10kTruth.com Web Letter - October 2001 - Issue #8

10kTruth.com Web Letter - October 2001

The Rage has covered the Scandia Run for 10kTruth.com. See the complete Race Report with fabulous runner photos at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/scandia.htm

If you are looking for a fast 10k course, look no more, baby. This one, billed locally as a "Roadrunner's Classic," most certainly is. Looking back in our race archives here at 10kTruth, I couldn't believe that we have never covered this race. Every runner has their course and I would venture to guess that in the 27 years this race has been run, it has produced more personal bests than any course, any distance, anywhere. This race pumps out more sub-40s than St. Georges pumps out sub-3:00s. The key difference is you don't need a parachute on the first half of this course. It is as flat as they come not a bump in it. That's what I like best about it. It's one of those spare me the violin and just gimme the number courses. No excuses here, baby. I think another reason why it produces fast times for so many runners is that it comes right on the tail end of the summer running season. It's usually the second weekend of August, and runners are coming fresh off several races, such as the Butte-to-Butte, Coburg Half/Five Miler and local All-Comers meets. With this kind of backdrop, it's no wonder that folks show up for this one in really good shape. Why is it called Scandia, you might ask? The race is part of Junction City's (Oregon) annual "Scandinavian Festivale", a celebration of heritage where you thankfully can't find a single swoosh on any of the wooden shoes adorning some of the patrons. (Okay, so maybe there's a pair of polysorb insoles smuggled into a few pair). As much as I wanted to run it, The Rage would be sitting this one out (sore knee). While I would not be tested on the course this year, it would give me another opportunity once again to offer my insight, analysis and witty one-liners (along with some cool telestrating with Dwight up in the booth), and to watch Coop. I hoofed it out to mile #1 and waited for the runners to come by. It was perfect running weather cool and overcast, and the leader (Ray Hughes) made an early statement with a 4:42 first mile...ouch! Just about a minute later, Kyle Gee crossed mile one at about 5:50, heading for what I suspected might be (you guessed it) a P.R. Kyle was having a breakthrough year, reminiscent of the one I had in 1999. He had been hot on my tail for the last couple of years and I now find myself in the role of pursuer. He looked completely in control as he glanced at his watch. Coop turned in a solid first mile, but the look on his face indicated he felt like he left some on the table. At mile 3, Hughes continued to lead and Odis Sanders, the amazing 42 year old, was running in the top 10, as usual. Kyle came by, relaxed enough to say hello, as I snapped his picture. His 37:11 (P.R.) at the Butte-To-Butte told me he would be at least a minute faster here. He was well on his way, as he crossed mile three well under 18:00 minutes, putting him in great position for the second half. What an incredible year he was having. He also broke 5:00 in the mile at the All-Comers meets. Coop followed shortly thereafter, while he was running strong, his hair looked terrible. I was going to say something, but decided against it, having learned to keep my course commentary focused and to the point following the Run for the Shamrock earlier this year. Kyle finished in 36:18 and Coop finished in 42:41. Hughes won it in 30:31 with Sanders finishing 6th in 33:09. It was fun to watch, but I rather would have been running. I'll be back and that's The Truth. - The Rage

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Better late than never...new on 10k Truth (Never Before Seen) pictures from the Famous Butte to Butte Race held on Independence Day, 2001. See candid shots of runners in all their glory at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/butte.htm

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The World Championships (seems like an age and a half ago) inspired one Dad to send The Rage the following query.

Q: My son is 12 years old. He loves to run. After watching the World Championships on TV he has said he wants to start training to run. He is in good shape and can easily run 3-4 miles without any problems. I don't know anything about running. Where could I get some good training advice so I could start helping him train?- D.B.

A: I believe reading Jeff Galloway's "Book On Running" is the best way to get started. It has a chapter on youth running that I thought was excellent advice from an Olympian. Hope this helps. - The Rage Q&A Archives, as always, can be found at: http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/training_frame.htm

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New sports quotes we've posted during the past few weeks reflect turbulent and emotional times on the home front. American sports columnists, such as Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post have not been reluctant to weigh in. http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm

In and of itself, sports may be trivial, but as a symbol of the American way of life, it has enormous weight. We are seen, worldwide, as an enormously competitive, enthusiastic people who work as hard as we play and play as hard as we work. When baseball -- which has traditionally canceled one day of games for huge national celebrations or disasters -- stops play for six days, that has reverberations in the national consciousness. - Thomas Boswell, Washington Post Sports Columnist, Situation Much Too Serious for Any Games - September 14, 2001

See http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm for direct a link to Boswell's column.

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10kTruth.com figures this is an excellent time for some refocusing on the Truth with a look at the words of Emerson, Swedenborg and Channing at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/truth.htm

We know truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose. Foolish people ask you, when you have spoken what they do not wish to hear, 'How do you know it is truth, and not an error of your own?' We know truth when we see it, from opinion, as we know when we are awake that we are awake. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is no proof of a man's understanding to be able to affirm whatever he pleases; but to be able to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false, this is the mark and character of intelligence. - Emanuel Swedenborg

I am aware that I shall be told that the work of thought which I have insisted on is difficult, that to collect and concentrate the mind for the truth is harder than to toil with the hands. Be it so. But are we weak enough to hope to rise without toil? Does any man, laborer or not, expect to invigorate body or mind without strenuous effort? Does not the child grow and get strength by throwing a degree of hardship and vehemence and conflict into his very sports? Does not life without difficulty become insipid and joyless? Cannot a strong interest turn difficulty into pleasure? Let the love of truth, of which I have spoken, be awakened, and obstacles in the way to it will whet, not discourage, the mind, and inspire a new delight into its acquisition. - William Ellery Channing

When Muhammad Ali stands and speaks, the whole world listens. What he felt was so important to say is that "Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams--they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do--they all contain truths." See more of Ali's comments made on September 21, 2001 at a fundraiser for victims of the WTC and Pentagon attacks at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/ali.htm ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Our Web Mistress has her heart set on collecting web awards for all the hours of drudgery she spends on this site. Do her a favor, nominate our 10k Truth - A Runner's Compendium Web Site for the Run The Planet Web Award! Vote us as one of your favorite running web sites on the web, worthy of the RTP Award (heck, the real question is, are they worthy of us?). Send Run The Planet an e-mail message to nominate 10kTruth.com, include our url http address which is http://www.10ktruth.com plus a short description of our site. Each month the site which receives the most recommendations is awarded the RTP Award for that month. We're hoping October will be our month. Thanks for your vote!

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