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RUNNER'S NICHE

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Vol. 5 No.7 September 2000

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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

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The Olympics are coming up, and that means that we can all scream

at the TV as the network "pros" show us 10 seconds of a 10,000

meter race and a half hour of 100 meter preliminary heats. I hope

we get a peek at how the distance races go, there should be some

great ones. If you've never been a fan of track and field, the

Olympics are a great time to get to know the sport.

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This month we have several guest columnists, and I think you will

enjoy the variety of topics covered. Enjoy this issue, and have

fun with your autumn training.

- WG

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RUNNER'S NICHE / MARATHON & BEYOND TRIVIA CONTEST

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Congratulations to last month's trivia winner, Rich Castro. Rich

receives a free issue of Marathon & Beyond Magazine 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:

The theme this month is popular music with a running theme.

(Okay, so sometimes it is a bit of a stretch.)

1. The rock and roll anthem "Born to Run" was performed by what

New Jersey based musician?

2. Perhaps a counter running culture album, "Walk, Don't Run" was

an album by what famous surf band?

3. The lyrics: "I wonder what went wrong with our love, a love

that was so strong," were sung by Del Shannon in what hit song?

4. (A 2-part question.) The song "The Long Race" was on a 1986

album by what well-known keyboard player? What was the name of

the album?

5. What was the title of a song about a girl who "goes out with

other guys" in a 1961 hit song by Dion? (Hint: The song is off an

album of the same name.)

6. The song "Run Like Hell" is off of which Pink Floyd album?

7. "Run, Devil, Run" is a 1999 album by which former Beatle?

8. The song "The Long Run" was a hit by what popular country-rock

band?

9. Country singer Pam Tillis sang a song about equine running on

her 1992 album "Homeward Looking Angel." What was the name of

this tune?

10. "Running on Empty" has been the theme song of many marathon

runners at mile 25. Who wrote and sang this song on an album of

the same name in 1977?

11. The group Yes first performed the song "Long Distance

Runaround" on which of their albums?

12. What well-known guitarist has an album titled "Marathon?"

13. "Street Thunder" was the title of the marathon theme song on

the 1984 Official Olympic album. What group performed this song?

14. Who composed "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" from the same album?

15. "Run For The Roses" was released on a double album entitled

"The Innocent Age" in 1981. Who wrote and performed this song?

 

Last Month's Answers:

Match each athlete (past and present) to their home country:

1. Liz McColgan - Great Britain (Scotland)

2. Lynn Williams - Canada

3. Benji Durden - USA

4. Libbie Hickman - USA

5. Xiao Hongyan - China

6. Carla Beurskens - Holland

7. Tony Sandoval - USA

8. Belaine Densimo - Ethiopia

9. Andres Espinosa - Mexico

10. Gabriela Szabo - Romania

11. Jason Stewart - USA

12. Tegla Lourupe - Kenya

13. Carlos Lopez - Portugal

14. Haile Gebrselassie - Ethiopia

15. Junko Asari - japan

16. Tomoe Abe - Japan

17. Antonio Silio - Argentina

18. Yelena Romanova - Russia

19. Tarzan Brown - USA

20. Herb Elliot - Australia

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PIGS FLYING... AND FAST THIS TIME!

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By Rich Sands

Occasionally, I get e-mail from a running friend who has taken

the time to send everyone they know a note describing in the most

minute detail every facet of their latest race. While I approach

these writings with the same caution I would utilize with ripe

mule carcass, I almost always read them and send back some

relevant comment like, "must have been fun," or "sounds like you

did well."

Most recently I participated in the Cincinnati Flying Pig

Marathon. Having what I would describe as a successful outing, I

feel obligated to share it with all of you who choose to read on

from this point.

My goal for this outing was threefold: 1) to run under 3 hours

and 25 minutes and qualify for the Boston Marathon; 2) to spend

time with my sons and see their track meets; and 3) spend time

with my Mother on Mother's Day weekend. Goals number 2 and 3 are

easy and all always enjoyable experiences. Goal number 1 however

has been elusive over the past eight years.

Since moving to the Boulder area, I have run nine marathons,

finishing eight of them. The fastest was in Pueblo back in 1992,

a 3:22:21 at a time when my Boston qualifying time was 3:20. In

two of those marathons (Long Beach and Albuquerque) I was running

extremely well only to meet with a rather untimely injury. Two

(Denver and New York 1994) I would classify as easy mostly

because I ran so slowly that it didn't matter. I felt adequately

prepared for half of them.

Last year I ran the Inaugural Flying Pig in 3:34:08. I had run

985 miles in the four months prior to the race and had tuned up

with a disappointing 34:20 five mile at the Cherry Creek Sneak.

This year I had prepped with 1159 miles in the same four months

and had run 31:55 at Cherry Creek on a less than ideal day. The

biggest difference, however, was that last year I weighed over

200 pounds at the Pig (what do I mean AT the Pig? I WAS the Pig),

this year I was a svelte 175. But, I digress.

Race day was sunny, moderately cool but breezy. My day started

poorly with my watch alarm not activating and me awaking only an

hour before race time (and I was fifteen minutes from downtown).

Through the patience of my Mom and sons and some fancy footwork I

was at the start line with five minutes to spare. My plan was to

run in the 7:30's for the first 20 miles and then see what I had

left for the final 10K. The plan appeared faulty as I cruised

through the first mile (thinking I was around 7:30) at 6:53.

YIKES! Too fast! Luckily, the second and third miles were all

uphill and so with a 7:30 and a 7:50, I was back on track.

Then an odd thing happened; something that I wasn't necessarily

expecting but wasn't surprising just the same. I began to run

between 7:13 and 7:24 without any major discomfort. As my watch

recorded each mile split I was constantly telling myself "I have

to slow down. I'd better slow down." I didn't.

At 18 miles I began running with a 22-year-old named Nicholas,

from Knoxville. He was whooping and having all kinds of fun so I

figured he'd make a good diversion for a few miles. We passed the

twenty mile mark in 2:27:09 after I'd run pretty even five mile

splits of 36:49, 36:59, 36:47 and 36:34. At twenty, three things

happened: I passed my sons who were yelling and screaming "Go

Dad!" I turned my hat around (indicating that I was now serious

and reminding myself that I was almost done) and I started

counting how many people I was passing.

After averaging 7:21.6 per mile, I had one of those rare marathon

moments, I actually began going FASTER at the twenty mile mark.

My next three miles were 7:06, 6:50 and 6:49. By 23, I was

confident that I would crash the sub 3:25 barrier and while my

right hamstring was catching and very tight, I danced the injury

tightrope through final miles of 7:03, 7:00 and 7:07. My final

time was 3:10:33.4! I'd passed 59 people. I'd qualified for the

Holy Grail of marathons: Boston.

I'd run negative splits (the second half faster than the first)

for the first time ever in a marathon: 1:36:44 for the first

half, 1:33:49 for the second. I'd also run the last 10K in 43:23.

My average was slightly over 7: 16 and except for the hamstring

nursing, I had run comfortably most all of the way.

While I'm happy with the objective result of my run, I'm elated

about how I was able to share it with my sons. They've made me

proud of them since they were born and it was nice to do

something that allowed them to be proud of me. It was SO COOL

seeing them yelling for me during the final stretch to the finish

line. I thank them AND my Mom for their love and support during a

very hectic weekend of track meets and extra stresses.

Well, the man behind the camera is motioning that my acceptance

speech for "Runner of the Week" is getting long. I best end this

saga. Go ahead, say it: "Must have been fun. Sounds like you did

well." See you in Boston, April 16, 2001!

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RUNNING FORWARD - LOOKING BACK

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Book Review By Woody Green

Lynn T. Seely is the author of a new and somewhat unique book on

running. "Running Forward - Looking Back" is technically a

running book, but it is really a multi-faceted look into the

lives of several people who happen to run. Each chapter is a

different short story. The topics range from humorous to life and

death drama, and all are true stories collected by the author

through her years as a runner.

Some of the serious chapter topics include overcoming life-

threatening disease, surviving in the wilderness, avoiding an

abusive spouse and the bravery of a runner's dog in protecting

his master. Humorous topics involve everything from a mysterious

pumpkin to an older woman runner with a "magical" hat.

To say that this book is an easy and enjoyable read would be

quite an understatement. The pages and chapters fly by and Seely

writes in a compelling and empathetic manner. It is easy to

imagine yourself in the dramatic situations described, and

impossible not to laugh out loud at the keen humor.

To put it simply, this book is way cool. Go out and buy it!

Runner's Niche Book Rating: 4.95 out of 5 Winged Feet.

(Thanks to Running Delights for arranging for a copy of this book

for review.)

RUNNING FORWARD - LOOKING BACK by Lynn T. Seely

ISBN 1-58112-759-6

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PERSONAL GOALS

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By Lynn Rudinsky

We each run for different reasons, in the hopes of achieving a

different goal. During "the big race," a runner might set his or

her sights on being a winner or running a three-minute mile. In

1999, before the start of a 26-mile marathon in Dublin, Ireland,

47-year-old runner, Ken McCann, set two personal goals for

himself:

1. Run the complete marathon

2. Don't let rheumatoid arthritis stop him from achieving his

goal

Ken McCann is not your typical athlete. For over a decade, he has

lived with the suffering and immobility caused by rheumatoid

arthritis (RA), and only recently, has been able to regain his

active lifestyle. RA, one of the most common forms of arthritis,

is a chronic, debilitating autoimmune disease, which can lead to

pain, deformity and disability that can be permanent. What makes

the disease even more devastating is that it typically affects

people in the prime of their lives.

"RA changed my life overnight," said McCann. "Waking up in the

morning became a major chore. It took over an hour for my joints

to unstiffen enough to face the day."

McCann tried numerous medications for his condition but had

little success. It wasn't until he started taking a newer

medication called Arava, that he began to notice a difference.

Finally, after 11 years, his new treatment enabled McCann to feel

like himself again. As a result, he decided to test his physical

strength and began to run recreationally.

"I started out running slow and kept going," said McCann. "I ran

a full mile and felt great. I continued to run, gradually

increasing my distance. I hadn't felt that good in over a decade.

It was a joy to have my body and my health back, and running was

and is the perfect way to rejoice."

Running allowed Ken to celebrate himself as an athlete and it

proved to be a turning point in his battle with RA. After

entering and finishing a series of 5K's and a marathon, Ken set a

new personal goal for himself, to complete one of the most

grueling competitions in modern athletics: the Ironman. Ken

participated in the July 30th Isuzu Lake Placid Ironman

Competition in Lake Placid, New York. The race took place in the

Adirondacks region and featured over 1,900 of the fittest

athletes in the world. The average participant, like Ken, trained

for seven months, three hours each day. The competition consisted

of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and finished with a 26 mile-

run.

For Ken, competing in the Ironman was not about achieving a

qualifying position; it was about finishing the race, which he

did. Ken's participation allowed him to rekindle his spirit and

embrace his newfound physical freedom.

"Running has become my main motivation and passion," said McCann.

I feel like I am running from RA and this gives me a great

boost."

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FERRUM STUDENT-ATHLETE SHARES EXPERIENCES IN TIBET

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Amy Hayes Serves 15-Day Medical Mission

Ferrum, Va. -- Ferrum College graduate, and former cross country

student-athlete, Amy Hayes recently returned from a 15-day

medical mission to the Tibetan Plateau. The trip was a medical

expedition/overland journey to the shores of Tso Morari, located

on the Chang-Thang Plateau near the Indo-Tibetan border. The

trip was orchestrated by Dr. Glenn W. Geelhoed, professor of

surgery and international medicine at George Washington

University.

After arriving from various international US gateways, the

journey began in New Delhi June 16 with a flight from Leh (11,

495 ft), the capital of Ladakh. Leh and Ladakh are the heart

and soul of Buddhism. This is the land where Padmasambhava

introduced tantric Buddhism and the theory of Dharma, still

preserved today in its purest form. Leh has some of the oldest

Buddhist monasteries, dating back to the 9th century A.D.

After rest and acclimation to the wide variety in the daily

temperature range, the group set up its medical camp at the

local health care facility in Leh and began providing free

medical care to patients. Services the group rendered include

health clinics, primary care, as well as treatments for

tuberculosis, acid reflux, and common western illnesses. At Tso

Morari, they even diagnosed a case of leprosy.

The trip also included a chance to see breathtaking sights.

Hayes and the group journeyed toward the Chang-Thang border in

four-wheel drive vehicles, visiting the famous monasteries of

Shey and Thikse. Shey was the former palace of the upper

kingdom of Ladakh. Inscriptions on the rocks below Shey date

back to the time when Buddhism was first introduced into the

western Himalayas.

Other sites the group set up medical camp at included the Valley

of Puga and the village of Karzok. Tata, an Indian-made jeep-

style vehicle, made travel to all areas possible. Many of the

roads had restricted driving speeds of 15-20 miles per hour.

This was particularly important on the trek from Puga to Tso-

Morari, which is 50 miles of some the roughest terrain in the

western Himalayas. This 50-mile portion through rivers and

canyons took over 12 hours to traverse.

The final leg of the group's journey took it south to the

village of Tandi, then along the river Chenab/Chandra to

Gramphoo where the road ascends to the famous Rohtang Pass

(13,054 ft). This pass is popular with climbers who come to

acclimatize before making an attempt to ascend Mount Everest or

K2.

Hayes competed in cross-country for Ferrum this season,

participating in every race on the schedule. Upon graduation,

she earned numerous honors from the College, including being the

class of 2000 valedictorian. She also earned the Sydney

Sullivan Award for spiritual leadership, Pre-professional

Science Award, and the Spanish Award.

Ferrum College, a four-year, private, liberal arts college

affiliated with the United Methodist Church, offers bachelor’s

degree programs in 34 major course areas at a cost below the

national average for four-year private colleges. Bachelor’s

degree programs include religion, international studies,

environmental science and teacher education.

For more information, please contact the Ferrum College sports

information office at (540) 365-4306 by phone, or

gholden@ferrum.edu by e-mail.

Here are Amy's top performances.

2nd place, Hampden-Sydney College Invitational, Oct. 23, 1999

6th place, Ferrum College Invitational, Oct. 16, 1999

6th place, Methodist College Invitational, Sept. 11, 1999

 

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THIS AND THAT

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*Sunday, September 17, 2000

9 a.m. 5K Run and 1-mile fun walk supporting the Veterinary

Hospital at the Detroit Zoo. For more info e-mail Scott Trudell

at strudell@dzs.org.

*AATRA and Tiberland team up.

The All American Trail Running Association (AATRA), the nation’s

leading central resource for the sport of trail and mountain

running, announced that is has signed on with the Mountain

Athletics by Timberland brand. Launched in 1999 by The

Timberland Company, Mountain Athletics is a new brand of

technical, performance footwear, apparel and gear dedicated to

the specialized needs of outdoor athletes -- the fastest growing

segment of the outdoor recreation market.

 

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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

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*Team Peloton

Dear Runner's Niche,

We are writing to ask for your assistance in a worthy and

exciting project. We have committed to raise money for the Lance

Armstrong Foundation as 2nd year Peloton Project members. Having

been deeply affected by friends', loved one's, and champions like

Lance Armstrong's battle with cancer, we have devoted our time to

make a difference in the fight against cancer. In addition to

personal satisfaction, participating in the annual Ride for the

Roses 100 mile charity bike ride and weekend events on April 6,

7, and 8 in Austin, Texas will reward us for our effort.

By now many people are familiar with Lance Armstrong's inspiring

story. In the early to mid-nineties, Armstrong was America's top

cyclist and on his way to international fame. He won the 1993

World Championships, the 1995 and 1996 Tours DuPont and multiple

stages in the Tour de France. He also competed in the 1992 and

1996 Olympics. On his climb to the top of his sport, however,

Armstrong was nearly bested by his toughest foe - cancer. The

25-year-old gifted athlete was diagnosed in 1996 with advanced

testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen, lungs and

brain. His chances were fifty-fifty at best. With focused

determination and the help of dedicated medical professionals,

Armstrong beat the disease and vowed to return to his former life

as a professional athlete. He returned to cycling in 1998, which

was in itself a remarkable triumph. He tasted the sweetest

victory, though, when he circled Paris'

Champs Elysees as the 1999 Tour de France champion.

Lance continues to be an inspirational survivor, by defending his

Tour de France championship in 2000.

Long before the Tour de France, however, Lance achieved his

greatest accomplishment when he formed the Lance Armstrong

Foundation to help people everywhere manage and survive cancer.

The LAF raises money to support its mission with events such as

the Ride for the Roses Weekend, which takes place annually in

Lance's hometown of Austin, Texas. We will be a part of the

Weekend through the Peloton Project. A peloton is the main group

of riders in a bicycle race and is noted for its ability to

travel substantially faster than individual riders are able to

go. The Peloton Project emulates the power of the peloton by

motivating people to raise a significant amount of money for the

LAF. In 2000, the Weekend grossed more than $6,000,000 with 230

Peloton members contributing an astounding $1,100,000.

Please support us in our effort as proud Peloton Project members

to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Any amount will help and is

deeply appreciated. Remember that all charitable donations are

tax-deductible by law. You may send a check payable to "The

Lance Armstrong Foundation" to:

LAF Peloton Project

Attn: Mallory

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Plainfield, IL 60544

Web Site: laf_peloton_member@yahoo.com

*Dog Letters

The debate about dogs and running with them on or off leash

continues. Here are just a few of the letters from readers on the

subject:

Dear Runner's Niche

I have enjoyed your newsletter for some time, but I must respond

to the dog/leash topic. The letter from "Alexa" left me

incesnsed.

I too run with my dog. She stays right with me, leash or not,

but she is always on a leash if we are anywhere near other people

and cars. She is a well trained, intelligent, and eager to

please Collie who responds instantly to my commands. But I love

her too much to take the chance, as remote as it may seem, for

her to be hit by a car.

Now, we are constantly running into other loose dogs, and have

had several frightening encounters. I carry a small pepper spray

just in case, but I would hate to spray a dog- they are doing

what comes natural. I would rather spray the owner. Watch out,

Alexa.

- Karen

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Dear Runner's Niche,

I have come to a conclusion about people that own menacing dogs;

they are the least to be able afford the liability of having the

dog. My conclusion came following an early morning run last week

when I was silently stalked by an unleashed, large Rottweiler. I

halted the animal with a direct firm order and my friendly

"pepper spray" in hand. But, was amazed to witness the owner

shouting obscenities at the dog and his two very young children,

but never a concern for my fright or safety. At that point

I was not feeling any animosity towards the animal, just the poor

excuse for a human that raised him. Maybe we should leash some

humans as opposed to their pets.

I will have to add that I ran one of my best times due to a

drastic increase in adrenaline.

- Lisa

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Dear Runner's Niche,

I've really enjoyed your newsletter! I had to laugh out loud

about the woman who wrote you and said that she had a "fantastic"

dog-all it did was run hell-bent at people and scare them half to

death. Here in St. Paul, MN, there is a dog ordinance that all

dogs must be leashed. Hah! Some folks seem to think that the

ordinance does not apply to them. I have 2 big dogs, and when an

unleashed dog comes running towards mine, it's all I can do to

hold them back. I've been yelled at, cursed, and of course,

never apologized to from owners who think that my dogs should be

more friendly-and these owners are breaking the law! This

woman's dog is out of control? Then keep it on a leash!! It

needs to run? Save your pennies, buy an acre of land and fence

it in. She has no right to terrorize people with her dog who

"knows" who likes dogs and who doesn't. This letter was so

ridiculous I almost thought you had made it up!

My final answer-keep your dogs on a leash, unless you absolutely,

positively, know 100% of the time that your dog will come to you

on your first call. And if it's the law-obey it!

Thanks!

- Jan

Ed: Apologies to the rest who sent letters on this hot topic, I

couldn't print them all.

 

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