Monday, December 28, 2009

The Great American Foot Race



In 1928, 200 runner's entered a race across America to help promote Route 66. They ran about 40 miles per day. The race took 84 days. Andy Payne (above left) finished in 573h.04m.34s... that's about 3422 10-minute miles, in a row! Here's the SITE with all the info.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Get a grip! Don't let the snow or ice defeat your runs...


So the other day I posted this VIDEO about putting screws in the bottom of your running shoes to give you better traction in the snow and ice. With all of the heavy snowfall on the east coast and in the mountains around the country I thought I would share some alternative options as well. YAK TRAX PRO are great if you don't want to break out the screw driver and are looking for a quick fix or an option to travel with. These STABILICERS are pretty cool too.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Meb and Ryan officially in for the USA at the Boston Marathon 2010


Can Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall bring home the win for Americans in the 2010 Boston Marathon? This year Meb became the first American to win the NYC Marathon in 26 yrs! If either Meb or Ryan win they will be the first American since 1983 to win Boston. Here's a great ARTICLE from the Boston Globe.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jonathan Prince. Running Across North America for the THIRD Time! Hope or Die.


Jonathan Prince is running to inspire change. He has run across America twice and is on the THIRD trip now! The project he launched is called HOPE OR DIE (hopeordie.org). He is running from LA to Washington DC and hopes to run the last mile with Barack... All I have to say is our President better start training! He started his run in October 2009 and will arrive in DC in March 2010. Hey Jonathan if I show up in DC in March can I run with you and Barack?

Check out his story on CNN:


Jonathan Prince is UNDEFEATED.

Phillipines Dominate the South East Asian Games Marathon



Eduardo Buenavista and Jho-An Banayag, both Filipino won the men's and women's marathon on Tuesday at the South East Asian Games in Laos. Check out the ARTICLE. Is it just me or does it seem like Filipino's are taking over the sports world!? Remember the Manny Pacquiao boxing match a couple months ago? Wow. If you don't know who he is be sure to check that link (on his name) to learn more.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Spiritual Running; Running with The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

I watched Spirit of the Marathon a while back which is a movie that follows Deena Kastor and 5 other runners training for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. One runner was talking about how she always has to time her runs and she see's people running without a watch and refers to them as "zen runners".  It's a real short snippet of the movie but that term has stuck with me. I am not a super spiritual person but I do have (and need!) my spiritual moments. I read Deepak Chopra's, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and I try to apply them to my life. I initially read the book to find guidance as an entrepreneur. A few months ago I started applying "the laws" to running. Here are the laws and (briefly) how I think they apply to running:

1) The Law of Pure Potentiality; this is pure consciousness... be the run. You might know this as the runner's high.  Or if you have never run before but you can see yourself running you can run!
 
2) The Law of Giving (and receiving); Train fast run fast... Teach running learn running... there's probably a lot of other ways you can get deep on that one.  See what you come up with at Mile 19.

3) The Law of Karma or "Cause and Effect"; Similar to the one before but I think the law of giving is physical while this is one is more mental. Think about being positive on a run as opposed to negative or turning a negative vibe into a positive vibe while on a run. 

4) The Law of Least Effort; This is my favorite law... This is "the zone". 

5) The Law of Intention and Desire; This one's tricky because getting caught up in desire will derail your intention but it is important to desire, to believe, feel it and see it BUT relinquish your attachment to the outcome. In other words, set qualifying for Boston or the Western States 100 as a goal but don't stress it away!


6) The Law of Detachment; This one's a little tricky too... It is crucial to detach from the outcome of the result of your intentions and desires. This means you're truly believing in yourself. It allows you to step into the unknown where you will have a blank slate to create. In relation to running, practicing this law will help you to continue running. Have you ever burned yourself out on running? I believe it is important to not force runs.

7) The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life; Whatever you truly want running to be in your life, it will be that. 

Friday, December 11, 2009

Winter Tune Up

When it finally gets cold enough in SF for me to break out the puffy north face jacket I know it's officially winter time! Starting around November and going through Mid-February I generally focus on strength exercises and those random parts of my body that get neglected but are crucial to maintaining running health. Here are videos that focus on each area:
HIPS:

BACK (I do these and get great results with LIGHT arm weights and leg weights):

OBLIQUES:

INNER THIGHS (guys, think this is one is just for girls? You're missing out. Do some sit ups first and then go straight into these or throw some leg weights on to make it a little more challenging):

HAMSTRINGS (I think the best hamstring exercise is on the machine but do each leg separately):

If you've had issues making it to the starting line, if you have sore knees, back, IT band issues, etc it's probably due to weak muscles that are connected to or surrounding those parts. If you aren't "hip" to the benefits of strength training (sorry that was lame), it will burn fat better than running and keep those extra cookies and chocolate off your body during the holidays. This happens because while you are at rest your beat up muscles will be eating up everything they can find to rebuild. Remember though, you don't have to be huge to be strong. Think about Bruce Lee!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Manu Chao makes great music to run to!

Check out Manu Chao for some awesome running music. Below is a link to the live album Radio Bemba Sound System. My favorite track is El Viento (#7), "the wind". It is guaranteed to get you moving fast. Be sure to check out the rest of the running music that I have shared with you HERE. Uh oh! ...I just noticed that a few of the music links I had up are broken because they were from Imeem which is now part of myspace. Still some great suggestions there.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Honolulu Marathon this Sunday!



The Honolulu Marathon welcomes over 60% of its participants from Japan! It's no wonder Japan Airlines "JAL" is the presenting sponsor. Did you know Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands? Check out this awesome JAPANESE DISTANCE RUNNING BLOG for more info about running culture in Japan. Also, my favorite running book was written by Japanese author, Haruki Murakami. Check out my post on WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING.
Good luck runners!!! or ... Kōun ran'nā!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Runners vs Joggers

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

One of the Undefeated Running readers emailed me this weekend to ask me, "What I had against joggers?" Even though he considered himself a runner (a Boston Qualifier and long distance runner even without a race) he felt that I shouldn't exclude joggers. He is right.

I need to clarify the Undefeated Running view of a "runner" vs. a "jogger".  To me, a runner is someone that simply loves to run no matter how fast or slow they are going. There is a difference between a runner and running; and a jogger and jogging. A runner can jog, a jogger can run, both can walk and a walker can at least jog, right? So it is about mentality when running or jogging that makes one a runner. However, this person made me realize that if someone hasn't found their running consciousness yet we should help them find it instead of excluding them from the club.

Personally, I am a pretty slow runner and I was even slower when I started running... some, most and I would even say I was jogging. For the first year of my running career mentally, I was a jogger too. I wasn't really into it and I was doing it just for health reasons. After about a year I noticed a shift in my consciousness. I started setting goals to reach longer distances (6 miles, 7 miles, 10, etc).  I became a runner in the most beat up moments when I would think to myself, "There is no way in hell I am stopping." I never stopped. After a while I started to love "the run" and the challenge it posed. That is when I became a runner. A runner loves "the run", the challenge and the struggle you must overcome. Was there always a runner inside of me or was it something that I created from jogging? I believe it was always inside. You must love the journey more than the destination to be a runner.

What about runners that are joggers in a fast disguise? It seems that when most people talk about a jogger vs a runner it is a one way debate about whether or not slower runners are considered runners. There are many fast runners out there, even Boston or NYC Qualifiers who are joggers. Are you and your emotions attached to your watch? Is it all about the finish line, the medal or the bragging rights? Let go of the timing, pacing, and heart monitoring devices, water bottles, extra gear, organized races and the ego (at least for a handful of runs a month!). Run for the sake of running. Like my new friend Sam (the one who wrote to me) said, "I can run 26.2 anytime of the week-I got it on my route."

Becoming a runner made me a better person. Undefeated Running is here to bring out the runner inside everyone.

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Monday, December 7, 2009

California International Marathon Pics! Dec. 6th, 2009

Click HERE for the FULL GALLERY. Click on each pic for a larger version and feel feel to right click and save or use the email link at the bottom of the post to send to friends! You can always access this gallery by clicking on the Picture Galleries topic. Congratulations and enjoy!!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

The California International Marathon is today! Undefeated Running will be there to get some post race pics. Good luck runners!!

ALL CIM PICTURES WILL BE UP BY MONDAY NIGHT! Until then soak up some much needed recovery time and feel free to sift through some of the topics, posts and other marathon picture galleries to the right. Congratulations CIM runners!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Council for Responsible Sport; Are you being green?



It's all about being green these days, right!? The Council for Responsible Sport is helping athletic events like marathons and triathlons become greener. Many people travel from all over the world to participate in these events and their travels take a serious toll on the environment. Consider this data from the CRS website:

Ironman Hawaii hosted 1,787 athletes on Oct. 13, 2007. Of the starters, only 68 were from the state of Hawaii. Competitors traveled 18,312,992 miles round-trip to reach Kailua-Kona, and nearly all of them traveled by plane. Long airline flights generate an average of 1.3068 lbs of CO2 equivalent per passenger mile.
Thus, athletes on the starting line of Ironman Hawaii produced 23,931,418 lbs (10,853 metric tonnes) of greenhouse gases getting to and from the race. This is equivalent to the yearly carbon footprint (electricity and natural gas) of 972 average American homes.
It would have cost $108,530.00 to offset this carbon by funding carbon-reducing projects managed by EcoSecurities.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Vegas Baby! Las Vegas Marathon this Sunday.




I've been to Las Vegas about 5 times and each time the thought of running a marathon there was probably the farthest thing from my mind. These days however, it seems like the Las Vegas Marathon has become increasingly popular with 27,000 people running it on Sunday. With my partying endurance losing ground to my running endurance there's a good chance that my next trip to the strip will be to run 26.2.  I hear it's a flat and fast course with generally good running weather and LOTS of options for post-run celebrations. The only negative is there is good chance you'll wake up on marathon morning with a hangover. Good luck runners!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Deadlifts

Deadlifts are one of the best exercises you can do because they work a lot of different muscles at once that do not ordinarily get a lot of attention. Deadlifts target your lower back, butt and hamstrings which are essential for running, especially long distance running. Many runners do not make it to the starting line of races because they hurt themselves during training. Most of these injuries are caused by too much running and not enough cross training and strength training. Here's how to do a deadlift:

Celebrity Runners

I've seen a few pics of celebrity runners floating around and I've read the headlines of celebs doing marathons this year. I've never understood people's obsession with fame and famous people. However, the effect that obsession has on different cultures, brands, etc is pretty amazing. Below are some pics of celeb runners (not joggers!). Edward Norton looks like he's working a sub 8 min pace while Matthew McConaughey is working out with a weight vest on! Madonna and friend are doing it like rock stars and Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are trying to fly under the radar.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cool California marathons going on this weekend.


 There are 3 different but great marathons going on this weekend in California. The California International Marathon which is in Sacramento, the Death Valley Marathon and the Santa Barbara International Marathon. Good luck to all the runners! Maybe we'll see you at one of the finish lines to take some photos! 
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