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RUNNER'S NICHE

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Vol. 6 No.6 October 2001

SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:

This issue is dedicated to the memory of Howard Kestenbaum, who was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. He, and thousands like him, will be missed terribly. To Howard's family, and to my close friend Jerry Greenwald, who was his cousin, I want to express my deepest sympathies.

Sincerely,

Woody Green - Editor: Runner's Niche Magazine

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EMAIL AND WEB SITE CHANGES

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Recently, the Runner's Niche web site disappeared from cyberspace, a victim of an Internet service provider that seems to be bent on running itself right out of business. To that end, we have a new site, and a new email address. The web site is now at:

http://www.toucantrackclub.net/runiche.html

Our new email address is:

Runnersniche@toucantrackclub.net

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MARATHON & BEYOND MAGAZINE - Marathon & Beyond, the only magazine that focuses on the specific needs of marathoners and ultrarunners. M&B offers in-depth articles on training, race strategies, injuries, nutrition, race profiles, running history, and more. Visit their web site at: http://www.marathonandbeyond.com

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RUNNER'S NICHE / MARATHON & BEYOND TRIVIA CONTEST

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Lorne Sundby of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada 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 of the questions correctly wins. If nobody answers each question correctly, we will award the prize to the person who answers the most questions accurately. Good Luck!

This month's questions:

1. Who was the winner of the mens division in this year's Mt. Washington Road Race?

2. Who was the female winner this year at Mt. Washington?

3. Shadrack Hoff won the June 9 Steamboat Classic 4M. What country is he from?

4. Who won the womens division of this year's Grandma's Marathon?

5. A strong American runner for many years, who was the winner of the womens masters division at this year's Peachtree 10K?

6. What company produces the "Grid Stabil" running shoe?

7. Which running shoe company first came out with "gel" padding in their shoes?

8. Who was the "Hind" line of athletic wear named after?

9. Americans speak of setting a PR, meaning a personal record, when they get their best time for a particular distance. British runners call it a PB. What does that stand for?

10. What team won the mens' Hood to Coast competition this year?

Last month's answers:

Match the track athlete, past or present, with their national origin:

1. Seb Coe - UK

2. Pascal Dobert - USA

3. Joyce Smith - UK

4. Lidia Simon - Romania

5. Gabriela Szabo - Romania

6. Jill Gaitenby - USA

7. Svetlana Zakharova - Russia

8. Jose Rios - Spain

9. Charles Kamathi - Kenya

10. Billy Mills - USA

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RUNNING STRONG AND INJURY FREE

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Book Review by Woody Green

Janet S. Hamilton is the author of a new book on injury treatment and prevention. While common injuries and treatments for those injuries are well covered, the main thrust of this book is injury prevention.

Hamilton is an exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and an RRCA-certified distance coach. She uses her knowledge in these areas to discuss flexibility training and strength workouts as preventative measures to avoid injury. Detailed descriptions of the best exercises are presented with pictures and text. A nice advantage of the strength training scheme presented here is that no gym equipment or weights are required to do these exercises. Common errors in training are also discussed, giving runners fair warning to avoid some common traps.

This book is complete without being overly wordy, provides technical terminology without baffling the reader, and is written in an easy to follow format. Plenty of references are provided for those who wish to do additional research, and a very handy glossary is provided at the end of the book.

This is a great book to but BEFORE you get injured, and it is a practical addition to most any runner's library.

Runner's Niche Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 possible winged feet.

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HOW TO BE A CHAMPION FROM 9 TO 90

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Book Review by Woody Green

Earl Fee, a world class masters runner from Canada, has broken over 30 world age group records in his career. After reading his book it is clear that Fee has not accomplished this on talent alone. He is a student of every aspect of the sport. His new book, "How to Be a Champion From 9 to 90 Body, Mind and Spirit Training" is his attempt to present every important factor involved in preparation for racing.

Fee has attempted a monumental task. He covers spiritual training with chapter sections such as "Zen Buddhism and Satori" and "Rewards of Warrior Athlete or Mind-Body-Spirit Harmony." Mental preparation and exercise psychology are discussed, along with detailed coverage of the principals of exercise physiology that are behind running training methods. There is a chapter on diet and nutrition, including a section on his pick for the best nutritional supplements. Training principals are laid out for sprint through the marathon distances, and an explanation of how to personalize your training plan is provided. Fee writes about weight training, shoe selection, injury prevention, self massage, stretching, pool running, tactics and special considerations for younger and older runners. If this were not enough, he even provides several inspirational quotes and a selection of poems he has penned. References number in the hundreds, and this would certainly be a bibliographic gold mine for anyone doing research.

Predictably, this is a long book. Many parts read like a textbook, yet others are personal and casual in style. I found this book to be a bit like an all-in-one tool. It is practical, very nice to have, but a little hard to use. It certainly is not a sit down and read cover to cover work. The intermingling of hard, cold science with religion, psychology and poetry can be a bit disconcerting. Then again, that is what athletics is all about, isn't it? Additionally, this is a solid reference and there is most certainly something for everyone in these pages.

Runner's Niche Rating: 4 out of 5 possible winged feet.

This is a self-published book, and is available in many bookstores, including Amazon.com. You can also buy directly from Fee's web site at:

http://www.feetnessforlife.com

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HALF THE BATTLE

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By Woody Green

As much as we may love running, half the battle is being consistent and getting out for a run on days when we just don't feel like it. Here are a few strategies to help you get out there on those "blah" days.

1. Have a goal. It's easier to convince yourself to run on a rainy day or when work has seemed to take all your energy if you have a carrot dangling out in front of you. Goals can be performance oriented, like training to accomplish a time or place in an upcoming race. Goals can also be health oriented, like getting your blood pressure down or losing weight. Many people have target goals for mileage for a week, month, or even a year, and that helps them to stay on track.

2. Try a mile. On days that you really don't feel like running, Runner's World columnist Joe Henderson recommends committing only to run a mile, then see how you are doing. Often that first mile, which should be run nice and slow, will feel better than you thought and you feel like continuing for your planned workout. If you still don't feel so hot after a mile, bag it. Your body is likely telling you that you need the rest.

3. Schedule your workouts. By writing down your planned workouts for each day of the week you are more likely to follow through with them. Block the time out on your daily planner just like you would a business meeting or soccer practice for the kids.

4. Don't blow off running just because you can't do your planned workout. Know when to be flexible with your schedule. Have a tough long run planned, but something comes up and you don't have the time? Reschedule the long run then scavenge whatever time you can to get in a short workout that day.

5. Vary your locations and workouts to keep it interesting.

6. Find a group to train with. By committing to do key workouts with training partners you are much less likely to blow it off. You wouldn't want your training buddies to think you were a slacker, would you?

7. Keep a log. When you write down what you did each day, it provides a reminder and a motivator.

 

 

 

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FROM USATF

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*Californian sets W80 world age-group record

Gerry Davidson of Fallbrook, Calif., set a women's W80 world age-group record of 17:31.5 for 3000m at the San Diego Senior Olympics on September 17. In May, Davidson set a W80 record for the mile with a time of 9:00.52

* Webb Athlete of the Week

Alan Webb, who won his first scored collegiate meet of career at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Rock Hill, S.C., was named USATF's Athlete of the Week on September 24. This is Webb's third honor as USATF's Athlete of the Week.

A freshman at the University of Michigan, Webb won the 8-kilometer race in 24:05, just ahead of his teammate and 2000 All-American Mark Pilja (24:08). The 2001 graduate of South Lakes HS in Reston, Va., Webb is 2-0 in his short collegiate career. He won his debut at the Michigan Open in Ann Arbor on September 4 in 25:21. Webb ran unattached at the non-scoring meet.

 

 

 

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THIS AND THAT

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*Olympian Paul Cummings Dies

Paul Cummings, who was a 1984 Olympian at 10,000 meters, died in a boating accident on September 17. He and a friend were tipped out of their boat while fishing in bad weather at Strawberry Reservoir in Utah. Cummings was 48 years old.

*More Sad News

Eight men from the University of Wyoming cross country team were killed in an automobile accident in Colorado on the morning of September 16.

 

*South Pole 26 miler

Want to try a marathon in January at the South Pole?

A $25,000 entry fee Adventure Network International will be accepted from those runners who meet the qualifying standards.

 

 

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WEB SITES OF INTEREST

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*Helping.Org

For information on how you can help the victims of the terrorist attacks on America, visit:

http://www.helping.org/

*Photos, clothing and inspiration are all available at Cheryl Trewogy's web site. (You may remember her by her previous names of Cheryl Bridges or Flanagan when she was a world record holder for the marathon.)

http://www.prettysporty.com

*A great variety of running information is available at RUNNER'S WEB:

http://www.runnersweb.com/running.html

*From Cedar Park, Texas, the Cedar Park Classic Track Club's new URL is:

http://www.cpclassic.com

 

 

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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

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*Place, Not Time

Dear Runner's Niche,

As a former cross country runner, I loved (and agreed with) your assessment of what racing for place is about. I just hated it when those guys lunged past me at the finish!

- David Camprera

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