Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 18, 2009
According to CNN and other reports, three men all died of apparent heart attacks between 9 and 9:20 this morning at the Detroit Free Press Marathon and Half Marathon. They specify that one fell and died at mile 11, so perhaps his case was just a freak accident. The others died "near the finish". Since the race started at 7, that probably means that they were in the half marathon. Of course speculation has already begun about the possible causes – hyponatremia (which, though highly publicized has accounted for fewer than ten deaths at races and seems implausible after only 11-13 miles, and dehydration (which seems impossible considering the cool conditions) have already been mentioned. My best guess is that they all had underlying medical conditions and were ill-prepared for a race of that distance.
Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 14, 2009
With the NYC Marathon just around the corner, I got to thinking about some of the high profile folks who have done NYC and other marathons. Of course everyone knows about P Diddy and Oprah's much celebrated efforts, and there was also Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Will Farrell, Gordon Ramsey and lots more. Most of them are respectable efforts from folks without much of an athletic background. Edward Norton and David Blaine are in this year.
Personally, my favorite race was from Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls back at the Rock-n-Roll marathon in 2004. He "ran" 5:07:53, but before you snicker, keep in mind that Mr. Malinin stopped at each of the 26 mile markers to play drums with the bands along the way. He and the Goo Goo Dolls then headlined the post-race concert. He has a PR of 3:23:56 at races in which he didn't stop.
So what celebrity marathoners impressed you?
Yesterday was our annual pilgramage to a faraway land for the Staten Island Half. We took our Nike 26.2 crew and our happy Jack Rabbits and went for a 7-9 mile warm up before the race as their last NYC Marathon long run, so most folks weren't worried about time.
Still, our the City Coach Staten Island contingent of Lauri and Agnes was there to race. Lauri set a course PR and finished 5th in her AG with 1:45:32, while Agnes squeaked in at 1:45:30. Well done, ladies.
Today Bev and I took the Nike+ Human Race Global Car to the Staten Island Half and the Get to the Point 5k. We managed to sign some people up for the race, talk to lots of runners, play with Tom's adorable son and meet Green Light's beautiful baby. Plus we got to see how many people we could fit in the front of a Smart Car.
Keep an eye out for the cars throughout the city at a variety of running events. You can follow their whereabouts on twitter. Check out all the photos here.
Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 9, 2009
Sunday's gonna be a busy but fun day. We're heading out to scenic Richmond County County for the Staten Island Half Marathon. Our Brooklyn and Manhattan Jack Rabbit groups will be making the road trip, as will our Nike marathon crew. Everyone will cover 7-9 miles before the race and then do the race as their last pre-NYC Marathon long run. The City Coach Staten Island contingent (Lauri and Agnes) will both be racing their hometown event.
As if that weren't enough fun, the Nike+ Human Race Mobile Kiosk will be on site at the race. From Staten Island, Bev and I will go cruisin' out to Brooklyn for the Get to the Point 5k. NSQ, Glo and Tom will be racing. More importantly, Johanna and Sebastian will be making a guest appearance. Plus, we're hoping that Nate defends his title at the dance off. Read more about the race and the dance contest at Green Light's blog.
See you guys Sunday.
Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 8, 2009
Andy Warhol said we'd all have our fifteen minutes of fame. Looks like that may be the case at the Lakefront Marathon. Earlier this week, the "winning" woman was disqualified for violating the rules by accepting outside assistance when she took water from a friend outside of the official water station. (The friend apparently also ran with her for a while, which is also a violation of the rules.) Now the second woman to cross the line has been disqualified for using her ipod during the race, which is also a clear violation of USATF rules. (Until recently it was against the rules for all runners, but now USATF has bowed to pressure and the rule only applies to "elites".) At this rate, everyone's going to have a chance to be a winner.
Here's an old post that explains my stance on headphones whilst racing.
From CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
“Dan Rather was summarily shown the door by CBS when it was revealed he made a mistake in a report about President George W. Bush. No tolerance at the network of Edward R Murrow — even for the man who inherited the mantle of anchorman for the CBS Evening News from the most trusted man in America — Walter Cronkite.”
I know this isn’t exactly triathlon related but since Mr. Cafferty was involved in a hit and run with a bicycle a few years ago, I figured it counts. Plus it’s my blog. And since it’s my blog, I’ll take a page out of Alec Baldwin’s playbook.
I’ll make a deal with you Jack. You don’t suggest that an entertainer having an extramarital affair somehow disqualifies him from hosting a talk show, and “I won’t say publicly that your being convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in which you struck a cyclist and then ran two red lights while you were pursued by the police and were subsequently ordered to serve 70 hours of community service back in May of 2003 disqualifies you from posing as a ‘Man of the People’ on a major cable news network.”
Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 6, 2009
One of my favorite things is to bump into a former Jack Rabbit running program participant in the park and see that they're still running on their own. Whether it's someone who did our Beginner Running program and did their first 10k with us, or it's someone who trained for their first marathon, it's gratifying to see that they've maintained a healthy lifestyle, as opposed to crossing running a race off their bucket list and then forgetting about running. There's an interesting piece about marathoners in today's Wall Street Journal which indicates that lots of others aren't following through quite as much. Perhaps it's because too many of them build from zero to 26.2 too fast. Perhaps it's because too many people are focused on marathons in the first place, and would be healthier and happier doing 5k's, 10k's and half marathons.
Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 1, 2009
With the current weather forecast calling for “scattered thunder storms” for Saturday’s half marathon, I figured it was time to examine running in the rain. Here are a few tips:
- Mentally review my patented “you’re not made of sugar” speech. Feel free to occasionally subsitute with “we’re not a baseball team – we play in the rain.”
- If the rain is heavy, try to wear a wicking layer against your skin and a wind/water resistant layer as your outer most garment. Remember that waterproof also means non-breathing, so don’t go that route.
- Wear a hat or visor to keep the water off your face.
- Try some Body Glide or other waterproof lube to avoid chafing. Hit inner thighs, along the edge of the liner of your shorts, feet/toes, nipples, and other favorite spots.
- When you get back, take the insoles out of your shoes, open the laces, and stuff the shoes with balled up newspaper to pull out the moisture.
- Most of all – cinch ‘em up and get out there. It’s just a little water.
Please let me know how the race goes. I’ll be home and under the covers while you’re all out there racing.
Posted in Coach's CommentsSeptember 23, 2009
Details for the 2010 NYC Tri have been announced. It's July 18, which means it no longer conflicts with IMLP. On the other hand, registation opens at midnight November 1. Last year the race sold out in 22 minutes. This year's registration opens the night before the NYC Marathon, which means that there are going to be a lot of marathoners up past their bedtime. A little birdy told me that if you are running the marathon and contact the NYC Tri to compain about this, they'll make special arrangements for you.