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How to choose a pair of running shorts - A detailed article presenting a summary of the many considerations and options related to the purchase of running shorts.
Mental strategies to train for a marathon - Of all the distance running events, the marathon presents the greatest challenges both physically and mentally. Even after completing all the required training and making it to the race site rested and healthy, arriving at the starting line in less than the ideal state of mind can have a devastating effect on your performance. Let's discuss a variety of mental strategies that will enable you to set realistic goals, complete the necessary training (in particular, the long runs), and be optimally prepared mentally for the challenges that await you in completing the marathon.
Packing tips for runners - For out of town races in particular, don't wait until the night before you travel to collect and pack needed items. Here is an aid in helping you organize and pack needed items, so you can make a list of things you wish to take and begin getting them together in the days prior to your departure.
Training to walk a marathon - Completion is the most important goal and that walking a marathon is both easier and harder than running a marathon. The amount of distance training per week is somewhat less than for running and the intensity level is quite a bit less. But, as a marathon walker, you will be on your feet and moving for a much longer time than the typical marathon runner. The bottom line is that walking marathon training is necessary and needs to fulfill the basic and specific needs for the marathon distance.
And hugs. And kisses. And the medal - At the Lausanne Marathon, in 2002, I managed to beat my wife Amy by a full 19 seconds. It was the last time. I wrote a story on that and received very different feedbacks on it from men than I received from women. The men all wrote I had done the right thing, with that final kick... a few added that I should have shot her too, so she wouldn't beat me on the next occasion. Women, in general, found my flight despicable and told me so: we should have finished the marathon hand-in-hand. Amy, conclusively, told me I had been right, that I had shown respect for the race and for her too. And she added that she would not forgive me if I ever waited for her while racing. What about me? Well... I had many thoughts about that. [By Giorgio Pogliano]
A formula to adjust your results - Based on some theory, some experience, and some modeling, here is a simple formula to scale running results and allow a fair comparison among people of diverse ages, sizes, and shapes.
RUN THE PLANET IN THE NEWS
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Auckland (New Zealand)
By Peter McConnell - This is a 15 kilometers road/trail run in the Waitakeres. It takes me about 90 minutes. This is a great run with fantastic bush, city and sea views. You need to meet someone with a car at Piha to pick you up. Park at Parnsinson Lookout on Scinc Drive, Waiatarua. That is the gravel area next to the big television mast. Run north along Scenic Drive for about 3 kilometers. The road undulates between 400-350 meters altitude and this is the hilliest part of the run and a good warm up. Take the walking trail on the left called Cutty Grass Trail. Follow this trail for about 3 kilometers to its end. It meets a dirt road called Anawhata Road. Turn right onto Anawhata road and follow it for about 7 kilometers. Near the end you get some great views over Piha beach and the Tasman Sea. You will come to clearly marked trails on the left that take you down the cliff paths to the North end of Piha beach. Run along Piha beach to Lion rock (about 2 kilometers). I like running through the sea to clean my shoes! Reward yourself with a coffee and doughnut at the Piha store.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Albany (Usa/New York), Atlanta (Usa/Georgia), Auckland (New Zealand), Bangalore (India), Boise (Usa/Idaho), Burlington (Usa/North Carolina), Chennai (India), Dallas (Usa/Texas), Dublin (Ireland), Fort Langley (Canada), Hood River (Usa/Oregon), Lima (Peru), Newton (Usa/Massachusetts), Paris (France), Park City (Usa/Utah), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Sliema (Malta), Springfield (Usa/Virginia), Trieste (Italy), Vancouver (Canada).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD
Humanlab Sports - Improve your performance, reduce your injuries and enjoy running for longer with this new unique biomechanical program. This site show you how to lengthen your stride, increase your power output of your quadricepts, help with that knee drive and reduce the pronation in your feet.
How to run barefoot and why - If you want to know how to run naturally, potentially for a century or more, without your body disintegrating from injuries, then look at the design of the human body, particularly the foot. Forget about the way shoes are designed. Most modern running shoes are not made for running naturally without injury.
RunRichmond - A place for runners, triathletes and duathletes to interact and voice an opinion. Gear reviews, race reports, updates from local clubs and organizations.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Fort Worth (Usa/Texas), The inaugural Gary Patterson Foundation 5k Run & Walk; Wilmington (Usa/North Carolina), Diligence Dash 5K; Irving (Usa/Texas), U.S. Secret Service 5K; Calgary (Canada), Hbc Run For Canada; Fort Worth (Usa/Texas), LMRA Cross Country Walk and Run; Minneapolis (Usa/Minnesota), River Race; Colorado Springs (Usa/Colorado), American Discovery Trail Marathon; Villa La Angostura (Argentina), K42 Mountain Marathon; Boulder (Usa/Colorado), Celestial Seasonings BolderBoulder; Magliano dei Marsi (Italy), Magliano di corsa; Porto Sant'Elpidio (Italy), Trofeo Giuseppe Ricci; Rieti (Italy), Mezza maratona di Rieti; Prato (Italy), Corsa salute e vita, Prato/Boccadirio; Lappato (Italy), Quattro passi in collina con lo Sherpa; Punta del Este (Uruguay), Media Maraton Internacional de Punta del Este; Gaborone (Botswana), PPC 15km King of the Hill; Allison Park (Usa/Pennsylvania), Chamber Classic; Split (Croatia), Maraton 5 gradova (Marathon 5 cities); Foxboro (Usa/Massachusetts), Foxboro Against Diabetes Run/Walk; Riga (Latvia), ACG Maratons; Seattle (Usa/Washington), Mountains to Sound Relay; Alexandria (Egypt), Alexandria Marathon Run for Them; Lima (Peru), Carrera Cívico Militar; Corbett (Usa/Oregon), Rooster Romp 5K Run / Walk; Inverigo (Italy), Marciaverde della Brianza; Montecatini Terme (Italy), Trofeo Credito Cooperativo della Valdinievole; Basiglio (Italy), Corsa della solidarietà; Bra (Italy), Vivicittà; Città di Castello (Italy), Trofeo Marathon club; Cornuda (Italy), Due rocche; Andorno Micca (Italy), Trail del Monte Casto; Roma (Italy), Villa Ada Race; Genova (Italy), Caruggincûrsa; Villa Lagarina (Italy), La Lagarina, maratonina della pace; Villa Lagarina (Italy), MiniLagarina; Villa Lagarina (Italy), Miglio Lagarino; Morlupo (Italy), Corri per la Liberazione.
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• CANADA / Marathoner to win a new car
On Sunday May 28th, one lucky "ING Ottawa Marathon" or half marathon participant could cross the finish line and get a lot more than a medal. Organizers today announced that the key to a new 2006 Hyundai Accent, courtesy of Pathway Hyundai, would be awarded to a finisher for the first time in 32 years... read more online in the April 2006 issue
• JAPAN / Ongori Phyles of Kenya wins Matsue Ladies Half Marathon
Ongori Phyles, a Kenyan who attended a Japanese high school and now runs for the corporate team Hokuren, won the "Matsue Ladies Half Marathon" on Sunday March 19. The race started under sunny sky at the start, but the rain... read more online in the April 2006 issue
• CHINA / National Cross Country Championships results
On March 11-12th in Qingzhen, the Chinese Cross Country Championships women's 4K was won by Dong Xiaoqin in 13:24, with Bao Guiying second in... read more online in the April 2006 issue
• ARIZONA (USA) / Adopt-an-Ironman
An Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling events in the world of sport, and one of the most inspiring. The event features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run (a full marathon) all in succession. The Adopt-an-Ironman that has been developed by... read more online in the April 2006 issue
• SPAIN / New course for the Barcelona Marathon
On March 26th a new course greeted the competitors of the "Barcelona Marathon". Included as scenic highlights were Las Ramblas, Camp Nou, Plaça Espanya, Plaça San Jaume, Sacred Family... read more online in the April 2006 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:
•How can I be noticeable while running in the dark? - With the days getting shorter up here in the northern hemisphere, I am forced to run at night. I live near a major city, and am concerned that automobile drivers won't be able to see me that well. What can I do to make my presence on the road more noticeable, for safety's sake, while I am running outside in the dark? - Night Runner
•How can I run a marathon to impress my new girlfriend? - I have only been running for a couple of months, but the girl I have been dating has asked me to run a marathon with her in two weeks. I have never run more than five miles and would appreciate your advice on how to best train for this race. I am not looking to win or anything crazy like that, but I do want to impress my new girlfriend. - Shorty Notice
•What is it about the marathon that is so special? - Lately I have been thinking about training for and running a marathon. When I have mentioned it to my friends, I find that they are pretty impressed that I am even considering it. What is it about the marathon that is so special? Why are so many people awed by the thought that I might run such a road race? What is this mystique all about? - International Marathoner of Mystery
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
"Nearly all the sheep ranchers in Blue Gum Valley rode horses or drove jeeps to check on their sheep. But Joshua Summerhayes liked to run... with Yellow Dog trailing behind him". For fifty years, fueled by the pumpkins from his special pumpkin patch, Joshua has been running to check on newborn lambs and rescue injured sheep. Folks say he is getting too old to run around a ten-thousand-acre ranch, but Aunt Millie knows better. "As long as he's got pumpkins to eat, he'll keep running", she says. Then Joshua hears about the "Koala-K", a race from Melbourne to Sydney. With Yellow Dog at his side and Aunt Millie cooking up his favorite pumpkin dishes, Joshua figures they can "see two cities and get in a little run as well". People laugh when old Joshua shows up in his overalls and orange gumboots, calmly nibbling a slice of pumpkin. But before long, folks start to take notice... especially Damien Dodgerelle, who everyone sees is a shoo-in to win. Inspired by a true story, a talented team packs plenty of excitement and emotion into this tale introducing a humble and generous hero who knows that winning isn't always the reason to run a race. Author Marsha Diane Arnold made an impressive debut with the multi-award-winning "Heart of a Tiger", and "The Pumpkin Runner", with Brad Sneed's vibrant energetic illustrations, is a shoo-in to win readers from New York to Sydney - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
"Ladies and gentleman, here is the result of event number nine, the one mile. First, number 41, R. G. Bannister of Exeter and Merton colleges for the Amateur Athletic Association with a time which is a new meeting and track record, and which subject to ratification will be a new English native, British National, British all-comers, European, British Commonwealth, and world record. The time, 3 minutes..." (Track announcer Norris McWhirter). You may have heard some negative comments about "Four minutes", an ESPN film, when it was originally broadcast October 6, 2005, yet the bottom line is that it is a film that can entertain you, if you allow yourself to enjoy the story. However, if you are the type that wants to nit pick this production then there are quite a few opportunities to criticize the body types and technique of the runners, fictional characterizations (coach Archie Mason & Annabelle), or a lap counter that counts the wrong way. I would recommend that folks relax and enjoy the entertainment value of this production that is "based on the true inspirational story" and written by renowned sportswriter Frank Deford. The real reason this DVD earns the right to be featured here is the excellent set of bonus features that last about an hour and were not originally broadcast. There is a traditional selection of bonus features that are commonly accepted as part of most current releases: deleted scenes, outtakes, on the set, audio commentary, and enhanced trivia track. Four additional items make owning this release a true delight. There are original interviews with both Roger Bannister (run time of 12:00) and Chris Chataway (11:30). Next there is an outstanding 15 minute short entitled "Barrier breakers" that was assembled by Cappy Productions and covers the world stage at the time including race footage and interviews with both American Wes Santee and Australian John Landy (who ran 3:58.0 on June 21, 1954 in Turku, Finland). Last, but not least, is a complete original film of the actual running of the four minute mile as provided by BBC Television (6:10). Although this footage is not brushed to perfection, it is by far the highest quality of the race that can be found in today’s marketplace. Quotes from Sir Roger Bannister: "I can remember when I was a child running barefoot on the beach and feeling the sand under my feet, the wind in my face, and a sense of joy that I could run fast"; "I always believe in races rather than time trials, but by 1953 it became perfectly obvious that the four minute mile stood in the way of these events"; "I was not run at all for five days and so felt so full of running that I couldn't believe that he was going fast enough, so I shouted ’faster’"; "The pain that you get in your legs is counteracted by the excitement of what you hope you're managing to achieve; and the crowd, of course, were then making a great deal of noise anyway, and that I suppose feeds into one’s excitement". Enjoy the movie for what it is, entertainment, and relish in the bonus features that will give you both a look back into history as well as a personal insight into these record setting men that removed the psychological barrier know as "Four minutes".
PENGUIN INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
Visit JohnBingham.com for more running pearls of wisdom from John "the Penguin" Bingham. Through his popular monthly column in Runner's World magazine, his breakthrough first book "The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life" and his best selling "No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running" the Penguin has inspired hundreds of thousands of men and women to run for fun, fitness, and self-affirmation.
Be smart, be reasonable - Not many of us wake up one morning and just love to be more active and love to stop eating so much. But, the truth is, you have no other choice. So, be smart, be reasonable. You can't change everything over night. Get out of your house a few days this week and just move your body. Later, you can add some brisk walking, and maybe even a few steps of running. But it takes time. It took me almost six months to be able to waddle for three miles.
HOT SHOES / PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Originally a simple metal bracket, the "hot shoe" is also called "accessory shoe" and has nothing to do with running. It is indeed a simple and convenient way to attach the flash unit to the photographic camera: you only need to slide the mounting foot of the flash into the hot shoe. What a great name and what a lucky coincidence for us. When we decided to open this webpage dedicated to the best running images, we could not choose a more appropriate title for it.
The "Nanisivik 100km run" on Buffin Island in the Canadian Arctic
Image © by Jürgen Ankenbrand
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0021 New running course descriptions this month 3126 Cities activated on Run The Planet 4132 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0244 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0037 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 2241 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0003 New links on "Running links" this month 2522 Links on "Running links"• Are you a Planeteer? - Runners are visiting Run The Planet from the following 176 countries and territories (and the list keeps growing!): Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaidjan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling Islands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guyana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Heard & McDonald Islands, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, 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, Turks and Caicos Islands, 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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