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There are a few things you can always count on, October always comes after September, and that the Run The Planet newsletter will bring you up-to-date on all the additions to your favorite running website,Run The Planet, of course.
Are you a vegetarian? Did you know that an athlete who consumes a poorly planned vegetarian diet may be at risk from nutritional deficiencies as well as poor physical performance? Visit "The vegetarian athlete", the new Dr. Planet article, and find out how to eat better, though once you do you may not use your poor eating habits as an excuse anymore why you are the last in a race.
If you are not a vegetarian, or even if you are, do you know which running and walking surface is best for you? Read "The ideal running and walking surface" article on Dr. Planet and compare the running surface choices and read the pros and cons. Once you discover the surface that makes you run really really fast, then you won't be last in the race.
Are you a trail runner or a road runner? If you are perplexed by this question when you are asked it at dinner parties you should take the "Trail Runner's Test", in our "Rtp Trails" section, so you can answer it with ease. Though one might assume there is some snobbery among the road runners towards the trail runners, it is surprisingly accepted to be a trail runner these days, not like in the 80's. But one thing is for sure, make sure you know which type of runner you are.
Are you from Canada? That doesn't really matter, the real question is if when you visit the Run The Planet webpage "World Crossroads", would you notice that there is a new street sign submitted for Canada. We should have a contest to see if anyone can guess. That would show us that there is at least one person out there that has visited every Run The Planet webpage, which means there is someone out there who really really really hates his/her job. Some of us at Run The Planet think this webpage is, well, whatever, and others at Run The Planet think it is an interesting way to show runners around the world what signs are created for them, and supposedly help them in crossing the street and not getting hit by a car. Obviously the latter members of Run The Planet think that you all are really stupid, and need such help.
Are you stupid? Actually, the real question is totally unrelated. Do you walk across fire? Did you know that Firewalking, next to prayer, is one of the oldest transformational tools the world has ever known. So for as long as the world has existed there have been people walking across fire. Quite interesting, read more about "The history of firewalking" on the Run The Planet "Running through History" webpage. Definitely not stupid, it is hard to believe that so many people would be doing something stupid for so long.
So there you have it. The October Run The Planet newsletter. And if you are a road running, vegetarian from Canada who needs help knowing when to cross the street to get to the firewalking session since Dr. Planet suggested that as the best running surface for you, one can only imagine how happy you are to get this newsletter.
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Fall is definitely in the air. As the temperatures cool it seems like everyone's thoughts turn to marathons. I'm no exception and this month you can find me at the Portland, Akron, Chicago, Columbus, and Marine Corps Marathons. I'm also getting ready to run the "New York City Marathon" for the first time.
The good news is that the sport and activity of running keeps getting stronger. Paul Tergat just set a new world's record for the marathon, 2:04 and change. That's moving along pretty well. And, in just the few weekends in October, over 100,000 participants will complete a marathon.
With the summer months behind me, it's time to start looking back and the year that was and thinking about the year that will be. The release of "Marathoning for Mortals", and all the publicity that went with it, certainly kept me plenty busy. I lost count, but I can tell you that I've spoken to radio stations from Alaska to Washington, DC and everywhere in between.
Those of you who are joining me for the "P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon", I hope you're training is going well. The more I hear about the race and the course, the more I'm thinking that I'll have to run it. Knowing the gang at Elite Racing, it's going to be a fantastic event.
There's much more news to share, but it will have to wait until next month. In the meantime, enjoy the journey... it's all we've got.
Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - Koloa (Usa/Hawaii)
By Kathy Sheehan - Starting at the Hyatt hotel near Poipu beach. This is a little bit rustic - almost a combination of hiking and running! Run North up the path to the cliffs (yes, I am serious!). Follow the paths North on the sand and red dirt staying as close as possible to the ocean. You have to be careful of the tree roots and rocks but the view are stunning! I fell once and discovered on the way back that it was in a religious site (a site for the fertility gods, I am told). At some point, you will have to get off the paths briefly and run on the Hyatt's golf course. About 2 miles into the run, I came across a ranch. There was a beach in the distance that I would have like to run to, but would have had to climb down a rocky ledge to get there. I wished I had more time to do it!
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Augusta (Usa/Georgia), Austin (Usa/Texas), Brunico (Italy), Campo Grande (Brazil), Derby (Usa/Connecticut), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany), Hannover (Germany), Heemskerk (Netherlands), Irvine (Usa/California), Kenosha (Usa/Wisconsin), Koloa (Usa/Hawaii), Milano (Italy), Necochea (Argentina), North Augusta (Usa/South Carolina), Richmond (Usa/Virginia), Rochester (Usa/Minnesota), Sheffield (United Kingdom), Sorocaba (Brazil), Sparrows Point (Usa/Maryland), Uberlândia (Brazil), Umeå (Sweden), Vitória (Brazil), Waasmunster (Belgium), Wallingford (Usa/Vermont), Würzburg (Germany).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Guinea, Western Sahara; (Central America) Antigua & Barbuda; (Asia) Iraq, Syria. Besides these nations, other territories may be missing.
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Running related links added this month to Run The Planet
Pearl Izumi - For over 50 years, Pearl Izumi has defined the standards for performance apparel. We develop exclusive, high performance fabrics and test our product in active use. With extensive design expertise, our developers focus on intricate details and fit, placing our products a step above the rest. We provide our customers with comfortable performance apparel, allowing the outdoor experience to become a way of life.
Run for Life - The Run for Life website offers information about our 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk and fundraising event for San Francisco Bay Area youth groups with members between the ages of 5 to 20. The event takes place in April at the University of California, Berkeley.
Slavonija i Trèanje - It is a webpage about running especially fo runners from Slavonija, in the north part of Croatia. Stories about races, pictures, food for runners, training programs and more. Everything about running.
New Zealand Walking and Adventure Festival - The New Zealand Walking and Adventure Festival is held yearly in April. It is based in Methven one hours drive south of Christchurch. There are a variety of walks and adventures to cater for all fitness levels.
Trofeo Drs Italia - This is an annual virtual race held in September. Runners belonging to the Italian branch of the Dead Runners Society all run 10k starting at the same time, either in an organized race or on a training run, then compare times and share comments on their running experience.
Peak Trail Runner - A guide to trail running in the United Kingdom's Peak District national park which includes parts of Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. Inside there is information on training routes and general advice.
Footwear of the Middle Ages - The purpose of this website is to provide a general guide to footwear in the European Middle Ages, with some examinations of footwear before that period, as well as some that came after, offering an overview of footwear technology up to 1600, and comparing later shoemaking techniques and contemporary shoemaking terminology to that currently used by archaeologists, calceologists, and museum personnel.
Burley - The website of the company producing trailers for bicycles that can be easily transformed into jogging strollers. Each Burley product is made by hand, one at a time in Eugene, Oregon, and guaranteed for life.
Shoewallet.com - Finally a place for a key or two, cash and ID while you're being active. Shoewallet.com, where each and every shoe wallet is handmade of the highest quality. Throughout the world we sell one item: a durable, lightweight wallet designed to Velcro to your shoes or boot laces.
Pose Method Clinics - Dr. Romanov offers in Switzerland his renowned three-day clinics in Geneva and Lausanne. With dozens of clinics and several competitive athletes following his coaching advice around the world, Dr. Romanov has revolutionized the way people run. Either for fun or for competitive racing, the Pose Method of Running captivates runners with its simplicity, scientifically sound approach and efficiency.
Runnersgear.com - Offering a complete line of products and accessories for runners and active lifestyle enthusiasts.
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - All the information about the "Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon" as well as online registration.
Breathless in Blisworth - This site is the diary of a runner from the United Kingdom about his training for marathons beginning with London in April.
Chicago Quarter Marathon - Visit this website for detailed race information and to register on-line for the "Chicago Quarter Marathon".
B.O.B. Strollers - Take the lightweight B.O.B. Sport Utility Stroller anywhere! Curbs, potholes, and off-road trails are no longer obstacles! Features suspension and easy compact folding with Polymer wheels.
Chariot Carriers Inc. - Chariot Carriers is dedicated to developing and manufacturing the safest, highest quality, and most versatile child carriers designed for a new generation of active families who are interested in spending their free time together outdoors, running, jogging, hiking, cross country skiing or bicycling.
Running events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
Appleton (Usa/Wisconsin) Fox Cities Marathon; Priozersk (Russia) Concept Challenge; Priozersk (Russia) Cool 100; Torreón (Mexico) Maratón Internacional Lala; Ridgecrest (Usa/California) OTHTC High Desert 50k Ultra & 30k; Toronto (Canada) Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon; Glen Rose (Usa/Texas) Cheetah Challenge Trail run; San Francisco (Usa/California) Turkey Beach Trot; Eugene (Usa/Oregon) Eugene Celebration Run; Gold Coast (Australia) Gold Coast Airport Marathon; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky) Anthem 5K Fitness Classic; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky) Papa John's 10 Miler; Hattiesburg (Usa/Mississippi) HUBfest 5K Mississippi State Championship; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky) Rodes City Run; New York City (Usa/New York) More Marathon; Rosario (Argentina) Maraton día de la Bandera; North Waterloo (Canada) Horror Hill Runs; York (Usa/Pennsylvania) York White Rose Run for Diversity, Equality, and Non Violence; Levanto (Italy) StraLevanto; Sant'Annapelago (Italy) Corrida di S. Annapelago; Madison (Usa/Wisconsin) Mad City Marathon; Virginia Beach (Usa/Virginia) Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon; Shelton (Usa/Connecticut) Commodore Isaac Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Race; Lake Ridge (Usa/Virginia) Lake Ridge Runners Memorial Turkey Trot 10K Run and 5K Fitness Walk; Taglio di Po (Italy) Quattro passi per el Tajo.
The Global Telegraph
• CANADA / Two world records in Toronto
What a day of excitement in Toronto! The sun shone, the bands played along the course, 6,000 runners from 18 countries came to run, more than $125,000 was raised for 32 charities, Lyubov Morgunova of Russia set a new women's record... read more online
• BRAZIL / Record field at Pão de Açúcar Marathon Relay
The eleventh edition of the "Pão de Açúcar Marathon relay", held in the city of São Paulo, had the record field of more than 25,000 runners. The race had a thrilling end when... read more online
• BELGIUM / Brussels City Run half marathon
On September 28 in Belgium, the "Brussels City Run" half marathon was won by Lambert Ndayikeza in 64:13, with... read more online
• FRANCE / Paris to Versailles
On September 28 in France, a massive 19,760 finished the dash from Paris to Versailles (16.3 kilometers). Francis Komu (Kenia) got the men's win in 48:33... read more online
• AUSTRALIA / Closing the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Marathon Festival, incorporating the "Sydney Marathon", the half marathon and the "10k Bridge Run", is an annual celebration of the Sydney 2000 Games. It is the only community road race that closes the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the races all crossing the world famous landmark... read more online
• AUSTRALIA / Study in asthma in athletes
Are you 18-35 years old and do you actively train? Whether you are symptom-free or you get short of breath following exercise, you may be interested in participating in a research to improve the understanding of the mechanism of asthma in athletes... read more online
• STING HELPS UNITE RUNNERS WORLDWIDE
Rocker and former school track star Sting praised the event "World Run Day" being held November 9, 2003. The worldwide event asks runners to... read more online
• LORNAH KIPLAGAT: I WANT TO BE THE BEST
Lornah Kiplagat,is the world record holder over the ten-mile distance - not to mention a winner of some of the major marathons across the globe - and is now undoubtedly one of the major stars of her sport. She spoke to Paul Grech about her career so far, what brought about the decision to start representing Holland and why getting involved in projects that help the community is so important for her... read more online
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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:
•When I run, I get the runs! Is there a solution? - When I run, I get the runs! Yesterday, during a ten-miler, I had to stop twice to relieve myself even though I had a bowel movement prior to leaving home. This is becoming a serious concern, as it seems to affect all my runs. Have you ever heard of this problem? Is there a solution that does not involve medication? - Seeking Movement Improvement
•Could you recommend the Perfect Runner's Automobile? - I'm a serious competitive runner who runs a race most every Sunday. I'm in the market to purchase a new automobile, and was hoping you could recommend some of the auto-attributes I should consider when purchasing my next car. What would make my car the "Perfect Runner's Automobile"? - Running on Overdrive
•What are the best drinks for distance runners? - For years now, I have used the typical lime green sports drink to hydrate myself during long runs. Some of these drinks are colorful and excessively sweet, others are bland and far too salty. What are the best drinks for distance runner fluid replacement? - Fueling for distance
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"The Spirit of the Marathon: What to Expect in Your First Marathon, and How to Run Them for the Rest of Your Life" by Gail Waesche Kislevitz is the companion volume to "First Marathons". It will inform, inspire, and educate any runner who wants to try the marathon, or wants to run several marathons a year. "Gail's stories bring the marathon to life!" says Grete Waitz. The author picks up where his previous fast-selling book left off: it follows up with the thirty-seven people profiled there, to see how their marathoning life has progressed since their first race. And it includes twenty-seven new first-marathon stories, as well as the stories of runners tackling their second or third marathon, and making the marathon an integral part of their lives. Plus, it includes tales of the marathon experience from immortals of the sport; and excellent advice and support for runners of all levels. These stories are lively first-person essays, oral history on the subject of running marathons. Far more valuable than dry how-to books, this is powerful, heartfelt human experience - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
This 1998 instructional video lasts 33-minutes, was produced and directed by Doug Fink, with narration by Dan Simeone, and David Anderson acting as host. Other contributors include Dr. George Dintiman who is co-author of "Speed, Third Edition" and Bob Ward, former Dallas Cowboys strength coach and masters track and field competitor. If you have wondered if you could improve your speed, then the answer shown in this video is "Yes", as long as you are willing to do the work that is outlined. After a brief overview the next nine minutes presents the five methods of assessing speed in order to identify an athlete's strengths and weaknesses. The five tests are outlined and demonstrated with precision. The tests include the 120 yard dash, leg press, leg extension/leg curls, leg hops, and quick feet test. You will be provided parameters of scoring each test using ratios, percentages, comparisons and charts that outline specifics based upon gender and age. The main concept is to identify weaknesses to devote maximum time in specific drills to correct them while maintaining the identified strengths. Specific drills to improve speed based on the assessment are outlined in five categories of training. Strength and PowerSprint Drills takes up most of this section with footage of drills done on grass as well as the track with catchy names like butt kickers, wall slide, quick heel drill, inside/outside bounding, down and offs, pull throughs, ladder drill, African dance, and drum major. Details for how many intervals make each set and how many sets to perform are outlined as well as what drills can be performed during a warm-up period. Speed Endurance Training is sports specific and involves maximum effort for a short duration with complete recovery. Over the course of the season the distance will increase while the rest decreases. Sport Loading adds extra resistance to running. This can be completed with the addition of a weigh vest, using stadium stairs, weight sleds, and harnesses training. Overspeed Training includes the use of towing with surgical tubing, downhill sprinting, and high speed treadmill. The last two minutes provides tips on the best time to take the assessment and a schedule to implement the drills for maximum benefit. The off season preparations are contrasted with the in season training to maintain strengths and build optimal speed for a successful season. If you are looking for an edge for increasing your speed, and will follow up with the effort of completing the drills, then this instructional video is a must for your program. This video is available in both NTSC format for those in North America as well as PAL format for viewers in Europe and parts of Asia.
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Run The Planet Statistics
0029 New running course descriptions this month 2214 Cities activated on Run The Planet 2963 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0217 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0025 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1280 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0016 New links on "Running links" this month 1810 Links on "Running links"From where are runners visiting Run The Planet? The following 155 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, 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, 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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