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One dead, 250 treated! That sums up the grueling 2007 Chicago marathon. Race day temperatures on Sunday broke the record for both starting temperature and high temperature, which were 70 degrees and 84 degrees F set in 1979.”That’s a record we’re not really that excited about,” Race Director, Pinkowski had told the media on Saturday during another press conference held to brief the media This years Chicago Marathon will remind you that running a marathons is not a fun run. It is a brutal journey that does damage to the body. In my article is marathon running good for you? I wrote how marathons can do damage if you don’t do your marathon training.  Marathons have gone mainstream and more people are running 42K.  Finishing times have gotten slower and slower over the years, which means many of the runners in these mega-events are often inexperienced and don’t know their bodies or their limits.  In the 2007 Chicago Marathon about 10,000 runners of the registered 45,000 runners opted not to start. It must have been a difficult decision for these runners to opt out even before the marathon begun. This is not giving up but knowing your limits. Of the remaining 35,000 starters, 10,934  did not finish. While only 4,000 runners were able to finish in under 3 hours 30 minutes.  Paul Gardiner, a runner from England, said the weather made for a “brutal” run.

“We were at about 18 miles and we heard they canceled it and that kind of sent a little bit of concern through the crowd,” he said. “It’s just it’s impossible to run.”

The 88-degree heat and sweltering humidity were so draining that organizers shut down the second half of the course 3 1/2 hours after the start. “We’re seeing a lot of our participants slowing,” said Pinkowski, before the decision to stop the race was made. 

My Heart and Prayers go to the family of Chad Schieber, 35, of Midland, Michigan. He collapsed while running on the South Side and was pronounced dead shortly. Chad was one of us, a marathon runner like you and me. 

Its now public that Marion Jones has admitted taking drugs to enhance her performance. She admitted in a letter to friends and relatives.  Marion Jones swallowed steroids, and lied about it, and who knows if she’s telling the whole truth now, when she says she didn’t take them knowingly, but rather was given them by her coach Trevor Graham. She almost got away with the whole lie but the truth has now come out and its only fair to her competitors to demand the medals she denied them.

A drug you can use and not get caugtht.

If you use a common steroid you will be caught thats the message the international antidoping agency is sending out! And they mean business, just look at Ben Johnson and now Poor Marion Jones. But one drug that you can use and you dont need to fear being bursted is Caffeine.

A number of studies have shown significant performance increases in various endurance disciplines, including running, following caffeine ingestion. In one study, elite runners improved their time in a treadmill run to exhaustion by 1.9 percent with caffeine. Caffeine boosted time to exhaustion in a cycling test by 15 minutes in another study.

So how does the world most widely used drug improve your  performance? It appears caffeine enhances performance in shorter events by stimulating the nervous system in ways that enable the muscles to contract faster and more efficiently. In longer events, caffeine delays fatigue by reducing the athlete’s perception of effort.

Marathon running

If you are a marathon runner and you have been searching for that magical pill to give you a lift, you may consider caffeine. It works and the good things its legal. You wont need to fear being bursted and paraded to the whole world as a warning to society. I wish Jones had read this.

Funny Catherine Ndereba

Posted: September 7, 2007 in marathon news

You have to agree with me, Chatherine Ndereba is arguably the most succesful female 26 mile marathon runner around. You might also not be aware that Catherine the great has a funny way of seeing the world. I found it tickling the answer she gave when she was asked by a Journalist

to tell the difference between racing a marathon in Osaka in winter and one in summer. With humour she said “The Osaka Marathon in the summer and winter are two different things because in winter, in January, I ran the whole race with my gloves on and with something underneath my singlet,” Ndereba said. “But, today, if I had been able to run naked I would have,” she added smiling. “Unfortunately, I could not because I knew that my daughter was watching and she would not like it if mum was running without clothes on!” 

Shock Win for Kenya

Posted: August 25, 2007 in marathon news, Uncategorized

The Athletic World Championship are already underway in Osaka. Japan is ahead of the rest of the world, that means by the time the action is ahead the rest of the world is asleep. Personally am gutted to have missed the 26 mile marathon that took place to day.

Am happy for my country man Luke Kibet who took the gold medal in the marathon. This win was a shock for many, few kenyans  expected a kenyan to win a gold in the marathon. It was along time that a Kenyan won a Gold in a major championship. This is despite the dominance of Kenyans on city marathons around the world. This non performance  when a country prides is at stake has always baffled kenyan. Critics have always accused our professioanl athletes of being motivated by money.

One thing the critics forget is that most of our athelete come from poor backgounds and running is an escape from poverty.