Your Running News Roundup

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hot_off_press.jpgWe’re approaching the climax of the fall racing season, with two big races this weekend: the U.S. men’s Olympic Trials on Saturday, followed by the New York City Marathon the next day. (The women’s marathon trials will be held in Boston on April 20, 2008, the day before the Boston Marathon.) The race begins at 7:30 am Eastern time this Saturday. NBC will broadcast the race live via the Internet here. NBC will also broadcast a 30 minute highlight show at 2:00 PM.

Gina Kolata of the New York Times put together some good advice for those running a marathon. If you’ve been running a while, you’ve probably heard most of it already, but it bears repeating. Her article demonstrates that even elite athletes forget the basics sometimes. Most surprising bit of advice: pick a mantra to repeat to yourself when pain and fatigue set in. A related article describes what elite runners say to themselves during races.

Studies have shown that humans are actually not very good at multitasking, yet we now have the Walkstation, which combines a computer workstation with a treadmill. The device, which sells for $4,000, is not designed for running—the top speed is only 3.5 mph.

The PBS program NOVA has an episode entitled “Marathon Challenge,” which follows novice runners as they move from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one, and then to the Boston Marathon. The Express, the daily rag that litters the Washington Metro, has an article about the show here. It airs this week, so check it out.

U.S. News and World Report explores the proper way to recover from an exhausting race, like a marathon or triathlon. The general principles are to avoid a complete cessation of activity, and indulge yourself sensibly. Finally, whether training or following a race, be sure to get enough sleep. The Globe and Mail reports on a study that shows that people who are sleep-deprived tend to react more emotionally than those who get enough rest.

Sometimes running is the easy part. The tough part is determining how far, how hard, and how frequently to run in order to reach your goals. The Seattle Times considers how to assess your fitness and design a plan that meets your needs.

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