Archive for April, 2012

Dealing with the elements

Women's winner Sharon Cherop of Kenya, left, and men's winner and compatriot Wesley Korir kiss the trophy at the finish area of the 2012 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 16, 2012. / AP photo

Women's winner Sharon Cherop of Kenya, left, and men's winner and compatriot Wesley Korir kiss the trophy at the finish area of the 2012 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 16, 2012. / AP photo

Hills and distance were only two of the challenges runners doing the Boston Marathon on Monday had to contend with — unseasonable heat threw another hurdle into the mix. Temperatures reached 87(!) degrees, scaring away more than 4,000 runners who had registered for the race, and causing 2,100 who did run to be treated for dehydration and exhaustion.

Which begs the question — how prepared are you to run in extreme weather? The temps for last year’s Peachtree Road Race were 74 degrees at the 7:30 a.m. starting time, and it only got hotter. For PRR first-timers who haven’t run in humidity, make no mistake — it was sock-drenching, T-shirt soaking humidity. I don’t say that to scare you, but to prepare you.

The treadmill may be tempting on days when it feels like the air is so heavy, it …

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A little bit of inspiration

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Kathrine Switzer was nearly thrown out of the Boston Marathon in 1967. / AP photos

Whether you’re a race newbie or a running veteran, we can probably all use a little running inspiration as we enter the fever pitch of training season.

I got some last week in the form of this story from NPR about Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to successfully run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She was nearly pushed off the course by a race official in 1967, five years before women were officially allowed to run in the race, but still managed to finish in four hours and 20 minutes.

Switzer continued to be an advocate for women after her marathon finish, becoming instrumental in the fight to make the marathon an Olympic event for women.

The PRR has allowed women to run since its inception in 1970, but it’s inspiring to think about the women who paved the way for equality in the sport overall.

Who is your running inspiration? Is there someone that keeps you going when you think you’ve …

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Waging a war with water

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A soon-to-be new best friend?

You know those people who always seem to be chugging from their Nalgene bottles, espousing the benefits of drinking 9,000 gallons of water a day? I am not one of those people.

I wish I was. I really do. I just really don’t like drinking water. I make sure to get every last drop out of my coffee mugs, but when it comes to plain old agua, I have to force myself to drink even four of the eight recommended glasses a day.

As you can imagine, this aversion to water poses quite a problem for a runner, especially when the temperature rises. I try to give myself pep talks about how much easier my runs are when I’m hydrated, but it’s still a struggle. Sports drinks help somewhat, but I find many to be dehydrating.

I know it sounds like an odd problem, but I also know I’m not the only one — there are plenty of articles online about learning to love the taste of water (there are some good tips here and here).

I’m making it my goal to drink more water this …

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