Archive for October, 2008

Nike Women’s Marathon – Pt. 2

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While I thought my recent commentary about Cross Fit would generate some conversation, it was actually the post about the Nike Women's Marathon controversy that got everyone talking.  That topic elicited more reader comments than my posts about cheaters, race victories, or hookers and blow.  Since the race and is still a topic of discussion, I thought I'd post the response from USA Track & Field.

Perhaps the quality about competitive running that people most love
is its ...

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When Comedy Isn’t a Joke

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I was just alerted me to this video from Crossfit Endurance. I could hardly control my laughter and was about to forward it to all my friends with the subject line ROTFLMAO, when I realized that it wasn't a joke.  For those of you who can't be bothered to click through to watch and read, here's a summary of what you're missing. 

The website shows three elite endurance athletes – Haile Gebrselassie (the greatest distance runner ...

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NYC Tri Registration

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The
9th Annual Nautica New York City Triathlon is America's premier Olympic
distance triathlon. Last year's race sold out in 7 hours 46 minutes.
Log on at 12:01 am EST so you don't get closed out.

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No Cheating Allowed?

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No cheat
Johanna just alerted us to the following information which is listed in the official NYC Marathon handbook:

Additonal (sic) chip mats from mile 16 to finish: Chip mats will be located at the start, every 5K from 5K to 40K, the half-marathon mark, and every mile between mile 16 and the finish.

The good news is that I won't have to spend a few ...

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When I’m King of the World

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In NYC, most marathon cheaters miss the 30k and 35k mats (and sometimes the 40k one too) and then miraculously return, having managed to get markedly swifter while they were absent.  That means that when the exit the Queensboro bridge at 1st Avenue, they cut over to Central Park, skipping the annoying trip up 1st Ave, into the Bronx, and down 5th Avenue.  Last night while talking to Ross and Scott at RUN NYC, I threw out the idea ...

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Mythbusters – City Coach Edition

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Anyone who has spent more than 15 seconds in a gym with me knows how much I hate the many myths and misconceptions about exercise that are perpetuated through esteemed publications like Men's Health (a/k/a Cosmo for Boys) and Muscle & Fitness (a/k/a Muscle & Fiction).  While I can't do an experiment to see if a Chevy with a rocket engine can get airborne or if Pop Rocks and soda will make your tummy explode like the TV Mythbusters ...

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SF Marathon Controversy – Talk Amongst Yourselves

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Kevin Starkes has scolded me for spending all my time studying Beer Mile stats and neglecting interesting outcomes at the Chicago and San Francisco marathons. 

In SF, the 'winner' (crossing the line 1st), finished in 3:06 yet another woman ran the same course in 2:55 and was not the overall winner! The reason
is that she was not the the 'elite' start basically saying that
there were two different races going on. In Chicago, the man who ran
the ...

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Caption Contest Winner

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NsqnytAfter much deliberation on the part of our guest judge, NSQ, she has awarded the prize to Shane, for his entry "the most comfy bike crash ever". 

It should be noted that I lobbied hard for Billy Simmons’ submission of "NSQ likes doing training rides
with Coach Cane, but occasionally has to wait for him at the top of ...

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Staten Island

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We had a formidable crowd of City Coach, Nike Run NYC and Jack Rabbit runners at the Staten Island Half today.  Most of the crew added 7-9 miles before the race in order to get their last pre-NYC Marathon long run, but we had a few notable performances among those who raced it.  Lauri Young was 3rd out of 44 runners in the increasingly tough 50-54 AG, and Agnes Zblyut set a PR.  Both ladies are Staten Islanders, so ...

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Get to the ‘Point

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Looks like a good time was had by all at yesterday’s Get to the ‘Point 5k in Greenpoint, BK.  Rumor has it that in addition to Johanna finished 2nd in the women’s field, and Nate was 8th overall, but most importantly he was the winner of the Billie Jean dance off.   Read all about it at Johanna’s blog.

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