An Evening With The Stars

I need to post here more often, I’m stating to accumulate topics to write about.
I got paced by a bus this morning. Yes, really. The Park Street bridge that I cross at the beginning and end of my runs is a lifting bridge and the buses are required to stop before crossing. And so I ran past the Transbay bus as it was stopped. When it started again and drew level, it stayed level. I could not see the driver in the dark, but waved anyway and sped up. So did he. So then I turned on the jets and drew ahead. By the far end of the bridge I was going full out (The Garmin recorded a few seconds at 4:25 pace) and the bus blew past. That was fun.
Yesterday thee marathon training group was hosted by Innersports Chiropractic in Berkeley, where we saw a demonstration of video gait analysis, and listened to a talk on Marathon training and prep by Perter Gilmore and Magdalena Lewy-Boulet. On the subject of the big hill in the Oakland marathon course, Peter remarked “You have two months to go. Be afraid of it now so you’ll be well prepared on the day.” This led to a discussion on hill work. Magda talked about specificity in training. Although she likes the treadmill, particularly for hill repeats, and loves the trails, sh runs the majority of her miles on the roads. It’s not just a matter of gait-tuning for hard surfaces, but the road miles strengthen you so that you’re less likely to get injured during an actual race. When I asked her afterwards what races she has coming up, it turned out she’s training for the cross-country nationals, so some of her miles are on grass in spikes. If she gets onto the U.S. team, she’ll go to the world championship in March in her native Poland, and her 98-year old grandmother will get to see her race. Here’s hoping she makes the team!
Nutrition factoids from the talk: Women don’t benefit much from carbo-loading, And don’t have your regular breakfast on race-day. You need to be vary low-fiber in the final 24 hours, to avoid those emergency bathroom breaks during the race.


6 Responses to “An Evening With The Stars”

  1. 1 Flo January 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I am SO jealous! Not of the bus race, too lazy for that, but the Magda meeting. What a great evening that must have been. Very interesting about carb loading not being so great for women, first time I’ve ever heard that. Have a great weekend, hope you find more mass transportation to chase, arf arf!

  2. 2 Christi January 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, you got to meet some great elite runners. Like Flo, I am jealous!

  3. 3 jime2 January 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Yup, “Studies have shown” she said. Perhaps a bit of googling will turn it up.

  4. 4 Manchester Podiatrist February 3, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Great Post! Ensuring that the body is working efficiently has been a concern for elite runners for some time. Gait Analysis can identify the souce of any pain that you may be experiencing and successfully treat the problem using several different methods. A Gait Analysis can also help in finding the correct footwear for your chosen sporting activity by identifying where your feet needs to be supported the most.

  5. 5 runsinthefamily February 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    That’s really interesting about carbo loading not working as well for women – I wonder why? Very cool to meet Magda – my brother works at Transports with Richie, I wonder if you have crossed paths?

  6. 6 Jim E February 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Hi runsinthefamily – Very probably. I’ve shopped there quite a number of times. They organize a Wednesday evening run. I have not attended, but I hear Magda sometimes shows up to those. Very cool.

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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