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February 22, 2009

Treadmill 10 mile run

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Freezing rain, snow showers, below freezing temperatures, slippery trails – a typical Ohio winter weekend.  I wanted to run 13.0 miles on a treadmill but my abdomen was hurting at the end of mile 10.   My previous longest treadmill run was 8.0 miles.  For 10.0 miles on a treadmill, I clocked in at 1:33:00.  Running over an hour on a treadmill is tough.

Hopefully the weather next weekend will cooperate and I will be able to run a 13.0 mile long slow run.

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February 19, 2009

Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Filed under: Uncategorized — workaholicrunner @ 11:10 pm

A lot of my run blogging friends live in the Philippines.  Yesterday, Ironman announced a new 70.3 event to be held in the Philippines in 2009.  See link below:

http://ironman.com/events/ironman70.3/philippines70.3/the-cobra-ironman-70.3-philippines-welcomes-the-world

Lance Armstrong – Ironman Triathlon

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I wonder if Lance Armstrong could win the Ironman Triathlon in Kona Hawaii.  Last year’s winner of the 2.4 mile swim, 112.0 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run finished in about 8:17:45.  I’ll go in reverse order of the triathlon for my Armstrong time estimate.

Armstrong has run the New York marathon in 2:46:00 or something like that.  So let’s say, he runs the Ironman 1 minute per mile slower than his New York marathon time.  That would be a time of roughly 3:12:00.

For the Tour de France, he usually averages over 40 kmh which translates to about 25 mph.  He goes faster in a time trial so I am guessing that he can go 27 mph.  Thus, he can probably finish the 112.0 mile bike in 4:09:00.

Total time now is 7:21:00.  The question now is can he swim the 2.4 mile course in 0:56:45 or less?  Chrissie Wellington swims the course in 0:56:20.  Thus, Armstrong just needs to stay right behind Wellington and he should win!  Easier said than done.

I’ve heard that the winner of the Ironman Triathlon is usually the best marathon runner among the competitors.  Although I do not know if he even swims or bikes, I am going out on limb and predict that Haile Gebrselassie will beat Armstrong in an Ironman Triathlon.  Haile can run a marathon in 2:03:59!

February 15, 2009

Tommie Smith and John Carlos on ESPN

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ESPN is airing the documentary “Return to Mexico City” with Tommie Smith and John Carlos today Sunday, Feb 15.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3879669

Sensible eating and running performance

Filed under: Uncategorized — workaholicrunner @ 3:10 am

Today was another day where I felt very good after my 7.0 miles run with lots of energy left. 1 hour after ther run, I felt as if I did not even run.

Perhaps it was because of the sensible meal. I went to an Indian food buffet for lunch and ate rice, naan breadm, goat, chicken, lamb and vegetables in relatively small portions – just two plates of the buffet. For dinner, I had a slice of papaya for dinner. Thus, my evening treadmill was great. This is so obvious … eating well and running performance. I wish I followed my brain more than my stomach 🙂

Another cold day … on to the treadmill

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This week in Columbus, Ohio, the temperature actually reached 61 degrees on Wednesday.  Despite a heavy downpour and tornado watch on Wednesday, thousands of fans flocked to the Columbus Crew stadium to watch the US beat Mexico, 2-0.  Apparently the US national team is undefeated in Columbus Crew stadium.  Perhaps if the US wins the World Cup, they will choose Columbus as a venue.

Anyway, fine weather all week long until Saturday when it went back down t the mid 30s.  I could run outside bu just chose to run 7.0 miles on the treadmill.  I ran the first  3.1 miles in 31:00 as a warm-up.  Then I ran a 3.1 miles in 25:40, which is almost a minute faster than my fastest 3.1 miles of 26:38.  I then ran the final 0.8 miles in a relaxed time of 8:20 for a total time of 64 minutes for the 7.0 miles.

Now, my fastest 6.2 miles time is 53:48.  If I can run two legs of 3.1 miles in 26:00, perhaps I can hit the 52:00 minute time which I would have thought impossible at the beginning of the year.  This might be a near future goal.

February 13, 2009

5.0 miles goal completed

Filed under: Uncategorized — workaholicrunner @ 2:49 am

My 2009 goal for 5.0 miles was 46:30.  Today I attempted to beat it and ran 45:08.  I felt very good today and was not even tired after the run.  I had a very healthy meal for lunch of chicken breast with vegetables.  Tasteless but healthy.  Thus, I felt very light and had a great run.  Perhaps I should eat healthier … ut I like bacon too much.

February 9, 2009

New York Times does it again

Filed under: Uncategorized — workaholicrunner @ 11:42 pm

More articles today on running.  The staff of the Times must be avid runners.

Report Urges Changes for USA Track & Field

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/sports/othersports/10track.html?_r=1

Track Dropped the Baton, but It Can Right Itself

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/sports/othersports/10vecsey.html?ref=sports

New York Times obituary for Payton Jordan

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Coach Payton Jordan died recently.  He was the head coach of the powerful 1968 US Olympic Track and Field team in the Mexico Olympics.  Perhaps this team was the most acomplished track and field team of all time.

Payton Jordan, U.S. Track Team Coach, Is Dead at 91

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/sports/othersports/07jordan.html?scp=1&sq=payton%20jordan&st=cse

What is it about Mexico City that brings out great performances? Bob Beamon.  Jim Hines.  Lee Evans.  Tommie Smith.  Brazil 1970 World Cup team.  Maradona’s Hand of God goal in the 1986 World cup against England.  Maradona’s second goal against England… slalom over 5 defenders in the greatest goal the world has ever seen.

Tommie Smith’s devastating 200 meter run:

More symbolic than the race itself :

Is Shalane Flanagan the best American distance runner?

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I think she is after breaking the American record in the indoor 5k by over 20 seconds.  That’s an amazing feat in this day and age.  that’s about 7 seconds per mile better than the record set by Marla Runyan in 2001.

Wait until Shalane starts running the marathon.  Deena Kastor may be in trouble.

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/other_sports/general/view/2009_02_08_Shalane_Flanagan:_U_S_-best_finish:_2nd_place_earns_5_000_mark/

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