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2011 Berlin Marathon Results

The King is dead long live the king. Haile Gebrsselassie of Ethiopia was slayed at 2011 Berlin marathon.

Patrick Makau of Kenya is the new Marathon record holder, he won the 2011 Berlin Marathon in a time of 2 hours 3 minutes, 38 seconds, that is a new world record.

The womens race was won by Kenyan, Florence Kiplagat in a time of 2 hours, 19 minutes. British marathon runner, Paula Radcliffe was a strong third.

The former marathon king, Haile gebrselassie dropped out of the race for a second year running, will he announce another retirement?

Paula Radcliffe Bitten By Dog While Running

The BBC Reported last week that British athlete Paula Radcliffe was bitten by a dog during a training run in Monaco. The 37-year-old world marathon record holder required hospital treatment because of the damage to her calf.

Every runner has a Dog story, it is like Dogs love having a go at runners.

How to Deal With Dogs When They Chase You While Running

  1. Stare down at the dog before he really starts making his move, even if you have to slow down and/or walk backwards.
  2. Make an effort to move away from his turf or his owner so that he doesn’t feel as threatened while you are asserting your dominance, which is what you are doing in step number 1. Move slowly; you want to discourage the dog from chasing you, and not give it a new game.
  3. Talk to the dog and try to calm it down. I will usually say, “Good puppy” or something like that in a soothing voice to try to calm the dog down and show that I am not a threat. It probably helps that I have a deep voice.
  4. If he makes a break for you, stop and bring your hands, arms and legs in towards your body. If you are a man, put your hands in front of your crotch so that the dog can not bite you there. You want your body to be in a straight line so that there is nothing hanging off of you for the dog to attack and grab hold of. Many dogs are just friendly want to play with you or check you out; I don’t assume that the dog going to bite me until it does, but I also do not want to make it easier for the dog to injure me.
  5. If you are bit by the dog, kick it in the head. If you can, try to kick it below its muzzle on its chin as that will cause the most pain while being the least likely to permanently injure the dog. The goal is to give it one good lick that will teach it not to bite runners in the future and hopefully confusing or hurting it enough to leave you alone in the present. Get away from the dog, and call the game warden or your local sheriff at the first possible convenience.
  6. Start moving away or continue your run depending upon whether the dog just wants to sniff you or is being playful or is still threatening to bite. Unless you were bit, do not move too fast until there is some distance between you and the dog. You can probably out run a dog over the long haul, but in a sprint you are all too likely to lose.

Dog Dealing tips courtesy of run to win.

Pregnancy May Boost An Athlete Performance

When Paula Radcliffe won the New York City Marathon 10 months after giving birth to her first child, Isla, I was left surprised.I didn’t expect her to do well let alone win the race just after giving birth.

But according to an article I have just read at Sports Illustrated I shouldn’t have been surprised because pregnancy can have an effect on a womans body that that can make her run faster

To Quote the article,

One of the many physical transformation that occur in a woman’s body to accommodate the new resident is an increase in blood volume, since there are suddenly two people in need of oxygenated blood. Once the baby is born, that extra blood hangs around. Extra red blood cells, as any athlete who has used EPO knows, means extra oxygen to the muscles. This super mom effect, however, is transient, lasting a few weeks or months. A 1991 study at the University of Vermont found that non-athlete women were still pumping slightly more blood than usual three months after giving birth.

They asked Paul Radcliffe how she felt after pregnancy and she said she felt stronger after her first pregnancy.

Abortion Doping.

There are unconfirmed reports that this relationship between pregnancy and red blood cells may have been exploited by the former East German Athletes. According to grapevine, East German athletes had gotten pregnant, and then aborted, in order to take advantage of hormone changes during pregnancy.

For more, read the source of the article at sports illustrated

Paula Radcliffe Marathon Training : Weekly Runs : Gym Training

Paula Radcliffe trains on an eight-day cycle, working for seven days and then enjoying one of complete rest.

Paula Radcliffe Daily Runs : Weekly Miles

She runs some 22 miles a day (12-15 in the morning and another seven in the early evening) with Lough (her husband and coach) at her side, on his bicycle;

Paula Radcliffe Gym Training

In between, she does an hour-long session of core strength exercises.

To Run faster and stronger – Rest, Rest & Rest

When she is not training, she sleeps – a lot. ‘I’m usually in bed by ten and I don’t get up until around nine,’ she says. ‘Then I have another two hours sleep in the afternoon. You really need that sleep when you train as hard as I do.

Sorry, instead of rest I should have said, Sleep, sleep and sleep.

Source : Paula Radcliffe Interview Courtesy of Guardian Newspaper UK.

The Week Before the Marathon

After marathon training for months, you should spend the last week taking it easy. I spend the last week drinking plenty of water, eating a diet rich in carbohydrates and keeping my body in form by stretching and doing light jogging.

Paula Radcliffe Training Tips One week before a marathon.

Paula Radcliffe  holds four of the five fastest times ever run by a woman over the 26.2-mile distance. A tip from her comes with a “pay attention” pedigree.

Paula shared the following simple tips on BBC website, a week before 2008 London Marathon.

  1. You should have cut down your mileage by now but it is always worth throwing in a little bit of speed work in your final week.
  2. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  3. Make sure you have run in the gear you want to wear in the race.
  4. Watch out for germ areas – catch a cold now and you could kiss the marathon goodbye
  5. Don’t forget the Vaseline!

Some of the germ areas Radcliffe treats with care are supermarket trolleys and believe it or not, baby Isla!

“Since having Isla (last January), I’ve learned the importance of keeping guard against germs. Babies pick up everything going,” Radcliffe told BBC Sport.

Read the rest of the Radcliffe Interview on  BBC sports.

Radcliffe Running Toilet Stop

Some of the most agonising moments for runners is when you feel the need to pass urine when on the run. Do you look for a toilet or do you run to a bush?

The urge to pee while on the run is normally a false signal. But if you cant help it, do what Paula Radcliffe did!

This is Paula Radcliffe unscheduled toilet stop at 2005 London Marathon. The added creativity on the photo is courtesy of the Sun Newpaper of UK. Read Sun’s colourful article Easy peesy for Paula

Radcliffe, feeling hindered by the need for a toilet break, stopped and urinated on the side of the street in plain view of the crowd and TV cameras which broadcast the incident live. In November 2006, the incident was voted top running moment in history from a choice of ten ‘unforgettable moments’

Amazingly, this running “Pit Stop” did not stop her from winning the race in a time of 2 hrs 17 Mins 46 Secs and Set a New record.

Celebrity Stock photos

This infamous photo of Paula Radcliffe it is the type of photo you find inside a tabloid celebrity gossip and photo pages. The photo is perfect for female celebrity photo galleries or a celebrity photo library.

Radcliffe Does It again at Beijing Olympic Marathon

When I saw Radcliffe break away from the leading park and run to the side I thought she was reaching for a drink, instead she went down and did a toilet stop in front of the TV Cameras!. That’s two toilet stops in two marathons. I’m wondering, what does she eat before the race?