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The Boiler-Boilermaker 15k

The Utica Boilermaker 15k goes off once again this Sunday, July 13. Currently there are over 11,000 entries, including for the first time, the governor of New York State. The Boilermaker is known for many things, including an elite international field, huge community involvement, and perhaps one of (if not the) best post-race parties around,…

An Experiment of One (Water Version)

It has been said that running training and the resulting personal performance level is an experiment of one. While there are certain general training characteristics to which all humans undoubtedly respond, the speed and level of adaptation to a specific training stimulus vary from individual to individual. Further, there is little doubt that the individual’s…

25 year-old Ryan Hall won the Olympic Trials Marathon this morning in New York City with a trials record time of 2:09:02. This was a special multi-lap course around Central Park, not the same route as will be taken for Sunday’s NYC Marathon. Hall looked fluid and at ease the entire race, breaking away from…

USATF Stretch Study

USA Track and Field, the governing body of the sport in the USA, is launching a study to determine the effectiveness of pre-run stretching on injury prevention. You can participate. From the USATF web site: USATF is conducting a study to determine the effect of pre-run stretching on running injuries. The purpose of the study…

Chicago Marathon Mind-Bending Finishes

The Chicago Marathon has been the site of phenomenal performances, but Sunday’s run produced perhaps the tightest men’s finish ever. Video here. Not to be outdone, the women’s finish was equally eye-opening and presents a valuable lesson to anyone involved in competitive sport. Video here. In spite of the flat, fast course, the times were…

Marion Jones: Steroid User

The latest from the Washington Post is that Olympic track star Marion Jones has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Track star Marion Jones has acknowledged using steroids as she prepared for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney and is scheduled to plead guilty today in New York to two counts of lying to federal agents…

New Marathon World Record

Well, running great Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopa broke Paul Tergat’s four-year-old marathon record of 2:04:55 at Berlin this morning with an amazing 2:04:26. Details here and here. This works out to an average pace of 4:44.8 per mile or 2:56.9 per km over 26.2 miles (42.2 km). Geb’s sustained energy output is mind boggling compared…

The Science of Brassiere-ology

Or when Maidenform just isn’t enough. LiveScience reports that Bras Don’t Support Bouncing Breasts. The science of brassiere design in this study refers to the biomechanics of breasts bouncing during exercise. For women with larger endowment, e.g., a pair of D-cup breasts weighing 15-23 pounds, the unrestrained movement has potential to damage the delicate supporting…

It’s the Heat AND the Humidity

Runners have a tendency to track their workout times. This can be both misleading and dangerous if you don’t figure in the effect of weather, a trap both newbies and experienced runners can fall into. Consider long runs. Last week, I went down to the local canal trail for a long run. I ran 16…

Pit Bull Denialism

“He won’t hurt you”. Check out this thread which popped up after a report of a child being killed in a pit bull attack. We can thank commenter scorp1101 for jumping right into it with the pit bulls are just fine and I know because I own one argument. The remainder of the thread is…