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In the meantime, we continue to improve our content to increase the size of our running network and we are very happy to welcome, in our monthly newsletter, a new column dedicated to podcasting. Podcasting is a method of publishing audio programs via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe and copy podcasts to portable music players. Any digital audio player or computer with audio-playing software can then play them. Starting this month we offer "Phedippidations", a podcast of thoughts, opinions, observations and rambling diatribes composed during distance long runs. "Phedippidations is all about running", says show host Steve Runner, a self described "middle aged, middle of the pack average distance runner" who has completed ten marathons, including the "Boston Marathon" which he has run four times. Steve records much of the program on the road while he is running and each episode is dedicated to a specific theme. Produced weekly and made available for weekend long runs, "Phedippidations" can be downloaded for free.
And indeed, our running network is constantly expanding. After recently announcing the coverage of seven new territories, and welcoming in the past few months new runners from Saint Helena, Eritrea, Montserrat and Netherlands Antilles, in October Run The Planet was visited for the first time ever by fellow runners living in the Norfolk Island. Need to brush up on your geographic knowledge? Well, this island is located in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia, and after two British attempts at establishing it as a penal colony were ultimately abandoned, in 1856 the island was resettled by Pitcairn islanders, descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions. Now is a real runners' paradise.
Among the other improvements, let's quickly review the new additions to our running library.
We try to keep this newsletter interesting and as short as possible so you do not fall asleep between the lines. However, should you be nodding right now, go and check out the effects of caffeine on runners by reading the awakening article titled (what a surprise) "Caffeine and runners" now available in our Dr. Planet webpage. Should you use caffeinated gels during long runs? What about caffeine in sport drinks? Does coffee enhance performance, or is it dehydrating? Will you be able to read the whole "Run The Planet newsletter" without falling asleep? This article will tell you all you need to know (except answering the last question, of course).
And, when traveling to foreign countries, remember that our "Worldwide shoe size conversion table" could always be used as a convenient tool to find out the perfect running shoe size in over a dozen countries, including the recelty added Brazil.
Whether you are traveling or not, you need support and you must be aware that there is a time "When support hits the wall" just like a runner does when pushing themselves. And if a runner hits the wall in a race they may not feel like taking another step, well, the same is true with runner's support: they may not want to hear one word about running. What is the one thing that you can do to push through this part of training while still receiving support? Read some tips in this new article listed in our "Tales from the sidewalk" section.
Time to go running now. January is approaching soon and we have to keep training to be able to follow up on the new year's resolutions we'll come up with.
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WHERE TO RUN IN THE WORLD
Description of the month - Monterrey (Mexico)
By Val - Calzada del Valle in San Pedro is a 2.5 kilometers long pathway (one way) designed especially for runners. Shaded by trees to block the summer sun runners and walkers abound in the morning and late afternoon hours. Although the path crosses a few streets, drivers in this area are generally accustomed to stopping and watching for runners on the pathway. It is well lit in the evening and located in a very safe area of the city. It starts at Humberto Lobo and Calzada del Valle and ends at Gomez Morin.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Ann Arbor (Usa/Michigan), Athens (Usa/Ohio), Bath (United Kingdom), Bozeman (Usa/Montana), Crema (Italy), Curitiba (Brazil), DeWitt (Usa/Michigan), Foggia (Italy), Fort Worth (Usa/Texas), Huntington Beach (Usa/California), Lisbon (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), Monterrey (Mexico), Mount Angel (Usa/Oregon), Murcia (Spain), Naperville (Usa/Illinois), New Rochelle (Usa/New York), Piacenza (Italy), Salzburg (Austria), Yakima (Usa/Washington).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
WEBSITES THAT RECEIVED THE RUN THE PLANET AWARD
Mezza maratona della Concordia città di Agrigento - A webpage with information on the Agrigento half marathon in Sicily.
The Sedona Marathon Event - The Sedona Marathon Event on the marathon, half marathon, 5k, with information on things to do in the region, where to stay and race course rules and detail.
The Virgin Islands Pace Runners - Running in the Virgin Islands including: St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. Provides running calendar, results, photo and links to other local, regional and international sites.
NEW EVENTS THIS MONTH IN THE RUN THE PLANET CALENDAR
Prato (Italy), Scarpinata novembrina; Piney Point (Usa/Maryland), Lower Potomac River Marathon; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky), Anthem 5K Fitness Classic; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky), Rodes City Run; Louisville (Usa/Kentucky), Papa John's 10 Miler; Barcelona (Spain), Barcelona Marathon; Cape Town (South Africa), Guguletu Reconciliation Day 10km; Guayaquil (Ecuador), Guayaquil Marathon; Oak Harbor (Usa/Washington), Whidbey Island Marathon; Lucrino (Italy), Giralagodaverno, Un'ora di corsa intorno al lago; Vancouver (Canada), Spring Ahead Half marathon, 10k, 5k; Christiansted (Saint Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands), The St. Croix International Marathon; Sedona (Usa/Arizona), The Sedona Marathon event; Perugia (Italy), Giro podistico a tappe dell'Umbria; Cervia (Italy), Passeggiata in riva al mare; Cascina (Italy), Dall'Arno alla Verru'a; Crema (Italy), Festival nazionale del podista; Boston (Usa/Massachusetts), The Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run; Orosei (Italy), Di corsa nelle oasi di Bidderosa; Arco (Italy), Garda Trentino Half Marathon; Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy), Marcia Arcobaleno; Prato (Italy), Macinata; Alexandria (Egypt), Alexandria International Marathon; Hurghada (Egypt), Hurghada half-marathon; Shanghai (China), Terry Fox Run; Toronto (Canada), The Salvation Army Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk; Bangor (Usa/Maine), Paul Bunyan Marathon; Agrigento (Italy), Mezza maratona della Concordia Città di Agrigento; Iron River (Usa/Michigan), TV6 Rodeo Stampede; Prato (Italy), Campestre provinciale Csi (prima prova); Oslo (Norway), Sognsvann Rundt Medsols.
THE GLOBAL TELEGRAPH
• UNITED KINGDOM / A triumphant Jesper Olsen arrives in London
After running for a 661 consecutive days, covering 26,232 kilometers or about 15,800 miles (give or take a couple) and crossing four continents, a triumphant Jesper Olsen arrived in London... read more online in the November 2005 issue
• JAPAN / Highlight of Kobe women's distance meet
The 2005 Kobe women's distance meet was held at the Universiade stadium, the venue of the 1985 World University Games in Kobe, on the rainy Saturday October 15. Although five sections... read more online in the November 2005 issue
• FRANCE / St. Denis Half Marathon results
On October 2 the "St. Denis Half Marathon" was won by Denis Ndiso (Kenya) in 61:59, with Joseph Maregu (Kenya) second in 62:00, Fekadu Degefu... read more online in the November 2005 issue
• ARIZONA (USA) / Winter training in warm-weather Arizona
Do you want to get a jump on the season with a boost to your fitness or looking to get out of the snow for some warm-weather training? Team Biovail will be holding three training camps in January, February and March of 2006 in Arizona... read more online in the November 2005 issue
• FLORIDA (USA) / Registration opens for Disney's Minnie Marathon weekend
Registration is open for Disney Sports Attractions' newest event: the "Disney's Minnie Marathon weekend". The first-ever "Disney Minnie Marathon Weekend" will take place... read more online in the November 2005 issue
• USA / Individual & Team Grants and Community grants
Balance Bar is committed to helping people enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. Whether you are an individual, member of a team or part of a community organization, Balance Bar wants to help you lead a healthier, more active life while pursuing your goal. The Balance Bar Individual/Team Grants provide financial support... read more online in the November 2005 issue
• ECUADOR / Guayaquil Marathon results
On October 2nd the "Guayaquil Marathon" was won by Juan Carlos Cardona in 2:20:05, with Silvio Guerra second in 2:20:57 and Hugo Jiménez... read more online in the November 2005 issue
• USA / Free weekly podcast for runners online
"Phedippidations" a new thirty minute weekly Internet radio show is now available for downloading to computers, iPods or other mp3 audio players. "Phedippidations is all about running" said show host Steve Runner, a self described "middle aged, middle of the pack average distance runner" who has completed ten marathons... read more online in the November 2005 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:
•Should I avoid city running all together? - I run five miles every day through the streets of a major metropolitan city. I find that much of my time is spent dodging automobile traffic, and waiting for the lights to change. How can I remain safe from an accident, while at the same time maintaining my running pace and good form? Should I avoid city running all together? - Downtown Trodder
•Should I have someone look at the way I run? - I have been running for a few months now, and my daily and weekly mileage has increased to around five a day, thirty per week. As my distance has increased I have begun feeling pain across areas of my lower legs. Someone told me I should have a "gait analysis" done to see if my feet "run funny". What is the point of having someone look at the way I run? How will that help ease my pain? - Funny Feet
•Should I increase my blood volume before a race? - I understand that when we sweat, our blood volume decreases and less blood returns to our hearts to be re-oxygenated to fuel our muscles. I've read several articles about "blood doping" where elite athletes inject blood into their bodies before a race. Is this something that an average runner, like myself, who only wants to improve performance might consider? I don’t expect to win any races, and wouldn't want to "cheat", but what harm could I do by increasing my blood volume before a race? - Dopey
RUN THE PLANET LIBRARY
In "Crossing Jordan" author Adrian Fogelin addresses the complex issues of bigotry and tolerance with sensitivity and intelligence. The book is a moving, coming-of-age story of a young white girl who overcomes family prejudice and cultural differences when she befriends a black girl in a small working-class town. Twelve-year-old Cassie narrates the dramatic events that unfold when Jemmie, an African-American girl, and her family move in next door. Despite their parents' deeply held prejudice against each other's family - exemplified by the fence Cassie's father builds between their two houses - the girls find they share more similarities than differences. Mutual interests in running and reading draw them together, and their wariness of each other disappears. But when their parents find out about the burgeoning friendship, each girl is forbidden to see the other. A family crisis and celebration provide opportunities for the families to reach an understanding. Readers will find her story of how two adolescent girls, through their own example, teach racial tolerance to the adults in a small Florida town powerful and compelling. This is Fogelin's first book for children. "I was moved to write this story of prejudice after an incident in my own neighborhood. I believe strongly in the message of this book". Fogelin is also a librarian and is a fiction reader for the International Quarterly. She lives with her family in Tallahassee (Usa/Florida) - Click on the cover to order this book at a special price
Bill Dellinger calls this field, that is located in Eugene at the University of Oregon, "the Carnegie Hall of Track and Field". Included in this tape "Legends of Hayward Field" is a wide variety of references to those who have competed at this location as well as the impact Hayward Field has had on running as a sport. The six head coaches are covered, as is the greatest athletes to compete here. Dyrol Burleson was the first athlete to run under 4-minutes in the mile at this field and Oregon miler Jim Bailey is shown being the first person to break the mark in the United States (when he raced John Landy in 1956 at the Los Angeles Coliseum). Field events, women athletes, track surfaces, and Olympic Trials are all remembered. This 1991 documentary, produced by Media Craft Associates, with a running time of 28 minutes, can still be obtained from ThinkVideo.com in either Ntsc, Pal, or Secam format. Near the end of the of this production each of the Hayward Field athletes are highlighted (with the use of still images) who have obtained an Olympic medal, American or World record. The list includes: Martin Hawkins (1912, Olympic bronze, high hurdles, 15.3); Ralph Hill (1932, silver medal, 5000 meters, 14:30.0, same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen of Finland in a controversial finish); Matthew "Mack" Robinson (1936, silver, 200 meters, 21.1); Otis Davis (1960, 2 times Olympic gold: 400 meter 44.9, 4x400 relay 3:02.2; initially a basketball player, he became the first person under 45 seconds in this event); Bill Dellinger (1964, bronze medal, 5000 meters, 13:49.8 in his third Olympiad); Joaquim Cruz (1984, 800 meters, gold, 1:43.00; 1988, silver, 1:43.90); Roscoe Cook (world records in 1959 and 1960 and an additional American record in 1961); Harry Jerome (this Canadian equaled the World record of 10.0 in the 100 meters; he tore a hamstring during a semifinal heat in the Rome Olympics and won a bronze in Tokyo in 1964 behind Bob Hayes); Dyrol Burleson (World record in 1961 and several American records from 1960 to 1962); Wade Bell (American record in 1967 and World record in 1968); Steve Prefontaine (13 American records set between 1971 to 1975; arguably the most famous University of Oregon track athlete); Rudy Chapa (American record 1979); Matt Centrowitz (American record 1982); Alberto Salazar (three American records 1982). Some quotes from just a few of the many coaches and athletes who are interviewed: "It’s a community effort. It really affects the athletes that come into our great track meets. They say everybody understands what’s happening here" (Bill Bowerman); "It was a dream of mine to come here some day. I’d heard about the great bond between the crowds and the runners. How the crowds would chant and stomp their feet in unison as the runner went round and round the track. I think what makes Hayward Field so special is that you get people out there in the stands who have grown up on track and field. They are very knowledgeable. They know what’s going on and they have a love for the sport" (Alberto Salazar); "I had a couple of races in my career were the crowd got going and the competition was tight and everyone was screaming and it was as if your own will was suspended and the crowd’s wishes just took over" (Kenny Moore); "From its humble origins in 1895, to its present status as the nations finest track in the running capital of the world, Hayward Field has been a clear sample of man’s continual search for excellence, sportsmanship, endurance, and Olympic comradery. But its history has only just begun. Its horizons are expanding for the young runners who will one day become part of the legends of Hayward Field" (narrator).
Visit the "Rtp Museum" webpage with its Worldwide Gallery and World Art Tour to see more running, hiking, walking, or feet related masterpieces and where to run while visiting the city hosting the art piece
This mosaic from Gafsa, in modern Tunisia, illustrates many of the events in a Greek style athletic festival. The first and third levels of the mosaic depict events connected with the pentathlon. On the third level, center right, there is a boxing match, and at the far right a pancratian bout. The event at the center left on the bottom level is also a pancratic challenge (note that the contestants are not wearing gloves). The bags on the table with the Roman numerals XXV on them are bags of prize money, and the runners on the far right are engaged in a race with armor and torches. What is so interesting about this mosaic is the find spot, the ancient city of Capsa in North Africa, which makes it one of the best examples we have of interest in Greek style athletics in the Roman west.
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.
Chutes and ladders - A long distance training program is a lot like the old board game Chutes and Ladders. In the first few weeks of training the program seems like a ladder. The mileage goes up, your pace gets faster, and you think that the progress will last forever. But, then you hit one of the Chutes. Your mileage cuts back. You miss a workout or two and have to start a few days back. Just remember that the cycle of success is normal. Going backwards is just as important as going forward.
HOT SHOES / PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Three runners in the fog at the "Trans-Europe Foot Race" in 2003
Image © by Jürgen Ankenbrand
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RUN THE PLANET STATISTICS
0021 New running course descriptions this month 3029 Cities activated on Run The Planet 3963 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0000 New nations or territories activated this month 0242 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0031 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 2024 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0003 New links on "Running links" this month 2291 Links on "Running links"• Are you a Planeteer? - Runners are visiting Run The Planet from the following 174 countries and territories (and the list keeps growing!): Albania, 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, 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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