Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tips For Buying Half Marathon Running Shoes

When it comes to road running there is no difference between a marathon running shoe and half marathon running shoe. So the next time you are shopping for a half marathon running shoe simply ask for a road running shoe.Although it will help the shop assistant serve you better if you inform him/her that you plan to run a half marathon.

If you want to run well and run safely. You will need a shoe that helps you maintain a balanced position.

Tips For Buying / Shopping for a Half Marathon Shoe

  1. Go first to a reputable store that specializes in running shoes.
  2. Shop for your running shoe at running shoe shops that offer gait analysis.
  3. Buy a running shoe that is a half size or so larger than your regular shoe. There should be a thumb’s width between the tip of your big toe and the top of the shoe.
  4. Once you wear the shoe they should feel comfortable right away.

Happy Shopping!

Marine Corps Marathon : Route Map & Course

The Marine Coprs Marathon is nicknamed “The Marathon of the Monuments.” because of the many monuments lined along the course.

Some of the monuments include: –

Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall, landmarks like the Lincoln, FDR, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran’s memorials. The MCM course also passes the “Guantlet” at the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.

To download a detailed course map go to Marine Corps Marathon Official Course Map

The Marine Corps marathon takes place on the last Sunday of October every year.

Crazy Tip On How To Qualify For Boston Marathon

Marathon runners will do anything to qualify for Boston marathon. I just read the story of Joseph Huber at NYT who consulted a hypnotist.

In one marathon Huber really was in such a state. He was so intent on qualifying for the Boston Marathon that he went to a hypnotist so he could run faster. In the Bay State Marathon of 1995, he said he shot out from the start “like a gazelle.” He forgot the primary rule of marathon running: don’t go out too fast.

“After 15 miles of running like a crazy man, I said to myself, Joe, you’re not 25, you’re 45,” he recalled. “I started to slow down.”

Huber missed qualifying for Boston by 82 seconds.

Now that was one crazy & funny idea.

Best Fall Races 2010

The best time of year to hit the tarmac is fall. The fall weather is ideal for running. Cool, crisp air that makes you just want to get out there and, well, run!

There are plenty of races, 5k, 10K, half marathon and even marathon that you can register and enter this fall.

For a full listing of best races you can participate in this fall go to marathon guide and Cool Running websites.

Best Running Advice For Runners

Looking at an elite athlete running you will be impressed by his/her ability to run at a high speed. They make it seem very easy! They can keep going at a level of effort that seems impossible to maintain.

But is it easy for the elite runners than it is for the regular Joe?

A New York Times article examined this issue and experts interviewed gave running  advise on How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do.

Best Running Advice from the article

Even elite runners feel the pain the secret is that they push through the pain rather than stop or slow down.

On How to deal with pain when running?

  • Focus intensely on your running, don’t let your mind drift away because you start slowing down.
  • Athletes must resist the feeling that they are too tired and have to slow down. Instead, they have to concentrate on increasing the intensity of their effort.

To add my own idea on the subject

Don’t focus on your burning chest instead feel your legs. Every time I find myself slowing down I ask myself how my legs are feeling. Most times the answer is the legs are feeling strong. And I step up a gear.

To Read the full article go to New York Time Fitness Page

2011 Berlin Marathon Registration

The registration for 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon opened on Monday 10/18/2010. Berlin Marathon 2011 date will be on 25 September 2011. If you plan to enter and run at this premier marathon event hurry up because the registration is possible until 08.07.2011.

I expect the registration to close earlier than the deadline date because registration is first come first served. Another sweetener is that it will be cheap for the first 10,000 people at 60 euros.

For online registration go to BERLIN MARATHON REGISTRATION SITE. They also have an option of paper registration. You can download the PDF-File. Print it, fill it out and send it to the organizers by postal mail.

Another option for registering for 2011 Berlin Marathon is by buying a tour package organized by tour operators. Talk to your travel advisor.

Baltimore Marathon 2010 Pictures & Photos

The 2010 Baltimore marathon is over but the team of wonderful spectators stood along the roads to keep the memories.

I have had the pleasure of looking at Pictures and Photos from the race and I have to say it was a beautiful day.

Check the photos from the race at Baltimore Sun Photo Galleries

Surgery For Runner’s Injuries

While majority of running injuries (runners knee, ankle sprain, shinsplints, Achilles tendinitis etc) are treatable by home therapy of rest, massage and pain killers some cases are severe and may require surgery treatment.

Running times have a series on running injuries and in this weeks podcast, Sport podiatrist Brian Fullem discusses advances in surgical techniques for runners that enable a faster return to running.

To listen to the podcast click RunningTimes-ModernFootSurgeryForRunners835.mp3

You may also download the podcast by right clicking on the link and click save.

My Favorite London Running Shoe Shop

I was searching for information on london running shoe shop or store and I stumbled upon a runnersworld thread on recommendations for a good running shoe shop located around London.

The following comments / recommendations caught my attention: –

2 years ago tried on 10 (yes 10) pairs and ran up and down in the street in ALL of them before the assistant was happy the shoes were giving me the support I needed. From one user

Run and Become on Palmer Street near St James’s Park is the best I’ve been to. So helpful, they will let you run in the shoes along the pathway outside (pretty entertaining for those in the coffee shop opposite)and offer advice. From Second User.

The two recommendations were for Run and Become running store. I think the idea of allowing customers to test run the running shoes outdoors is brilliant. Run and Become has to be voted the best london running shoe shop / store.

2010 Chicago Marathon Pictures & Photos

Chicago marathon runners showed grit slogging the 42K. More than 38,000 runners took part in 2010 chicago marathon.

As for pictures from 2010 Chicago marathon, I found plenty of photos from around the internet. Pictures of runners in costume are always a joy to look at.

This has to be my favorite. The battle of super heroes
Super Heroes at the 2010 Chicago Marathon

Photo courtesy of Flickr, see more at Jason broaddus Page or visit his photo blog

Another picture I found interesting was that of the runner carrying the Eiffel tower.