Your Running News Roundup

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newspapers.jpgOne of the biggest controversies in my running club is whether to allow headphones during races. Last year USA Track and Field banned portable music players and headphones at its races. I don’t run with an MP3 player (but I don’t mind if you do). The New York Times notes that listening to music during exercise can improve results, both as a motivator and as a distraction from fatigue. The Times article then considers what characteristics to look for in a workout song.

You Don’t Know What I’m Feeling

Once, as I was training for a marathon, I was diagnosed with ITB syndrome. The doctor at my HMO prescribed naprosyn and ordered me to stop training. “But I’ll miss the marathon!” I protested. “Well,” she said, “sometimes we have to accept our physical limitations.” I’m sure that there are thousands of runners who have had similar experiences. Gina Kolata of the Times takes up the question of whether athletes should seek out doctors who are athletes themselves. After all, she notes, obese people seek out physicians who are sympathetic to their condition and women often prefer women doctors.

Hey, Paula!

One of the favorites in the women’s Olympic marathon has to be Britain’s Paula Radcliffe. Radcliffe has won the New York Marathon twice, Chicago once, and London three times. The Telegraph describes her current training schedule as she gets ready for the Olympics. A second Telegraph article notes that her preparations will include the London Marathon in April. The Times of London calls her one of Britain’s best bets for gold, and examines how she will cope with the heat.

Quick Hits

Aside from “Chariots of Fire,” I can’t name a single movie about running that has achieved mainstream success. USAToday notes that “Personal Best,” a movie from a woman’s perspective, is being released on DVD, 25 years after it was released in theaters. The article also cites three other good running movies. The Times of London debunks various myths related to losing weight, such as “Don’t eat late at night.” The Los Angeles Times describes a study that seeks to identify risk factors for stress fractures. Much has been written about the effect of alcohol, particularly wine, on long term health. The Age studies how alcohol affects your workout. Bottom line: Alcohol dehydrates you. You can figure out the rest.

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