BY EMMA NEHMS, DC BUREAU CHIEF
Washington, D.C. – The Obama administration quietly announced this weekend that it is expanding the much-maligned Common Core program in our nation’s public schools, now to include running instruction.
US Secretary of Education, Jim Deacher, says it is intended to help our kids better compete with high-performing countries like Jamaica and Kenya: “We are sending our kids off to college, unprepared for track and trail. As a result, our kids are falling behind other nations. Literally – they are falling into the water-pit, behind the guys from Kenya and Tanzania in the steeple-chase event. Not always, but once is enough for us to over-react and completely go off the deep end changing things all around.”
BY MAY DUPP- Berlin Bureau Chief
Farfegnugen, Germany – The popular Volksrennen 50k race through the streets of Farfegnugen has come under fire since its race-director admitted it is actually closer to 38k. Apparently, the measuring wheel used to roll out the course all these years had been manipulated by race engineers to falsify the distance.
BY ALISON VÜNDERLUND
Redmond, WA – A rumble between cyclists and runners occurred due to a disagreement over a shared-use trail near the Microsoft campus last week. The cyclists started it by taunting the runners for not having tight, brightly colored jerseys with some company logo on them. Witnesses say it soon escalated to an all-out turf war. Continue reading
By Ahmid Sole
FLAW, OH – In our early-bird-gets-the-worm society, it pays to be punctual. Never is this more true than in the world of race registration, where procrastinating even a few hours can mean upwards of $10 in additional fees or missing out on the event entirely.
It’s a lesson Steven Dusa won’t soon forget. Continue reading
BIRDLAND, NY –
After years of finishing at or near the back of the pack, Charlie “Duke” Miles has finished first in his age group (40-44) in all of his recent races. But up until now, the secret to his winning ways has remained a mystery. Was it some new kind of energy gel? No. Awesome compression socks with ridiculous energy return? Uh uh. A ramped-up training schedule that saw him exceed his average monthly mileage by over 30 percent? Great guess, but nope. The secret to this runner’s newfound success? His sweet jazz fusion playlist. Continue reading
It’s been a long, tough day. You’re dead tired, the weather sucks, and you just wanna open up a beer and start binge watching Property Brothers. On the other hand, you really oughta go out and get your run in first. But…hmm…I mean, you could skip it today. It’s just one day. But… didn’t go yesterday either, or the day before, so…This beer will still be here after you get back from your nice run. Why don’t you just make it a quickie? Then again, why even bother for just a quickie? Well, but a quickie’s better than nothing. Maybe, but is it really worth the effort? What if you just relax with a beer and go to bed early? That’s good for you too, right? You can go for a run tomorrow. But, what if you can’t go tomorrow? Okay then, go tonight. You know you want to. But you also just want that beer.
Run, or beer?
We’ve been there! A lot. So we made this t-chart to help us. We hope it helps you, too!
BY TODD LUHR, JR., EUROPE BUREAU CHIEF
Lapin Laani, Finland- The hugely influential Finnish runner-mime Matti “Mikki” Mikkimatti has died, at the age of 69, after a drawn out battle with chafing and bunyans. The chafing and bunyans had nothing to do with why he died; he had just been battling them recently. He actually died from drowning, after he fell through a newly-frozen lake in the Peekaleeka District in central Finland.
BY SHEILA SHOCKER
Well, the The Compression Sock Liberals are back at it again! I’m not sure if they’re just lying so much that they’re actually starting to believe their blatant lies, or if they’re just SO ignorant that they believe the evil lies of the pro-compression sock lobby, but every time they give yet another idiotic pro-compression sock opinion, SCIENCE and LOGIC are there to put the SMACKDOWN on them!
BY ADAM BADWATER
ANAHEIM, CA – Accomplished but holier-than-thou runner Arn Ulysses, finisher of over 300 marathons in less than 10 years, scoffed himself to death while reading a Beginners’ running forum online. Ulysses, who had several sub 3-hour marathon finishes under his belt prior to his death, had always taken a perverse, self-serving pleasure in perusing new runners’ accounts of their struggles and successes.
This time, he took his arrogance too far. Continue reading
A new sock startup has the big running sock manufacturers running scared! eRunningSocks.com is dragging the ancient sport of running out of the Stone Age by combining proprietary nanotechnology and NASA-developed “moon fabric” to create the world’s most perfect sock.
eRunningSocks.com founder Chase M. Down started with the simple idea of integrating all our tech “wearables” into what most runners already have to wear anyway. As the former Cal Tech Adjunct Professor of Applied Nano Structures and Supramolecular Assemblies tells it, he was out for his morning jog before heading into the lab, when he stopped in his tracks:
“I had an epiphany! I was wearing a GPS watch on my wrist, my cell phone strapped to my arm, compression socks, compression sleeves and compression underpants, and my thermoregulator in my shorts…and in spite of all this stuff, running fast is still not super easy? That’s not right! Right then and there, I put all of my passion, energy, and grad students into developing one perfect wearable that does it all, and actually makes running faster virtually effortless!”