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Adam Jacobs – Founder of The Final Sprint – Dies Unexpectedly »

I would like to take a moment to share some sad news. Adam Jacobs of The Final Sprint has passed away. About Mark IocchelliAlso known as the “Running Blogfather”, I’m a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I’m running double the mileage with no pain – and I’m getting […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

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New 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 About […]

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The Olympics are Underway I can’t begin to highlight all of the articles related to the Olympics. The printed media are full of articles related to the environmental conditions in Beijing. It’s also difficult to keep up with last minute withdrawals and suspensions. There are three worth noting, however. About Old School Runner Mail | […]

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Olympic Dreams The Olympics are less than two weeks away. Track and field events don’t start until August 15. (You can find the schedule of events here.) I can’t tell you who will win every event, but I will predict that athletes from Ethiopia will likely win a lot of medals in the distance events. […]

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The Thrill of Victory The Olympic Trials ended last week and there were a number of great stories. In my opinion, the top three were the effect of requiring athletes to meet the Olympic A standard no later than the end of the trials, the magnificent performances by Bernard Lagat, About Old School Runner Mail […]

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Olympic Trials…and Tribulations We’ve reached the halfway point in the Olympic track and field trials. You can find the television schedule here. Readers will undoubtedly have their own favorites, but to me the three most interesting stories are About Old School Runner Mail | Web | More Posts (28)

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This 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 […]

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Olympics Update Can you believe it? The Beijing Games are just about 60 days away. The shortest and longest distances in track and field are the 100 meters and the marathon. There was big news in both events. About Old School Runner Mail | Web | More Posts (28)

The IOC: Humanitarianism or Hypocrisy? »

Amidst the recent commotion surrounding silencing athletes’ political views at the summer Olympics, I thought it might be fun to read the Olympic Charter. This is what I came across on page 11 of the Charter. About Lee Miller D.C. 9536 – 87 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3J1 Phone: (780) 426-6777 Fax: (780) 469-6930Mail | […]

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9536 - 87 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3J1 Phone: (780) 426-6777 Fax: (780) 469-6930

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Olympic Dreams A number of periodicals covered the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to allow Oscar Pistorius of South Africa to compete in the summer Olympics. Pistorius, a double amputee, runs with carbon fiber prosthetics, called blades. In order to run in the Olympics, however About Old School Runner Mail | Web […]

Las Vegas Marathon in Financial Trouble »

The dirty laundry of some big city marathons is being aired in public. Oddly enough, the organizers of the Las Vegas Marathon figure in many of the recent controversies. About Mike AntonucciI ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to […]

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

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ESPN profiles U.S. marathoner Ryan Hall, who will lead the U.S. charge in Beijing. Learn how he overcame setbacks to become one of the world’s best runners. About Old School Runner Mail | Web | More Posts (28)

Blowing the Cover Off Diva Night »

Until last week, I thought running was about shin splints, pasta, sweat, fartleks and “the wall.” Now I’ve learned that for some of you it’s also about clothes, jewelry, hors d’oeuvres, and fine wines. About Mike AntonucciI ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), […]

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

Is an Olympic Boycott the Answer? »

Anyone with a hint of news savvy knows by now that the Olympics are in trouble. About Ryan BaumMail | Web | More Posts (2)

Your Running News Roundup: Early Edition! »

We’ve been fortunate to witness some incredible performances in the last eight days. On April 13, Martin Lel won an exceptionally fast London Marathon in 2:05:15, beating his own course record. The first seven men all ran under 2:09. About Old School Runner Mail | Web | More Posts (28)

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We are less than four months away from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The big spring marathons are almost upon us. The Boston Marathon is April 21, and the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials will be held in Boston the day before. The London Marathon is April 13. About Old School Runner Mail | […]

Putting All the (Timing) Chips On the Table »

Chip timed races are becoming increasingly more popular, but apparently not everyone knows how to use this technology best. Or, perhaps I just have different ideas about how to best utilize it. About Ian Hello, my name is Ian and I’m a runner. After several years of promising to train for and run the Bolder […]

About Ian

Hello, my name is Ian and I'm a runner. After several years of promising to train for and run the Bolder Boulder 10K I finally signed up for it in 2005 with zero training under my belt. Shocked that I was slower than I thought I should be, I made it my goal to be faster the following year. I'm still not as fast as I should be, but I have been a runner ever since. I believe in quality miles over quantity of miles. I believe that you have to run faster in order to run faster, and I believe that I can. I believe in the Garmin. I believe in motion control and that I have an unhealthy addiction to running shoes. I believe in carb loading and tapering, even before a 5K. I believe I’ll never need to buy another t-shirt ever again. I live to run and I run for the post race spread, where the free food and drink flows like milk and honey, and sometimes even includes milk and honey.

Tragedy Strikes at Sri Lanka Marathon »

A marathon suicide bomber killed 12 people in Sri Lanka this weekend. Among the victims were About Mike AntonucciI ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing […]

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

Runner’s High? Or Runner’s Madness? »

Runner’s high? Doesn’t running have enough benefits without having to be an intoxicant? About Mike AntonucciI ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice […]

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

Your Running News Roundup »

Read a couple of issues of any running periodical and you’re bound to pick up the sport’s basic training principles: get your shoes from a running store, alternate hard and easy days, and don’t forget to stretch. About Old School Runner Mail | Web | More Posts (28)

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The Olympic Games are five months away, so we are seeing more and more articles on athletes and their training. Sports Illustrated recently surveyed the cities and towns where U.S. athletes train. One of the spots they chose was Mammoth Lakes, California, home to U.S. marathon hopefuls Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall. Don’t look for a world record in the marathon to be set in Beijing; it’s just

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Where do you buy your shoes? One of the oldest pieces of advice passed along to new runners is to buy your shoes at a running store. They have the staff and resources, the argument goes, to ensure that you pick the right shoe for you. What few people mention is that most of their […]

Beijing 2008: Where Will the Media Stand? »

There’s nothing like the prospect of prohibiting free speech to rile up the media. In a short span of days, the British Olympic Association’s inept and naive move to prohibit their athletes from criticizing China during the Olympics About Ryan BaumMail | Web | More Posts (2)

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How are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? Chinese New Year arrived on February 7, so think of it as another chance to get a fresh start. The Age (Australia) has a good piece about the role the mind plays in exercise. Setting realistic goals and creating accountability About Old School Runner Mail | […]

New Canadian Running Magazine Launches in February! »

He’s a blogger from our community. He’s a world record holding Joggler, and now About Mark IocchelliAlso known as the “Running Blogfather”, I’m a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I’m running double the mileage with no pain – and I’m getting faster. I love to talk about running […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Will a Recession Impact Your Race Plans? »

The United States’ economy appears headed for hard times, with more people losing their jobs and homes while food and energy prices About Anne Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

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In addition to watching a somewhat important football game in Arizona this Sunday, runners will be able to enjoy highlights About Old School Runner Mail | Web | More Posts (28)

Thumbs Up for “Spirit of the Marathon” »

You have never seen so many fit and healthy people in a movie theater. About Mike AntonucciI ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running […]

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

Marathoner Wesley Ngetich Dies in Kenyan Chaos »

The ongoing violence in Kenya has claimed the life of a second prominent athlete. Wesley Ngetich, a two-time winner of the Grandma’s Marathon with a personal best of 2:12, was killed on Monday near the Tanzanian border in Trans Mara. About Adeel Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running […]

About Adeel

Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running for eight years and has personal bests of 17:44 for 5k, 36:38 for 10k, 1:26 for a half marathon and 3:10 for a marathon.

Your Running News Roundup »

One of the biggest controversies in my running club is whether to allow headphones during races. Last year USA Track and Field banned portable About Old School Runner Mail | Web | More Posts (28)

Pistorius Ineligible for Olympics, IAAF Rules »

Oscar Pistorius’ Olympic dream has come to an apparent end after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruled the double amputee ineligible for the Beijing Olympics in August 2008. About Adeel Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running for eight years and has personal bests of 17:44 for […]

About Adeel

Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running for eight years and has personal bests of 17:44 for 5k, 36:38 for 10k, 1:26 for a half marathon and 3:10 for a marathon.

Your Running News Roundup: Looking Back »

As we head into the last week of the year, many publications review the highlights of the year in sports. Mark Sutcliffe of the Ottawa Citizen remembers those who inspired him in 2007 and cites Paula Radcliffe, Alberto Salazar, and everyone who ran in the Chicago Marathon. The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), the […]

Timing Tag Problems Get Bigger »

It’s a public relations predicament when 15 percent of your marathoners don’t receive an accurate finishing time – or any time at all. But when you discover that perhaps all of your 24,000 marathon finishers have inaccurate times, that’s a nightmare. Preliminary reports from the December 9, 2007, Honolulu Marathon indicated as many as 3,500 […]

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

Honolulu Marathon Suffers Chip Slip »

Ah, the joys of technology. It was only a few years ago that most road races still used manual timing for individual runners. The preferred method was to tear off a perforated part of your bib number and hand it to a volunteer as you went through the finish chute, where your time was recorded. […]

About Mike Antonucci

I ran 6-minute miles when I was in the military, then tapered for 20 years. Two-time marathoner (3:43 PR), my next goal is to stay healthy enough to run another. There are literally thousands of people handing out running advice and serious tips. I prefer to focus on the humorous or odd facets of our shared obsession. Let's face it, running is funny.

Your Running News Roundup »

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. […]

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Do you prefer white meat or dark meat? The United States produces a lot of poultry, but we are a net exporter of drumsticks and thighs (dark meat), and a net importer of breasts and wings (white meat). Part of the reason for that is the fast food industry, with its chicken nuggets, strips and […]

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The fall road running season reached its climax last weekend with the Men’s Marathon Olympic Trials on Saturday, followed by the New York City Marathon the next day. As we neared the zenith, we were treated to unusually heavy running coverage in various media. Gina Kolata profiled the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, a terrific project to […]

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We’re approaching the climax of the fall racing season, with two big races this weekend: the U.S. men’s Olympic Trials on Saturday, followed by the New York City Marathon the next day. (The women’s marathon trials will be held in Boston on April 20, 2008, the day before the Boston Marathon.) The race begins at […]

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We are in the thick of the fall marathon season. Earlier this year I did a quick survey to see which month and weekend has more races than any other. October is the busiest month for marathons, and October 7 was the single busiest day, with 20 marathons. This past Sunday was not far behind. […]

Why on Earth Would Anyone Want to Run a Marathon in 90 Degrees?! »

Today, I’d like to address another criticism that arose out of the 90 degree Chicago Marathon. This one asks the question, “Why would someone run in such a hot marathon?” I think I’ll answer the question by grouping marathoners into three broad categories of runners: Elite Runners: My definition of an elite runner is anyone […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Chicago Marathon: Defending Slow, Fat, Poorly Trained Runners »

By now, most of us have heard about the terrible heat and humidity that lead to the closure of the Chicago Marathon only three hours, thirty minutes into the race. Chicago Marathon organizers say they were prepared for the heat and had plenty of water on the course, but marathoners say something completely different – […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Your Bi-Weekly Running News Roundup! »

Runners Count A survey in Portfolio magazine confirms what you probably already knew: Runners have clout. The economic effect of the World Series (which can last up to seven days) pales in comparison to the New York City Marathon (one day). The economic impact of the 2003 Series was $62.1 million, while that year’s marathon […]

A New Warning If You’re Running for Two »

I have a friend who’s run all 10 Rock ‘n Roll Marathons in San Diego, including one when she was pregnant. She is quite proud of her streak and the fact that having a baby didn’t keep her down. She also likes to remind those who roll their eyes that she was still in her […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Your Bi-Weekly Running News Roundup! »

The Latest on Injuries I once injured the IT band in my left leg, then injured the IT band in my right leg. My physical therapist suggested that I had altered my stride to compensate for the injury in one leg, which led to the injury in the other leg. The Los Angeles Times explored […]

Your Bi-Weekly News Roundup! »

Battling Heat and Pollution Anyone who has been to Beijing can tell you that the city is filthy. Traffic is a nightmare and the sky is perpetually gray. No wonder, then, that heat and pollution are two of the biggest concerns for athletes who are aiming to compete in the 2008 Olympics. The New York […]

Your Weekly News Roundup »

The 2007 World Championships begin on August 25 in Osaka, Japan. The current issue of ESPN the Magazine has an interview with the two favorites in the 100 meters, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay of the United States. Powell holds the world record, but Gay has run the fastest time in the world this […]

Introducing: The News Roundup »

Welcome to what I hope will be a biweekly survey of recent news related to fitness, nutrition, training, and competition. My goal is to pass along links to articles that summarize recent medical research, offer insights into training, as well as other articles of interest to runners. You won’t see many articles from Runner’s World, […]

Attention: Vengeful Deer Crossing! »

Many runners encounter animals during their daily runs. Usually, it’s a neighborhood dog, or cat, rabbits, skunks, or possibly a few ducks. Runners have told tales about being chased by angry geese in local parks. Adventurous trail runners have reported seeing mountain lions, snakes, turtles and other members of the wild life community. For the […]

About Dianna

Dianna, also known as the Running Chick with the Orange Hat (Running Chick for short) moved from being a periodic gym rat to a runner in January of 2003 during a botched New Year's resolution. Her newly rediscovered fondness for running quickly blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Within a year and a half, she went from suffering through two miles on the treadmill to running a marathon. Cotton was discarded for wicking fabrics and gel was no longer something she put in her hair. Since then, she has continued to challenge herself, first with achieving her Boston Qualifying time, then running a PR at Boston and doing an occasional sprint distance triathlon. Future endeavors include a trail marathon and longer distance triathlons. Dianna has been blogging about her running adventures since April 2004, even getting an article 'published' online at Runner's World as well as capturing the attention of a local news channel. She can discuss all things related to running, swimming, and biking, at great length, without ever getting bored. In her free time, she enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, with her husband and multi-racial canine in Connecticut, U.S.A.

Did Oprah Make You a Marathoner? »

Last week one of the most popular stories on the New York Times online was about modern marathoners and how they differ from the first running boom. It’s a subject that’s been discussed before here at Complete Running. What caught my attention was this passage from the article by author John Hanc: Today’s marathoner is […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Pearl Izumi is on the Ropes »

Pearl Izumi thinks running is on the ropes. They have a new ad campaign – We are not joggers. Maybe you’ve seen it. If you have, I can almost guarantee you were either inspired or insulted. I haven’t seen many opinions that weren’t one way or the other. Here are a few excerpts: After all, […]

Why We Compete »

Run hard enough or long enough and a thought always creeps into that cranium no matter how hard you try to ward it off: Why am I doing this? It may be while heaving on the sidelines of a highly competitive 10k, midpoint in a triathlon or just after passing a painful Mile 16 in […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Will Run for Health »

Dr. Lee Miller wrote a piece arguing that, due to health care savings and productivity increases inherent in being more fit, that we should lobby for tax breaks to cover fitness expenses. The case that he presents about the health care savings associated with active people versus sedentary people is tempting. However, in the more […]

About Bill Jankowski

Jank is the nom-de-plume (alias) of Bill Jankowski. Jank is a runner (defined as “one who runs”, without any necessary claims of athleticism). More accurate would be to say that he enjoys the company of his iPod, and goes to great lengths to get long periods of time alone with his thoughts. Plus, running is a wonderful way to keep his ego in check. He’s been physically active since he was a kid (assuming that, for the years 1995-1999 and 2001-2003, drinking counts as “active”), playing Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball, and Softball while in college (for his fraternity’s B-team)(Actually, add 1990-1994 to the years of inactivity). In addition to running, Jank swims (controlled drowning), bikes (’cause his mom suggested he play in traffic as a kid), and kayaks (see swimming, but with sharks and props). An engineer by the grace of God, a (recovering) submariner by the graces of the taxpayers of the United States, and an MBA by mistake, Bill enjoys gear (oooh, shiny!), cycling (oooh, shiny bikes and clothes!), and poking at accepted ideas with a pointy stick. In 2004, Jank decided he didn’t want to go full-over to being fat, and took up running (instead of stopping eating). In 2005, he finished his first marathon (WooHoo!) in October, and his second two weeks later (dumb idea). He is still recovering. Bill lives in Connecticut (the poorer, eastern part) with his lovely wife Melissa (who is far more fit than he is and way less navel-gazing about it), and their two sons, Jake and Nate, who, in addition to having deliberately cool names, are the finest children to grace the Earth (clear proof that “evolution through natural selection” is bunk; although he still questions the monthly bill for “Pool Boy” despite not having a swimming pool). His rants can be found at runmystic.jankowskis.net; his best stuff is found here at CRN.

Have Shoes (and Money), Marathoners Will Travel »

The travel industry is catching on that runners are good for business. A republished Detroit-based newspaper article about half- and full-marathoners traveling the world to get in a new run included some interesting statistics: “Marathon tourism is on the rise, coinciding with the huge increase in the number of people who now run—29.2 million in […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Will Run for Money »

We all enjoy the benefits of running and the enhanced quality of life it brings, but wouldn’t it be great to get paid for it? No, I’m not talking about becoming a professional runner and winning races and making money, I’m talking about being paid to just be a runner. Sound farfetched? This idea may […]

About Lee Miller D.C.

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2007 Boston Marathon Results »

Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won his second straight Boston Marathon in a time of 2:14:13, gaining an astounding 20 seconds on runner-up James Kwambai of Kenya in the last two kilometres. The times for all runners were slowed by rain and wind. Cheruiyot’s time was the slowest to win at Boston in thirty years. With […]

About Adeel

Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running for eight years and has personal bests of 17:44 for 5k, 36:38 for 10k, 1:26 for a half marathon and 3:10 for a marathon.

Ethical Running »

It’s not often that ethical dilemmas occur during road races (at least those that don’t involve Rosie Ruiz), but two recent incidents got me thinking about how much responsibility each of us has to watch out for our fellow runners. In a 10K race recently, one of my teammates was up front the entire race, […]

About Dennis Fisher

Dennis is an award-winning journalist and not-so-award-winning runner. His day job involves writing about technology, which is why he runs so much. A native of Virginia, Dennis is a veteran marathoner and road racer who has recently discovered the joy and broken bones of trail running. He trains with the Greater Boston Track Club and lives outside Boston with his wife and children.

Back Away From the Headphones, Ma’am »

Those runners planning to do this summer’s Grandma’s Marathon or any of the shorter distances surrounding the main event in Duluth, Minn., might find the course both quieter and noisier. (You may remember that CompleteRunning wrote about this very subject a while ago.) Marathon organizers last week announced they would formally ban headphones and all […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Running Isn’t Sexy »

Back in the 1970’s and 80’s the first aerobic craze hit North America. Kenneth Cooper got people excited about exercise with his bestselling book, “Aerobics” in 1968. Running burst onto the scene as a popular activity and athletes like Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers became cultural icons. My experience in the 1980’s and into the […]

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Runner’s World to Acquire Running Times Magazine »

Via Scott Dunlap’s A Trail Runner’s Blog comes word that Rodale, Inc. is acquiring Running Times magazine. From Scott’s blog: Today, Rodale, Inc., publisher of Runner’s World magazine, announced the acquisition of Running Times Magazine for an undisclosed price. Both magazines have been doing well in the last few years (Runner’s World has a base […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Baby, It’s Warm Outside! »

Are you reveling or resisting this winter warm spell?

In the Stanford, Conn., The Advocate, Jan. 7, 2006,
Runners Getting Spoiled by This Winter’s Warmth, one writer opines:

For runners in New England, this winter has proven to be a rather Convenient Truth, to turn the Al Gore global warming film title on its head. Even the pre-dawn or late night runners don’t need all their fingers to count how many times

About Jeanne

Cocky, headstrong, and genetically insecure, Jeanne is known by her friends as the Tall One. Whether its running a marathon, or ringing bells in choir, this love-able rapscallion finds ways of landing in all kinds zany, madcap adventures. You can find Jeanne musing about life, running, bell ringing, and other things at her favorite hangout, Not Born to Run. When not regaling her public with tales from the trails, Jeanne works as a Web editor for a national newspaper. She is also a freelance writer. Jeanne lives in the leafy suburb of Bethesda, Md., just outside the Beltway.

Try To Avoid These ‘Stunning’ Performances »

This month plenty of runners are contemplating not only resolutions but race calendars. Chances are there are some significant milestones on those upcoming lists, such as a half or full marathon, triathlon, trail run or other endurance events that will test the bodyís limits. A huge goal in all of this annual planning is staying […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

Is Running a Dying Sport? »

Ostensibly, it is ludicrous to question the health of running. The sport is experiencing unprecedented growth in its numbers as countless numbers take up the sport around the world. Participation in road races around the world is burgeoning and fields numbering in the tens of thousands are commonplace. In the United States, 8.1 million people […]

About Adeel

Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running for eight years and has personal bests of 17:44 for 5k, 36:38 for 10k, 1:26 for a half marathon and 3:10 for a marathon.

Running With Headphones … As Bad as Running With Scissors? »

I belong to two local running clubs, and both of them have active campaigns to stamp out running with headphones. It’s not safe, they say. What about if I keep the volume down, and only use one earpiece? Nope, they say. No good. Even low volume blocks sounds you need to hear, like other runners […]

About Jeanne

Cocky, headstrong, and genetically insecure, Jeanne is known by her friends as the Tall One. Whether its running a marathon, or ringing bells in choir, this love-able rapscallion finds ways of landing in all kinds zany, madcap adventures. You can find Jeanne musing about life, running, bell ringing, and other things at her favorite hangout, Not Born to Run. When not regaling her public with tales from the trails, Jeanne works as a Web editor for a national newspaper. She is also a freelance writer. Jeanne lives in the leafy suburb of Bethesda, Md., just outside the Beltway.

Broadening the Definition of ‘Bandit’ »

The Running Chick’s article last week about the different ways to finish a race got me thinking: Is it okay to have a non-entrant pace you through part of a race? I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of runners recount their big fall races and noticed many had prearranged company on the course, […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

‘Digital’ Marathons »

The New York Times published stories all last week about running in general and the ING NYC marathon in particular. If you have even a passing interest in this distance, you might want to check out some of the coverage. One article that caught my eye—in the Style section, no less—debates all the gadgets many […]

About Anne

Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away. She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track. At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.

High School Girls and Running »

A recent Washington Post article explores the special challenges faced by high school girls who run: “In girls’ cross-country,” Post writer Eli Saslow states, “runners are more likely to regress than progress.” He continues: College and high school coaches estimate that about 80 percent of female runners will level off, at least temporarily, because of […]

About Jeanne

Cocky, headstrong, and genetically insecure, Jeanne is known by her friends as the Tall One. Whether its running a marathon, or ringing bells in choir, this love-able rapscallion finds ways of landing in all kinds zany, madcap adventures. You can find Jeanne musing about life, running, bell ringing, and other things at her favorite hangout, Not Born to Run. When not regaling her public with tales from the trails, Jeanne works as a Web editor for a national newspaper. She is also a freelance writer. Jeanne lives in the leafy suburb of Bethesda, Md., just outside the Beltway.

Man Runs Sub Three Hour Marathon While Juggling »

Most people who run a marathon have their hands full. Not Michal Kapral. Today, at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Michal Kapral ran 26.2 miles while juggling! And, just in case you aren’t yet duly impressed, he did it in the astounding time of two hours, 57 minutes — a finish time most runners can only […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

75 Year-Old Ed Whitlock Runs Marathon in an Amazing 3 Hours 8 Minutes »

Only a fraction of a percentage of people will ever run a marathon, and a fraction of a percentage of those people will run that marathon in less than three hours. At 70 years of age, Ed Whitlock became the only man on earth known to have run a marathon in under three hours. Five […]

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

Chemical Games »

Recently I wrote a series of posts tackling some of the primary questions most people ask about drugs and sports. I refrained from saying what I think should be done about the situation. It wasn’t an oversight—it was an admission that I have absolutely no idea what the best solution might be. One school of […]

About Donald

A protégé of Dr. Dre, Donald emerged on the blog scene as one of the most unusual writers to ever grace the genre. Using questionable wit and mediocre skills to ramble about everything from his childhood to a compulsive fascination with popular culture, he became the biggest crossover success since Eminem emerged from Eight Mile. Born on the hard streets of Inglewood, CA, Donald began writing blog posts in his basement, and gradually won over larger audiences by becoming a battle blogger against hip-hop MCs in underground clubs. His meteoric rise to success proved too much to handle, however, and Donald cancelled a planned US tour due “exhaustion.” He entered rehab to battle his Diet Pepsi dependency, then resurfaced on the Monterey Peninsula, where he lives with a wife and three kids. Having shunned the big city and the media spotlight, he now runs and blogs on his own terms, and he has finally found happiness.

50 Marathons in 50 Days is Not Impressive »

Knuckleballer Wilbur Wood started 49 games for the 1972 Chicago White Sox, the most games started by a pitcher in the major leagues since 1896. For those who don’t keenly follow baseball, few pitchers, if any, start more than 35 or 36 games in a single 162-game season. What, then, is the point and just […]

About Adeel

Adeel is a 21-year old student living in Canada. He has been running for eight years and has personal bests of 17:44 for 5k, 36:38 for 10k, 1:26 for a half marathon and 3:10 for a marathon.



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