Archive for the ‘New York Marathon’ Category

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


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


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."

Touch a childs life by Supporting the fundraising of A-T Cure, by visiting their website

Its out Katie Holmes a/k/a Mrs. Tom Cruise ran at 2007 New York marathon. According to an article on Newvine, Katie Holmes was among the 40,000 thousands runners running in 2007 New York City Marathon.

Like many I did know beautiful Katie Holmes has joined our running family. Holmes had registered under an alias to keep the paparazzi away.

She finished the race in 5 hours, 29 minutes and 58 seconds. Its a long time on road but congratulation to her for beating  the standard time limit of 6 hours.

Husband Tom Cruise was not running but there to support Holmes,  he is on the photos  together with their daughter Suri with  the actress at the finishline.

When Martin Lel won the New York Marathon two weeks he did it without the usual pace setters.  I watched it live on TV as Martin of Kenya and Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco came running side by side into Central Park, a repeat of London marathon.In the end, it came down to a sprint — as it had in London — and Lel surged ahead, winning by 12 seconds, in 2:09:04.

This day every top marathon runner organises his own team of pace setters to help him/her. This time Race organizers decided not to have them to give the race a championship feel — Olympics and world championships never use them — and the athletes would have to create the pace for themselves. It was every runner for himself and may the best man win.

If the runners had used pace setters the winning time would have probably been lower. Pace setters can make a big difference to a runners pace. When Haile Gebresellasie broke the world record in berlin, he used pace setters. When Lance Armstrong ran his first New York Marathon, he ran a sub 3hrs race, an astonishing time for a first time runner. That was possible after  he assembled a pace team consisting of well known runners Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Hicham El Guerrouj.

To make running more equal, should pace setters be banned from marathons?

Fans of formula one will be interested to know Heikki Kovalainen successfuly participated in 2007 New York marathon.  He wastn favourite to win here but he is favourite to repalce Fernando Alonso at Mclaren Mercedes. He finished the 42km course in a time of 3:36.56 seconds, almost an hour and a half behind the winner.

His target before the marathon was to finish under four hours, which was enough to beat the time set by another formula one driver Jorna Trulli.

Another driver running at New York Marathon was Alex Zarnadi who was participating in the wheel chair category. If you remember correctly, he wasnt much of a success in formula one but he got much sympathies after his racing career was cut short by an accident.

 The 41-year-old Italian, who lost the use of his legs following a crash in Champ Car race in 2001 with Canadian Alex Tagliani. The impact of the crash and the injuries he sustained left him in a coma for a week.

He showed a great fighting spirit when he completed his first marathon of this kind in 1:33.17. That was more than 15 minutes behind the winner, but well within the time he had set for himself prior to taking part in the race. He finished fourth.

Zanardi’s result is impressive considering he had never used a handcycle before and had less than a month to prepare for the 26.2-mile challenge.

Just like any other runner he suffered pre race butterflies, “I was so nervous that I don’t think I slept more than three hours last night,” he tells the New York times. I’ve been in better shape, but I’m not demolished.” He managed his fears to finish fourth, thats the key, you cant eliminate fear but you can manage it.

If you watched Paula Radcliffe run to win the 2007 New York marathon you saw she was mumbling,  she was telling herself “I love you Isla” with the going getting tough as her legs tired talking to her baby kept her rythm going, she said later.

It seems motherhood instead of slowing her down, she now has a new motivation to win. Winning for baby Isla! Watch out Geti Wami, Catherine Ndereba and Svetlana Prokopcuka.

Paula Radcliffe made a triumphant return to marathon racing, Britain’s world record holder Radcliffe, running her first marathon in two years after taking a maternity break, beat Gete Wami after a race-long duel with a time of 2:23:9. “Ive had years and years of her outsprinting me, and I just thought theres no way its going to happen again today,” Radcriffe said.

Gete Wami racing 35 days afterwinning the Berlin marathon did her best to finish second and clinch $500,000 prize for women’s World Marathon major title.

In the men’s race, Martin Lel of Kenya proved lightening can strike twice when he pulled away from Moroccan Abderrahim Goumri in the last few hundred metres heading into Central Park for victory in 2:09:04. This was the second time Goumri had been outsprinted by Lel, after being outsprinted in exciting London finish earlier this year.

Goumri was shoulder to shoulder with the Kenyan but could not match his final kick.


Lance Armstrong promised us this time he will be better prepared, indeed he was. Seven-times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong reached his New York City Marathon goal yesterday by breaking two hours, 50 minutes in his second race over the distance.

I wasnt a fun of statistics in school but in actual data he finished at a time of 2:46:43, nearly a wooping 13 minutes faster than his marathon debut  last year of 2:59:36. Thats Incredible!

He was unofficially the 698th to cross the finish line among the 39,085 runners who started the race. Last year he came at position 865.

“I think I came in better prepared,” said Armstrong, “I feel better than I did last year leaving here. Last year it took me about four or five months to actually be able to run again because of my shins.”

“Last year I had no idea what to expect with 26.2 miles (42.16 km), and I paid for it.

“I’ll continue to run,” Promised the 36 year old, “For me running is the best type of workout right now because with a busy lifestyle and travel, all you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it in any city in the world.”

Lance is the man I aim to beat, if I am to beat his time of 2 hrs 46 min, it means I have to cut my personal best time of 3 hrs 6 min by 20 min next year. Game on.