Category Archives: marathon

The romance of small ball fitness

Those of us who run, ride and swim come to realize that while the big muscles that drive us forward are important, it is the little muscles, tendons and connective tissues that keep us together. There must be romance between … Continue reading

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Some optics from Ironman Louisville

My wife completed Ironman Louisville with a one-hour personal record for the full distance. This was her second 140.6. The first was a similarly hilly course in Madison, Wisconsin. So she’s got two under her race belt and learned so … Continue reading

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Glenn’s labor of love

Glenn Lyle was what he characterizes as “a decent runner” in the years just before Frank Shorter’s won the 1972 Olympic marathon and set off the first running boom. Lyle graduated from the Elgin High School cross country and track … Continue reading

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You just never know about running form

Perhaps you watched the women’s marathon in the World Championship. And perhaps you saw a runner from Japan named Mao Kiyota racing the entire distance with a stiff arm motion that kept her wrists well below her waistline. It was … Continue reading

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Are dreams important?

How are your dreams? Are they intense and in color? Or do they fade so quickly when you rise in the morning that you cannot remember them? Last night I dreamt that I was out on a trip somewhere with … Continue reading

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Madison Half Marathon greetings

The truth about running half marathons is that you really should train for them. That was evidenced by the performance of my fiancee Sue, who ran with confidence and decent cadence for all 13.1 miles of the race in Madison, … Continue reading

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I wanted to see what a woman could do

Back when I was a freshman in college, the first two women came out for the cross country. Gwen and Lynn were the pioneers for women’s running at Luther. They trained together daily and ran with the men on occasion. … Continue reading

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Follow the groundhog, she said

We left from Batavia at 5:00 a.m. to run the Rockford 10k.The drive from Batavia takes about an hour. Of course, we did not anticipate that the entire exit ramp to I-39 into Rockford would be closed for repairs. Nor did … Continue reading

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What do the numbers say about women’s and men’s running?

So while women have closed down the pace gap in a relative short time through increased participation opportunities and a continuing growth in the sport, there is still at least a 10% difference on average between women runners at both the median and world-class levels. Interestingly, that difference is hardly evident in most races. Wherever women and men race together, the playing field is essentially, perceptually even. Relatively few men can beat the world’s best women runners. Continue reading

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It’s a long way to Boston any way you run

So my friend Russ Bauch was running the Fox Valley Marathon in an attempt to qualify for Boston. He missed by only 30 seconds, due primarily to some cramping in his legs in the final two miles of the race. … Continue reading

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