Monthly Archives: February 2012

Girl Dies After Running For 3 Hours

Authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. Severely dehydrated, the girl had a seizure and died days later.

Signs of Excessive Running

Witnesses told deputies Savannah was told to run and not allowed to stop for three hours. An autopsy report showed the girl was extremely dehydrated and had a very low sodium level, which is a sign of too much running.

Running for 3 hours is hard enough for an adult, I have run marathons for 3 hours and the pain you feel in your feet, chest and lungs is breaking. I can’t imagine the pain this 9 year old girl went through.

Source : AP news

Run Faster By Running Less

The goal of every runner is to run faster, the conventional advise on how to achieve that is clock hundreds of miles per week. A new breed of running coach is challenging that by saying you can run faster by running less.

According to Peter Lavelle, a certified personal trainer and co-founder of Boston-based Ultimate Bootcamp, runners should not run every other day. He talks of mixing up things:

Taking Active Rest Days During Marathon Training.

Some marathoners get by on just one long run and another shorter run per week, he said, by mixing in other workouts like swimming, circuit training with weights, spinning, or, heck, even Zumba. “It’s good to mix it up,” said Lavelle. “Cross training leads to less injury and lets you work out harder between runs by working different muscle groups.” This, in theory, can help runners cut minutes from their marathon times. From Boston Globe article.

Lavelle, claims his Boston Marathon time decreased from 3:53 down to 3:29 after began running less. He operates a boot camp which in addition to running, consist of jumping rope, step-ups on park benches, stair-climbing at T-stations, lunges, squats, push-ups and other exercises straight from military basic training.

Remember, Rest is just as vital as running when it comes to increasing marathon performance.

Make sure to check our Peter Levelle marathon training blog.

Novak Djokovic Secret Food Diet & Work Out For Endurance

It took Novak Djokovic 5 hours 53 minutes to beat Rafael Nadal at 2012 Australian open. Keep in mind two days earlier Novak went through an energy sapping encounter, beating Andy Murray in four hours and 50 minutes. The man took the term ENDURANCE to a new high level.

Djokovic’s feat has impressed and shocked many for his ability to produce two such marathon performances with minimal recovery time.

“It’s a phenomenal effort, a phenomenal aerobic and endurance performance,” said Craig Boyd of the Institute of Performance Research at Manchester Metropolitan University.

So what is the secret diet and work out that can explain this energizer bunny?

From independent newspaper of UK I found the following fascinating bits on Novak Diet and Work out

Novak Djokovic Gluten Free Diet

Diet is one area Mr Boyd and Dr Karl Cooke, the Lawn Tennis Association’s sports science manager, highlight in Djokovic’s relentless advance from contender to leader of the hungriest pack the sport has seen. In 2010 Djokovic sought the advice of Dr Igor Cetojevic, a nutritionist who holds a diploma from the Indian Institute of Magnetotherapy in Delhi and has studied traditional Chinese medicine. Dr Cetojevic found that Djokovic suffered from Celiac disease and instructed him to cut gluten out of his diet. Since doing so Djokovic has won four Grand Slams.

Novak CVAC Pod

The most controversial part of Djokovic’s improvement has been his occasional use of a CVAC Pod. The £50,000 device resembles something from a Spinal Tap set and is supposed to aid an athlete by simulating high altitude and compressing muscles at rhythmic intervals. The World Anti-Doping Authority takes a dim view of such equipment, although it is not illegal. The scientific community is divided as to its effectiveness. “There is not always a lot of scientific evidence to back up what he is doing,” said Dr Cooke. “But he strikes me as someone who is constantly looking at any small thing that can help him last a bit longer or train harder or recover a little bit better.” Source: independent Newspaper UK.