10kTruth.com Web Letter - July 2001 - Issue #6

E-mail keeps coming in about the mis-posting of the Butte to Butte Fourth of July race results in the local newspaper that put a few runners and their times in the 4.5 mile walk category instead of that of the 10k run. The Rage, of course, was one of these. http://www.10ktruth.com/the_result/result.htm Here's a choice note addressed to The Rage on the subject of "walk don't run." I see that the Rage posted a strong second place finish in the annual Butte to Butte 4.5 mile mayors walk (37:52). http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/butte.htm#milewalk

Kudos to the Rage for always being on the cutting edge of innovative cross training techniques. Looking forward to the race report. Rumor on the street is that the Rage has developed a new "dome cam" that covers the action during the race by means of a small camera attached to his hat. Like a shark the Rage is constantly moving forward. - S. Cooper

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Read the whole story of the Butte to Butte in The Rages's July 2001 Butte to Butte Race Report http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/butte.htm which is excerpted below. (Phillip and Jeff: More pics are on the way to add to the story! The Rage's sophisticated, on-course disposable photography equipment is still in his top dresser drawer, next to that wadded-up race number.) I hit mile 4 in 24:12, which was 31 seconds slower than last year at that same point. It became hard to stay motivated. As Olympian Annette Peters went by, I gave her what must have been the bazillionth "Go Annette" when she passed me at about mile 4 and a half (she was not racing that day, duh). She gave me some encouragement, while she strode by with what must be her channel changer pace (she finished in 36 and a half, or so after jogging the first half). If I couldn't get motivated by an Olympian, there was not much hope. But wait, just short of mile 5, there was my wife and son (Donna and Shawn, 10) and neighbors (Sally Kreuger, Daniel, her son and Jenna, her daughter all waiting for their dad)! I managed to suck it up for a couple hundred yards hitting mile 5 in 30:22, but returned to my shoulder slumping death march mode shortly thereafter. I lost a bunch of time in mile 6, running a 6:19.

I remember thinking how much time I "lost" from last year's 6:06 closing mile. The finishers' shoot was now mercifully in sight and I just barely broke 38 (37:52). As if to make a statement on my effort, my results were listed with the 4.5 mile walking results in the local newspaper the next day and I still couldn't win that either, getting beat by one person (turns out she was a runner, too)! As if that was not enough, it was even mentioned on the local radio. Now, in case you don't know, there are some serious walkers out there who don't appreciate sandbagging runners. Can you blame them? They train hard, too, and deserve recognition. Ever tried keeping up with a serious walker? Try it sometime. Let me tell you, I think running is easier! Not that I was made to feel like Rosie Ruiz Rage Walker, or anything like that, but let's say, that I was REAL motivated to make sure the website results were updated. (The corrected Race Results are up on the Butte to Butte Website at: http://www.buttetobutte.org/results.html )

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I know, I know. We love giving you the blow by blow on the road runs but we know alot of you really only want the latest 10k Truth sports quotes found at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm . Don't forget we also have other feature quotes pages. New quotes this week on 10kTruth include a Cycling Quote that could apply to any sport http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/cycle.htm : "There are too many factors you have to take into account that you have no control over...The most important factor you can keep in your own hands is yourself. I always placed the greatest emphasis on that." - Eddy Merckx, Belgian, who won Tour de France three times (one of only four cyclers who have won the Tour three times in succession). Quite a few new additions to our collection of Training quotes at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/train.htm "Training is principally an act of faith.

The athlete must believe in its efficacy; he must believe that through training he will become fitter and stronger; that by constant repetition of the same movements he will become more skillfull and his muscles more relaxed...He must be a fanatic for hard work and enthusiastic enough to enjoy it." - Franz Stampfl from On Running, 1955

"To exercise at or near capacity is the best way I know of reaching a true introspective state. If you do it right, it can open all kinds of inner doors." - Al Oerter, won Olympic Gold in Discus four times.

10kTruth just came across another pithy quote by the legendary Emil Zatopek (see them all at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/emil.htm ) "If you want to win a race try the 100 meter. If you want to win an experience try the marathon." - Emil Zatopek

And the best new Truth Quote of all at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/truth.htm :

"There's a little truth in all jive, and a little jive in all truth." - Leonard Barnes

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A prominent photo in the sports pages of the local newspaper taken after the Mens 1500 Final at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon (which pitted youngster Alan Webb with much more seasoned and shall we say, dramatic, 1500 meter runners) inspired a new addition to 10kTruth.com's RunnerSpeak Dictionary: http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/vocab.htm Flopper - A runner in a non-winning position (usually second place) who has a habit of collapsing in dramatic fashion at the conclusion of a race. Semi-floppers, while not flopping at the finish, may exhibit border line flopping behavior, such as conducting post-race interviews lying flat on their backs.

Non-floppers include the likes of Emil Zatopek, Steve Prefontaine, Billy Mills and Ron Clarke. Any questions? (Note: When it becomes necessary to connect a runner to any gravity flow or active system designed to replenish their body fluids within 15 minutes of finishing AND TWO (2) qualified physicians are present AND each physician attests that the runner would have died otherwise, that runner is exempt from flopping).
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Our featured Scene in Eugene this month is of a couple of beauts at the Fourth of July Butte to Butte Run in Eugene, Oregon. http://www.10ktruth.com/the_result/official.htm

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Keep those questions coming for the Rage's Q&A. Q&A Archives, as always, can be found at: http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/training_frame.htm

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

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