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Des Linden is a unique athletic archetype in our American running culture. Well liked, with a self-deprecating sense of humor, keen observation skills and a work ethic surpassed by only Joan Benoit Samuelson in her heyday, Linden took all of those skills and built a win today in Boston yesterday. Her win was the result of a combination of her skills and her desire.
A digression.
The 1968 Olympic decathlon champ, Bill Toomey, gave me the following theory. The one who wins an athletic competition is the one who covets the event the most. In 1968, Toomey practiced the high jump in the rain in Santa Barbara, telling himself that it might rain in Mexico City. Sure enough, it did. His vault poles were lost in transist, but that was another story.
Des Linden has run five Boston marathons. That experience helped her in her sixth Boston marathon. She had ground out some serious miles and workouts. She had run some cold, long runs in Michigan, and she probably had some runs that beat her utp more than Boston in 2018. Perhaps most of all, Linden coveted this race—his crazy race from Hopkinton to Boston—more than anyone else in the elite field.
David Hunter gets that across as he builds the argument that Linden put all of her talents together to win the 2018 Boston Marathon. When later asked if his athlete could have won Boston if it had been better conditions, Coach Kevin Hanson, the zen master of coaching, noted, “But the conditions were not better.” Enough said.

Yuki Kawauchi and Desiree Linden were the winners of a Boston Marathon which overturned every possible form book of the IAAF Gold Label road race on Monday (16).

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A great pole vault competition.
There have been many great events this weekend but it is hard to think of a more exciting competition than the Women's Pole vault. Christian Coleman had to "work" for just over 6 seconds to win his 60m gold medal. Sandi Morris was out there for 3 hours to win hers.
Two streaks came to an end. Katerina Stefanidi, the reigning World outdoor and Olympic champion, was finally beaten after a winning streak of 19 competitions. Sandi Morris broke a less welcome streak - silver at the Worlds Championships (indoor and outdoor) and the Olympics.
Pole vault involves running with a pole and vaulting over a high bar. It involves a lot more than that! An elite competition is often two competitions in one, with the event over for some athletes before others have started. When Stefanidi entered the competition at 4.70, others had been jumping for an hour and a quarter. When Stefanidi cleared 4.70 and moved on to 4.75, only six competitors of the original 12 were still standing - or still vaulting.
Monday, 09 April 2018 22:16

Eating for Endurance

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What's the best way to fuel for the Boston Marathon? Should I eat a high fat diet to train my body to burn more fat and less glucose? What percent of calories should come from carbohydrate? protein? fat?
When it comes to eating for endurance, today's runners are confronted with two opposing views:
• Eat a traditional carbohydrate-based sports diet, or
• Eat a fat-based diet that severely limits carbohydrate intake.
What should an eager marathoner, Ironman triathlete, or ultra-runner eat to perform better? Here's what you want to know about eating for endurance, based on the Joint Position Statement on Nutrition for Athletic Performance from the American College of Sports Medicine, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dietitians of Canada.
1. Eat enough calories.
Most runners need ~21 calories per pound (45 cal/kg) of lean body mass (LBM). That means, if you weigh 150 pounds and have 10% body fat, your LBM is 135 pounds, your estimated energy needs are 2,800 calories a day. That said, energy needs vary from person to person, depending on how fidgety you are, how much you sit in front of a computer, how much muscle you have, etc.. Hence, your body is actually your best calorie counter—more accurate than any formula or app!
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