Racing — Rock N Roll San Diego 2012 to Feature Top Elites

running-advice-bugSAN DIEGO, Calif. — June 1, 2012 – Don’t confuse the Robert Cheruiyot who won the 2010 Boston Marathon with the Robert Cheruiyot, who won the Boston Marathon in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The first and last names are the same, but that’s one of the few resemblances. The more recent Boston winner is 23, the other is 32. The 2010 winner’s middle name is Kiprono, the other’s is Kipkoech. The younger Cheruiyot will be heading a strong professional field for Sunday’s 15th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. The other Cheruiyot will not be competing.

Ryan Hall will be among Half Marathon Runners @ 2012 San Diego Rock N Roll

On top of one of the strongest marathon fields in memory at Rock N Roll San Diego, the Half Marathon will feature two of America’s top runners in their final preparations for the upcoming 2012 Olympics. Both Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi will be gunning for a win Sunday as they test their fitness for the games.

Back to the Cheruiyots. “We are not related,” Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot said on Friday for the other Boston winning Cheruiyot.. “I’m not the one who won Boston four times. But now I have done it and I’m very happy to have done it.” Both Cheruiyots live in Kenya, but a great distance apart. The older one lives in Nairobi, the younger in the village of Sarucha.

When Kiprono returned to his little township two years ago after his Boston triumph, he was greeted like a conquering hero. He estimstes that about 20,000 people from villages all around his home base turned out to greet him and threw him a celebatory party. They also presented him with five cows, which he gave to his mother. Should he win in San Diego on Sunday, the celebration won’t be as large, but it will be significant, he said.
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Races — New Rock N Roll Dallas Half Marathon Debuts This Weekend

running-advice-bugDALLAS, TX –- An elite field of Texas athletes will lead approximately 13,000 registered runners at the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, on Sunday, March 14. The new event has drawn entrants from 47 states and 10 countries.

“It’s going to be a fast course and very scenic,” said Kari Logan, Event Director. “The route provides a good foot tour of the city and we’re looking forward to hosting some of the fastest athletes in Texas and we should see a fantastic race.”

The half-marathon will feature a $12,000 prize purse split evenly between the men and women. The elite race will feature a rematch of November’s thrilling half-marathon in San Antonio where Westly Keating edged out Shadrack Songok in a photo finish. Both runners made their half-marathon debuts with identical times of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds after racing the entire 13.1-mile distance stride-for-stride.
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Video — Season 2 – Episode 15 – What makes a good race?

running-advice-bugOur marathon running video series continues with another episode filmed at the PF Chang’s Rock N Roll Arizona marathon expo.

We have to apologize again for the rough audio. One of our two microphones wasn’t working properly and even with significant work, the audio is crackling and bumpy. We hope you can listen closely, because it is (we think) a good discussion.

The discussion this week: what makes a good running race anyway?

On this week’s episode we talk about:
— Different kinds of marathons (big and small, urban and trail, etc.)
— What kinds of factors tend to be common among good races.
— Things that make a race a bad apple for some runners

Season 2 – Episode 15 — What makes a good race? from Joe English on Vimeo.

Next week we keep the discussion moving and look at pace groups in marathons. Good or bad? Find out next week.

To visit our video pages with links to all of the episodes in the series, go to:
Season 1 Video Page

Season 2 Video Page

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Training: Pacing and Training for the “Goofy Challenge”- take II

running-advice-bugIn a previous post on the subject of marathon mileage Jill asked about training for Walt DisneyWorld’s Goofy Challenge. Given the broadness of the inquiry, in my first answer I gave the foundation for training for marathons which would be a requisite for training for this race.

However, this run requires runners to run a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon the next day. I’ll elaborate on some facets of training to tailor your training for Goofy-specificity.

The previous discissions about training and training mileage of course still hold true. What’s novel here — or “goofy” if you prefer — is the reduced recovery time between these two hard efforts. Take note that this is not really an endurance challenge in itself: if you can run a marathon, then of course you can run a half-marathon. Here it’s a twist on endurance – a repeated effort with limited rest.

Likewise, for most of us neither effort is a 100% effort so true stamina (ability to hold a pace over a specific distance) is not critical. You may give 100% over two days, but not 100% for the marathon and 100% for the half-marathon. In other words, you shouldn’t be looking for a PR in each of these (unless, of course you’ve never run one of these distances). If you were to put that much effort — going out at 100% effort on day one for instance — odds of even moving the next day are much diminished.
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