Your Running News Roundup

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newspaper1.jpgThis Week’s Must Reads

This week we have two “must reads.” Father’s Day was a few days ago, but the Rocky Mountain News profiles Olympian Alan Culpepper and the effect that fatherhood has had on his running. It’s interesting to read how even world class athletes have to juggle the competing demands of training and family.

The New York Times examines how “grains of truth” regarding training and nutrition grow into training dictums. The article looks at what happens during physical exertion and how your body reacts.

Olympic Dreams

As we draw closer to the summer games, we see an increasing number of articles about athletes aiming for Beijing. The New York Times describes the special relationship between U.S. marathoner Blake Russell and her coach, Bob Sevene. The Register-Guard spotlights Bernard Lagat, who won both the 1500 meters and 5000 meters at last summer’s World Championships in Osaka. He may very well do the same this year in Beijing. The same paper also examines Nicole Teter’s attempt to make the team at 800 meters. The Portland Tribune looks at Kara Goucher’s career and her relationship with her coach, former marathoner Alberto Salazar. The Associated Press also has a piece on Kara Goucher. Alicia Shay, the wife of marathoner Ryan Shay, will not be going to Beijing. She injured stomach muscles while chasing her dog, according to the Arizona Republic. Husband and wife runners Ryan and Sara Hall have posted excerpts from their training logs. Ryan’s log is on Flotrack, while Sara’s appears on the New York Road Runners’ website. The Wall Street Journal takes a look back at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City to see what happened with some of the most famous athletes from those games, including Wyomia Tyus, Dick Fosbury, and Bill Toomey.

If you don’t know who Liu Xiang is, you will soon. He is the world champion in the 110 meter hurdles and one of China’s Olympic hopefuls. Liu is no longer the world record holder, however. Dayron Robles beat Liu’s record by one-hundredth of a second in Ostrava. Liu, on the other hand, was disqualified at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene and is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Some articles are devoted to the gear these athletes will be using. Both USAToday and the New York Times have articles on the Asics shoes designed by Hitoshi Mimura, the former marathoner turned shoe engineer. The soles are made of rubber and crushed rice, which supposedly provide better traction. They are designed to dissipate faster than normal shoes, which could be an advantage in China.

Health News

The Los Angeles Times dedicated an entire section to losing weight. Different articles looked at new strategies, the role of education, and what really happens on reality television. The San Francisco Chronicle studied the basics of your body’s metabolism.

Quick Hits

The Los Angeles Times looks at the growth in popularity of recumbent bicycles. The Times also has an article that could only be written in the City of Angels: a local tour company organizes running tours designed to catch glimpses of celebrities. The Washington Post considers the relationship between Washington mayor Adrian Fenty’s exercise regimen and his governing style. Even though he logs 12-hour work days, he recently set PRs for 10 miles (65 minutes) and the marathon (3:40). Devine Racing Management, which staged both the Los Angeles and Las Vegas marathons, has had some financial problems recently. Last week the company reached an agreement to sell the Los Angeles marathon to raise cash to pay off creditors. The Daily Record ran a story on the most dangerous race on earth: the Basra Half-Marathon. Never mind the heat and bugs—how about running under the threat of rocket and mortar attacks? Fifty-two soldiers recently took on the challenge to raise money for charity.

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