Monthly Archives: April 2010

Ryan Hall Asics Customised Running Shoes

Ryan hall is sponsored by Asics, a Japanese sports shoes maker. The shoes color are black and white.

The black and white Asics were custom made for Ryan Hall, so you wont see them in the running stores.

According to running competitor : His feet were measured from every angle, using cutting-edge technology, and his legs were measured for strength and flexibility in relation to other marathoners. Run testing on an indoor/outdoor track helped determine his ground impact, force and reaction time.

After 2 days of testing, researchers had the information needed to create a pair of shoes uniquely designed for Hall’s specific running mechanics. Read more @ running competitor

Fastest US Marathons : Top Ten By Running Times

If you want to set a new PR or a course to help you qualify for Boston or New York marathon then you need to look at this list of fastest US marathon.

1. Chevron houston marathon in Texas

2. Austin Marathon

3. Lincoln National Gurad marathon

4. Rite Aid Cleveland marathon

5. Grandmas marathon

6. Chicago marathon

7. Steamtown marathon

8. Philadelphia marathon

9. California marathon marathon

10. Las Vegas marathon

Factors considered in compiling the list were : Flatness, weather, size of the field and number of turns.

Source running times

Steamtown Marathon : Your Easy Ticket To Boston Marathon

If you are looking for a fast and easy marathon course to qualify for Boston Marathon, then you may consider Steamtown marathon. In fact, in 2006, 28 percent of all runners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Reasons why Steamtown marathon is your answer for that elusive Boston marathon qualifier time.

What the press is saying

Runner’s World has called this race “One of the nation’s 10 fastest marathons.” The Running Times magazine reported that runners at Steamtown have finished faster than the national average for several years in a row.Running USA determined that Steamtown’s 2005 median time was at least 30 minutes faster than the national average and was the fastest of any 2005 U.S. marathon with at least 1,000 finishers.

What the runners have to say.

In a Runnersworld thread some runners reported to have set new PRs by upto 15mins.

The Steamtown marathon course

The course is not just flat it is downhill all the way (not the whole route but atleast most of the route) bad for quads but good for those who have prepared to run down hill.

The Perfect Scranton Pennsylvanian Weather

The race is held every October, when temperatures are relatively cool and the fall foliage is beginning to peak.

What the organizers promise

“The key to running Steamtown is managing the hills,” Cummings said. “Much of the first eight miles features significant downhills while the last few miles include several short, but challenging uphills. Many runners have set personal records here by wide margins. Others however, have failed to prepare for the hills and have crashed and burned, wondering how anyone could call Steamtown fast.”

For More information on race information, register, registratioon fee, visit steamtown marathon site

Largest USA Marathons : Top 15 USA Marathons

2009 largest U.S. marathons, listed by number of timed finishers

1. New York City, 43,660

2. Chicago, 33,60

3. Boston, 22,843

4. Marine Corps, D.C., 21,405

5. Honolulu, 20,323

6. Walt Disney, Orlando, 14,948

7. Los Angeles, 14,125

8. Rock ’n’ Roll, San Diego, 13,391

9. Twin Cities, 8,474

10. Portland, Ore., 8,166

11. Philadelphia, 7,494

12. Rock ’n’ Roll, Phoenix 6,444

13. Grandma’s, 5,998

14. Rock ’n’ Roll, San Antonio, 5,906

15. Rock ’n’ Roll, Las Vegas, 5,888

Source: Running USA

How To Choose Running Socks For Marathon

Running socks are very important especially when you will be running 26.2 miles. If your heel starts to rub or you get a blister, it will make for a very long day and several painful days thereafter.

There are many running socks brand and most can be bought online or at your local running shoe store. When buying running socks choose one with the following benefits :-

1) Wicks away moisture from your feet

2) Helps prevent blisters

3) Is not made of cotton – you want to avoid cotton. Cotton retains sweat that causes blister

Running socks packs have a list of benefits written at the back.

Recovery Drink After Running : Cherry Juice

Participating in long-distance endurance events, such as 26 miles marathon, causes a degree of muscle damage and inflammation for the runners. It takes several days to recover, the more experienced a runner the faster the speed of recovery.

Cherries help speedy recovery of marathon runners.

I have just read a scientific report that claims that athletes who drink the juice of Montmorency cherries recover faster after Marathon running.

Medicinal benefits of cherries

According to the scientist: –

The phytochemicals, in particular, anthocyanins found in Montmorency cherries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidating properties, which the research has shown to be effective in helping exercisers to recover from strenuous physical activity.

So, next time you finish that long run, instead of drinking plain water mix it up with Cherry juice.