Posted in Coach's CommentsSeptember 30, 2011
My good friend and City Coach co-founder Christopher Bergland has just written a terrific piece on bullying and athletics, entitled Underdog Powers: Activate! Considering my long-time friendship and association with Christopher, as well as my obsession with Underdog, I can't recommend it highly enough. Please give it a read.
Posted in MythsSeptember 28, 2011
No doubt it will come as a shock to learn that some advertisers make false claims. Sadly, I must report to you that exactly that the Federal Trade Commission has found Adidas/Reebok to have done just that with their claims about their Easytone shoes. The company claimed that their intentionally unstable shoes could help increase muscle tone, and that they had 20,000 hours of wear testing to prove it. But they never substantiated those claims, and the law suits started. Similar suits have been brought against Skechers and New Balance.
Today the FTC settled with Reebok for $25 million, and the company has removed claims about the shoe from their website. It will be interesting to see how Skechers and New Balance respond.
Personally, I feel that anyone who is naive enough to believe that simply wearing shoes will make you fit deserves to be ripped off, but I'm glad to see the FTC helping out.
Posted in Myths,Team Race ResultsSeptember 28, 2011
Congratulations to Adele Laboz (3:38:20 with a 6 minute negative split), Iris Shalam (4:45:39) and Kevin Starkes (2:50:19) on their results at the Berlin Marathon this weekend.
Posted in Coach's CommentsSeptember 27, 2011
It's been a few years since our previous Nike runs with Lance Armstrong. We ran with him in 2006 (famous for him leaving me for dead on the 59th St. Bridge) and 2007 (famous for him suggesting that I speak with an accent).
This time around we did another "Pied Piper Run", with yours truly as the MC. The group left Niketown with 100 or so runners, then picked up another group at Columbus Circle and another along the Westside Highway, before finishing with a rooftop party at 230 5th Ave.
The run took place on Lance's birthday, and was coordinated with his visit to the United Nations summit on non-communicable diseases. After the run he spoke briefly of his plans to race an X-Terra tri this weekend and a half iron distance tri in Texas on 10/2, which is the anniversary of his cancer diagnosis.
Check out Flickr for photos, or for extra entertainment check out the video of the TMZ reporter who vomited trying to keep up with Lance.
Saturday marked the end of the Run for the Rabbit campaign, as the six runners each completed the Hamptons Marathon. The six runners – Ali, Kim, Cipriana, Margaret, Ben and Anthony – have all trained with me for the last six month, since the big announcement at the NY Running Show. It was a very rewarding program for me, and I hope that it was equally satisfying for the runners and JackRabbit. The six runners combined to raise over $70,000 for their respective charities, and they all made it to the finish, so I consider it a positive day and a positive program. Here are some details.
- Ben finished his first marathon in 4:00:xx. He ran a smart, disciplined race and finished strong. Ben was racing for Lifebeat.
- Anthony crossed in 4:00:45. This wasn't Anthony's fastest time, but considering the many logistical obstacles that Anthony faced – and the $20,000 he raised for Uniting Against Lung Cancer. – I'd say this was a positive day for him.
- Ali's time was 4:13:37, or approximately one minute per fan she had on the course. This was Ali's first marathon, and she ran smart race. Perhaps that was due to my threats – but whatever it was, I'm pleased with the result. Ali also raised over $20,000 for the Crohn's and Collitis Foundation.
- Kim ran 4:17:03, and was also the winner of the fund raising contest, with over $20,000 going to the Ace in the Hole Foundation.
- Cipriana first marathon took 4:51:37. A year ago Cipriana didn't run. Saturday she became a marathoner. Cipriana raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
- Margaret overcame numerous nagging injuries and finished in 5:14:37, while raising money for Teach for America.
Congratulations to all six runners. Full race results are available here.
Posted in Team Race ResultsSeptember 25, 2011
We had a small but formidable group at today's Fifth Avenue Mile. Francis Laros – or "The Curveblowing Bastard Who Makes Guys Like Me Look Bad" as I like to call him – ran 4:36, which was good for 2nd place (by one lousy second) in the 45-49 age group. Matt Duelka ran his first mile since college and finished in 4:43, which was good for 9th in his AG.
Other notable performances included our friends Sid Howard (6:00 at age 72), Yumi Ogita (5:18 at age 50), Kelly Chin (5:15), each of whom was an age group winner.
Congratulations all around.
Posted in Team Race ResultsSeptember 21, 2011
Congratulations to Deanna Culbreath on her 4th place finish (1st in AG) at the Vassar Medical Center Duathlon. I'd like to think it was all my brilliant cycling guidance that led to her strong performance, but I suspect it was a combination of her hard work and the pink handlebar tape.
Posted in Team Race ResultsSeptember 19, 2011
It was another busy weekend of racing. Let's start with some impressive results at the Philadelphia Rock & Roll Half, where we had two racers and two PRs:
- Rui Guimaraes – 1:21:05
- Jeffrey Dweck – 1:36:22
Posted in Team Race ResultsSeptember 12, 2011
Congratulations to Lexi Abel (pictured here with our friend and race reporter Susannah Brouwer) on her convincing victory at the Burlington Triathlon. Lexi had the fastest run and bike of the day, and the third fastest swim. Put it all together and it makes for a 5+ minute victory. And a bottle of wine as a prize.
Posted in UncategorizedSeptember 12, 2011
The weekend results keep pouring in. This time it's Jessica Purcell, Sheila Monaghan and Fabian Gallardo at the appropriately named Toughman Tri. Fabian had his usual stellar swim and strong race, Sheila had an impressive HIM debut, and Jess finished 2nd in her age group. An impressive day all around. Congratulations Jess, Sheila and Fabian.