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10kTruth.com Web Letter - May 2002

Welcome new sign-ups this month for the 10kTruth Web Letter. Thanks for your comments. We especially liked the one from the guy who said he loved the site and admitted to wasting three full hours of a busy workday when he found it! Have you come across good sports quotes lately? Pass them on!
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"In the field of sports you are more or less accepted for what you do rather than what you are." - Althea Gibson "Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time." - Lou Brock More Sports Quotes at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm
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Thanks, Bosworth, for the Boston Marathon Race Report! 106th Boston Marathon April 15, 2002 by Todd Bosworth - http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/boston.htm Monday morning at the Colonnade in Boston and I hook up with Mark Kalen and his buddies and we take the bus to Hopkinton and arrive about 9:30am. The strange thing is the bus ride was so long I just couldn't imagine running all the way back to Boston. We hang out, eat bagels, drink and wait for the noon start. 55 degrees and very humid. We walk to the start past a long line of busses. A tall hedge becomes an impromptu toilet, men on the street side women on the other. There's a punk kid in a driveway with a guitar and amp, playing a Jimi Hendrix tune. Cool. The gun goes off and we shuffle across the start line. I'm sweating like a pig by 3 miles. Not a good omen. I wanted to run 7:15s but we're cruising under 7:00s. At 7 miles I tell Mark and Angelo I'm slowing down and watched them go. But the race is amazing. People lined up on either side of the road the entire way. Rolling hills between little towns and parties on the front lawns with beer and BBQs. Like a 26.2 mile long parade. Constant cheering. At twelve miles Wellesley College and the girls are screaming for a half mile. See Mark again at mile 18 or so. His hamstring was bugging him. He'd get ahead of me up the hills and I'd pass him down the hills. Last time I saw him was up Heartbreak Hill. Heartbreak Hill is a misnomer. Slight incline for a half mile. Shelly and Weston (in the backpack) were waiting at the top of Heartbreak, Boston College, 21 mile mark. I was zoned out when I heard them yelling but decided to turn around and go say "hi." After crossing over the yellow tape I got confused as to where they were in the crowd. I finally found them up a little road walking back to the train. Sweaty hug and some kisses. Back over the orange temporary fence and I have 5 miles to go. South Boston and the crowds are now 5-10 people deep. Really loud. There's Fenway Park and I'm at 25. The sun breaks through. Down Beacon, right turn, left turn, Boylston and there's the finish. I tell myself I'm never running another marathon. What the Hell was I thinking? I'm completely wasted but still running. People screaming. Across the finish line and I walk to the VIP tent. They ask me if I want anything? Yes, a chair, liquids and some quiet. There's Mark. He finished a few minutes before me. "What do you think about New York this fall?" - T.B.
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"My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world." - Muhammad Ali "Love is a net that catches hearts like a fish." - Muhammad Ali "Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer." - Muhammad Ali More Ali quotes at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/ali.htm
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The May, 2002 issue of Runner's World has now anointed John "The Penguin" Bingham "The New Prophet of Running." Give me a break. - http://www.10ktruth.com/the_rage/rage.htm Penguin "The New Prophet of Running?" Oh Please...Fitness enthusiast: Yes. Running prophet: No. Now, before you label me a Penguin hater, please...let's put this guy into perspective. He has earned everyone's respect, including mine...not by his running, but by the way he has turned his life around. But please, let's not overdo it here...especially not at the risk of disrespecting those runners who have come before him. These men and women established the appropriate high standards for this incredibly difficult human endeavor that give pause to anyone who has ever tried it to wonder how the heck they do it. Does this mean that Bingham should be excommunicated from RW? No. Just put what he does into it's own perspective, which is the pursuit of healthy, active living. The choice of "running" as the medium for his message is where I have the problem, especially when elevating him to "prophet" status. What Bingham does is not run. At best, he jogs, and I would correctly argue that a 45 minute 5k is not even jogging. He has not achieved running status yet. Jeff Galloway's "Book On Running" describes the evolution of a runner. By my own estimation, Bingham has not yet completed the jogging stage described in Galloway's book. I admire him for continuing to try...like I admire his many followers who had "the courage to start." To illustrate my point: I golf, but I can't call myself a golfer. I am one who plays golf. One look at my swing and you would agree. I hope to one day be called a golfer, but not until I break 80 on a regular basis. Until then, I am one who plays golf. But I still enjoy the game. Ever since I was 13 years old. I am 45 now, and still not a golfer. I will continue to try to become one. The key problem I have with Bingham in the context of running is that I don't see him interested in testing the limits of what he as an individual can really physically do…what it's like for Joe Average to really explore the boundaries of his comfort zone once he has committed to put down the channel changer, the pack of smokes and strayed more than 20 feet from the fridge. He overdoes "the courage to start" thing to an extreme, almost as if a little anaerobic breathing might scare someone right back onto the couch again. I wish he would do more to encourage people to push themselves to another level. I believe this is what the human spirit is all about...not about making excuses like "...it was not comfortable, so I quit…" That was me, by the way. I started running when I was 37. Yeah, me. The skinny, weak-looking bald dude, who quit drinking and smoking at 35, didn't believe in himself and didn't want his kids to see him that way (still working on the skinny, weak-looking thing...transplants starting to take...). And I didn't hug people I didn't know, tell them my life story or start bawling after a 5k, either. It was good enough just to hear my kids say "go dad" or Bruce say "get back in the van. I can't even look at you right now." I believe Bingham has an opportunity with the following he has attracted to make some real change in our whiny, self-focused society with way too many "excus-a-holics" looking for an easy way to avoid some good old fashioned hard work to find out who they really are…or might be if they really tried. And just might believe they too are afflicted with the latest, newly discovered "anaerobic-phobic syndrome," or APS, which symptoms include heavy breathing, sweating and (gasp) DISCOMFORT during exercise. If mediocrity is his thing, fine. He can still encourage his followers to finish a marathon. Just leave out the "run" part and I'm o.k. Just to set the record straight, I didn't run my last marathon, either. I walked part of it. Of the six I have completed, I have run four…but I am still proud of all six. And I also admired every one of the people in the race, too. Runners, walkers...and joggers. And that's The Truth. - Rage
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"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat." - Herschel Walker More Training quotes at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/train.htm
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Q: My younger brother is a sophomore in High School. He just started running for the track team 2 years ago in 8th grade. His first 2 years were spent running 4x800m relays and the mile. For never having run track, he excelled at the sport. In his second year (freshman year) he averaged a 5:15 in the mile despite missing the first week of the season due to ...of all things MONO. In Junior High Districts he ran a 5:03 in the 1600 that year. Following that season he joined a summer track league and competed in a few invitation meets. His times were similar. Then in the fall (sophomore yr) he joined the varsity cross country team and ran in the 17-18 minute range (5k). This season as a sophomore, my brother had big expectations of cracking 5 minutes in the mile. Unfortunately, so far this season has been a bust for him. His 1600m times have been 5:18 at best and his last race was 5:26. He also runs the 4x800m relay and has posted times as poorly as 2:17 (7 seconds off his norm). The 3200m he has posted times nearing 12 minutes (he ran an 11 flat this past summer). As he explains it to me, "I just can't go any faster". He is beginning to believe he just isn't good and is quite down on himself. He hasn't hit any unusual growth spurts, he eats well, hydrates properly, etc. The only glaring difference I can see is he didn't practice half this much the past 2 years. Is he over-training? The track team practices EVERYDAY and he often says they run them ragged. The other kids do not seem affected. He has brought his problem to the attention of his coaches who tell him, "Don't worry, you'll be fine". I am not a runner. I have no words of advice or words of wisdom for him. I wish I could encourage him and tell him something besides, "Don't give Up". Do you have any advice? - M.F., 4/19/02

A: Not having run track in high school, I asked our technical consultant, Manciata, what he thought. I asked if he too experienced fatigue and a drop in performance adjusting to the next level of training required for a varsity high school cross country/track program. He said that it was not until his senior year that he got "good." Then, it was on to college where he enjoyed some really fast times. If you want to get better, patience needs to be part of the hard work. One of the things he told me to pass on was that if your brother was not training in the off-season, he is bound to be tired. If he stepped up his training too quickly, he may have a tough time adjusting to the rigorous workouts. Now, speaking from my own experience, I can tell you that I have a difficult time with high mileage programs. I am fast, but slightly built (5'7", 128 lbs soaking wet). Strength and endurance is not what I am known for. If I were a coach looking at me, the first thing I would do is put me on some hills and build my strength. For endurance, I'd plan some longer, harder runs, with some hills peppered in for good measure. I don't think it's any secret why cross country season happens before track season. Trusting your coaching is hard, especially when things are not going as well as you had planned. I suspect the coach is probably thinking he's right on track for a sophomore, and is not worried about a setback at this point, opting to get his body accustomed to harder work. My guess is he's looking more at his junior and senior years, not worried about his performance now, but more about getting a solid base built from which to have your brother run times much faster than 5:00. But that's awful hard to tell a sophomore who wants to see some progress. Running hard every day, with no easy days or rest built into the program, he's bound to have dead legs. You can't run fast on dead legs. I wouldn't have had a major break through (for me, anyway) in my running performance had I not listened to Manciata. Bruce told me that I should be running a lot faster than I was. He said I was running too many "junk miles" and prescribed hills and intervals. When I started running hills and track workouts with Bruce, I had no idea what I was getting into. My legs and lungs burned like they never had before. I was completely spent after the workouts. At times, I wanted to quit, especially when he would pass me on the real steep stuff. I stuck with it, even though I didn't think I could show up for the next workout sometimes. Now, I am glad I did. It took a couple of years, but my patience finally led to a breakthrough. I improved all of my times significantly, including a 4:56 mile. I took an incredible minute and a half off my 10k P.R. (35:59) and ran probably the race of my life: a 1:20 half marathon. Now, I will always wonder what I might have done if I had the guts to run track in high school. I will never know. Your brother will. If he's patient, he'll run times that he never thought he could. He certainly has the talent. Hang in there. - The Rage
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"Truth is what stands the test of experience." - Albert Einstein "If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor." - Albert Einstein More Truth quotes at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/truth.htm
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