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Article of the Week: The Power of the Mind

Your training engages your body through running, stretching, and perhaps some weightlifting. But what are you doing for your mind? Gina Kolata of the New York Times has a fascinating piece on dissociation, or the ability to separate the mind from an unpleasant or painful experience. Elite athletes often dissociate themselves from the physical pain of running by focusing on something other than the discomfort that they feel. Some runners repeat a mantra or focus on an object in the distance.

Crunch Time

I like to comfort myself with something my physical therapist told me: to a large extent, the ability to develop a six-pack is genetic. Now, instead of cursing my lack of motivation to do a bunch of sit-ups or crunches, I can cling to the belief that I never would have gotten a six-pack, anyway. For those who remain devoted to ab work, the Los Angeles Times profiles devices meant to help you achieve that ripped look.

Willpower – It’s now or Never

Earlier this year, Tara Parker-Pope moved from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times, where she now writes the health blog, Well. It’s a wonderful blog, filled with tons of useful information on health and fitness. Last week she had a piece on willpower, a timely subject during the holidays. She noted some research that highlighted the role that blood sugar levels play. People often trade a long term payoff (a personal record) in favor of a short-term one (second helpings). Getting people to focus on the long-term goal often helps dampen the effect of the stimuli.

It’s hard to find a free treadmill at the gym in January, because that’s when people rush to sign up for memberships in order to fulfill their new year’s resolutions. By February, the equipment is open again. How do you stick to your resolutions? The Los Angeles Times offers some pointers, such as sharing your goals with others (perhaps through your blog).

Kenyan Dominance

CBC Radio One has two interesting stories this week related to running. First, Quade Hermann profiles the Brooks Canada Running Project, a Canadian version of the U.S.-based Brooks-Hanson Project. The origins of the Canadian version are remarkably similar to those of the U.S. project. Mike and Paul Dyon were fed up with the dismal performance of Canadian distance runners, so they started a new program to help promising runners. The segment describes how the program has helped Ryan Day by providing a structured environment for training. In the second story, a CBC reporter examines Kenyan dominance in distance running by participating in a local race there. The first story begins at about 8:40, and the second at about 19:40.

The Age (Australia) examines the effect of African dominance of distance running, particularly on how Australia chooses its Olympic athletes.

Sportsman of the Year

Although Sports Illustrated has already announced Brett Favre as the Sportsman of the Year, some of the magazine’s writers wrote essays that made the case for a particular athlete. Three writers cited runners. Alexander Wolff nominated Alberto Salazar, Tim Layden argued for Allyson Felix, and David Epstein made the case for Paula Radcliffe.

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