It is hardly difficult to understand why interest distance running has waned to the point where the appearance of a top American runner on the cover of Sports Illustrated, once a reality, is now unthinkable. The complete dominance of the sport at all levels and disciplines by Africans, especially Kenyans, Ethiopians and Moroccans, has destroyed interest in Western countries.
Every single one of the 73 fastest 10,000 metre times by men have been recorded by Africans. For marathons, the number is 45 of the top 50. At the 2005 World Championships, 12 of the 15 finalists in the mens 5,000 metres were born in Africa. At the 2006 World Cross Country Championships, the first 16 finishers in the mens long race were born in Africa, as were the members of 10 of the 20 teams. Many European countries no longer enter international competitions due to European dominance. African runners win races in Europe, North America and elsewhere in anonymity, known to most as a single uniform entity: the Kenyans.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Registration for the 2007 Race is 200 ahead of last year at this same time for the 2006 Race AND the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort Hotel may sell out before the end of November 2006. It closed out the last week of December in 2005 for the 2006 Race.The event web site can be found here.
The 2007 Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10Km & Marathon Team Relay will take place on the weekend of February 23-25, 2007 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The Registration for all four races has officially opened up as of September 1, 2006.
There will be a Friday night fun run with 4-Time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers as your special guest including a post fun run cash dinner at the British Beer Company in downtown Hyannis, a Saturday Race Exposition at the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Hotel featuring many sports related vendors and associates as well as a Saturday night pasta dinner featuring Bill Rodgers as our special guest speaker and to cap off the weekend of running there will be four fabulous races on Sunday that offer something for all with a fantastic post race awards ceremony and party.
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Thursday, November 23, 2006
I am thankful that the knee injury is not serious. The physical therapy sessions seem to be helping.
I am thankful that Carolyn wants to continue the new "tradition" of running the Best Buddies 5K in Brighton today.
We are both thankful that the weather is not as bad as they forecasted. It will be cool (but good for running) and damp (but not a down pour).
Last year, we left home in a snow storm to drive to the race thinking we would run in the snow. Alas as we got closer to Boston, the precipitation had changed to misty rain.
What are you thankful for today?
May the roads/trails be kind to you
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Saturday, November 18, 2006
How to Turn the Dark Side to Your Advantage
The secretthe force that will get you exercising is to embrace your fear of the dark sidethe knowledge that by not acting today, you put your future in dire straights.
From the dawn of time we've been afraid. Afraid of starving, afraid of the elements, and afraid of being eaten up by stronger, faster predators. Fear is not a bad thing if it's harnessed properly. Fear helped us survive in the past, and it can help you survive in the future. Fear is the strongest force a person struggling with motivation will ever find.
Fear is your ally.
Read the full essay here and think about using fear as your ally
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
"They talk about one language of soccer," Nicol said. "The common denominator is the game itself. The best way to communicate is by passing the ball well. Even if you have 11 players and none of them can say one word in the other person's language, they can all try to keep possession of the ball. You need finishers and someone to get tackles in and get the ball in behind the defense, but if everyone is passing the ball they will have an understanding."
Read the full article in today's Boston Globe Sports section here.
How did he do it?
"The really good teams have a core of guys and they pass that on to the others," Nicol said. "That is what we used to do. Each year they might bring in one or two new guys. You don't bring in a ton of guys, you have a core and add to it and go from there."
Craig Thornburg, the general manager for the New England Revolution says:
"What the players who have succeeded here have in common is that they love to play the game, and we have an amazing locker room. The players who haven't lasted usually don't fit into those categories. We used to hold on to guys even when the chemistry didn't work, and those issues have been well-documented."
Sounds easy enough.
- Love of the game
- Common language
- Build around a core group
- Respect for each other
Have you tried this with your team?
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The left knee cap feels like it is slipping.
No pain but clearly it should not do this.
Rested full two weeks, no improvement with the next try at running.
See doctor, he orders x-rays.
X-rays show nothing unusual.
He orders MRI.
MRI shows nothing unusual.
He orders physical therapy (PT) as opposed to going in with a scope to find out.
Well PT is better than the scope for sure, but two tests show nothing.
I am not imagining my knee.
PT is scheduled for next Tuesday evening.
Same time I would have been running but I figure, since I am not running,
might as well use the time to help get back to running.
So we'll see how it goes.
Stay tuned for the knee saga!
Who knows what plot twist will occur next.
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Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
"We have a really big team and everyone on the team is really enthusiastic, no matter how good they are," said senior co captain Chris LaPlante. "That makes it really fun."
Jon Kirby praised Kraemer for encouraging students to participate in a difficult sport.
"He's kind of the pied piper of it," he said. "It's a grueling sport and he just gets the kids to come. They work hard for him, and do well."
Whatever the final results of this season's championship meets, both Aigler and LaPlante said they want to continue running in college and beyond. "I think I'm a lifelong runner," Aigler said.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Read the full posting here.