*Special Note: Everyone please help. Each month when

Runner's Niche is sent out, I get a ton of messages from

servers telling me that particular e-mail addresses are no

longer active. PLEASE, if you are signing off the 'net or

changing addresses, Let me know. It will save me a TON of

time.

-WG

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RUNNER'S NICHE

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Vol. 3 No. 4 May, 1998

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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

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My hometown race is getting a lot of flak, and I can’t help

but comment. Many of you have likely heard that the Bolder

Boulder 10 K has elected to go to a new format for the

elite division. This year teams will compete in the elite

men’s and women’s races, which will be scored like a cross-

country meet. Each team is composed of three individuals

from the same country, and each country is limited to one

team. The elite runners will run a new four-loop criterium

style course, which will better allow spectators to view

the race.

All of this came about as an attempt to stir up some

interest in elite road racing in this country. A big part

of the logic was that Americans love team sports, and they

can relate better to team contests than individual

competition. Thus was born the team race format. We all

know that we need some new schemes to develop additional

interest in our sport in this country.

So, what has caused a few people to be so upset with the

new format? Why have claims of racism and even a comparison

between race directors and Adolph Hitler been made? To me

it seems to be a simple case of misinformation and media

frenzy.

Initially, Bolder Boulder officials were not going to put a

limit on the number of American teams. This seemed innocent

enough to race directors. After all, the Bolder Boulder has

always tried to provide extra help to American distance

runners. They award cash bonuses to top American finishers,

and in the past they ran a high altitude development

program for up-and-coming American runners. It didn’t seem

like too big of a deal to permit extra American teams in an

American race. Race directors figured that the hometown

crowd would enjoy seeing a few extra familiar faces in the

elite race.

It seems, however, that there were many who thought that

permitting multiple American teams while limiting other

countries was a way to give the Americans an unfair

advantage. By limiting their competition, some thought this

was surely an underhanded means of assuring more Americans

would be in the top ten.

Race officials, not wanting to be perceived as unfair,

decided to limit the field to only one American team, as

well. This despite the fact that many major races around

the globe routinely limit their foreign numbers by simply

inviting only a few hand-selected individuals to their

race.

Then came the allegations of racism. The assertions were

that the Bolder Boulder was unfairly limiting the field to

just three Kenyans with the new team format, and I guess

the logic goes that since Kenyans are black, this was

discrimination against blacks.

The fact is that more black Africans will be in the race

than ever before, with teams from South Africa, Morocco,

and Tanzania signed up so far. The field will be quite

diverse, with China, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Spain all

sending teams, as well.

I don’t really think any of this is about politics, racism,

or even fair competition. It’s about money, plain and

simple. I can’t help but wonder if agents of top Kenyan

runners, used to pocketing a good payday at the Bolder

Boulder, are afraid someone else will cash in. Could it be

these same agents fed information (or should I say

misinformation) to the naive American media? I suspect this

is what caused all the big headlines and hateful articles

to spread around the nation.

We all know the media loves a controversy, and like the

proverbial sharks smelling blood, they tore into this one.

Currently there are many Kenyans that are saying they will

boycott the Bolder Boulder, and some say they will boycott

all races in the United States. That would be too bad. The

Kenyan runners are truly wonderful to watch. Still, the

races will go on with or without the Kenyans, and their

trusty agents might do well to realize that they could be

killing their own cash cow. If they don’t show, someone

else will, and someone else will collect the cash awards.

Meanwhile, the Bolder Boulder will go on. There will be an

exciting elite team race with many new faces from talent

rich Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania. We will get to see

some of the Chinese runners we have read so much about.

Other runners from places like Spain, who had never

considered making the trip to Boulder, will make their

first appearance. I think it will be a great event to watch

on the new four-loop criterium style course.

Maybe the most important thing to remember in all of this

is that some 30 — 40,000 runners will participate like

always -- the ones who do it for love of the sport. The

people who are tired at the end of a long work day, but who

put on their running shoes and get in their evening workout

because they have a goal to run the Bolder Boulder. These

are the same folks who sit in the stadium and cheer wildly

as the elite runners finish, and they are the ones who make

this race the event that it is.

I suspect that when the dust settles after the current

media tornado, the race will be a success. The Bolder

Boulder could survive without a single elite athlete

participating, and top runners would do well to remember

this.

 

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TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME MARATHONERS

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By Antoinette Lercara

So, the big day is approaching. For those of you who are

first-time marathoners, in doubt of having a successful

run, here are a few tips to help steer you through the

course:

- Spunky T-shirts grab spectator attention. Having someone

refer to you and cheer you on as you run by is encouraging,

especially during the last mile.

- Don’t wear new shoes or shoes that need to be broken-in.

Shoes should fit like a glove, be comfortable, and provide

cushion, traction and support. Worn out soles can damage

your knees, ankles, and back.

- Check the weather frequently. Don’t venture into the cold

ill-prepared. Layer your clothing accordingly. A best bet

for warmth is 100% acrylic spring knits that keep you warm.

- When the wind chill factor is below zero, wear clothing

that helps keep joints and muscles warm and additionally

provides support and compression. Gore-Tex’s "Windstopper"

can be used as a backing on a sweatshirt or jacket. The

"Windstopper" does just what it says.

- Skin-tight clothing made of rayon, polyester and

lycraspandex will keep you warm and dry by holding in body

heat and extracting sweat to the outer surface of the

material. Also, any lightweight, breathable fabrics in

polarfleece will protect you.

- Keep the body hydrated before, during and after the run

and control your breathing.

- Load carbohydrates and maintain a diet of high fiber and

low cholesterol meals.

- Gently stretch and warm-up for 5-10 minutes. These few

minutes can prevent stress and strain on your muscles.

- Pace yourself throughout the run. Disciplining yourself

can make the difference between running to the finish line

or walking to it.

While the race is competitive for some, it’s mostly mental

and spiritual for others. For a beginner the most

exhilarating experience is passing the finish line. No

trophy could outweigh personal satisfaction.

 

 

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A RUNNER'S STORY: FROM HEART ATTACK TO MARATHON

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By Jim Gaffey

As I looked over at the clock it said 2:45. It had started

as an uneventful day, full of responsibilities and promise,

but now I thought this is how it feels to die. I was lying

on an operating table in St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta,

Ga. I was being quickly prepared for an angioplasty. At

that moment two competing thoughts ran through my

head..."he died at 2:45 PM on August 19, 1993 of a heart

attack"...the other, "I don't want to die...not now...not

this way" and I wanted to fight back. Hours before I had

risen early to wake my 16 year old son, Sean, to get him

ready to register for his next year of high school. The

previous night I had woken with what I thought was stomach

pains...probably from something I ate. As the widowed

father of two I pushed on into my day making a near fatal

mistake. At registration I was very uncomfortable but my

next stop was his doctors office to have a boil lanced on

his neck. When I mentioned symptoms to doctor he quickly

got me next door for EKG. Through the wonders of telephony

it was faxed to my internist who recommended that I get to

hospital quick.

The angioplasty, done under emergency conditions, damaged

some veins in my right leg and left me bruised from above

my groin to below my right knee. I could not walk for

several days. After a slow recovery I found myself in the

hospitals Cardio-Rehab Program. Weeks of slow walks, rest

and recuperation lead me to an indoor track and some

tentative jogging...best described as baby steps. The

decision to step on the track in the first place was

stimulated by a swift kick in the pants by my cardiologist,

who said during my first in office visit..."if you change

life style and begin an exercise program you might live a

long life, after all your father lived till 84...if you

don't I think you might be around till Sean turns 21." Talk

about a cold splash of water in the face...a real wake up

call. As his diagnoses developed, he made me realize that

my body was not producing enough HDL...the good stuff, to

impact the borderline overall cholesterol of 210. He said a

consistent running program, and possibly a glass or two of

wine each night might help, along with a list of dietary

related recommendations.

Well as they say "my mother didn't bring any dumb children

into the world" I was on the road to recovery the quickest

way that I could get there. I was soon off the indoor track

and into road running. I had much to accomplish and much to

change. My diet became totally fat - free. For the first

year it seemed that I lived on nothing but pasta, or pasta

and chicken, in countless variations. My water intake

tripled; I carried water bottles everywhere. Each day ended

with 1 1/2 to 2 glasses of red wine with the pasta/chicken

dinner de jury. But where my life really changed was in my

commitment to my exercise program. I had always prided

myself staying fit and trims...fluctuating around 190.

Sometimes a little more, occasionally over 200. The

previous May I had celebrated my 50 birthday by competing

in my first 26 mile bike race...a foolish attempt through

hindsight. I now was running 3 - 4 times per week, lifting

weights 2 - 3 times per week and preparing for my first 5K

the following April. I did a 29:45. I was hooked.

In 1995 I ran in 26 competitive races, never finishing out

of top ten in my age group and taking third place twice. I

had dropped my weight to 172 and had begun to plan, train

and run 1/2 marathon's. That year had begun with a chance

meeting with Jeff Galloway at a 10k race in Norcross, Ga.

on New Year's Day...The Resolution Run. I told him my

story. He recommended some additional training tips,

suggesting with the proper medical support, my goal of

running a marathon was attainable. He also invited me to

join his run/walk training program. After that eventful,

and for me a successful year, I joined the Atlanta based

marathon training program in April of '96.

Other goals where also beginning to play themselves out in

my life...this second life that I was given. Along with a

23:10 5K, a 49:45 10K, a 2:10 1/2 Marathon I had begun to

date an incredible women. Carol, also widowed young, with

two children of her own. Although not a runner, she

represented that athletic spirited appearance which I had

become familiar with during training runs and races. A

dedicated jazzerciser and walker, who spent her free time

hiking, she match completely my health focused goals and

new dietary habits. After experiencing the better part of a

year getting to know one another, which included witnessing

numerous Olympic events, we married on November 26, 1996.

She sold her house, I sold mine, and we moved a family of

six to neutral ground, coincidentally on Cape Kure, Ct.

Running and my new life had become a cure for me. After

another year of training, including running the full

distance 3 times, I completed my first marathon. In a heavy

downpour I completed the 1997 New York Marathon. Still many

miles later I am again preparing for my next marathon,

possibly the Marine Corps in the fall. At the same time I

am also working on my speedplay preparing to run the

Peachtree Road Race, on the 4th of July, with one of my

sons. That cholesterol number has dropped from 210 to

157...LDL from 150 to 101...HDL up from 26 to 40. A resting

heart rate of 48 as compared to near 70 and a body fat

count in the teens. Running did this. Running, and

countless open, friendly and encouraging running friends,

did this for me...for me and my family.

 

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FASTER THAN CARLSBAD?

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Here is information on two courses that one of our readers

assures us are faster than Carlsbad, and they are both in

Newport Beach!

The Newport 5000 is going to be held June 28, 1998. It is a

USATF Certified Course and is really a fast course. Bill

Sumner is the race director. His phone number is (714) 476-

7076.

The Bastille Day 5K/8K is also a really fast USATF

Certified Course. Last year, Ruth Wysoki set the national

road record for masters on the course. It is held in the

evening and it turns into a big party with a band and a big

beer garden. It is a great race. It is held July 18, 1998

in Newport Beach. The race contact is (714) 288-9080 or

(760) 434-7706. Last year, Warren Utes, a 77 year old, ran

33 something in the 8K. It was amazing.

Results of both of these races are posted on

http://www.theschedule.com

Click 1997 and look in June and July.

Results of the 1997 Newport 5000 can be found at:

http://www.calcoasttrack.com/NPORT5K.HTM#39RESULTS

 

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SEVEN THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE LEAVING FOR A RACE

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1. Do I have my race number?

2. Did I pack extra clothes in case the weather changes?

3. Do I have my racing flats with me?

4. Did I remember my sunglasses?

5. Don't forget some cash, just in case.

6. Do I have directions to the race start with me?

7. How about dry clothes to change into after the race?

 

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WEB SITES OF INTEREST

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---Rave Runs---

Pictures of great runs:

http://members.tripod.com/~RSchubert/rave.html

---RUNNING MINING COMPANY---

A variety of info:

http://running.miningco.com

---PreMile---

Training and general info:

http://www.premile.com

 

AND AS ALWAYS:

RUNNER’S NICHE at:

Home.netone.com/~woodyg3/runiche.html

 

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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

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---TIGER / NIKE CORTEZ---

At last a reader has set us straight on the history of

early Nike running shoes debated in the last issue:

Dear Runner’s Niche,

The name Cortez originally belonged to Onitsuka Tiger in

the 60's. There were two models: the Leather Cortez, white

leather upper with red and blue "Tiger" stripes and the

Nylon Cortez, blue nylon with white stripes.

I believe the history goes something like this:

Phil Knight originally imported Tiger shoes through the

company named the Athletic Department. They had some great

deals such as a pair of leather cortez shoes and the Pinto

(?) marathon racer (see the cover of The Complete Book of

Running) sold together for $19.95! This was in 1969.

Anyway, when Nike became a player (remember Phil Knight?),

they co-opted the name Cortez and added it as a trademark

leaving Onitsuka Tiger high and dry and searching for a new

name for their shoe, hence the name Corsair. Those of us

who saw George Sheehan in person often saw him in these

shoes, even when more modern and more expensive models were

available.

Thanks for the time.

John Alexander

ED: See, Randy, I was right. Nah nah!!!

 

---TRANSFORMATION REACTION---

Reaction to a piece on winter running from last issue:

Dear Runner’s Niche,

Originally from Rochester, NY, I found the "transformation"

piece odd if not romantically wrong. I could relate to the

late fall running, but this guy is out of his mind, I

thought to myself. This is not winter running. Then I read,

"Georgia's springs are especially spectacular." AH, the

solution. He's writing about a Georgia winter. I'm sure

such a romantic review would not come from the snowbelt. In

Rochester, your mind does not wander in a bad winter run.

You fight discomfort and pain: wet shoes, cold wind that

stops you in your track and hollers in your ears, and an

endless supply of snot and phlem. Winter running is a

duty, work so that you can enjoy the better seasons.

Dave DeSchryver

 

---POST RACE BLUES---

Dear Editor,

I just read your Runner's Niche April, 1998 and almost

cried at the story by the editor. I myself just finished

the LA Marathon after 5 months of intensive training. For

the past week I have felt lost and unmotivated to even go

out and walk, much less run. I agree that it is so

important to establish goals. Without the idea that I have

a 10k race scheduled on May 30 and a relay team at the Rock

and Roll Marathon in San Diego, I think I would not run for

a long while. It was euphoria to finish LA and an

incredible let down at the same time. You were right on the

money in your description of the post race slump it was

uncanny.

Thank you,

Julie Broughton

 

---THANKS!---

Dear Runner’s Niche,

I thoroughly enjoy reading your Runner's Niche - I find

your sense of humour wonderful.

I enjoy running and have only recently started again after

a few injuries and a few set-backs.

Thanks for your monthly encouragement and notes - it makes

it all worth it!

Regards,

Janine Swart

EMPANGENI, South Africa

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