Quax hold a track world record?

Answer: 5000 Meters.

7. How many times did Frank Shorter win the prestigious Fukuoka

Marathon? Answer: 4.

8. What nation do marathon stars Martha Tenorio, Rolando Vera and

Silvio Guerra come from? Answer: Ecuador.

9. Who was the bronze medalist in the 1992 womens Olympic

Marathon? Answer: Lorraine Moller.

10. A female athlete won both the Boston and New York Marathon in

1981. Who was she? Answer: Alison Roe.

 

 

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FROM USATF

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*A new feature in Runner's Niche, "From USATF" will feature news

from the governing body of track, cross country and road running

for the USA.

April 17, 2001

ROD DEHAVEN NAMED USATF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS - Rod DeHaven has been named USA Track and Field's

Athlete of the Week after finishing sixth at the 105th Boston

Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 41 seconds, a

personal best by 21 seconds.

The 2000 Olympic Trials winner, DeHaven had the first top-10

finish by an American at the Boston Marathon since 1994, the best

finish by an American since 1987. It is also the second-best time

by an American at Boston since 1983, behind Bob Kempainen's

2:08:47 in 1994.

DUNHAM SETS U.S. 50K RECORD IN CHICAGO

Dave Dunham set a new U.S. men's road record in winning the

Chicago Lakefront 50K on Saturday, April 7 despite temperatures

of nearly 80 degrees and winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour.

A resident of Bradford, Mass., Dunham completed the race in

2:57:35, bettering the existing standard of 3:33:00 set by Jeff

Wall in 1982. After running steady six-minute miles for the

majority of the competition, Dunham took advantage of a strong

tailwind in the final five miles in breezing to the finish. Dan

Held of Waukesha, Wisc. stayed with Dunham for the first 20

miles, but then retired as Dunham ran alone the rest of the way.

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RUNNING TOUGH - 75 CHALLENGING TRAINING RUNS

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Book Review By Woody Green

Ever wonder what kind of workouts legends like Emil Zatopek,

Roger Bannister, Mark Plaatjes, Peter Snell, Lorraine Moller, Kip

Keino, or Frank Shorter considered their most important? What do

current stand out runners like Alan and Shayne Culpepper, Adam

Goucher, Khalid Khannouchi, Suzy favor-Hamilton an Denna Drossin,

do in their training to put them at the top? What do coaches such

as Bill Dellinger, Dave Welch, Ric Rojas, Rich Castro, and Damien

Koch have to say about the best training methods?

Running author Michael Sandrock has written a worthy follow-up to

his debut effort "Running With the Legends." His first book was

an intimate look into the lives, training and racing of some of

running's most elite. His new book, "Running Tough - 75

Challenging Training Runs," is a collection of workouts that are

the favorites of several top athletes and coaches.

Chapters detail sample workouts for long runs, off-road training,

fartlek training, intervals, hills, tempo runs and recovery runs.

The workouts are certainly challenging, as the title indicates,

but examples of how recreational runners might scale down the

same type of workout are provided. The final chapter details

Sandrock's training plan, which he ties together with the example

workouts from the best in the sport.

The book is not just a training guide, however. The descriptions

of each workout are entertaining and motivational. It is

impossible to read this book and not want to head out the door to

try running a couple of these workouts. Experienced runners will

be reminded of workouts they may have done years ago and

forgotten, while novice runners will find a great source for new

workout ideas.

Sandrock has scored another hit, and this book is a "must have"

for any runner's library.

Runner's Niche book Rating: 5 out of 5 winged feet.

("Running Tough" is published by Human Kinetics.)

 

 

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THE ROADRUNNER

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By Wendy Butler

The mountains provide a sense of astonishment and give the body

a sense of energy. In New Mexico, runners will find themselves

in a place of varying terrain and climate. The altitude can

make the experienced runner feel like they have taken a year

off. In such a vast land of beauty, it is possible for the

runner to track the stars and beat the unrelenting push of the

day.

Many different types of running enthusiasts jog on the trails of

the Southwest. New Mexico includes the plains of the east (watch

out for those tumbleweeds), the mountains of the Northern and

Central region and the western mesas. Put all this together and

it turns into a training paradise.

In Albuquerque and its surrounding areas, runners like to head

toward the mountain trails. This type of running is to be

carefully dealt with. Although it is a joy in such a scenic

place, there are many things that even the experienced runner

should be aware of. To maximize the results of such running and

feel stimulated at the end, precautions must be addressed.

*Breathe Carefully!*

The elevation in the city of Albuquerque is 5000 feet. In the

foothills of the city, the elevation is 7000 feet. At the top

of nearby mountains, the air will become thinner because of the

alarming 10,000 foot altitude. Jog 100 feet and you will feel

the pressure begin to pile up in your chest. It is a good idea

to try and condition yourself first and be aware of the problems

that the lack of oxygen can have on the body. Medical reports

say that high altitude can be anything above 5000 feet. New

Mexico natives can usually handle the difference, but if you

have come from sea level the day earlier, then it is a good idea

to take it easy on the first run whether you are in the city or

on top of the mountain.

Individuals may feel varying effects when they are at elevations

greater than 8000 feet. Oxygen at these levels is about 45%

less dense than at sea level. Headaches and nausea may occur.

One should expect to have 50 to 80% less humidity, especially in

the mountain areas. Problems such as coughing and nosebleeds

may occur. Dehydration also may occur, which in turn leads to

an increased respiratory rate. Preventative measures include

drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day and starting

activities slowly.

What you wear will also contribute to your performance while

training. The right kind of shoes can be found with most major

brands. Because the jogging trails are mostly dirt in the

entire state, trail shoes will be the best bet. If you are on

the pavement in the city, you can't really take to wearing a

trail type shoe. The best approach might be to wear a shoe that

has moderate traction.

*Where to run in the sunny Southwest*

Going outside the Albuquerque area, there are plains and more

plains beyond. Usually great weather will contribute to great

running. Ignoring the frequent winds and endless roads on the

plains will help provide the runner with stamina to keep going.

These endless roads go to small towns all over the State. Many

runners use historical routes. One that most people recognize

is Old Route 66 which goes over hilly terrain and mountain

passes. The openness of the land will put the runner in a world

of ease that can optimize performance.

Close to the city of Albuquerque, you will find numerous trails

to run on. Some favorites include the Embudito Trail that runs

partly through a mountain pass near Albuquerque. Tres Pistoles

Canyon, near I-40 and also over a mountain pass is another trail

to be contended with. Near Santa Fe is the Atalya trail. This

trail is about 3.5 miles and 1700 feet to the summit where the

runner can get a great view of the city.

*Time to be the roadrunner*

Let the races begin. In New Mexico, there are several races to

pick from and plenty of people to race with. First, there is

the Open Marathon that takes place in the very scenic and

historical town of Taos. There are also several trail races.

One is Gil's Wheeler Run that takes place in the mountain town

of Red River. This race is 11 miles total and about 1500 feet

of climbing. Another is the La Luz Trail Run in August. It is

9 miles long and goes up to the Sandia mountain crest next to

Albuquerque at about 4500 feet. The Big Tesuque Run goes up the

Aspen Vista Trail and is about 6 miles and 2000 feet each way.

Of course this is a just small sample of the races available.

Among the racers in New Mexico is the state's governor, Gary

Johnson. He has run charity races and numerous marathons. He

has also entered and finished the Iron Man Triathlon race.

Johnson encourages people to live healthier lifestyles and says

that running is a passion for him. In an informal interview

done by Slowtwitch editor, Dan Empfield, Johnson gave the

following summary of his thoughts on running and how he would

like people to respond. "I often say to people that every person

needs to determine what makes his or her life work. In my

particular case, I found that being as fit as I possibly can be

makes my life work. You need to find out what that something is

in your lives--whether it's canoeing, playing chess, knitting,

reading, or whatever it might be. But get more of what makes

your life work and then get rid of those things that get in the

way of what you want to do." Johnson rises at 4:30 a.m. every

morning to run, swim or lift weights, and plans to continue

running competitively.

High country can be of great benefit to the runner. Generally,

the more situations a runner is exposed to, the better the

performance in later training and competition. The land of

enchantment has open arms for those willing to embrace. It is

both challenging and beautiful. The mind and the body will come

together here.

 

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LATE NOVEMBER

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Fiction By Woody Green

A man can feel quite old at 38 years. From the eyes of this

weary old runner the course seems much like any other. The dried

yellow grass on rolling hills filled with barren trees looks

like a thousand other courses. Fresh white paint lines and

bright orange cones on the grass contrast sharply with the

muted, drab colors of late fall. The wind penetrates the skin

with icy prongs and numbs both the nose and the spirit of the

tired runner. He flexes his legs tentatively, puts his head down

and forces a few quick steps to bring him to an easy jog. The

wind puts up a swirl of air, wrestling with the runner, twisting

around his cold torso and resisting forward movement. He

progresses relying on instinct alone. The tired legs oppose the

commands his brain is sending, but there is no stopping the

runner now. He is tired, worn, and uncertain. He is lacking

confidence on this difficult day in late November. His soul

however, is filled with running and he will race on this day.

The warm-up jog he has done so many times before is an automatic

ritual and the concept of not competing today is never even

considered. He is a runner, a cross country runner, and today he

will test himself against the best in the country.

After his warm-up and a strip down to his running shorts and

singlet, he stands at the starting line. His skin burns from the

harsh wind and he feels a few bits of icy sleet pelt his face. A

shiver tickles his spine

and he hops up and down a few times to keep himself warm. The

other runners, mostly younger, look quite anxious. Some smile

and laugh, others look as if they are ill, but all are nervous

and flighty. The runner feels the exhilaration of adrenaline,

and marvels at how he can still be so nervous after all these

years.

His legs ache and he knows the important race in still three

months away, but his heart thunders to life and his stomach

springs about his abdomen as the starter calls the runners to

the line. He wishes he could go to the bathroom one more time.

With the gun there is a sudden rush forward, almost frantic, and

elbows hit chests as everyone pushes off the starting line. The

runner can relax now, and do what he came to do. The worst part

is over, and all that remains is the race itself. He will not

win today, his legs are too worn from one hundred twenty miles a

week. He seeks to push his body only to the level it can sustain

on this day, to remind his body why all the miles are worth it,

and to satisfy his soul.

 

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WEB SITES OF INTEREST

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*USATF Mid-America Regional Masters Championships

To be held in Boulder, Colorado on October 6. Information can be

accessed from the Runner's Niche web site at:

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*Marathon By The Sea

Information on this race in Saint John, NB, Canada can be found

at:

http://www.marathonbythesea.com

*Pure Runner Ecommerce Site

http://www.purerunner.com

*LAKE TAHOE MARATHON TO OFFER NEW THREE-DAY ULTRA RACE

The Lake Tahoe Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, October 14, will

offer a new three-day ultra race this year in addition to its

26.2-mile marathon.

Info:

http://www.laketahoemarathon.com

 

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THERAPY

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By Erica Preus

It's raining, getting dark, and a little chilly. That is one of

my favorite times to run. Everything is quiet outside except for

the fall of the raindrops on the sidewalk. The people in the

cars driving by look at you like you are crazy, but you know they

are missing out. This is my therapy time as I call it. Running

gives me the chance to think. I can have conversations with

myself and no one knows. You can sort through a bad day or a

good day. It is relaxing and refreshing and it is good for you.

Running keeps me in shape and provides me with great

opportunities. Being on the Cross Country and Track teams at my

high school I have made friendships that last through thick and

thin. Runners do anything for each other because they know the

pain each one goes through. It is not a glorified sport, but we

are all in it for the competition, and the fulfillment we have

when we finish that race. It gives you something to work for and

a time to prove yourself. Running has opened a new world for me.

It is something I will never be able to give up. Whether I am

running with some of my best friends down "the dirt road of life"

as we call it, or running by myself in the rain I am cleansing my

soul and reaching deep into my self. I am accomplishing

something many cannot do and in the meantime have made a lifelong

impact on me and my teammates. If you have not begun running, I

strongly encourage you to give it a try. Like I said, it is my

therapy.

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DON'T TOSS THOSE BIB NUMBERS

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Louie Tieman (email address lourun2@hotmail.com) is looking for

used bib numbers. He has a collection including bibs worn by

Olympic runners such as Jon Brown and Rod DeHaven. Contact him if

you have a number you think he might like to add to his set.

 

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LETTER FROM OUR READERS

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*Vanouver Memories, Vancouver Plans

Dear Runner's Niche,

I too was at Fort Vancouver last weekend (ed: 2/17/01). I was

EXTREMELY fortunate in that there were only three in my age group

[55-59]. As I knew that I could not touch the other two I just

ran through to enjoy[?] the course. It certainly was tough. The

first time I went around to start lap 2 the wind almost stood me

up.

It was an extremely fine two days of racing. It is my

understanding that the same meet will be held at Fort Vancouver

next year. The only difference will be that the masters race

will only be 6K.

I hope to see you there. In additon to running in the old folks

race, I plan to have one boy who will be a senior next year there

to run the junior 8K.

Jim Peterson

Assistant XC Coach

Hanford HS

Richland, WA

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