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Your Running News Roundup

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newspaper1.jpgIn addition to watching a somewhat important football game in Arizona this Sunday, runners will be able to enjoy highlights of the 101st Millrose Games on television Friday (February 1, 7-8 pm ET on ESPN2) and Saturday (February 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm ET on NBC). The Millrose Games is one of the leading indoor track meets. The highlight of the evening is the Wanamaker Mile. This year’s race will include Bernard Lagat, who won two gold medals at this summer’s World Championships in Osaka, along with Galen Rupp, one of the brightest young stars in American track and field. Kara Goucher, who won a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the World Championships, will compete in the women’s mile. Both Rupp and Goucher are coached by marathoning legend Alberto Salazar.

The Odd Couple

Is your partner holding you back? An article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph considers that question. A health club surveyed its customers and found that one-fourth of them overfeed their partners and 23 percent would be suspicious of their partner’s motivation for getting fit. Your friend or partner may wish to preserve their current (unhealthy) lifestyle.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

In the dead of winter, it’s often difficult to push yourself out the door. We make excuses to justify postponing a run until another day. Now, one reason we can’t use is that it’s too cold outside. Gina Kolata of the New York Times debunks many of the cold-weather myths: breathing cold air will induce asthma, breathing cold air damages the lungs, even that you need to bundle up to the point you are warm. The Times of London features ways to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule. The Toronto Globe and Mail profiles the Club Fat Ass in Vancouver, known for “excessive running followed by excessive beer drinking.”

Stretch and Grow

Yoga has become an integral part of training for many runners. It develops the core and increases flexibility. The Canadian Press covers a Canadian business that customizes yoga for runners. The Los Angeles Times profiles an instructor who incorporates yoga into the regimens of professional athletes.

The Latest Research

The Washington Post and the Times of London note a British study that suggests that exercise might help stave off aging. According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, exercise appears to slow the shriveling of telomeres, the protective tips on the end of bundles of genes within cells. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide and it eventually dies. The New York Times reports on another British study that sought to assign point values to various behaviors. Bottom line: those with more positive activities (exercise, good diet, etc.) lived longer.

Quick Hits

The Dallas Morning News surveys various cardio machines and concludes that each of them offers benefits. The Nashua Telegraph covers findings from the current issue of Consumer Reports, which set out to find the best health clubs in the United States. In addition, the magazine investigated 10 devices frequently seen in infomercials to see if they really work.



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