Your Running News Roundup

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The fall road running season reached its climax last weekend with the Men’s Marathon Olympic Trials on Saturday, followed by the New York City Marathon the next day. As we neared the zenith, we were treated to unusually heavy running coverage in various media.

Gina Kolata profiled the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, a terrific project to help rebuild American distance running through group training. As most people already know, Brian Sell, who placed third, is part of the project. A number of stories focused on runners who were not necessarily the favorites to win the Olympic trials. ESPN’s new show, E60, profiled Macharia Yuot, who fled civil war in Sudan to emigrate to the United States. Yuot eventually settled in Philadelphia and attended Widener University. Shortly after he became a U.S. citizen he qualified for the Olympic trials, even though he had never run a marathon until this year. He finished in 33rd place, with a time of 2:18:56. You can read a print version of his story here.

Sports Illustrated noted how Ramadan affected Khalid Khannouchi’s training. Khannouchi finished fourth, and may yet compete in the marathon should second-place finisher Dathan Ritzenheim opt for the 10,000 meters over the marathon. The Washington Post covered Michael Reneau, who started running four years ago through a class at the University of Wisconsin called “Marathon/Distance Training.” He said he wanted an easy elective class for his senior year. Reneau finished just ahead of Yuot, in 2:18:51. Fox Sports showcased Michael Wardian, who has run 2:23:58 on a treadmill, and 2:42:22 while pushing his son in a stroller. Wardian, who briefly led the race, finished 92nd, in 2:30:54. Many local papers featured local runners in their race previews. Thus the San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed hometown favorite Meb Keflezighi’s chances, and the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado) described how Alan Culpepper might do.

Growing up, the runner I idolized more than any other was Alberto Salazar. He was willing to push his body to the limit in order to win. Sports Illustrated has an extended piece on how Salazar has fared since his prime running days, and how he nearly died after suffering a heart attack this summer. John Brant, who wrote the book Duel in the Sun about the 1982 Boston Marathon, profiled Salazar for the New York Times.

About a month ago I passed along a story about how Dunkin’ Donuts was trying to create a donut that was free of trans fats. The company eventually succeeded, but the new donut has the same amount of total fat as the old one—the trans fats have been replaced by saturated fats. As you might suspect, Dunkin’ Donuts is not alone in this. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports that other companies are doing the same thing. Kellogg swapped the trans fats in its Eggo waffle for palm oil, which is high in saturated fats. Kraft did the same thing with Oreo cookies. As the Journal notes, “The biggest danger of the trans-fat swap-out could be that consumers will eat more junk food because they think it’s healthier.”

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Jeff Galloway, who says that he has helped 250,000 runners reach their goals. Galloway is the inventor of the “run-walk” method, which intersperses running and walking to help runners grow accustomed to long distances. Galloway suggests walking is the best way to prepare for running.

As everyone knows by now, Paula Radcliffe won the New York City Marathon only nine months after the birth of her daughter, Isla. Many articles reviewed the latest medical advice on running during pregnancy and after giving birth. Check out the articles from the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

One Comment
  1. Nancy Toby on November 14th at 4:28 pm

    Michael Wardian does a marathon just about every week, it seems. He just won the OBX marathon the next weekend (Nov. 11) in 2:24.