10kTruth.com Web Letter - August 2001 - Issue #7

Coop covered the Coburg Run In The Country for 10kTruth last month. See his race report at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/coburg.htm In the yawning absence left by the Rage I feel compelled to report on the Run in the Country halfathon held on Sunday morning July 22, 2001. I don't have any photos to submit to fluff up the report. My words will have to suffice. It was a cool clear morning in Coburg for the start of the race. That's about all I remember until I hit around mile 2 and was dazzled by the bowling ball performance art along one of the front yards on the race course. Approximately thirty bowling balls mixed strategically amongst tasteful ornamental plantings. My goal was not to wake up until mile 5 but the bowling balls brought me out of my stupor. At mile 5 a woman I was running next to complained "what do you have to do to run a 7 minute pace around here," clearly frustrated by her 7:05 split. I on the other hand was okay with it. Several runners around her said not to trust the mile markers, but she wasn't to be consoled. I picked up my pace and, like Lance Armstrong, turned around briefly to look at her as I went past, surging past mile six with a 6:58 split. I then ran slightly behind a couple of guys who were comparing the open farm fields and the distant hills to a scene from the African savanna. I looked over the scene but did not feel Isak Dinesen speaking to me.

I was wondering who was leading the British Open and whether or not I set the VCR up properly to record. At the water station around mile 8 I ate some of that goo, triberry I believe. I choked it down and chased it with some water after I had to come to a full stop in order to open the goo packet. This resulted in a 7:19 split for mile 9. As the Rage would say the race starts at mile 10. I'm not sure what that means. Looking down that long straightaway was disturbing. But I did notice that I was passing some people and they weren't walkers. The blue silo loomed in the distance. Miles 11 and 12 went by and I felt reasonably good. I didn't see the mile mark at 13 but I knew I was close to the finish. I also knew that I was rolling along alot better than last year. I finished with a semi kick but noticed that my form was not good. This was a concern because I like to make a point of looking good when I go through the chute. Finished with a 1:33:37 which was about a 4 minute pr for me. To what do I attribute this faster time? Training with the Rage.

I didn't set the VCR correctly and only got to see Duval finish on the 18th. Later reading a review on the Open I became interested in the story involving little Woosie's caddie. Was it really his fault that there were two drivers in the bag? The caddie wasn't testing out Allenby's driver the evening before. Graciously placing complete blame on his caddie for the two stroke penalty Woosie said, "I'm not going to sack him, he's a good lad." I've been trying to think of a good analogy between running and being penalized for carrying too many clubs in your bag. I don't think there is one. The Rage will return for the next race report and he'll have lots of photos. S. Cooper Editor's Note: Woosie wasn't so forgiving a few weeks later when his caddie didn't turn up in time for the start of a tournament. That time he was sacked.

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New quotes recently added to 10kTruth include Mike Penner's finger-wagging at television coverage of the World Championships. http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm "And you want to know why track and field is dying in this country? Kids today can watch Kobe Bryant go end-to-end and Randy Moss run a down-and-out and Ichiro Suzuki go from first to third and they will see it start to finish, in real time, the outcome happening before their eyes. But the men's 400 relay finals at the world championships? On your mark, get set . . . we'll show it to you in four hours on another network." - Mike Penner, LA Times Sports Columnist, "Track and Field, TV Has a Problem With You" (The LA Times, 8/13/01) Sally Jenkins, Sports Writer for The Washington Post puts Coaches and Trainers on notice that even during the dog days of Summer heatstroke and heat related illness are preventable. http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/train.htm

"No pro football player should die of heatstroke, any more than cholera, in this day and age if the most basic attention is paid and precautions are taken." Sally Jenkins, Sports Columnist for The Washington Post on Korey Stringer's death due to heatstroke.

"Physiologists and high-performance trainers understand now that the concept of 110 percent is no longer a smart way to train. Fitness is like the blade of a knife; you want to sharpen it without ruining the blade. Give 110 percent, and you won't build your body up, but actually break it down. And be no good to yourself or anyone else." - Sally Jenkins, Sports Columnist for The Washington Post writing about Korey Stringer's death due to heatstroke.

When it looked like The Rage was going soft, adopting a walk/run philosophy of racing, Manciata weighed in to remind him of the Truth in "Say it Ain't So Rage" http://www.10ktruth.com/the_rage/guest-rage.htm

"Sure you have to know your capabilities. An untested, out of shape person should walk if he or she is feeling exhausted in practice or in a race. But the pain felt racing is the temporal price one has to pay for the ephemeral experience of a race well run." - Manciata

And some august Truth Quotes at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/truth.htm

"Follow not truth too near the heels, lest it dash out thy teeth." - George Herbert

"The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth." - Jean de la Bruyère

"I cannot comprehend how any man can want anything but the truth." - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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You'll see some new vocabulary on our dictionary of RunnerSpeak at http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/vocab.htm For instance, you might think that double-double is what you get on an ice cream cone or in a really strong coffee but in the world of sports double-double is what they call Lasse Viren's back to back Olympic gold medals for Finland in the 5000 and 10,000 meters won in 1972 and again in 1976. Which brings up the not so trivial question, who were the Flying Finns? Paavo Nurmi was the one most of you'll remember. To find out the names of those other great runners for Finland, see: http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/vocab.htm#flying

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Keep those questions coming for the Rage's Q&A. Here's the recent question that caused all the trouble between the Rage and Manciata (who when he read Rage's answer immediately accused him of going soft). Q: Quick one for you, I recently took up running and the instructor/trainer is giving me information that I feel isn't correct. I'm told that a good way to get started running is to run 10 minutes, walk a couple, then run again. This seems like a good idea to me for training, but I kind of wondered how the more serious runners pull off the marathon-like distances. I was told that this is the same technique employed by ALL (or at least most) long-distance runners, even in major races. This sounds a little funny to me. - E.S. A: The advice you received was actually very good advice for someone just getting started with running. You are a long way from attempting a marathon.

My advice to you is to buy Jeff Galloway's (he made 1972 Olympic team in the 10,000 meters) "Book On Running" (such a staple in serious runners' libraries that it is known simply as "GBR"). Galloway describes perfectly the evolution of a runner as they go through several key development stages. This is the first running book I read when I started seven years ago. It covers the whole gambit (shoes, diet, preventing injury, work out plans, building strength, speedwork, the works....). And about this run/walk thing?... In Galloway's most recent teachings, he has successfully coached experienced runners into adopting his run/walk technique...even during marathons...which has produced some sub-3:00 hour times for some runners who have used his method. It's good advice for novice runners and also, experienced runners as well. Good luck. - The Rage

Then Manciata weighed in with a Rage of his own in Say it ain't so Rage. http://www.10ktruth.com/the_rage/guest-rage.htm It's okay to walk during a race? Sure, why not. Lots of people sleep at work, some people play tennis with the nets down, and some people kiss with their eyes open. These are all obviously acceptable behaviors according to the runner formally known as Rage. Can you imagine the Kenyan national coach saying before the 10K at the Olympics "Hey guys, around the 5th or 6th K, if you get a little tired, walk a few laps"? The Rage often refers to Prefontaine as an inspiration. My memory serves no examples of him walking during a race. Again use your imagination for a conversation between Prefontaine and Lasse Viren during the 1972 Munich games. It's the 8th lap, the pace is strong and Lasse says to Pre, "Say you American upstart, what do you say to you and me walking a few meters, I feel lactic acid starting to build in my right quad."...Part of racing is being tough, and tough doesn't walk, it runs. Your attitude is symptomatic of a nation that can't produce runners that can compete on the international level. Small countries like Ireland routinely produce runners that kick our collective asses back across the Atlantic. See the rest at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_rage/guest-rage.htm

Rage continued the dialogue by responding: My respected colleagues here at 10kTruth have suggested I am starting to cave to the mainstream running community by the way I failed to address what I now understand to be the heart of your question: Do elite runners walk for several minutes at a time during marthons, such as the Olympics and the Boston Marathon? Answer: No. ...My partner has threatened to fire me from this blue collar running site if I continue to advise people on alternatives to real racing simply because they just can't handle The Truth. Yes, that means if you want to become a serious runner, you gotta run, baby. In my first marathon, I hit the wall at mile 22 and run/walked to the finish. Some people said, politely, "...but you finished..." but I still maintain I did not run a marathon. The reality is I walked part of it and never felt like I could say I "ran" a marathon until I ran the whole distance. The good thing was, my failure made me more determined to try again...to work harder, train better, run a smarter race and finish strong. Q&A Archives, as always, can be found at: http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/training_frame.htm

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The new Running Nickname feature dreamed up by our WebMistress just about sent Manciata around the bend. He has an unshakeable belief that nicknames need to be earned not bestowed by the click of a cyber-button. But here it is anyway until the negative feedback becomes too great and we make it disappear. Get your 10kTruth Running Nickname at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/schedule.htm#nickname

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Also, what's new on 10kTruth is a link page to our favorite national sports journalists including Blackie Sherrod, Edwin Pope and Leonard Shapiro. See it at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/columnists.htm

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Copyright 2001, Mike Logan, Bruce Manclark & Cory Eberhart. All Rights Reserved.

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