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Tuvalu, Niue, Cocos. That's right, news this month from Run The Planet is that there are now running course descriptions from Niue (also known as Savage Island!) and Cocos Islands, and the website is visited by runners in Tuvalu. Maybe the Tuvaluians (Tuvaluers, Tuvaluites, Tuvalese) are finding out where to run in Niue.
Also activated this month is a visual running course description for "Jogging in Tokyo" by Hiroe Takagi. Visit it and see the colorful illustration that will make you want to run that exact course.
And what about "Phil the Frog"? His weblyness just completed a visit in Akron (Usa/Ohio), where he attended the Simon and Garfunkel concert, ran in the "Akron Marathon", and played in the World Poker Tournament. All small news compared to visiting The Mall of America!! Now that is a dream come true for Phil. Read more about his adventures in his Travel Notebook. Now he is off to South Africa, probably looking for the Mall of Africa.
It's back! "The Fridge",Run The Planet's bulletin board is reactivated so post your new messages on running or traveling right away. It features now two main sections: Rtp Running (ask your general question to other runners like you) and Rtp Traveling (information for the traveling runners, divided by geographical areas). And not only that, but all of the old messages were deleted! How sad, just about as sad as how those poor Tuvaluers got there population identity messed with earlier. But there is nothing we could have done about it. The old messages that is. We could have totally avoided messing with the Tuvalese.
Don't forget also to visit the new "Worldwide Runners Connection" webpage. When traveling why not look up a fellow runner? Maybe you could run together, or obtain personalized information for the next city you visit: you can find out how the weather is first hand, and maybe you could help someone else out by becoming a friendly contact yourself. In a continuous effort to bring the running world together one step closer, and to offer all the runners a truly Friendly Contacts global service,Run The Planet has connected with some fine partners.
Do you want to read about an insane jogger? Read the "Diary of a mad jogger". Here is a funny excerpt: "A quarter of a mile nonstop! I hit the Wall of Pain! Yes, I reached the very limits of human endurance. A searing agony ripped my lungs with every labored breath. All over my body taut tendons shrieked their message of anguish along white-hot neural cords. For the life of me, I couldn't recall why I had started this running". Is she mad like angry? Did someone make her run and now she is cursing their name? Or is she mad as in lost her mind? As we all know running will make you feel that way sometimes. Read on and find out.
Either way it sounds like a job for "Dr. Planet". This month he brings you information about "Endurance eating". Success in endurance activity is a result of a multitude of genetic and physiological factors. While many of these factors are out of our control, one major player in the success of the endurance athlete is fluid and nutrient intake in and around training and competition. This article describes a few strategies for eating and drinking for a big race.
Dr. Planet also features an article highlighting a "Reflexology time line". Reflexology works on the principle that there are reflexes in both the hands and feet that are associated or connected to all the various systems, organs and glands in the body. The body is made up of 10 zones and the skillful application of therapy to a single zone will influence all parts of the body within that zone.
Last but not least, the United Kingdom is now represented in our "World Crossroads" street sign collection, for the joy of every running traveler out there.
That's all for now. Keep sending your favorite suggestions, your feedback, your ideas. And to all of you, a happy holiday season.
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Wow... another year over. But that means another year is about to begin. And 2004 is going to be wild.
Of course, I'll start the year at the inaugural "P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon". I haven't decided which distance I'll run. Guess it depends on how much I eat over the holidays!!
In February, "Marathoning for Mortals" will be released in the U.K. It's been retitled "Marathon Running for Mortals" and translated in English. Co-author Jenny Hadfield and I will be going over to help launch the book.
In March [26-28] I'll be at Jeff Galloway's new Weekend Retreat in Blue Mountain, Florida, a small settlement about 20 minutes east of Destin. The property is about a three-minute jog from the beach and a three-minute jog to a system of wonderful trails. There is a swimming pool on the property for relaxing and cooling off after a run (or instead of a run). If you'd like to join Jeff and I for a fun weekend, go to: http://jeffgalloway.com/retreats/destin.html.
And, of course, if it's April, I'm in Nashville. To celebrate the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon's fifth anniversary, we're running in a new direction. The 2004 event boasts newly designed flatter and faster courses. Three of the hardest sections of the course have been creatively eliminated - knocking out 5 miles of hills - while keeping many of the key Nashville sights on the route. If you've run before - come back, if you haven't then your in for a real running treat. Visit www.cmmarathon.com to sign up and learn more about the exciting new course. Sign up by December 31st and save $10.00 off your entry fee!
I hope you all have had a wonderful 2003. I'm looking forward to meeting many of you on my travels in 2004.
See you on the streets. Waddle on, friends...
Where to run in the world
Description of the month - San Diego (Usa/California)
By Mike Nowacki - Penasquitos Canyon is a great place to run in northern San Diego County. Take Interstate 15 north from San Diego and exit on Mercy Road headed west. Travel abour 2 miles until the road crosses Black Mountail Road. At this intersection you will see the entrance to the park Straight ahead. Enter the park. There is a $1.00 users fee. Park and you can access a 6 mile one way trail through this flat scenic canyon. I nearly always see deer, coyotes, and an occasional rattlesnake to enhance the runs excitement. This is best from October through the end of June. In July and August it tends to be hot. There is a small waterfall at about the 3 mile point which is fun to see. My sons and I alwalys find tadpoles and crayfish in the stream running through the canyon. It is a nice place to run.
New and updated cities this month on Run The Planet
Alofi (Niue), Chandigarh (India), Downey (Usa/California), Fort Worth (Usa/Texas), Goiânia (Brazil), Goiatuba (Brazil), Home Island (Cocos Islands), Louisville (Usa/Kentucky), Mexico City (Mexico), Montpelier (Usa/Vermont), Poway (Usa/California), Rochester (Usa/Michigan), San Diego (Usa/California), Stockholm (Sweden), Tampa (Usa/Florida), Terre Haute (Usa/Indiana), West Island (Cocos Islands), Williamsburg (Usa/Virginia), Wilmington (Usa/Delaware).
New nations and territories this month on Run The Planet
Cocos Islands, Niue.
Nations still missing to complete Run The Planet
(Africa) Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Guinea, Western Sahara; (Central America) Antigua & Barbuda; (Asia) Syria. Besides these nations, other territories may be missing.
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Running related links added this month to Run The Planet
Harrisburg Area Road Runners club - The Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club was founded in 1974 by a few avid runners who wanted to share ideas and provide an organized running program to interest other people in running. From that humble beginning, the club has grown to be the second largest running club in Pennsylvania! Membership now exceeds 260. A major growth factor has been the club's appeal to runners of all abilities regardless of age, sex or weekly mileage.
RunningSingles.com - Meeting people with common interests, opinions and ideas has never been easy. With today's deadlines, daily commutes, and personal duties, it is even tougher to find the time and opportunity to explore new relationships. RunningSingles.com is about bringing people together. Not just people who happen to be single, but people who already have something in common: a passion for running. So whether you are looking for a new relationship or just seeking new friendships, now you can find it in an environment populated with people like you. A rewarding way to meet that special someone who is just as interested in meeting you.
Jogging in Tokyo - A running course description on where to run in Tokyo narrated through illustrations by Hiroe Takagi.
AllSportCentral - Event calendar, registration, results, certificates, merchandise, forums and more.
Modenacorre.it - Calendar, news and pictures for road runners in Modena, Reggio Emilia and Pistoia.
Revel Sports - Fun and unique running apparel, gifts, and accessories. Running clothes are high performance and technical, promoting comfort and safety. Revel in running.
TrailRun.com - Running events covering Utah area. List for the Summer Series 5 mile to marathon. Largest being MoabMarathon.com (april), and Provo River Trail 1/2 Marathon (august).
Podistica Il Ponte - Races organized by this Italian running club. History and news of the group. Races and internal championship results.
Abington Area Benefit Race - This website is about the benefit race held annually in Clarks Summit (Usa/Pennsylvania). It gives specific information on the course, links to other websites, training, and more.
Fairmount Running Club - Fairmount Running Club is a running club in the Philadelphia art musuem area. We stress safety, fun, and social times through running.
The Reggae Marathon & Half-Marathon - Starting with a predawn, torch-lit ritual of Rastafarian drummers chanting irie blessings for runners who begin their 26.2 mile journey along Negril's famous coastline, the excitement and pace quickens to the beat of soulful reggae music. Come join us on December in Negril, the capital of casual, and enjoy the best of Jamaica.
Running events added this month to the Run The Planet worldwide calendar
Holzgerlingen (Germany) Staeffeleslauf; South Bend (Usa/Indiana) Sunburst Races; Nelson (Canada) Ameri-Cana International Relay; Prato (Italy) Festa del podista; Panama City (Panama); Barcelona (Spain) Barcelona Marathon; Cleveland (Usa/Ohio) Annual West End Chili Bowl; Olympia (Usa/Washington) Lakefair Run; Scandicci (Italy) Mezza Maratona Città di Scandicci; Sinalunga (Italy) Corridamar; New York City (Usa/New York) Runner's World Midnight Run; Sant'Annapelago (Italy) Corrida di S. Annapelago; Provo (Usa/Utah) Provo River Paved Trail Half Marathon; Boulder (Usa/Colorado) Canine Classic; Georgetown (Usa/Texas) Jameson 5K at Southwestern; Toronto (Canada) The Toronto Marathon.
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• JAPAN / Hokuriku Ekiden for women
On November 9th in Fukui, the "Hokuriku Ekiden" for women featured six stages of 6, 3, 4, 4.5 and 8 kilometers totaling 30 kilometers. Team Wacoal won in 1:36.13, followed by... read more online in the December 2003 issue
• IRAQ / Iraqi runner to compete in California
Iraqi runner Ali Hamdan Hashim Al-Bahadly will compete in this year's "California International Marathon" in Sacramento. Al-Bahadly will be the first Iraqi runner to compete internationally on behalf of his country's new government... read more online in the December 2003 issue
• NEW YORK (USA) / Race Results Weekly
On Monday November 7 1994 the first issue of "Race Results Weekly" was transmitted via fax from Editor David Monti's bedroom in Manhattan to five subscribers. It covered just three events and was only one page. Ten years later, "Race Results Weekly" (raceresultsweekly.com) reaches nearly 300 subscribers worldwide via e-mail and usually covers 50 or more events each week... read more online in the December 2003 issue
• SPAIN / Basque runner wins the Carrera Behobia-San Sebastian
On a sunny (18 °C) Spanish day between Behobia on the French border and the San Sebastian city center 150,000 lined the course to watch 11,200 in the "Carrera Behobia-San Sebastian"... read more online in the December 2003 issue
• GREECE / Run to the famous ancient stadium of Olympia
The year 2004 is a special year for Greece, as the Olympic Games return to their land of birth. On May 28th 2004, the second edition of a footrace called "Olympian Race" will be organized. The route of the "Olympian Race" links two of the most famous stadiums of ancient times, Nemea and Olympia... read more online in the December 2003 issue
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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:
•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
•How important having a running strategy really is? - Now that the Fall marathon season is coming to an end, I am hearing a lot about race strategies. Some of this talk is from elite runners who talk about "drafting" and the strategic advantages of "negative splits", but I am wondering how important having a strategy really is when it comes to racing? Isn't the only useful strategy to run faster than everyone else? - Strategic Overload
•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?
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If you are going to be one of the over 20,000 registered athletes who line up for the start of "The People's Marathon" in October, than this video is a must if you want to improve your marathon experience. The premise to this video is using the mental strategy of visualization to improve performance, yet it goes far beyond this aspect during the 30 minutes run time. With Don Kardong as your host (you may know him as a Senior Writer for "Runner's World" magazine, 1976 Olympic Marathon participant, author, or speaker) the enjoyment of touring the Capital of the United States could not be more enjoyable. Originally released in 2000, this film was updated and make current again in 2003, and is scheduled for another revision in 2004 due to all the course changes. You will see the course from the view of a pace car with the major landmarks and mile markers described along the way. Many attractions are pointed out with a bit of interesting history described. These landmarks include Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon, Potomac River, Georgetown, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, U.S. Capital Building, Union Station, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Museums, and the Iwo Jima Monument at the finish line. If this seems like a long list, remember that you are in an environment that is blanketed with history. Six tried and true tips are outlined to make your race day experience a good one: enlist in a good training program, visualize the course, adjust your training to meet specific course requirements, practice eating and drinking, stay rested, read your race information, be courteous on the course, and stick to your race plan. After watching this video you can imagine being there and if you have yet to consider running this race it will likely move up to the top of your list for next year. Race Director Rick Nealis states: "If you want to do your first marathon, you want to be pampered, want to be taken care of, if you want to feel safe, you are going to come running with the Marines". The "Virtual Marine Corps Marathon" can be ordered directly from virtualbrands.com where you will also see two other videos that cover race courses, "Virtual Chicago: The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon course video" and "Virtual Van Corlandt Park". Here is a parting word by the host, Don Kardong: "I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of the Marine Corps marathon. Watch it again if you like. Visualize it as you train and recall it on race morning. It is a long forced march, as you know, and one you will get more tired with each step. It is a struggle, no question about it, but you know what, when you reach the line your going to feel really really good. Have fun in Washington, D.C., you owe it all to the Marines, and of course to your own fortitude".
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Run The Planet Statistics
0023 New running course descriptions this month 2264 Cities activated on Run The Planet 3061 Running course descriptions on Run The Planet 0002 New nations or territories activated this month 0220 Nations and territories activated on Run The Planet 0016 New events in the worldwide running calendar this month 1311 Events in the Run The Planet worldwide calendar 0011 New links on "Running links" this month 1841 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, 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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