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Samuel Kipkosgei Malakwen of Kenya lunged forward at the finish of the ING Miami Marathon to beat Teferi Bacha Regasa of Ethiopia by a quarter of a second — the closest finish in the ING Miami Marathon’s 10-year history. Malakwen’s result: 2 hours 16 minutes 54.58 seconds. Regasa’s: 2:16:54.83.
Scott Rantall broke the tape on Congress Avenue in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 14 seconds, a pace of 5 minutes and 8 seconds per mile. Venancio Mancilla took second in 1:07:30. In the women's race, Austin's Kelly Williamson passed up Jess Barton of Amonate, Va., to take first in 1:14:42.
The Olympic Trials have come and gone, and on the Men’s side we had what is being touted as a "record breaking" race. Unfortunately, the records that were broken were soft and old. Rather than illustrate a resurgence in U.S. running, it illustrated how far behind the rest of the world the United States really is.
The New England Journal of Medicine published what Runner's World Peak Performance blog the "the biggest and most informative medical research yet on cardiac arrests and deaths in marathons (and half-marathons)." And the findings? "Marathons and half-marathons are associated with a low overall risk of cardiac arrest and sudden death."
Minimally shod runners are modestly but significantly more economical than traditionally shod runners regardless of strike type, after controlling for shoe mass and stride frequency. The likely cause of this difference is more elastic energy storage and release in the lower extremity during minimal shoe running.
I always have friends, here and there, ask me about tips for running, eating healthy, exercising, etc... because they want to be healthier or try something different. This past week I had five different people contact me about running in particular. All of them wanted to start running but didn't know what to do or where to start, which is why I decided to blog about it this week.
I was so in love with my new running shoes that one day I decided on a whim to — you know — actually run in them. I went outside and jogged about 10 feet before dying of sweatiness. "Wow," I said afterward, "I’m never doing that again." Except I did. The very next day.