Archive for December, 2007

Nike Going Native Shoe

Posted: December 22, 2007 in running, running shoe

I was checking out the latest trends in running shoes when I stumbled on news that our good old Nike has a new shoe designed specifically for American Indians, its an effort aimed at promoting physical fitness in a population with high obesity rates. They call it AIR NATIVE

Feels Nolstalgic

The shoe looked familiar when I first saw it. From a far the  shoe looks like my good old Adidas old school only that this shoe has a blue Nike tick instead of the three strips of Adidas.  

The science in the shoe

Nike designers and researchers looked at the feet of more than 200 people from more than 70 tribes across america and found that in general, American Indians have a much wider and taller foot than the average shoe accommodates.

The company anticipates selling at least 10,000 pairs. It represents less of a financial opportunity than a goodwill and branding effort.

Just Do It

One of Nike brand motto is, “if you have a body you are an athlete” I think this Air Native will flatter obese American Indians. I just hope they understand a shoe is not an end but a means. So, to all Indians, GET RUNNING!

 

Santas Running “Half Naked”

Posted: December 21, 2007 in running

I read this story, Santies in their Scanties, about Runners dressed in a bathing suit, a Santa Hat and a beard.

Not bad eh

It was at this year’s Boston Santa Speedo Run on December the 15.  It’s the holiday season and many people have come up with crazy ideas of having fun.

According to their website, its a fun and unique charity event. This year they were raising money for the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime community in Boston for poor and homeless women and their children.

Each runner is asked to raise at least $250 in donations. The runner who raises the most money wins a ski weekend for two, including lodging and lift tickets.

Like one participant said, the idea is to relax and encourage others to do well.

The first place prize? Golden Speedos, of course.

 

 

Running Against Wind

Posted: December 20, 2007 in running

To read the article go to my new blog

http://dailyrunningtips.com/marathon-running/impact-of-wind-on-your-running-time/

Running Santas

Posted: December 19, 2007 in running

 On December 9th, Santas from all over UK took a break from their busy Christmas activities to see who is the fastest Santa

According to BBC.com, the race took place at Newtown, Wales, around 400 Santas turned the sleepy market side town red to slug it out for the bragging rights of the fastest Santa in UK

 
The santas ran a four-and-a-half-mile course.
The Santa Run raises around £150,000 for charity with half of the proceeds going to Dial-a-Ride and the other half to a charity of the Santa’s choice.

A team from Surrey won the best dressed Santa competition and the overall winner of the race was a man from South Wales.

He completed the course in around 22 minutes which takes some doing when you are wearing a beard and dressed as santa.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

 

 

I have moved the article to my new blog http://dailyrunningtips.com you can read it there

Warmly Constantine

Some of the most popular posts on this blog have been about Lance Armstrong adventure in marathon, his first marathon at New York marathon where he finished 2 hrs 59 min, seconds, a minute below his three hours target and his 2007 New York marathon where he incredibly slashed 13 minutes to finish in 2 hrs 46 mins. Is this a prelude to to being the best runner in the planet like he dominated cycling, winning seven tour de france?

Old is gold

At 35 years, you might think he is too old to compete with the likes of Robert Cheruiyot, World Marathon Majors Winner and Martin Lel, winner of 2007 New York and London Marathons, but keep in mind Haile Gebresellasie is 35 and he declared his intention to run the marathon at 2012 London Olympics.

A research published by Journal of Applied Physiology indicates Lance is no ordinary runner and I feel in my personal quest to beat his time I might be forced to try and run under 2 hrs 20 mins sooner or later. 

Unsual Lungs, heart and lactic acid production

Big, big heart advantage

His heart is 30% larger than average; however, an enlarged heart is a common trait for many other athletes. His heart can beat over 200 times a minute and thus pump an extraordinarily large volume of blood and oxygen to his legs.

Big Oxygen Intake

His VO2 max—a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen your lungs can take in. Lance has a VO2 max of 83.8 mL/kg/min — much higher than the average person (40-50)

Low Lactic Production

When people reach exhaustion, their muscles build up Lactic acid, which causes the muscles to stop contracting. But Armstrong’s muscles produce about half as much acid as the average person’s muscles do when they get fatigued. This allows him to recover much faster than other people.

In addition to his “good genes” Lance got to the top due to, years of incredible training, competitive experience, and obsessive drive to achieve and persevere.

Looking at his marathon performance, its clear the physical advantage is there and he might as well have brought his obsessive drive to running.

Do you think, with more experience this superhuman will run a marathon in under 2 hrs 20 minutes?

Finishing a marathon lives you feeling like that...finished. Tim Borland ran 63 marathons in 63 days. On Sept. 3 2007, Tim Borland set out on a cross-country tour. But this was no ordinary tour. Borland started in California, 63 days later, November 4, he finished New York Marathon in 3:29:42. Running world magazine was at New York and did a video to capture this heroic moment.
 

Raising money

WAHOOOO! that was the roar of all sufferers of ataxia-telangiectasia, a disease that combines the worst symptoms of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, cancer and immune deficiencies. Tim was running to raise $2 million to help find a cure for the disease.

Conquering killer Chicago

Enroute to New York Tim also ran the killer Chicago Marathon, remember the race that had to be called off after the heat became unbearable and one runner died. His Chicago marathon time, 4 hrs 16 mins.

The A-T cure team covered the the whole tour on video on their website.

At first I thought Tim, was no ordinary guy but I checked for more information I discovered he is an ordinary guy who showed us 63 marathons "YOU CAN DO IT"

He is 31 years, married with two kids, before this incredible tour he was a personal trainer in Carlifornia.

I find it hard training for one marathon in October, So how did he plan for 63 marathons in 63 days?

The following are some of his answers in an interview with USAtoday

On Physical Training

Running 15 miles a day

Food

He ate high-quality, good-sized meals, which included oatmeal, whole wheat pasta, salmon, chicken, fruits and vegetables.

Shoes

This is a runners ultimate gear, 10 pairs of Asics Gel Nimbus, broken-in prior to the Tour, running three or four times in each pair.

63 marathon is no joke but Tim reminds us  "Everything is a learning process," . "If you don't put yourself out there, you're not going to learn. This was a risk, but there's such a reward. Because of my faith, my confidence in the people around me and my relationship with Stacy Sims,(his personal coach), I believe God will provide for my needs and allow me to be successful."

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