From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Caballo in Sweden, looking ready and rested for another Copper Canyon Ultramarathon. Mexico is in his blood, but Nordic countries sure seem to agree with the rest of him.

Registration is already running high for the 2012 CCUM. With six months to go, 42 international runners have already signed up

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Ouch

by Christopher on October 5, 2011

From a Lance Armstrong tweet this morning:

@lancearmstrong
Just had an MRI done on my plantar fasciitis. Sick of this! Most frustrating sports injury I’ve ever dealt with..

No surprise. Take a look at his form. Brutal.
Wonder why Nike coach Alberto Salazar hasn’t gotten on him to lose that heel strike and unlock that knee? As Salazar puts it:

There has to be one best way of running. It’s got to be like a law of physics. And if you deviate too much from that–the way I did in my career–it can be a big handicap.

You show me someone with bad form, and I’ll show you someone who’s going to have a lot of injuries and a short career.

The Guardian asked me to weigh in on the bizarre decision by track’s governing body to suddenly change rules that have been in place for 40 years and nullify one of the greatest performances in modern sports: Paula Radcliffe’s world record in the marathon. Is it a coincidence that 23 of the 28 people who made this decision are men? Or that every member of the IAAF’s top-heavy executive staff — president, senior vice president, various vice presidents, general counsel — is male?
I don’t think so, as I point out in my Guardian piece.
And I’m happy to see that both Neil Amdur, former New York Times sports editor, and Tim Hutchings, track commentator and 1984 British Olympian, agree.
As Hutchings puts it:

I think there is a heavy anti-female leaning in this decision that needs to be exposed if this decision is ever to be reversed.