Run With Ronnie

Running helped turn Ronnie’s life around. We’re inspired.

Ronnie Goodman is a self-taught homeless artist and runner living in San Francisco. On July 27th he will run the Second Half of The San Francisco Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Hospitality House and their ongoing efforts in the city. 

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How Jack Changed My Life

Olympian Magdalena “Chewy” Lewy Boulet writes about her coach and mentor of 10 years after reading his autobiography, “Luck Of The Draw” available now here.

Jack has influenced, inspired and motivated me for years. The other day while in Flagstaff for my annual altitude trip we went to the gym for a hill session on the treadmill. After my workout and his easy run Jack challenged me to do a pull up using only one finger from each hand. Yep…my coach is a badass for sure! I on the other hand have a hard time doing a pull up using both hands and all ten of my fingers.

Read on about how Jack changed Magdalena’s life. Have a story about Jack? Please share. Email [email protected].

Will We Ever See A Sub-2-Hour Marathon?

It’s pretty silly now to think back and imagine those who said it was physically impossible to break 4-minutes in the mile. The world-record has gone from:  John Paul Jones (U.S.), 4:14.4 in 1913 to Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco), 3:43.13 in 1999.

Now the great barrier and debate of our time is the sub-2-hour marathon (4:34 per mile)! Seems ridiculous, right? According to Jack’s calculator the equivalent performance for the almost untouchable 3:43 mile record in the marathon is 2:03:21. Let’s look at the progression of the world-record in the marathon:  Johnny Hayes (U.S.), 2:55 in 1908 to Patrick Makau (Kenya), 2:03:38 in 2011 (4:43 per mile).

Should They Cancel The New York City Marathon? (POLL)

Mayor Bloomberg and NYRR CEO Mary Wittenberg defend the decision to move forward with the marathon here. NYRR is donating $1 million towards relief efforts. Our friend at Competitor.com Mario Fraioli makes the case on ESPN.com that the “show mustn’t go on.” Right now the debate is trending on Twitter but honestly I can’t find many who are defending the decision to move forward with the race. There’s a Cancel The 2012 NYC Marathon Facebook account which now has 46,000 Likes in a day, almost as many as the marathon’s official Facebook page.

We’d like to know what you think? Take our quick survey below and we’ll publish the results soon. If you want to know what others think add a question to the poll.

Is The Marathon Boom Over?

Seems hard to imagine but Erin Berisini of Outside Magazine posed the question and looked at the numbers last week.

We checked Running USA’s 2010 State of the Sport Report and also noticed that the number of finishers in 2011 (518,000) was only 2.2 percent higher than in 2010. That’s a measly rate of growth compared to the previous two years, during which marathoning enjoyed growth rates closer to 10 percent.

What do you think?

What Did You Think Of NBC’s London Olympics Coverage?

Kind of old news but we just read the London Games had more viewers (219 million) than any other event in U.S. TV history yet so many seemed unsatisfied with NBC’s coverage.

Obviously, we’re biased so not showing some major track events live was a real bummer, especially the men’s and women’s 100m, 200m and 1500m. Heck, they didn’t even show the steeplechase final during primetime coverage. You either had to stay up until 2am est or tape it and watch it the next day. The biggest criticism seems to be that NBC should have shown more live-coverage, yet NBC Sports Chairman, Mark Lazarus, thinks they should have shown more tape-delayed coverage! A director at Ad Age went further saying, ‘knowing the results of an event made you want to watch the coverage even more.’ But doesn’t that kind of ruin the whole experience? The suspense and excitement watching the men’s 10,000 meters was incredible.

What did you think?

Should The Boston Marathon Course Be Legal?

NYRR hosted a good debate about whether the Boston Marathon course should be legal for world-record purposes. As it stands the course is not legal because it’s point-to-point and its net elevation loss exceeds the IAAF’s limits. We asked some of our coaches to weigh in and it looks like they all agree with the current rule. Jack thinks without last year’s extreme tailwind, times would have been up to 5 minutes slower.

Jack Daniels:  Some years ago I calculated the benefit of the overall downhills of Boston and it was published in Runners World. I went as far as to calculate the time loss during various uphill segments and the gain of various downhill segments. I have a copy of that publication somewhere and will try to find it. Obviously when you see a picture of someone with long hair running Boston and their hair is being blown out in front of their face, they have a pretty good tailwind. I actually have data on the benefits of tailwinds of different velocities and headwinds of various velocities and no question headwinds hurt more than tailwinds help. Something I have always felt might be a good question to ask is what time do you think they would have run last year on Boston if the course had been run in the reverse direction — any guesses here? I would certainly think more than 5 minutes slower.

Why Do You Run?

By Alicia Shay

Truthfully, I had a great nutrition article written and ready to post.  However, as I glanced over the words I had typed out, their importance seemed to pale in comparison to how the nation of Japan is suffering right now.  For the last several days, every time I step outside to go for a run I feel conflicted.  For the first mile my legs feel heavy and my heart feels even heavier.  Images of a country ravaged by an earthquake, a tsunami and now nuclear dangers play through my mind.  My thoughts range from sorrow to prayer to grief to hopelessness and to hope. As the seconds tick by, eventually my pace quickens, the heaviness starts to lift and the urge to stop disappears as I press forward.

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