Your Running News Roundup

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newspaper-box.jpgNew World Record for the Marathon

About 20 years ago, I remember stumbling across a novel about three runners vying to be the first to break two hours for the marathon. At the time, Alberto Salazar had run 2:08:13 in New York (a world record later decertified). Even after that performance, I still thought breaking two hours was next to impossible. Now I’m not so sure. Haile Gebrselassie ran 2:03:59 in Berlin last month, an absolutely stunning performance. Track and Field News caught up with him after his race. Allan Wells discusses whether that barrier will ever be broken. The Science of Sports anaylzes the data from the race. Gebrselassie tells the Guardian that he can go even faster.

Hey Paula!

Paula Radcliffe, who owns the women’s world record for the marathon, explains how she battled back from injury to compete in Beijing. She tells Runner’s World exactly what happened leading up to and during the Beijing Marathon. She also discusses the relationship between age and performance with Eurosport and tells the Times how she’s running the New York Marathon for love, not redemption.

Book Reviews

A number of books related to running have recently been released. Haruki Murakami, the famous Japanese novelist, has written “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.” Liz Robbins has released “A Race Like No Other,” about the New York City Marathon. For those still basking in the Olympic glow, there is “Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World,” by David Maraniss and “Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games,” by brothers Jerry and Tom Caraccioli.

A View from the Trenches”

Terrence Mahon coaches four elite American runners: Deena Kastor, Ryan Hall, Jen Rhines (who is also his wife), and Ian Dobson. In Running Times, Mahon analyzes what happened to Hall and Dobson, as well as Kastor and Rhines in Beijing.

Quick Hits

Hana Hou, the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines, has a terrific article on a little race in Hawaii they call the Ironman Triathlon. Badger Beat, a source of information for all things related to sports at the University of Wisconsin, has a great piece on Suzy Favor Hamilton, the American middle distance runner. Gina Kolata of the New York Times describes how she is dealing with a foot injury while training for the New York Marathon. The National Post summarizes some of the more recent research related to older runners. The New York Times studies the key role that relaxation plays in athletic performance.

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