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Welcome Planeteers to the "Run The Planet Newsletter" for February.
Like most days, let's start out with a coffee. New this month is Giorgio Pogliano's "Looking at the outskirts of Mesopotamia", his impression of running in Kuwait City. "The sound of the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer and me, the infidel, to morning coffee. I'm in Kuwait City and it's a cool and breezy winter dawn. Winter here means you can run in shorts and T-shirt while the old folks at home look outside and are tempted to postpone their morning run till noon…" Read this Rtp Coffee complete entry and your mind will wander as if you were there with him.
Reading about Giorgio's adventures might make you want to get out in the world yourself and run, but you just don't have any friends in exotic places. Well, lament no longer, take your pick from these great resources and find runners in another country to become friends with and go visit, perhaps stay at their house and eat their food. Take a look at our Worldwide Runners Connection webpage, in collaboration with WelcomeTraveller.com, Runners' Circle and High Speed Runner, and make an effort to make friends, which is something we should do every day.
Perhaps today you are short on time. No problems, we will introduce you to someone new and that way you will be able to better yourself in just a few minutes. Which is the ultimate goal in life - isn't it? - big rewards with little effort. Visit the Planeteer Spotlight webpage and get to know Kim Byong Guk, originally from South Korea and currently in Tunisia. The Planeteer Spotlight webpage is truly entertaining and it lets you get to know someone just like you, who is living a life completely different than you are. If you would like to be featured in our spotlight webpage we would love to hear from you.
As our day progresses it is time, like every day, to wonder "What am I missing out on?", "What are they selling that I should buy to solve all my problems, or at least one of them?" Just as you were hoping, Dr. Planet has the answer. In the latest article, "Recovery from hard exercise", Dr. Planet will examine the hype surrounding recovery nutrition and commercial recovery foods. Question such as "how important is proper nutritional recovery?" and "how essential are these products to my performance?" will be addressed. That makes for a good day, reading what a doctor says about your health and running performance. Everyday is good when you get to talk about yourself - and someone will listen, even if they are paid to.
It seems like time for a run, and that should not be hard because as of today Run The Planet offers more than three thousands suggestions on where to run. Going for a run is no challenge, the tough part comes after the run, the relaxation. We all know that meditation is one of the best ways to relax, but for some it creates anxiety - which really makes it hard to relax. Visit the new entry on the Walk The Planet webpage and find how Walking meditation offers you an opportunity to let all the stresses of the day go, while at the same time completing your workout, or being an activity in itself.
And now that you are relaxed the last thing to do today is - try your luck in the Win a Stroller contest that Run The Planet is currently running. It is super easy and the prizes are super super. Just submit a running course description and your name will be entered to win a Ditto stroller by our favorite sponsor Dreamer Design. A jogging stroller is great for running and walking exercise. What if you don't have kids to stroll around? Don't think a Dreamer Design stroller is not for you - how many times would you like to have jogged down to the market and pick up milk? Well with a Dreamer Design stroller you don't have to steal shopping carts anymore, so enter your description to win one today.
That brings us to the end of our Run The Planet day. We hope that you liked it and now go spread the joy. And keep running the planet.
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2004 is off with a bang. The new "P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon" in Phoenix was a smashing success. What a great sight with nearly 30,000 participants achieving their dreams.
I spent the week after the race in meeting with good friends John and Alice Corbett. Somehow, John managed to get us an invitation to observe a day of orthopedic surgery. We were allowed into the operating room and got to watch a shoulder repair and a couple of knee surgeries. Watch for more details in an upcoming column.
It's time to get out the calendars and start making your plans for the year. I've got several very special events coming up, and I hope you can join me for one, two, or all of them.
March 27-28: Galloway Weekend in Destin Florida. www.jeffgalloway.com
April 3: The inaugural Capital City Half Marathon, Columbus, Ohio
April 24: The Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon, Nashville, TN
May 8: The Indy Mini Half Marathon, Indianapolis, IN
June 6: Suzuki Rock and Roll Marathon, San Diego, CA
June 20-26: The Runner's Cruise: www.runnerscruise.com
June 28-July 2: Escape to Alaska: A week in Ketchikan
That ought to be enough to keep you busy. I know it's enough for me. For all the details on all the events and activities, go to www.johnbingham.com
I'll see you on the streets. Waddle on, friends...
WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Queenstown (New Zealand)
By Sarah Payne - If you are heading toward the Remarkable ski field, turn off at the road to Kelvin Heights. This is called Peninsula road and runs along the far side of the Frankton arm of Lake Wakatipu. There is a 4-wheel drive track/gravel road going off Peninsula road (about 5 kilometers in from the road heading toward the Remarkable ski field). It heads up Deer Park Heights, this is sign posted from Peninsula road. It is uphill all the way to the top, has no toilets or water stops and can be under snow in the depths of winter, but... it has great views in all directions at the top, is the spot of some Lord of the Rings filming and has deer and llama and shetland ponies grazing along the sides of the road (all very friendly!). A great 4 kilometers up (approximately) and even better down. Enjoy the views.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Cassano d'Adda (Italy), Castelfidardo (Italy), Centerville (Usa/Ohio), Claremont (Usa/California), Clinton (Usa/New York), Dallas (Usa/Texas), Dayton (Usa/Ohio), De Pere (Usa/Wisconsin), East Islip (Usa/New York), Fukuoka (Japan), Gold Coast (Australia), Granada (Spain), Guadalajara (Mexico), Hayama (Japan), Kirkland (Usa/New York), Kuwait City (Kuwait), Medicine Hat (Canada), Mexico City (Mexico), Monterrey (Mexico), Nottingham (United Kingdom), Oakwood (Usa/Illinois), Queenstown (New Zealand), Sanford (Usa/North Carolina), Torino (Italy), Udine (Italy), Utica (Usa/New York), Valencia (Venezuela).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Benin, Chad, Guinea, Western Sahara; (Central America) Antigua & Barbuda; (Asia) Syria. Besides these nations, other territories may be missing.
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD Run-A-Way athletic club - This website is the local UsaTF Ofc & Running Club in San Antonio, Texas, with information for the Run-A-Way Athletic Club's calendar.
The Washington Running Club - The Washington Running Club, founded in 1974, is a group dedicated to the sport of running, team and individual competion and the fellowship of training hard throughout the year. Our website offers maps and directions to many excellent training routes and organized group runs. Our membership includes individuals from all over the world and we welcome anyone visiting or moving to the area to come out and meet us for a run.
Hind - For almost thirty years, Hind has been known as an original and leading innovator of technical apparel for athletes, and has continued to define the industries standards for performance apparel.
Hayes & Harlington Road Runners - Hayes and Harlington Road Runners are based in Hayes, West London, specialising in distances from 5k to the marathon, welcoming new male and female members regardless of age or ability.
Atletiek Vereniging Sparta - Website of the Sparta athletics club in the Zuiderpark. Includes calendar of forthcoming events, training schedules, and contact information. The website is in Dutch only.
Oregon Track Club - Oregon Track Club has been at the heart of track and field in Eugene since its inception. Founded to provide track meet officials and offer post-graduate support for University of Oregon athletes, the club has grown to meet the needs of athletes of all ages and abilities. Through its efforts, Eugene has played host to three U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, the 1989 World Veterans' Championships, AAU/TAC/USATF Championships, NCAA Championships and the annual Prefontaine Classic. Due in part to Oregon Track Club's continuing dedication, Hayward Field is considered one of the finest pure track facilities in the world. Local citizens and vistors are invited to compete every July in Wednesday evening youth track and field meets (12 and under), and ages 13 on up are invited for the July Thursday evening track and field meets - both are held at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus at the corner of 15th and Agate Streets. Other racing events sponsored by OTC are on our online calendar.
Running Commentary - Running Commentary started life as a weblog of my attempt to run the "London marathon" in 2002. I'd done no significant exercise for 30 years but had to run a marathon four months later. The site then continued to take in the "Chicago marathon" later in 2002, and has continued ever since. It now tries to offer help, advice and counselling to other running newbies and general oddballs from the world of running.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Palmerston North (New Zealand) Super Seven Series; Valencia (Spain) Volta a Peu a Benimaclet; Forlì (Italy) Camminata sulle colline forlivesi; Montreal (Canada) Standard Life Marathon; Palmerston North (New Zealand) Super Seven Series II; Firenze (Italy) Vivicittà, Firenze Half Marathon; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) St. Malachi's Run; Prato (Italy) Scarpinata per le colline pratesi; Philadelphia (Usa/Pennsylvania) Roman Run; Palmerston North (New Zealand) Super Seven Series III; San Maurizio al Lambro (Italy) Marcia di San Maurizio; Dicomano (Italy) Coppa Carnevale; Pieve a Nievole (Italy) Correndo con Stefania; Lyon (France) Lyon Marathon; Prato (Italy) Trofeo Asm spa Prato; Palmerston North (New Zealand) Super Seven Series IV; Iolo (Italy) Trofeo Polisportiva Jolo Black-out; Forlì (Italy) Telethon; Prato (Italy) Campionato italiano Vigili del Fuoco, Prova campionato interzonale Prato Pistoia; Casalguidi (Italy) Tre Valli Casaline; Tassullo (Italy) Quattrovilleinfiore; Palmerston North (New Zealand) Super Seven Series V; Maser (Italy) Corsa podistica Tra ulivi e ciliegi; Firenze (Italy) Trofeo Polisportiva Nave; San Francisco (Usa/California) Home Depot San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K; San Francisco (Usa/California) Emerald Nuts Across The Bay 12K; Palmerston North (New Zealand) Super Seven Series VI; Porcari (Italy) Sgambata porcarese; Cascina (Italy) Dall'Arno alla Verru'a; Montefiridolfi (Italy) Corsa podistica di Montefiridolfi; Palmerston North (New Zealand) Super Seven Series VII; Livorno (Italy) Marciagiro delle colline livornesi; Verdello (Italy) Tri pass inturen a Erdel; Genova (Italy) Maratona del Mare di Genova; Zola Predosa (Italy) Trofeo Centro polivalente Lolli Auto; Quarrata (Italy) CronoCaserana; Viedma (Argentina) Desafio de los Valientes; Cairo (Usa/West Virginia) Ridge Runner Marathon; Rovaniemi (Finland) Santa's Arctic Circle Marathon; Siena (Italy) Trofeo Libertas; Biella (Italy) Skyrace Biella-Monte Camino; Colorado Springs (Usa/Colorado) Alex Hoag Run for Sunshine; Baltimore (Usa/Maryland) Home Depot Port to Fort; Fort Irwin (Usa/California) Blackhorse Marathon; Juneau (Usa/Alaska) Frank Maier Marathon & Douglas Island Half Marathon.
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• NETHERLANDS / Rabobank Goed Beter Best Loop results
Here are the results of the half marathon "Rabobank Goed Beter Best Loop" held on Sunday January 25, 2004 in Best... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• INDIA / Africans dominate the Afro-Asian Games
On October 28-30 in Hyderabad, the first Afro-Asian Games distance races, not surprisingly, were dominated by Africans. The men's 5000 meters was won by... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / New false start rule adopted
Effective January 1, the United States Track & Field association has amended its false start rule to conform with those introduced last year by the IAAF. The new rule calls for the first false start... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• BRAZIL / Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo cebelebrated their special dates with road races
Brazilian largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, celebrated their most special dates with road races. The "Marvelous City" honored San Sebastian... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• CALIFORNIA (USA) / The City of Los Angeles Marathon will offer The Challenge
The March 7th edition of the "City of Los Angeles Marathon" could see either a male or female winner going home with prizes worth at least U.S. $ 101,400... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• WISCONSIN (USA) / Four new events every year
Midwest Sports Events is a new non-profit fitness organization originating out of Wisconsin that has just launched the website www.midwestsportsevents.com. This organization will be introducing new events in the Midwest area as well as training programs... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• CALIFORNIA (USA) / Online networking website for athletes
AthleticMeet.com has launched an online networking service focused on matching athletes and fitness enthusiasts for dating, friendship, workout partners, and more... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• NETHERLANDS / Egmond aan Zee half marathon
The thrirtysecond edition of the "Egmond aan Zee half marathon" - held on Sunday January 11, 2004 - was one of the most difficult in its history. After three kilometers through the village... read more online in the February 2004 issue
• Weekend runner's retreat
Nancy Clark will be joining Jeff Galloway at a Weekend Runner's Retreat on Friday March 12th through Sunday March 14th, 2004... read more online in the February 2004 issue
RUN THE PLANET MAIL
While you were running did you ever have a question? Did you ever have an opinion about something and ask yourself "Is it just me?"? Did you ever come up with a great idea and wonder if you could just tell everyone the world would be a better place? Did you ever have a revelation and want to share it with others? Well now is your chance to address any one of these question, and basically anything else you come up with while you are running. To hear an opinion, or run an idea past someone. Visit the "Rtp Mail" webpage to receive an answer to your running related questions or to read an opinion about your running thoughts. Here are the last three question asked:
•At what point can I consider myself a true runner? - I have only been running for a short time, a few miles every other day. I enjoy my time on the road, and am looking forward to my first 5 kilometers road race in a few weeks. To date, I don't feel much like a "runner", rather I feel like a novice in this sport, or perhaps merely a casual jogger. At what point can I consider myself a true "runner"? - Jog-ner or Run-ger?
•What are the new techno-gadgets for runners? - Every year a set of new technologies and technological gadgets go to market with the promise of helping runners perform better and limit running related injuries. Some of these new technologies seem like good ideas, but many of them become outdated quickly and fade away. What new products have come out that I may not have seen? - Techless in Techtown
•Am I traveling back in time when I run? - A physics professor once told me that Einstein's theory of special relativity proved that traveling back in time is possible, and occurs when a person is in motion. If this is true, am I actually traveling back in time when I run? Would that make my running shoes a primitive sort of time machine? - Running out of Space-Time
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
"Running in Literature: A Guide for Scholars, Readers, Runners, Joggers and Dreamers" is the first history of running as a literary subject, and in the hands of Roger Robinson, it is informative, original, and wonderfully entertaining. Running is an important element in some of the world's great books, from the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" of Homer to the novels of Thomas Hardy and James Joyce. Famous poems about running and runners extend from Pindar and Ovid, Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling, and A. E. Housman, to contemporary American writers. Their story is told with the knowledge and insights of a world-class literary critic and world-class runner. Here (at last) is the real story of the origins of the marathon; here is the mythic heroine Atalanta, running with her golden apples through the history of literature; here are running episodes in the Bible, and the great epic poems of Spenser, Milton, and Pope; here are "smock race poems", an 18th-century mix of learned mock-heroic and lingerie soft porn; here are running devils, dwarfs, saints, cannibal priests and convicts. For the first time, the great running texts of Ancient Greece and Rome are translated by a runner for runners, in contemporary versions that convey their vividness, humanity, and humor. The book reveals how the modern sport of cross-country was inspired by a novel, and shows running scenes in modern authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Bernard Malamud, Elmore Leonard, W. H. Auden, and Tom Stoppard. Here are pioneering surveys of crime mystery stories with a running background, of the many specialist running novels of the last thirty years, of nonfiction running books, and the massive juvenile literature. Along the way we run unexpectedly into such great literary characters as Hamlet, Richard III, Elizabeth Bennet from "Pride and Prejudice", Hiawatha, Alice, a Wilkie Collins wife-murderer, H.G. Wells’s invisible man, and the one-legged pirate Long John Silver. This erudite and original book creates a new field in sports literature. Amusing and extremely readable, it is an important work of scholarship, an outstanding piece of creative writing, and an essential book about running. - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
If you are looking for a unique gift for the runner in your life (or simply to treat yourself, there is nothing wrong with that either) then this marathon package may be the answer for you. I know of no other set that includes a video, T-shirt, booklet, bars, gels, drinks, lotions, sunscreen, and more in one convenient location. Whether you are considering running your first marathon or are wanting to improve your previous best, this marathon survival kit will have something to offer you. The centerpiece of this package is the video that was written and hosted by Don Kardong. You may know of his work from a variety of places: 1976 Olympic marathon, senior writer for "Runner's World", coach, author, speaker, race director, past president of the Road Runners Club of America, the list goes on and on as he has been involved in the sport of running for over three decades. Looking inside this video you will be taken from considering the marathon distance to creating a plan to make this dream come true. Many workouts are explained as well as the benefit from each. Of course other essentials are not overlooked like mental preparation, nutrition, shoes, and coping with injury. Race day is examined to allow you the benefits of an experienced runner's rituals, even if this is your first time at this distance. (Remember: the most common mistake is running faster during the first few miles when you are feeling great). The 21 page booklet that comes with this video is loaded with supporting information including a sample training schedule, race weekend packing list, marathon evening checklist, and other resources both in print and on the web. To order this complete package that is sure to please visit www.vbvideo.com. This 2003 release has a cast of thirteen with Britt Brewer and Judy Van Raalte bringing their past running video experience in the roles of executive producers. Mark Archer completes the production as producer, director, and editor of this well rounded program. "Think about the marathon for a minute. It's a long ways. It requires you to keep moving your legs at a fairly quick rate. It drains your radiator, and empties your fuel tank. It's mentally challenging. The key to survival then is to teach your body and mind to handle these stresses. Prepare and you will survive".
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RUN THE PLANET STATISTICS
0027 New running course descriptions this month 2314 Cities activated on Run The Planet 3146 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0222 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0045 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1456 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0007 New links on "Running links" this month 1869 Links on "Running links"From where are runners visiting Run The Planet? The following 156 countries and territories (and the list keeps growing!): American Samoa, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaidjan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Cocos (Keeling Islands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldavia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Polynesia, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, former U.S.S.R., Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City state, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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