No One-on-One Match for Blake and Bolt

Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt racing one-on-0ne is definitely exciting! After the Olympics, many had been suspecting a one-on-one match between these two fastest runners in the world. Sure enough, it would be drawing a lot of attention and hefty paycheck (I supposed) . However, there’s no planned match for the two before the World Championships next year.  Ricky Simms, Bolt’s manager also opposed to the idea of having a one-on-match saying that racing is no boxing.

“Athletics is a different sport,” Simms told The Independent. “It’s not like boxing. You have to train all year to peak on a certain day and that’s what these guys are aiming for. You can’t peak on 15 May and 15 June and 15 July and 15 August. It doesn’t work like that.

“The people who are always thinking there should be head-to-heads nine months of the year don’t really understand athletics. The athletes have to use races to get into shape for the major championships. They will very rarely have big head-to-heads before the major championships.

“It makes the major championships even more valuable. That’s why the Olympics is so special. If we do this every week it will devalue the big day.”


Read the full article at the The Independent.  



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Garmin Releases Simple GPS Watch for Beginner Runners

Do you feel like you are overloaded with infos whenever you check out your GPS watch? Freak out no more!

If you are a runner who is more concerned with the basic statistics, I have good news for you! Garmin releases a very functional GPS watch that targets beginner runners.  It’s very simple and easy to use at an affordable price (well, if compared to other GPS watch).

Garmin announced the release of the Forerunner 10, an entry-level GPS watch that focuses on the basics: time and distance. The watch will be available this fall in three colors–black, green, and pink–and will retail for $129.99.

The Forerunner 10 is sure to be a hit with newer runners because it doesn’t overwhelm them with data, and it’s simple enough to operate that they likely won’t need to read the instruction manual. For the same reasons, many advanced runners will like it–the watch simply shows them just how far they ran, and for how long.


Find out more at Runner’s World. 


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Top 10 “Runner-Friendly” Sweets

Having a sweet tooth and being a runner do not really go well together. More often than not, runners are very disciplined in sticking to a strict training regimen including a diet mostly composed of foods labeled as  low fat, protein rich, non-sugar, name it! Good thing, those days of depriving yourself when you crave for a bar of a sweet goodie is over! This list I found presents the Top 10 Best Recovery   Bars for Runners.

Best Homemade Taste
Kate’s Stash Bar
This cake of seeds and grains tastes like something that came out of a real kitchen—not a factory. Organic chocolate and peanut butter lend rich flavor, while 5 grams of fiber help curb postrun hunger pangs.

Best Granola Bar
Kashi Honey Almond Flax Chewy Granola Bar
Some granola bars are nothing but candy bars in disguise. But Kashi’s bars actually deliver muscle-mending fuel, thanks to seven whole grains (including oats, wheat berries, and barley), almonds, and flax seeds, which provide 7 grams of protein and 260 milligrams of omega-3 to reduce postrun inflammation and fight free radical damage.

Best Vegan
Vega Sport Chocolate Coconut Protein Bar
Sometimes scrupulously sourced ingredients result in a bar that tastes “healthy” rather than good—but Vega Sport’s Chocolate Coconut flavor combines 100 percent plant-based ingredients (such as sprouted brown rice, pea protein and pumpkin seed butter) into a bar that’s surprisingly delicious. Chocolate liquor and cocoa butter boost the “yum” factor, while dates, sorghum, and quinoa refuel muscles with 15 grams of complete protein and .4 grams of inflammation-quenching omega-3.


Find out the remaining “runner-friendly” sweets at Runner’s World.


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Oldest Marathoner Also Dubbed as the Oldest Traveler

Living up to 100 years is a great achievement. How much more if I told you that there’ s  a man who continues racing despite being a centenarian? This man is none other than Fauja Singh. Dubbed as the oldest marathoner, he  had garnered a new title under his belt  as the “Oldest traveller” after acing Gatwick Airport’s competition. Guess what, he won roundtrip ticket to Las Vegas for 2 plus a 3-night accomodation to a 5 star hotel in the Sin City!

“One of the most precious things in life to me is being able to see the world and have new experiences and I don’t plan to give up anytime soon so it’s great to see that Gatwick is encouraging others to do the same. My favourite travel experiences are those which have involved running a marathon. I have never been to Las Vegas but believe there is marathon there in December!”

In October last year, aged 100, Singh completed Toronto’s Scotiabank Waterfront marathon becoming the first centenarian to finish a run of that distance. In April 2012, he went on to complete the London Marathon in 7 hours, 49 minutes, at the age of 101. He has accomplished nine marathons since he began competing aged 89.


Read the full article at Breaking Travel News.


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Land on a Midfoot Strike to Reduce Impact and Injuries

Do you pay utmost attention to your foot strike when running?  While there are  various shoes in the market which aims to provide comfort and support to our tired soles, it is also said that running impact can be reduced by landing on a midfoot strike as proven by the result of a study. This article tells us  why.

Impact loading rate is essentially the speed at which ground impact is applied to the foot and leg at initial ground contact in running (for more in-depth discussion of this, read my “Facts on Foot Strike” article in Running Times), and it is of interest because previous research has suggested that high loading rates may increase the risk of stress fractures. What is interesting about this study is that they looked at the comparative effectiveness of several methods for reducing impact loading rate: 1) adopting a midfoot strike, 2) increasing stride rate by 10%, and 3) wearing racing flat shoes.

The authors took nine habitually heel striking runners and had them run trials on an instrumented treadmill in both typical running shoes at their normal cadence with their normal footstrike, and then compared impact results to those obtained under each of the three conditions mentioned above, or when all three were combined at the same time.

To learn more about adopting the midfoot strike, read the full article at Runblogger. 


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The First Ever Underwater Marathon for a Cause

Underwater marathon? Seriously?! Yes, you are not dreaming- the first ever underwater marathon.   The said underwater marathon will be held at Tröegs’s Brewery in Hershey, Pa by September 9, 2012. This  marathon aims to support  Eagle Fund in collecting funds for wounded Special Forces soldier.

“When I thought it was over and didn’t really know what to do, my family at Athletes’ Performance gave me hope to continue to do what I’ve been called to do,” said one Eagle Fund enrollee.

Athletes’ Performance, the industry leader in integrated performance training for the world’s elite athletes, works hand-in-hand with the Andrews Institute, the leaders in orthopaedics and sports medicine, to create an individualized and comprehensive Intensive Restoration Therapy program for each Eagle Fund recipient. The integrated training system incorporates performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy.


Interested in joining? Read more at Athletes Performance. 


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How to Keep your Training Motivation Intact After the Holidays

Autumn is approaching and it’s just right to say “Goodbye” to our long summer vacation.  I know that feeling, after having a vacation when you feel so drooping to go back to your routines.  That being said, it’s really alarming for a runner training for an autumn race to be left behind. So here’s some tips on how to catch up with your fallen training routine.

1.Make it sociable. If you tend to run alone, find a running buddy or group to run with. It’s much easier to stick with your plan if you know someone is counting on you to show up. In addition, you’ll find that group camaraderie is contagious and can help renew your enthusiasm for training.

2.Treat yourself to a reward for achieving a very short term goal, like completing all of your scheduled runs next week. It’s a great excuse to get a relaxing massage or buy new running gear.


Read the rest of the list for more tips on staying motivated at RunnersWeb. 


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How Can Runners Deal with Arthritis

All people reach a point of waning health and runners are no exception.  I was under the impression that arthritis is caused by wear-and-tear but I found out after reading this letter that there are different types of arthritis.  Also, some remedies were discussed in respond to this letter.

I’m a 36-year-old runner who has recently started having a lot of foot pain on my runs. Started out with plantar fascia problems that just kept getting worse as my mileage increased through the spring and summer. I took 3 weeks off and tried to heal it up. After the tenderness and swelling went away and I could roll up on my toes normally; I went for an easy run. I had a lot of pain in the bones in my foot. It never went away over the next few days. I went to a podiatrist and found out I have arthritis in the area around my metatarsals and cuboid. I’ve been icing after runs and reduced my runs to every other day and backed my pace off a bit, but I’ve been having a lot of pain. Even just walking or twisting my foot can hurt. Do you have any suggestions for relief? I’ve changed my stride some and am trying to heel strike to get my long runs in. With time off, would the inflammation and pain go away? Are my days of half and full marathons coming to an end?



Read the full article at Runner’s World. 


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New York Marathoners to Run with Bags

Undeniably, New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. This year,  New York Road Runners, the event organizer will be swinging from the marathon’s tradition. They will be removing  services to transport  marathoners’ belongings to the finish line! Would you still care to join even that means you have to run with extra weight?

“You’re seriously going to leave me in Midtown after racing 26 miles with no phone, no change of shoes and socks, no change of clothes, no money, no MetroCard, no train ticket, no ID?” Christopher Donnelly of Maplewood, N.J., wrote on the Web site, where an online petition posted. “Sounds reckless, ill considered, and irresponsible on the part of N.Y.R.R.”

Another petitioner, Jessica Ameri of Brooklyn, added: “You charge more and then remove a service, giving no one a chance to decide for themselves whether to run with this change and no way to get a refund. Terrible.”

Mary Wittenberg, the president of the Road Runners, said the plan to eliminate the bag drop was made after several years and in coordination with the city. For many years, U.P.S. hauled runners’ belongings from the starting line in Staten Island to Central Park. Last year 76 trucks were needed to transport bags for the roughly 47,000 runners in the race.


Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

Read the full article at The New York Times. 


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Can Runners Indulge Drinking After a Race?

I know some people who love grabbing a bottle or two of beers to relax but if you are training for a race, it’s a big no-no! The same rule applies after the race. So, that means you can’t have a celebratory night out without the guilt after you read this article.

Many races offer runners a celebratory beer after the run, but although completing a distance event is well worth celebrating, Higdon says alcohol isn’t the ideal prize for athletes. ”It compounds the dehydration,” he says. “[Races] offer the drinks because the runners like it and [the race] can get sponsorship money. It’s not as bad as having a cigarette company sponsor a race, but it might be the next worst thing.”

If you’re craving the taste of a refreshing beer post-race — or while you’re training — Higdon advises runners to consider a non-alcoholic brew. A 2011 study from the Technical University of Munich found that among men training for the Munich Marathon, those who drank non-alcoholic beer reported fewer illnesses and less inflammation than men who drank a placebo, suggesting that downing the occasional nonalcoholic beer could ease marathon recovery. Why? That’s not clear, but the authors speculated that the beverage might offer some healing powers because of its antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, which naturally prevent cell damage and boost immunity.

Find out why at Time Healthland.


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The Challenges of Being a Runner Mom

It must be really challenging for a pregnant runner to stick with the usual training routine. With the additional weight and physical changes, more expecting moms tend to let their passion for running go but a mother runner shares to us how she maintained running while on her pregnancy, post -partum challenges along the way, and how fulfilling it was to run carrying another person inside her womb.

I felt pretty badly, but one thing kept me going – my heart was exploding with joy because I realized how much I love running. I had tears in my eyes because I had a beautiful baby and I love running. What could I ask more?!

Also, while running, I realized that I don’t want to go back to who I was.  I can’t. My life is different now and everything has changed.   I realized that I have to run forward.   I have to find out who I am going to be now that I am not longer the same person or the same runner.  It is intriguing challenge for me. I see it like an invitation to go further and deeper, in search of who I am, and what I can do, given my new life and my new body.

Read more of her touching story at Runner’s World. 


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Running Beat-the-Heat Technique in Summer

I’ve seen a lot of runners pour water over themselves while pacing in a marathon. Is it advantageous? A research in California State University led by Colleen Munoz put 10 well trained cross country runners to the test.  It turned out that pouring cold water over oneself doesn’t necessarily boost speed.  Dr. Daniel Judelson, a senior author of the study suggested that pouring cold water over yourself will make exercising on warmer temperature more tolerable. Isn’t that obvious?

But only when cold water was poured over their heads did the volunteers report feeling blessedly cooler than in the other exercise session. They also said that the workout felt noticeably easier, and their skin temperatures were lower than in other sessions.

They did not, however, actually perform better during the five-kilometer time trial, no matter what cooling strategy they employed. Their times were generally equivalent, whether they drank cold water, were doused with it, or neither.


Read the full article at The New York Times.


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Excessive Running and Amenorrhea

Women runners out there, be warned!  - Run moderately.

I had secondary amenorrhea for five years before starting birth control to correct the problem. Am I running too much? Is this routine going to cause more harm than good to my heart and the rest of my body?

Eat like a man, you say?

 Energy balance reflects the amount of calorie taken in during the day and the amount of calorie burned in activities of daily living, keeping the body functions operating, and exercise. So an athlete might be in an energy deficit from not eating enough food or from exercising too much for the amount of food eaten. The bottom line is that even with a normal weight for height, as you have, you can still be energy deficient. The solution to the problem is to either eat more, exercise less, or some combination.Anne Loucks has devoted much of her career to this issue and simply states that to stay in energy balance and exercise hard, a woman should “eat like a man.”

Read more about running and amenorrhea at the Runner’s World. 

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Paula Radcliffe’s Head or Tail Chance of Olympics Marathon

The amazing Paula Radcliffe might not be able to compete in this year Olympics according to her coach. Don’t frown yet – we still have 50% hope. For now, we’d be crossing fingers for Paula.  Shall we toss a coin now?

Her latest health scare is a flare-up of a chronic joint problem, though Radcliffe is continuing to train with fellow GB endurance athletes at high altitude in Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees.

When she revealed the injury three weeks ago, she said: “I don’t think my participation at the Games is under threat at this stage. It’s just a case of managing it. I can run on it. It just hurts.”


Read the full article at The Telegraph. 


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Uncovering Olympians Warm Up Technique

I bet, every athlete is aiming to get the coveted grand prize. Is there a formula to optimize performance especially on the crucial moment? The formula lies on simulating the ‘rush hour’.  I swear crammer students can relate to this.  This article tells us how simulation of the final hour can help every athlete  give their best shot.

“For the athletes that I have worked with at the Olympics, we come up with a slightly different plan for our warm-up so that they can get in their normal running and exercises, just in a slightly different order,” says Mammoth Track Club head coach Terrence Mahon, whose London Olympic athletes include 1500-meter runner Morgan Uceny and 10,000-meter runner Amy Hastings. “We don’t alter this in practice, but we may do it at smaller races just so they get the hang of it. Indoor meets are usually good for this, since by nature the spaces inside are confining.”

Amy Begley, a 2008 Olympian in the 10,000, learned the warm-up itinerary only in the days leading up to her race. It entailed arriving at the practice track three hours before the race, meeting with coaches, trainers and representatives of Team USA (who ensured each athlete had their uniform, spikes, and podium outfits) and, finally, doing an easy run. With an hour to race time, the athletes were escorted to the first of four call rooms.


Read the full article at Runner’s World.


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When is the Best time to Hydrate?

There’s no doubt that runners are more efficient when charged with sports drink but when is the perfect time to drink? Eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty.  This study claims to support this statement  saying that drinking should be done at will.

British researchers had a small (nine) group of recreational runners do 10-mile time trials under three conditions: no drinking; sport drink available every two miles, with the runners told to drink as much or as little as they wanted; and sport drink available every two miles, with the runners told to drink a set amount.

The average best time was far superior in the second condition, when the runners drank only as much as they wanted. In that scenario, the average time was 71:14. That’s compared to an average time of 72:05 during the no-drink time trial and, more interestingly, an average time of 72:12 during the drink-how-much-we-tell-you trial.

Read the full article at Runner’s World.


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Listen to Faster Music for an Optimized Running Performance

Do you feel sluggish at work?  It’s time to check your playlist and find out why.  A new study done by British researchers suggests that music’s cadence plays a big role in our performance which rings true  especially for runners.

British researchers had cyclists pedal at 65 revolutions per minute (i.e., 130 pedal strokes per minute) while working at 70% of their aerobic max, which in running terms would be between recovery pace and half marathon pace. The cyclists listened to music at three tempi: faster than their pedal rate (137 beats per minute), synced with their pedal rate (130 beats per minute) and slower than their pedal rate (123 beats per minute). Although the cyclists rated their perceived effort the same in the three conditions, their oxygen cost was greater when they pedaled along to music that was slower than they were riding. Their heart rates were also slightly higher when listening to the slowest of the three music speeds.


Read the full article at Runner’s World.


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New runner? don’t know where and how to start?

Yes you got it right this is about new runners but old ones can bother looking into it as it can help them too for all their shortcomings they may be facing as a  result of overlooking these simple basic running tips. So I urge you to dig it further to come up with the solution to your problem.

It can be hard to get motivated and staying motivated can be even harder, but there are things you can do to get prepared and build your confidence up so that once you start your running regime, you can keep building and not be hampered by injury and other incidents that could stop your progress.

We all sit on the sofa from time to time and get that little feeling of guilt in the back of our minds that is telling us to get up and get active. It can be hard to get motivated and staying motivated can be even harder, but there are things you can do to get prepared and build your confidence up so that once you start your running regime, you can keep building and not be hampered by injury and other incidents that could stop your progress.

Read the full post at Medical Daily
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Distance Runner Pat Porter Passed Away

Unfortunately, we have to bid goodbye to an exemplary long distance runner in American history,  Pat Porter. Having a total of eight USA Cross Country titles, he is undoubtedly one of the most talented cross country runners of all time.  Will someone be able to beat his record? I don’t think so.

Two-time Olympic 10,000-meter runner Pat Porter and two children, which included his 15-year-old son Connor, died Thursday in a tragic plane crash near the Sedona (Ariz.) Airport around 8:30 a.m. local time.

In a release from Adams State College, where Porter was an inaugural member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame, the twin-engine plane registered in Porter’s name hit a boundary fence at the end of the Sedona Airport runway before falling down a steep mesa. The release said the plane then burst into flames upon impact at the bottom of the hill, according to Sedona Police Department Field Operations Commander Ron Wheeler. Porter’s son Connor and Connor’s friend were also killed. There were no survivors. Porter was 53.


Read the full article at USA Track and Field. 


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Usain Bolt’s Running Shoes Auctioned for Charity Cause

Would you bid for  a £50,000 running shoes? What if I told you that the owner of these shoes is none other than the fastest man on Earth – Usain Bolt ? Apparently, I found out that these shoes possess lucky charms too!

As well as winning the shoes Miss Coyne has just won a battle to save the Boy and Barrel from being sold off by its owners Punch Taverns.

She appealed in the Telegraph & Argus for 150,000 people to pledge £1 so she could buy the Boy & Barrel, in Westgate, to preserve it for future generations.

She said: “The campaign to save it worked, we got loads of support from locals and the £850 we raised to try and buy if off them went towards getting the paint job done outside.

“I’m on a winning streak. I can’t wait to buy a ticket for Friday’s big lottery!”

Read the full article at Telegraph and Argus. 


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