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• A running shoe in the new Monopoly - Monopoly tokens have come a long way since game designer Charles Darrow initially used buttons and pennies to move around the board. Since the origins of this game, players have plotted their course along the popular board using die-cast terriers, wheelbarrows, race cars, and even a bag of money. Now runners playing the new "Monopoly: Here & Now Edition" will have the chance to speed past "Go!" in a high performance athletic shoe.
• Compression shorts linked to infertility - Harvard researchers have recently released data that has caught the eye of tens of thousands of male runners. The increasingly popular use of "compression shorts" underneath more standard athletic attire was studied in a year long retrospective study completed by Harvard trained scientists, Edward Shields and his cohort Elijah Yarnell. Shields and Yarnell studied the sperm count of runners of varying abilities and found one hard fact that served notice: 62% reduction in viable sperm count in those runners wearing compression shorts.
• Fully recycled running shoes - They might not be the most technical running shoes, but Worn Again's recycled footwears show that it is possible to enjoy your favorite sport while respecting the environment literally head to toe.
RUN THE PLANET IN THE NEWS
Run The Planet has been mentioned in the article "Running away from home" by Jerry Kooymans, published on YorkRegion.com, on 30 April 2006.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Lausanne (Switzerland)
By Jim Pulcrano - You can start from anywhere in the Ouchy area of Lausanne (such as the Mövenpick or Beau Rivage hotels). Follow the lake road (Rhodanie) to the East (towards Geneva) and at any point along the way choose one of the roads heading up into the city (i.e. ch. de Bellerive) until you get to Avenue de Cour. Turn right until you get to a road heading back down to the lake (i.e. Avenue d'Ouchy). You can make this as long or as short as you want. You can repeat the same circuit over and over, judging your fatigue by whether you are able to continue running to the top each time, or are forced to walk. I have often used this course for hill training when I do not have time to go out into the mountains.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Ames (Usa/Iowa), Arlington (Usa/Texas), Baltimore (Usa/Maryland), Bologna (Italy), Doha (Qatar), Duluth (Usa/Minnesota), Grinnell (Usa/Iowa), Independence (Usa/Ohio), Johnson City (Usa/Tennessee), Kansas City (Usa/Missouri),Lausanne (Switzerland), Melbourne (Australia), Minneapolis (Usa/Minnesota), Pafos (Cyprus), Pamplona (Spain), Phoenix (Usa/Arizona), Rockford (Usa/Illinois), Saint Paul (Usa/Minnesota), Santiago (Chile), Topeka (Usa/Kansas), White Plains (Usa/New York), Worms (Germany).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD
Topwalks - Walking routes in Spain - The website offers 60 hiking routes in the Valencian country with detailed descriptions, maps, contour profiles, GPS waypoints, driving instructions, slide shows and photos. Photo sets on more than 800 plants. Altogether some 6000 nature photos. Updated regularly.
Arizona Road Racers - Incorporated in November 1970, as a non-profit organization to promote running for health and fitness, the club is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It produces several runs of all types annually, from 5Ks to 50 milers. In addition, the club assists at many additional runs, providing equipment and expertise to organizations to raise funds for worthwhile projects.
Velocy - Conventional footwear technologies focus on the heel as the primary support and balance system. That is why virtually every major running shoe company focuses on cushioning and shock absorption. But what if heel technologies are not the answer? What if gravity is actually a friend and not a foe? Harnessed gravitational forces can play an intricate role in velocity, acceleration and harmony in movement. The result of all forces working in synchronicity leads to increased efficiency, higher performance levels, injury prevention and comfort. Velocy has developed a technology that enables the body's center of mass to be rotated to a position ahead of vertical in the direction of travel in walking and running, and there-by allowing for maintained momentum with every stride.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Trequanda (Italy), Passeggiata tra gli olivi da Trequanda a Montisi; Albisola Superiore (Italy), Trofeo Nostra Signora della Pace; Saint Louis (Usa/Missouri), Gateway Half Marathon and Cancer Walk; Firenze (Italy), Trofeo Le Panche; Atlanta (Usa/Georgia), The 5K Creepy Corpse Crawl; Toronto (Canada), Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk; Albany (Usa/Georgia), Snickers Marathon Energy Bar marathon & half marathon; Prato (Italy), Scarpinata novembrina; Castelferretti (Italy), Marcialonga d'autunno; Falconara Marittima (Italy), Trofeo Memorial Mattioni, Grand Prix Fidal Half Marathon; Villaciambra (Italy), Trofeo Podistico Maria Santissima del Rosario; Firenze (Italy), Corri la Vita; Roccastrada (Italy), Marcia verde; Vienna (Austria), Internationaler Kahlenberglauf; Palatine (Usa/Illinois), Halloween Hustle 5k Run/Walk For Fathers; Monterotondo Marittimo (Italy), Trofeo castagna d'oro; Green Bay (Usa/Wisconsin), Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; Agnadello (Italy), La caminada dei pansecc; Albizzate (Italy), Stracascine; Vejano (Italy), StraccaVejano; Prato (Italy), Giro delle mura sotto i ponti di Prato; Murun (Mongolia), Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset; Pontassieve (Italy), Trofeo Sergio Mascherini.
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 "Shadow of the Giants" is a trail race held in California along the scenic historic trails through the Sierra National Forest
Image © by Jürgen Ankenbrand
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• CALIFORNIA (USA) / Former employee wins the Inaugural Disneyland Half Marathon
Kevin Broady posted a time of 1:11:31 to lead the field of more than 9,700 participants en route to victory in the inaugural "Disneyland Half Marathon"... read more online in the October 2006 issue
• KENYA / The Greatest Race on Earth
The Greatest Race on Earth will have a $1.5 million purse provided by the Standard Chartered Bank, and will begin with the "Nairobi Marathon" on October... read more online in the October 2006 issue
• ARGENTINA / A Patagonia 50-Mile Trail Race
Patagonia is the ideal venue for a 50-mile (80 kilometers) trail race to showcase and experience one of the most beautiful places in the world... read more online in the October 2006 issue
• WASHINGTON (USA) / Post-race online video Finish Camera
The University of Washington Medical Center Seattle Marathon 2006 is pleased to announce it will be providing a post-race online video Finish Camera for its 2006 Full and Half Marathon events... read more online in the October 2006 issue
• HAWAII (USA) / Fans get inside scoop on their cellphones
ES Interactive announced that it has teamed up with WiggleWireless to offer fans the Kona Buzz, a "fly on the wall" view of what really happens before, during and after the biggest race on the planet... read more online in the October 2006 issue
• POLAND / Flora Warsaw Marathon results
On September 17 in Poland, the Flora Warsaw Marathon had 1996 Olympic champion Josiah Thugwane (South African Republic) and defending champion Grzegorz Gajdus among a pack of... read more online in the October 2006 issue
• NEW MEXICO (USA) / Thinking pink in support of breast cancer awareness
SnowPack Chillin' Ice Packs are in the pink with their specially designed SnowPack Pink Ribbon Kit in support of breast cancer awareness. Created for ice therapy-on-the-go, the kit features the international... read more online in the October 2006 issue
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.
Running ugly - No one's training program goes exactly as planned. There is no way to know this early on how your body or your life will respond to the training. Be ready at any point to rethink your goals for the day, the week, the month, and the race. The greatest discipline is the ability to respond and change to the inevitable ups and downs of a long distance training program.
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:
•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
•When can I start running again? - I just ran my first marathon and I am completely exhausted. The race was five days ago, and my muscles still ache, and I find myself completely void of any energy. Is this normal? When can I start running again? - Feeling run-down
•Should I include the time to drink in my pace? - This might be a stupid question, but I will ask it anyway. When I am out on a 10 mile or more training run, and I am trying to keep a 9:40 to 10 minute per mile pace, should I include the time used during my water and gel stops in that pace? I have estimated that it takes me about 30 to 60 seconds to drink water and consume the gel. Since I will be doing the same thing during my marathon, should I include that I am drinking and eating during the race as part of my pace, or am I just over-analyzing? - Tolling my Time
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
Finally the first "Runner's World" book for beginning runners! The newest addition to the heralded "Runner's World" series focuses exclusively on the concerns of the tens of thousands of new runners who take up the sport every year. Recognizing that newcomers to a sport need all the help they can get, "Runner's World" now devotes an entire book to guiding the beginning runner through those challenging first days, weeks, and months. Peppered throughout with motivating tips and advice from those who have been there, this much-needed volume presents a cannot-fail program that is sure to help new runners feel and look better and have more energy and less stress. Inside you'll find: information on nutrition and how to adjust your diet to fit your new running lifestyle; training advice, including how to use cross-training, stretching, and strength exercises to keep enthusiasm up, weight down, and fitness at an optimum level; a special section for women runners. Written by the executive editor of "Runner's World" magazine and covering every problem the new runner may encounter - from choosing the right shoes to preventing injury to preparing for a race - this authoritative volume provides all the information and inspiration any novice requires to turn running into a healthy, lifetime pursuit. Amby Burfoot is the author of "Runner's World Complete Book of Running". A former Boston Marathon winner and a member of the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame, he is also the recipient of several journalism awards - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
There is no doubt that video analysis of hurdling can speed the process of development. Here is a set of elite athletic performances that were filmed during the first World Championships in Helsinki in 1983 and are still available and pertinent to running today. A 70-member team of scientists and film makers, led by Dr. Petr Susanka and Dr. Pataki, examined running, throwing, and jumping events and created an 11-tape series, including three tapes on running: sprints, hurdles, and distance (800 meters to marathon). In the "Championship Form: Hurdles" tape, both the men’s and women’s high and low hurdle events are captured in their entirety, as well as from specific points in the competition allowing specific references to reaction time, stride positioning, hurdle clearance, angular velocities, durations of rhythmic units, and much more. The serious consideration is broken down into milliseconds, plantar flexion, maximum differences between athletes, horizontal and vertical reflections of center of gravity, that any true student or coach of an event will find both fascinating and revealing. Here is a sample of the types of analysis that is presented while watching athletes in slow motion executing the skills. These quotes are all from the hurdles video: "The shortened time on the first stride is generally due to the markedly shortened duration of the support and recovery phases. These build up again in the second stride between hurdles thus adding to the total stride time. The third stride is noted for the markedly shortened time, mainly that of the recovery phase. Top hurdlers make 0.45 seconds, or slightly less, to clear the hurdles which makes the take off time little different from the previous two takeoff phases"; "The difference between the body’s center of gravity at takeoff at the highest point of the path was 11 centimeters. The culminating point was 16 centimeters ahead of and 31 centimeters above the upper edge of the hurdle"; "The average distance between takeoff and the hurdle is 2.17 meters with the maximum difference of 33 centimeters. The average distance between the hurdle and foot touch is 1.33 meters; the maximum difference, 39 centimeters. There is minimum of difference between the takeoff and landing spot (3.37-3.64 meters)"; "The action of the leading leg is of substantial importance for the path of the body’s center of gravity and its speed. The horizontal component of the speed of the leading legs’ center of gravity varied from 10 meters per second at take off to 5.6 meters per second at landing"; "The best average time of a rhythmic unit was achieved by the winner of this event, Edwin Moses, of 4.06 seconds. Moses took off 2.38 meters ahead of the hurdle. That is also his average stride length between the hurdles. The overall length of the clearance stride was 3.99 meters. The distance in the landing technique behind the hurdle with Moses is almost identical with the technique in short hurdling events". The hurdle presentation takes 28 minutes to break down a little over two minutes of hurdling action. All the athletes in the high hurdle races are shown in entirety and most of the intermediate runners are shown to some degree. Whatever your track event, there is a video in this series that can break down the specific components to aid you in your own teaching or performance. After watching these tapes you may find yourself always watching taped footage in slow motion and with your finger on the pause button.
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0025 New running course descriptions this month 3273 Cities activated on Run The Planet 4389 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0244 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0023 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 2407 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0003 New links on "Running links" this month 2719 Links on "Running links"• Are you a Planeteer? - Runners are visiting Run The Planet from the following 183 countries and territories (and the list keeps growing!): Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan. Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso. Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling Islands), Colombia, Cook Islands, 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 and 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, Norfolk Island, Norway. Oman. Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico. Qatar. Romania, Russia, Rwanda. Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, 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, 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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