Monday, February 22, 2010

Haile Gebrselassie Revealed

These are about 2 years old, but still good. CNN did a 3-part series on Haile Gebrselassie's quest for the marathon world record in the Berlin Marathon.


Run well, y'all,
Bob

Planned Break From Blogging and Running

Not a long break from any blogging but I'm heading out of town for a week of meetings. Doubt there will be time to blog.

Running, though -- this is my 5th week off. So far, no pain in 2 solid weeks, even after moving. That's a good sign. Still, I should get the doc's OK before I start running again.

Run well, y'all,
Bob

Thursday, February 18, 2010

How Do You Train?

I'm at the end of my 4th week of no running -- nada. The doc is not sure, yet, if my problem is tendonitis or osteitis. Hopefully x-ray and bone scan will show what's going on. While the symptoms don't seem to be directly correlated to running, he advised me not to run until we find out what's going on. Boy, I do miss being on the road!

In the meantime, I'm giving some thought to how I might change what I do and how I run. I would really like to set a new PR for a 10K (current: 46:19) and break 1:50:00 again on a half marathon (current PR: 1:48:and change) I'm fascinated by the recent reports of new research on the impact of footstrikes (pun fully intended). While I cannot imagine running barefoot on the streets of Nairobi, I can focus on ensuring that I hit more midfoot. Even toying with getting a pair of Vibram Five-Fingers to try.

In the process of reading about these impact studies, I discovered Steve Magness' blog, On and Off the Track. Excellent technical blog about running. I also follow Steve on Twitter (you can also follow me on Twitter). Steve's post last night on Twitter, is very interesting: How do Norway's top XC skiers train? 700hrs/yr 76% easy, 6% medium, 5% high, 4% speed dvlpment, 9% strength training. Hmmm. I wonder if that formula would work with running.

Check out Steve's blog for some really interesting running discussions.

I'd have to do some calculations to determine my running mix. I haven't done much strength training at all and I do plan to change that. What kind of mix do you use when you're training?

Run well, y'all,
Bob

Friday, February 12, 2010

How to Run More Slowly

Over the last few years, there have been many warnings about stretching prior to warming up one's muscles. Much of what I have read suggests that stretching prior to a run is at best neutral -- it produces no benefit. Worse, it might actually damage muscles. However, this article reports on a study of the effect of static stretching on endurance performance. The study concluded that static stretching prior to a run reduced running efficiency and endurance: Sweat Science >> Stretching is bad for power… and endurance running

It seems the best strategy, if you're going to stretch at all, is to stretch after your run when your muscles are well warmed up. Of course, there are a number of people who believe that there is no benefit to stretching at any time.

Well, for me, I'll continue to stretch after my run as I have done for the past almost 7 years.

Do you have a stretching routine? Do you stretch before or after your run -- or, perhaps, after a short warmup?

Run well, y'all,
Bob

Monday, February 8, 2010

Interesting Milestone

I like interesting number sequences. For instance, my in-laws' phone number has always been easy to remember because it goes down sequentially and then goes back up. I find it mildly entertaining when the odometer on my vehicle hits a sequential number (54321) or a repeated number (55555) or a number with interesting relationships (41612 -- 4-squared=16; 16-4=12). And, yes, though I don't understand the math, I do like the show Numb3rs.

Well, ClustrMaps tickled my interest in numbers today with the stats on my blog -- they do the world map hit-counter in the sidebar. It reported a gross total of visitors to my blog, since I added a ClustrMap on 9-Oct-2006, as being 7777 as of 5:16AM today.

Out of curiosity, I checked my wife's cooking-from-scratch blog, Yummy Y'all, and they had registered 888 visitors to her blog since 27-Oct-2006.

Numberwise, I'm satisfied today. And, no, it doesn't take much to entertain me. ROTFLOL!

Run well, y'all,
Bob

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Is Running a 'Waste of Time'?

If you believe an article (4-Feb-10) in the Telegraph, then yes: Millions of people 'waste their time by jogging'.

But, according to Runner's World, this is an example of overblown, misleading media spin by the British newspaper. The Telegraph was reporting on a new paper published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology. RW quotes a report by LiveScience/MSNBC on the same study:
The researchers stress that exercise has benefits, regardless of whether or not a person can improve aerobic capacity. You can still lose weight, and other health factors such as cholesterol levels could benefit.
Dr. Claude Bouchard,Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Tulane LA, also told RW:
Running and other forms of exercise are always the right thing to do, because they can improve your health even if they don't increase your vo2 max.
What to do? OK, maybe I'm one of the 20% of the population who, whether I run 25 miles per week or 100 miles per week, won't see a huge difference in my vo2Max. I also know that regular running is no guarantee that I will avoid heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. But I also know that regular exercise carries many benefits -- it improves the odds that I will be more healthy for more years, it helps me control my weight (burning 100+ calories per mile is huge), it helps me feel better. What difference does it really make that I can never be an elite runner? I think I'll keep running -- it's not a waste of my time.

See RW's full report here: Peak Performance: Feb. 4: "Running Is a Waste of Time": Grabby Headline, Bad Reporting

Run well, y'all,
Bob

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Stay Bundled Up

For some of my running friends in Richmond, this is awful news, but there are a few who are glad that warm weather will be postponed a bit:



Run well, y'all -- and run carefully,
Bob

Ode to Forgetfulness

Do you ever find that you've misplaced something that you never misplace? Or, forgotten your children's names? Or wondered why you went to the kitchen? If so, then this video is for you:



Just don't forget to run and when you run, don't forget how to get home.

Run well, y'all,
Bob