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RUNNER'S NICHE

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Vol. 6 No.3 May 2000

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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

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I only met him once. That was all it took to show me that he was

a quality person who cared a great deal about the athletes he

coached. It was clear to me he was interested not just in

developing great runners, throwers and jumpers; he also wanted

his athletes to develop character, loyalty, self confidence and

a strong work ethic.

This coach was Art Gulden of Bucknell University. Sadly, I

learned of his death only a few days ago. My close friend Tim

Dolen, who went to Bucknell and ran distance events under Coach

Gulden, told me of his coach's passing only a couple of hours

before we were to run a road race. Tim was pretty broken up,

having gotten the news the night before. He dedicated his effort

that day to his coach, and his coach would have been proud of

his race.

Tim has written a remembrance of his coach, which appears in

this issue. It's a nice reminder to us all that track, cross

country and road racing are about much more than just athletics,

and that coaches are far more important to young athletes than

we might sometimes assume.

To Tim, all of the Bucknell athletes present and past who were

lucky enough to have Art Gulden as your coach, and Coach

Gulden's family, I am very sorry for your loss.

 

- WG

 

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RUNNER'S NICHE / MARATHON & BEYOND TRIVIA CONTEST

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John Clark of Christchurch, New Zealand 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:

What nation did each of the following athletes compete for in

past Olympic Games?

1. Johnny Hayes

2. Kenny Moore

3. Gaston Roelants

4. Paola Cacchi

5. Seb Coe

6. John Walker

7. Lorraine Moller

8. Khalid Skah

9. Richard Chelimo

10. Nixon Kiprotich

11. Fermin Cacho

12. Hassiba Boulmerka

13. Elana Meyer

14. Derartu Tulu

15. Lidia Simon

16. Sonia O'Sullivan

Last month's answers (1972 Munich Olympics theme):

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

legendary marathon star took the bronze medal? - Mamo Wolde of

Ethiopia

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? - She set a new world record in

each race.

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? - Dave Wottle of the USA.

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? - Oops! He was

actually Tunisian , and his name was Mohamed Gammoudi.

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? - Silver in the 5,000.

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? - It would have

meant that Ron Clarke would have kept his world record by a scant

.2 seconds.

7. Who won the 3,000 meter steeplechase at Munich? - Kip Keino of

Kenya.

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

Olympics? - 1500 meters.

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

2:00, who was she? - West German Hidegard Falck

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? - Mike Boit of Kenya.

 

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PREFACE LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

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Woody,

On Saturday, May 19, late at night I found out my coach from

Bucknell had died after a long battle with cancer. Rather than

be confined to bed in his last days - he willed himself to attend

the IC4A Regional Track and Field Championships. He died after

seeing his team and his son compete in the 4 x 800 relay.

After a great deal of searching and tears, I was finally able to

put down a few words to try and explain what he meant to me.

Having a coach during your formative years is a unique

experience. At one time he can be your father, another time a

tyrant.

Most people don't understand the value of a great coach. They

don't realize what athletes gain by setting goals, working with

and supporting your teammates to achieve them, and testing

themselves to their absolute limit, even if it "just a race".

The sense of achievement can last a lifetime and take on new

meaning as you progress through life. Please pass this on to

your Runners Niche readers if you can.

- Tim

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RUNNING AND RACING FOR ART GULDEN

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By Timmy Dolen (Class of 1978)

Running for Art Gulden and Bucknell was easy. The day I arrived

on campus as a high school recruit he said "you must be crazy"

for having recently run a marathon. He then introduced me to

Frank Carroll who also confirmed that we (Tom Cook and I) must

be crazy; I guess the sort of runner he was looking for. Art

Gulden routinely collected the best bunch of scholar athletes

the East Coast had to offer. I was surrounded by friends that

were committed to competing as a team - not a bunch of

individuals; never letting someone struggle alone at the back of

the pack on a warm-down. They became lifelong friends.

Racing for Art Gulden was another story. He demanded total

commitment. He asked you to push yourself, regardless of the

pain. Running alone was not an option. If teammates were close

by, you were required to join up and support them. I spent four

years hanging on to the pack, chasing after his attention.

I arrived at Bucknell frightened by the school and the program.

I knew I could run, but I couldn't manage to race with

confidence. I also suffered through four years dealing with an

illness called depression and the anxiety attacks and sleepless

nights that came with it. I showed a few brief glimpses of

promise, followed by the all to frequent "crash and burns." It

must have been maddening to Coach. He could never count on me

to be the same runner from week to week.

One of the toughest challenges for Coach came after selecting

the traveling team. He then had to tell two-dozen more athletes

why they were not selected, without draining them of their

confidence. He had to convince them they were still important

to the team. He was pretty successful at that. My senior year I

was again on the bubble for the traveling team. After finally

breaking through, I sat down and listened as Coach told me why I

wasn't "moving up" for IC4A's. I don't believe I had shown him

I could be counted on to race for him and the team. The next

week I did show him; Coach had innumerable ways of motivating

you to show him you could race. But, what I didn't do that day

was show myself.

I got my last chance at the ECC Championships that spring. On

the 25th lap of my final race for Bucknell I found the extra

"something" I had been searching for. I scored my first point,

and shared a private moment of congratulations with Coach. His

words have lasted a lifetime, I still find an extra bounce in my

stride when I think of that day. I think Art Gulden's greatest

attribute was helping you find the confidence to push yourself

to your absolute limit, and then challenge you to do even more.

Last year I was lucky to see the Indoor Patriot League

Championships. One young lady had a "crash and burn" type of

race on Saturday and was devastated. In her, I saw myself 25

years ago. The next day, she rebounded and ran a terrific race,

refusing to back down as the race progressed, and scoring needed

points for the team. I hope she realized her accomplishment,

I know Coach did.

(If you want to read more about Gulden from Bucknell athletes,

go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bucknell-xctf-alum.)

 

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COOL YOUR JETS

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By Woody Green

Young runners are especially prone to this problem, but even

veterans of many years battle it. Starting too fast in a race is

the most common pace error made by any runner. It is even a

problem in training runs at times. The excitement of the moment

makes the body's normal feedback system go a little haywire. We

feel good, we want to stay up with the runners ahead of us and

we are willing to go hard to get that time goal we have set.

The problem, of course, is that by starting too fast we cause

early fatigue, sabotaging our efforts. The result will be a

painful race that is slower than our potential.

Avoiding this hard push at the start of the race isn't easy, but

there are a few ways to cool your jets at the start. First, make

sure you line up at the starting line with people of your own

ability. The other runners around you will help in your pace

judgement. Next, remember that the first third of your race

should feel easy. Key in on how your body feels, and pay close

attention to it. Especially telling is your breathing. Note how

rapid and deep your breathing is and this will be a good key as

to what effort level you are at.

A great way to give you feedback as to your running intensity is

a heart rate monitor. Unfortunately, your heart rate increases

gradually at the beginning of a race, so the monitor will not

show a high heart rate early in a race even when you are going

very hard. Use the heart rate monitor to evaluate your running

intensity after the first mile or so, not at the start.

Remember that you have gotten yourself out the door to train and

prepare for the race with a good deal of dedication, patience

and mental focus. Be just as dedicated, patient and focused in

starting your race at the proper pace and improved results will

be assured.

 

 

 

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FROM USATF

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Five of the top American distance runners have been selected to

represent Team USA at the IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field

Championships in Edmonton Canada, USA Track & Field announced on

Friday. Named to the men's marathon team are Khalid Khannouchi,

David Morris, Josh Cox, Eddy Hellebuyck and Mike Dudley. An

alternate will be announced at a later time.

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Olympian middle distance runner Marla Runyan has been named as

the recipient of a $10,000 William E. Simon Olympic Endowment

Fund Grant. The grant is intended for athletes who demonstrate

financial need in order to continue training.

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Meb Keflezighi was named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week

after setting an American record in the 10,000 meters Friday, May

4 at the Cardinal Invitational. Keflezighi's time of 27:13.98

shattered Mark Nenow's 1986 American record of 27:20.56.

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2000 NCAA 5,000-meter champion Kara Grgas-Wheeler has been named

one of 58 NCAA postgraduate scholarship winners. The

scholarships, worth $5,000 each, were awarded to athletes

competing in fall sports. Grgas-Wheeler captured the NCAA

Division I cross country title as a senior at the University of

Colorado. The 2000 NCAA 3000m champ placed 8th in the 5000m at

the 2001 U.S. Olympic Trials, and ended the season ranked 8th

nationally by Track & Field News.

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The Susuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon recently announced that Smash

Mouth, one of America's hottest party bands, will appear in

concert at Coors Amphitheater on June 3. The concert will cap a

unique weekend of music and running, where more than 20,000

competitors will run the 26.2-mile course in San Diego. More than

40 live bands will be on hand to entertain the competitors along

the route.

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MOTIVATION

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By Jake J

Hi, my name is Jacob. I'm 18 and a senior at Wayzata High

School. I've been running for almost six years now. I've gone

from a 7+ minute miler to a PR of 4:59.9 last track season. I've

also run cross country for 5 years. I improved greatly from a

23+ minute 5k to 17:49 this past fall. My off seasons of winter

and summer haven't consisted of anything great. I've never run

more than 250 miles in the off season which is why I've never

jumped way down greatly in time for my PR's.

I come from a school with a great tradition of running and a lot

of talent. I've never run in any big invitations as a varsity

runner. I did get a chance to run in a few varsity meets this

year, however. With all of these nevers this is probably

starting to sound pretty depressing, but its not meant to be. You

see running has been one of the best things in my life. It gives

me a chance to stay in shape and exercise. It has also given me a

chance to challenge myself and push myself to the limits.

One of the most important things that running has given me is

friendships. I've meet more friends and become closer with some

of my fellow runners than any other group that I'm involved with.

This year was one of the best cross country seasons because of my

friendships. We had 13 seniors on the team this year; most of

them started CC 5 years ago just like me. We've shared fun

times, sad times, hard runs, long runs, and runs through the

woods. We share parts of our lives that each other while on runs

that most other people don't even know about us.

The sense of pride when I run a race and see a group of my

teammates either in front or behind me charging towards the

finish line with me is an experience I'll never forget. The best

part to top off my high school as a CC runner was an outstanding

finish to the year. We won the Minnesota Section 6AA meet and

went on to win state. It was amazing. I have such a close

relationship with each one of my teammates that I'll always keep

as a part of my.

Even though I didn't run as one of the top 7 in the varsity state

meet I did know each one of them in a way that emotionally felt a

part of them as they raced. What I want to leave everyone with

is that you can improve and running can be a great escape from

the normal run-around in life (pun intended). You can only come

away from running with good things like health, pride,

dedication, and friendship. Make running a part of your day,

your life and your soul. It's become a part of mine.

 

 

 

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THIS AND THAT

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*The International Museum of Cultures "Run for the Hills" 5k

run/walk, benefiting Children's Day Camp will begin at 7500 W.

Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas TX at 7:30 a.m., October 20th. Call 972-

708-7537 for details.

* International City Racing, LLC was awarded a permit from the

City of Long Beach, CA to stage a marathon. The new marathon,

renamed the Long Beach International City Marathon, is

Scheduled for November 11, 2001.

* The Farmington Hills Police Dept. (Farmington Hills Michigan)

will be hosting its annual 10K.Cops for Kids run for Muscular

Dystrophy on Sat June 9, 2001.

 

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Internet that is operated by a board certified podiatrist:

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*Running in Hawaii:

http://www.hawaiirace.com

 

 

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LETTER FROM OUR READERS

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*WHY?

Dear Runner's Niche,

The reason I am writing is to ask a simple question, After

finishing my fourth Boston marathon this year I have to ask the

question "Why do we punish ourselves by running marathons." I may

be wrong but I not so sure god created our bodies to run 26.2

miles. But the hardest thing to come to terms with is the fact

that two days later I am ready for another marathon. Are we

runners insane or what?

I had the pleasure of talking to Bill Rogers right before the

start of the marathon this year (class act) he said with

excitement, there's so much energy here I just love this stuff!

I guess thetas the answer; it's the love of the sport.

-M Panasuk

 

*RUNNING TOUGH

Dear Runner's Niche,

Thanks for the nice review of "Running Tough" in the March/April

issue. Woody Green picked up on what I was trying to do with the

book and was very insightful with his comments. The only problem

I have now is that I am worried that Woody has been seen down at

the track doing some fast intervals. Word on the street is that

he is doing some of Adam Goucher's secret 500-meter intervals and

will soon be passing me by!

-Michael Sandrock (author of Running Tough.)

Sports Writer

Daily Camera

P.O. Box 591

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Phone: (303) 473-1318 Fax: (303) 447-0517

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