Monday, September 19, 2005

Four runners die during half-marathon in northern England

Unseasonably hot temperatures seem to be to blame.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "I can confirm four male participants in the race have died, which is more than the usual one or two - but every year more people are taking part."
The "usual" one or two? The usual "one or two"?

I haven't yet found any updates with more info, but full article here.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Two shoes, goody!

Went to the podiatrist today, got x-rays, and the foot is well on its way. I can finally wear two shoes (I brought three right shoes to Ireland, saving a considerable amount of space). I can start walking - gonna do about an hour a day. In about three weeks, she says, I can start running (though not too much straight away).

I've gotten some great advice from Lara, and will be spending the next three weeks planning the training and race schedule. I know this: I'm in this for the long term, and I can force myself to build slowly.

I'm so happy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Does performance wicking gear actually cause you harm?

I sweat when I run. I sweat a lot, as anyone who has seen Himself flinch and recoil when I come in from a run will testify.

So I was very interested in this review of
wicking gear from today's Slate, and surprised to read the following:

Is it possible that these shirts do their job too well? A small company called TR Gear thinks so. "Our extensive research shows that the high wicking fabrics currently used in the industry can actually increase the risk of injury, fatigue, overheating, and dehydration by not allowing sweat to affectively cool the body through evaporation against the skin," reads the company's Web site.

Mike Smoltz, the founder of TR Gear and the brother of Braves pitcher John Smoltz, told me that newfangled wicking shirts counteract the body's natural thermal regulation mechanism. By drawing sweat away from your skin as soon as it rises to the surface, he says, your body won't cool properly. That will make you sweat even more, which will lead in turn to dehydration and compromised muscle performance.

Hm. I wonder?

For those people for whom 26.2 miles of asphalt is too easy, how about doing it underwater wearing 120lb of old-fashioned diving suit?

"I've had to cope with poor visibility, which has at times been nil, I've had to work against the resistance and the pressure of the water.

"You don't know what's underfoot - sometimes its mud, silt, rocks or nothing.

"The airline also kept getting caught and I also had to deal with a build-up of carbon dioxide in the helmet. It's also very cold and very lonely."

In something of an understatement, this guy, quite possibly a lunatic, admitted: "It's definitely been far more difficult doing it underwater than it has been on land."

Man. Man.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Three-year-old boy to run marathon

He runs seven hours at a stretch, sometimes as much as 48km (30 miles). On a daily basis.

And Budhia Singh is just three and a half years old.
The boy's story is heartbreaking. Full article here.

A run-through wedding chapel! In Vegas! Utter brilliance.

From a mail from the Las Vegas Marathon promoters:

Today we are pleased to announce the world's first Run Thru Wedding Chapel and are issuing a call for one or more couples who are running the marathon and would like to get married on race day. Please send an e-mail to with your names, location, phone number and tell us in 100 words or less how you met, how long you've been running together and what getting married on race day would mean to you. One lucky couple will be chosen at random to spend their wedding night in a honeymoon suite at Mandalay Bay.

It's pretty tempting.

The Ireland trip was wonderful; I'll post some photos when I have a minute. Right now I'm still ploughing through work e-mail: then I have to catch up on my blogs. Looks like there's been a lot going on!

Friday, September 02, 2005

I'm off ...

It's not yet 6 AM and we're about to leave for the airport for a week in the Ireland.

And I have a doctor's appointment the week I get back, so I might actually start running (and adding running-related content).

Have a great week and some great runs! I'll look forward to reading about them.

Slán anois.