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This handy trivia book is packed with everything you need to know about running, including potted history, quirky facts, sayings and hints about the planet's most popular exercise form. It includes running philosophy and advice on how to get more out of your daily run. From science to humour, tips to tales, it runs the reader through everything they need to know about pounding the pavement. This pocket-sized guide to running is the perfect gift for runners of all ages and experience levels. 'Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it' Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host, actress and producer, as seen on Huffington Post. In 2011, Belgian runner Stefaan Engels set the record for the most consecutive marathons run - 365. He was 49 years of age. A study at the University of Oxford concluded that the post-run buzz people get after running is sparked by cannabinoids - the same substance that's found in marijuana.
In 1895 the Vassar College Athletic Association ignored the constraints placed on women athletes of that era and held its first-ever women's field day, featuring competition in five track and field events. Soon colleges across the country were offering women the opportunity to compete, and in 1922 the United States selected 22 women to compete in the Women's World Games in Paris. Upon their return, female physical educators severely criticized their efforts, decrying 'the evils of competition.'Wilma Rudolph's triumphant Olympics in 1960 sparked renewed support for women's track and field in the United States. From 1922 to 1960, thousands of women competed, and won many gold medals, with little encouragement or recognition. This work is a history, based on many interviews and meticulous research in primary source documents, of women's track and field, from its beginnings on the lawns of Vassar College in 1895, through 1980, when Title IX began to create a truly level playing field for men and women. The results of Amateur Athletic Union Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships since 1923 are given, as well as full coverage of female Olympians.
This book of interviews with track and field athletes highlights those whose lives have revealed courage, persistence and decency both on and off the field. After their great careers ended, they went on to become authors, teachers, coaches, radio and television sports commentators, consultants, Congressmen, actors, businessmen, military officers, social workers and ministers. Many continued in athletics long after their days as Olympians. The Olympic track and field athletes include Glenn Cunningham (middle distances), Lee Calhoun (high hurdles), Ken Doherty (decathlon), Dick Fosbury (high jump), Bruce Jenner (decathlon), Abel Kiviat (middle distances), Bob Mathias (decathlon), Al Oerter (discus throw), Bob Richards (pole vault), Wes Santee (middle distances), Jackson Scholz (sprints), Bill Toomey (decathlon), Forrest Towns (high hurdles), Craig Virgin (long distances), Archie Williams (long sprints), John Woodruff (middle distances), and Olympic coaches Payton Jordan and Berny Wagner. They talk about the influences in their lives that helped them develop their values, their first memories of competition and participation in their sport, their educational experiences, the problems they faced when they were active competitors and the problems athletes today face, and many other topics.
The historic 1928 Bunion Derby was a cross-country footrace from Los Angeles to New York City. In a supreme test of human endurance and fortitude, runners pounded the pavement for 84 straight days, covering more than 3,400 miles. Starting in Los Angeles, the competitors tracked the path of old Route 66 to Chicago. From there they followed a twisting 1,000-mile trail to New York City. That journey is the subject of this book. While previous books and articles have been written about the race, most have concentrated on the promoter, C. C. Cash and Carry Pyle, his runners, or the Route 66 portion of the race. In The 1928 Bunion Derby: A Historical Tour and Driving Guide, Chicago to New York City, author James R. Powell takes a more robust approach - including a turn-by-turn driving guide from Chicago to New York with historical background on the route and the racers. Powell not only portrays the runners and the intensity of such a race, but also explains important events that transpired in the years leading up to the Bunion Derby. His historical tour describes surviving sites along the route and offers stories reminiscent of American life in the late 1920s. More than 200 illustrations - including period photographs, postcard images, and maps - enliven the story of this landmark race. The 1928 Bunion Derby is highlighted by tales of the torturous path runners followed to reach each overnight stop. And reports from period newspapers add color and a sense of the moment to the historic images and stories, both harrowing and heartwarming. A glimpse back in time, with a look at the places along that historic route today and a description of how to get there, The 1928 Bunion Derby has something for everyone - from historians to runners and from road warriors to armchair travelers.
Part sport and part exercise, running boosts health, longevity and mental well-being. However, running is a demanding activity that can potentially tax the runner's body and mind. Therefore, possessing durability for running-a fusion of toughness and flexibility-is desirable to enhance a runner's physical and mental experience. This book-the first of its kind to combine corrective exercise, self-myofascial release, and yoga-empowers runners with measures to avoid unnecessary pain, injury and burnout. It is a comprehensive guide to creating a simple and efficient system of personalized supplemental training in which runners learn to identify and address areas of imbalance and overuse. These training methods increase strength, stability, mobility, and resiliency, and require as little as 15 minutes per day to implement. Runners can decrease the risk of injury, improve running performance, and maintain joint health. The result: a more durable body and mind that will support your running-and your life-for years to come.
This is a full-color guide for young athletes interested in track and field. With a history that dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks, track and field demands a wide range of abilities and workouts from those who compete - including the high jump, shot put, hurdles, distance races, and sprint races. Today track and field ranks only slightly behind basketball and soccer in its popularity among female athletes. Winning Track and Field for Girls, Second Edition explains the basics of the sport, the rules, and how to train safely for track and field events. Specific exercises, techniques, and workouts are included, as well as the history of track and field, nutrition, and fitness training. More than 100 new full-color photographs and two new full-color diagrams have been added, and new drills, new exercises, and current information on the rules of track and field events round out this informative, updated guide. Chapters include: History; Sprints; Hurdles; Middle-Distance and Long-Distance Races; Relays; Jumping Events; Throwing Events; Heptathlon, Cross-Country Marathon, and Triathlon; Mental Preparation and Nutrition; and, Stretches and Weight Lifting.