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Zane Robertson Discusses His 59:47 Shocker, His 10,000 Plans and Why He Knew Hayle Lemi Was Going to Win Dubai

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:57:00 +0000

While America was distracted getting ready for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, New Zealand's Zane Robertson was in Japan running 59:47 to take second at the Marugame Half Marathon (winner Paul Kuira was credited with the same time). Robertson, who has track pbs of 3:34.19 and 13:13.83, had never run a track 10,000, let alone a half marathon, prior to Sunday, yet he is now the third-fastest non-African of all time.Robertson had success on the track last year, taking the bronze medal in the 5,000 at the Commonwealth Games, but this result still registered as a massive surprise, akin to Ryan Hall's 59:43 in Houston in 2007. Eight years ago at age 17, Zane and his twin brother Jake moved to Kenya to pursue their goals as professional runners. It looks like the move is paying off.I spoke to Robertson over the phone from his training base in Iten, Kenya, on Thursday morning.Robertson and winner Paul Kuira were credited with the same time on Sunday.Jonathan Gault: I was looking through your results and I saw a few 10k road races, but no track 10,000s. Why did you decide to run a half marathon?Zane Robertson: Basically since September 2013 after the season closed, I joined a group of marathoners in Ethiopia and I really started thriving with the program. The last two years, we've had the men's winner from Dubai Marathon (Tsegaye Mekonnen in 2014; Hayle Lemi Berhanu in 2015). We've had some real challengers coming from the group — the World [Half Marathon Championships] bronze medallist [Guye Adola], who has run 59:06. I thought the way I was going with this, the results, the training suggested a time under 60 minutes for the half marathon.So did you expect Lemi to do so well in Dubai? I follow the sport pretty closely and I had never heard of him before Dubai.It's funny. I came to Kenya in early December for a little bit of track preparation before making the decision to run Marugame. I was telling all the Kenyans I had a guy that I train with, he's unknown but he's going to win Dubai. And Lemi was the guy I was talking about. Even with the big names like [Kenenisa] Bekele, I had faith in what I saw him doing in training. He was ready to run fast.Were you trying to peak for the half-marathon?I trained through the New Year's Eve 10k where I think I could have run a little better (Robertson was third at the BOClassic 10k in Italy, behind Muktar Edris and Imane Merga in 29:12). I did have a few days easy before this race. I can't say peaked really, because my major focus is the World Championships. It's all just been strength work for the last two months.You mentioned you thought you were in sub-60 shape, was that the goal?Yeah. It sounds ridiculous, I know, because I had never run one before, but all my training pointed at something below 60:00. Honestly, I was really nervous, especially before the race. I kind of just put it out of my race and said, "It's a race." But to achieve it after all the work is something amazing.Did you change your training at all to prepare?Yeah. The last two years, I joined a marathon group. They belong to my manager Gianni Demadonna. The program is regulated by two Ethiopian coaches who basically take the program from Renato Canova and Gabriele Nicola.How much did you step up your mileage?Because I live in a very steep forest, I can climb altitude, 200 or 300 meters or higher very quickly, so it's hard to do high-kilometer mileage on my easy days. But on the easy days, we do more of an effort theory. An average week was around 160k, and a high mileage week was 180k at the max (Editor's note: For people used to miles per week that's ~ 100 to 112 mpw). Because of the high altitude, the environment, you have to put all aspects together to get the final resolution.But this was more mileage than you had done in the past for the 5,000?When you're trying to get the speed quality for track races, you can't recover if you're running huge mileages in this terrain. It's all about finding your rhythm and feeling your body — what you need and when you need it. I think the Africans are very go[...]



Jake and Zane Robertson

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:50:00 +0000

Jake and Zane Robertson were in many ways typical young Westerners with passion and talent for distance running. As national-class high school athletes in Hamilton, New Zealand, the twins' lives were built around the pursuit of excellence in their sport. Their commitment was commendable yet unremarkable. But when graduation in 2007 came and went and their peers fretted over which U.S. universities to attend, the Robertsons had other ideas. "The USA collegiate system was the safe option, but I'm an extremist," Zane, a 1500m specialist, says. "I have never played it safe."If safety was the U.S., then danger was the Rift Valley in Kenya, a land of mists and altitude that held the secrets of the best runners in the world. Without First World amenities and reliable utilities, "It was the biggest risk of my life," Zane says.It was brother Jake, a 5,000m runner, who made it possible. "I was in Fukuoka, Japan, in 2006 [for the world cross country championships] where I met a lot of the Kenyan athletes. I wanted to find out how they [were] training so I asked, 'Can I come train in Kenya with you?' They all said yes."ADVERTISEMENT YOU MIGHT LIKEDOMUS MEDICA - Domus Medica Analisi sangue, urine, tiroide e prostataGrouponDynamic Warmup for RunnersRunner's WorldPlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings5 Guy Behaviors That Women Find Annoying, As Re-Enacted by a Super Hot ComedianMen's HealthScratching This Part of Your Body is a Sign of Alzheimer'smemoryrepairprotocol.comMile Repeats in 3 VariationsRunner's WorldRecommended byNewslettersDelivered to your inboxwarmupQuote of the Day, motivation, and inspiration — every morningrundownAdvice on training, nutrition, shoes, and more — every eveningYou may unsubscribe at any time.Privacy Policy | About UsAmid outcry from their peers and bemusement from their parents, all of whom believed they'd return after a few months, the twins departed for the 2007 world cross country meet in Mombasa, Kenya, and never returned.It wasn't just their countrymen who doubted their resolve; the Robertsons, after settling in Iten, had to fight for respect among the Kenyan athletes. "They thought we wouldn't last with the hard lifestyle and tough training," says Jake. But steeplechase world record-holder Saif Saaeed Shaheen noticed their promise and took special interest in the twins, offering them space in his home and sometimes paying their rent in the lean years. Training with Shaheen and 2008 Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Eliud Kipchoge, the twins began to prove themselves. "Now they all respect us. [They] know how hard we are working and the results are starting to come," Jake says.They've lasted four years of life in Iten, where the twins now share their own small house. The training mecca for African athletes, with its 8,000-foot elevation and miles of rolling dirt roads, has suckled them from 17-year-old fledglings to mature and fast racers. Last May, Jake ran 13:32 for 5,000m in Nijmegen, Netherlands, an almost 45-second PR and 2 seconds from a Commonwealth Games qualifying time, vaulting him to 17th on the New Zealand all-time list. He was 20 years old. Brother Zane recorded a personal best of 3:45 in the 1500m at the meet."No one has done this before. [Our parents] are now proud of us. Even the critics are changing their comments," Jake says.And it's not just fast times the Robertsons now boast; they show a racing maturity beyond their years. Last October, at Belgrade's Race Through History, while 26:56 10,000m runner Josephat Menjo recorded yet another victory, in fourth place was Jake, half a stride ahead of mentor Shaheen. On January 25, at the 12K Discovery Cross Country race in Eldoret--arguably one of the most competitive races in the world--Zane finished 32nd of 350 starters, the only non-African and a place ahead of former London and New York City Marathon champ Martin Lel. "This place has made me even str[...]



New Zealand’s Twin Runners Training in Kenya... Che dite ci sono riusciti?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:38:00 +0000

In 2007, 17-year-olds Jake and Zane Robertson left their New Zealand home for the mecca of running camps in Iten, Kenya, and never returned home. For the past nine years, the identical twins (although Zane dyes his hair black to distinguish from his brother) have been living and training among world-class Kenyan runners in the Rift Valley, hoping to both discover and capture the Kenyan's secret to being the fastest group of distance runners in the world.Viceland's "Vice World of Sports," a weekly docu-series that delves into different sport cultures around the world and the athletes who do them, will be featuring the Kiwis' journey in their latest episode airing tonight at 11 p.m. EST. The trailer for the episode suggests a more current day-to-day look at Jake and Zane's life in Iten, while also examining how they fit into the community's prevailing running culture and history.As the show's host Selema Masekela, a former ESPN and NBC Sports correspondent, put it in the trailer, "You guys are crazy. Like on paper, you crazy." To which Zane replied with a nonchalant and accepting, "Yeah."Jake and Zane made the decision to move to Iten after Jake met Kenyan athletes at the 2006 world cross-country championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and decided they wanted to train with the best runners in the world. "We stayed because we loved the atmosphere," Jake says. "We are extremists and love to push our limits." But Jake also informs that it wasn't as simple as that. "We did struggle with some of the villagers because we were some of the first white guys to come out here, people really judged us and we had to earn our respect."The episode airs at an opportune time—just months before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It's mentioned in the episode that Zane qualified for the Rio Olympics this summer after his performance in the 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games in 2015. "Right now, I'm starting my build-up, so I'm not in amazing shape," Zane said in a separate interview. "However, I want to be in amazing shape in August when I step on the line at the Olympics. Timing to peak is essential."The twins aren't sure how much longer they'll continue to live in Kenya—the consensus seems to be for as long as they're running professionally. But there's no doubt that they're dedicated to the sport and the training in Kenya they've committed themselves to."Two twins from New Zealand are living proof that Iten, Kenya, is the home of champions. Because this is the place where only one thing matters and it's not the attitude, the genetics, or the color of your skin. In Kenya, it's the struggle and it stops for nothing," Masekela said at the episode's conclusion.Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2016/06/news/new-zealands-twin-runners-training-in-kenya-to-be-featured-in-vice-world-of-sports_151561#OxsLgLcYFAEStKQV.99 Che dite ci sono riusciti?Classifica della GreatNorth Run 2017[...]



Sub-2 Marathon Test Run Yields Fast Times, Lingering Question

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:25:00 +0000

Two of the three runners posted a sub-60 half marathon, but can they go twice as far at that pace?After months of speculation and debate, the three athletes selected for Nike’s sub-two-hour marathon project stepped onto a racetrack in Italy today for a real-world test of the Breaking2 team’s plans and progress. Just under an hour—and 13.1 miles—later, the result was a mix of encouraging signs, lingering questions, and potential worries that the athletes and scientists will hope to address in the coming weeks before the sub-two attempt this spring.The finish-line clock showed an impressive half marathon time of 59:17 when Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line, well under the pre-event goal of 60:00. Zersenay Tadese followed in 59:41, while Lelisa Desisa lagged behind in 62:55, having fallen off the pace less than halfway through. (These times are unofficial.)Before the event, the Nike team had insisted that it was not a race or even a time trial; it was, they said, a dress rehearsal for the complex logistics of the attempt. “We’re not testing the athletes’ fitness,” said Brad Wilkins, one of the project’s lead scientists. “We’re testing ourselves.”n that light, Kipchoge’s and Tadese’s fast times are encouraging, especially if they didn’t race all-out. Desisa’s disappointing run isn’t necessarily a disaster, but will certainly shake his confidence going into the sub-two attempt.The course itself, delineated by a painted white line, was measured to be exactly 2,400 meters long, so that splits and timing mats could be laid every 200 meters on the multi-loop course. (Actually, course measurer David Katz explained, it was 2,402.4 meters, to meet IAAF error tolerance requirements of 0.1 percent.)The runners followed a specially outfitted Tesla, driven by a Formula One test driver, with a clock on the back showing elapsed time, splits, and projected finish time. From what I understand, using a computer-driven car would violate IAAF pacing rules (more details on that when I get them), so the task of driving at a steady pace requires considerable skill.Fueling took place on the backstretch, with Nike scientist Brett Kirby passing personalized and color-coded bottles to each athlete from a moped, so that they wouldn’t need to slow.Perhaps the most important element of the test run was the pacing and drafting strategy, the final form of which remains very much up for debate. The runners started in a diamond formation, in rows of 1-2-3-2-1, with Kipchoge, Desisa, and Tadese filling the last two rows. As time went on, other fresh pacers subbed in and out.However, strong winds (and, of course, the fast pace) played havoc with the drafting formation, which kept changing shape and sometimes breaking down.By design, Kipchoge and Tadese ran the final 2.4K loop alone—an indication, perhaps, that the team is still considering the possibility of running the final race in a totally legal and world-record-eligible format. That said, after today’s results, it seems unlikely they’ll pursue that course, especially since none of the runners were close enough together on that final lap to benefit from each other’s drafting protection.The next step for the team is to analyze the piles of data they collected from the runners during the attempt, from ingested core-temperature pills, taped-on muscle oxygen and skin-temperature sensors, pre- and post-run weight measurements, and so on. That will give them an indication of how hard the athletes were working during the half marathon—and, crucially, whether they’ll be able to hold nearly the same pace for twice as long.As skeptics of Nike’s project have pointed out repeatedly over the past few months, that’s a very tall order, even with a hyper-optimized course and performance-enhancing shoes. But watching Kipchoge cross the line, smiling and relaxed, then saunter unhurriedly over to a scale where scientific consultant Andy Jones was waiting to weigh him, it didn’t seem im[...]



Is This the Shoe That Will Break 2 Hours in the Marathon?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:18:00 +0000

Nike unveils a shoe for the three guys trying to run 1:59:59—as well as two models for the rest of us.What’s it going to take for the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours? Athletic apparel giant Nike is betting that, in addition to optimally trained athletes and ideal conditions, it will require finely tuned footwear with innovative new technologies unlike anything we’ve seen to date.Today, Nike unboxed a trio of shoes coming directly from research for its Breaking2 project, the company’s effort to train and equip three of the world’s top distance runners—Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea—to break the barrier.Each will wear his own customized version of a new racing shoe, the Zoom Vaporfly Elite, in their attempts at the mark. The technology used in those exclusive pairs will trickle down to customers in the form of the other two shoes—the Zoom Vaporfly 4% and the Zoom Fly. (Both are expected to be available June 8.)All three shoes have an emphasis on reducing weight, maximizing aerodynamics, delivering extremely soft cushioning, and offering a responsive toe-off suited for running fast. They'll do that with innovative new lightweight foams and with plates. The Vaporfly Elite and Vaporfly 4% each get a carbon-fiber plate; the Zoom Fly's plate is made of a less stiff carbon-fiber nylon.Here’s a look at what goes into each shoe.Unless your name is Kipchoge, Desisa, or Tadese, forget about getting your feet in a pair of the Vaporfly Elite. Those shoes are Frankenstein-looking prototypes being built only for the sub-two effort. Each features totally unconventional sculpting and radical design, and is built to the individual runner’s preferences, fit, and biomechanics.A key to the shoe’s performance is a new lightweight foam called ZoomX. In the past, you could choose either soft cushioning or responsiveness. The Vaporfly Elite has a thick slab of lightweight cushioning to help protect the runners’ legs from the pounding of 26.2 miles on pavement, but it’s still resilient on push-off.Rather than standard conventional midsole materials, the foam is made from Pebax, according to Nike. The company won’t go into details about the material, but Geng Luo, senior researcher at the Nike Sport Research Lab, tells us the “magic is in the processing of the foam to deliver this performance.” Previously we’ve seen Pebax used in running shoes more for plastic bridges and other molded parts. For example, Mizuno has used it in a Wave plate, and The North Face uses it for cradles to hold the heel in place. Pebax has a lower density than some thermoplastic alternatives (thus, it’s lighter), but is also flexible, resists impact, and returns energy.Nike says this new foam weighs roughly one-third as much as Cushlon—the midsole material you’ll find in the Pegasus—yet delivers more cushioning than that shoe. It also delivers 13 percent more energy return—Nike reports ZoomX returns 85 percent. What that means is the shoe will feel bouncier and reduce the energy lost with each foot strike. In tests of running-shoe cushioning systems at the Runner’s World Shoe Lab, we typically see “energy return” (the percentage of energy input that is recovered; the rest is generally lost as heat) in the 40 to 60 percent range, with Adidas’s Boost topping the charts near 70 percent. Our measurements come from an impact test of a full sole unit, which includes rubber outsoles and layers of glue. This is also how Nike has said it tested ZoomX to arrive at its 85 percent energy return measurement.Because of the foam’s light weight, Nike is able to use more of it, too. The stack heights (a measure of all materials that separate your foot from the road) for the Vaporfly Elite are expected to be 31 millimeters in the heel and 21mm in the forefoot. That’s very thick for a racing shoe. For comparison, the Zoom Structure 20, a soft, stable, every[...]



Nike’s Sub-2-Hour Marathon Attempt Will Be Run on Formula One Oval

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:15:00 +0000

A test half marathon was run on the circuit today in Italy.The setting for Nike’s two-hour marathon attempt will be the Formula One circuit in Monza, Italy, northeast of Milan. Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa, and Zersenay Tadese, along with a phalanx of pacesetters, ran a half marathon dress rehearsal on the loop today as part of their preparation for the sub-two attempt in the spring.Nike’s Breaking2 team considered locations around the globe while trying to optimize a variety of often-conflicting parameters: climate, terrain, elevation above sea level, surface, and so on. Monza, in the end, isn’t perfect, but it offers the best combination of parameters, the scientific team behind the attempt believes.The sub-two attempt will be run around what is known as the “junior course,” a 2.405-kilometer (1.5-mile) loop of mostly flat asphalt—a fast if relatively hard and unforgiving surface—that only partly overlaps with the full 5.8-kilometer (3.6-mile) loop. This means the runners will complete about 17.5 loops around the course to cover the full marathon distance. Today’s half marathon simulation, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern time and will aim for a time of 60:00, will cover between eight and nine full loops.Given that Nike announced that its course would be consistent with IAAF rules (though the overall race may not be), the route has to meet certain criteria: a start and finish separated by no more than half the total race distance, and a loss of elevation of no more than one meter per kilometer. Both of those are satisfied by the loop course; in fact, the design means the runners won’t be taking advantage of the maximum allowed elevation drop of 42 meters (138 feet).The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is located about 183 meters (600 feet) above sea level, which is low enough that lack of oxygen shouldn’t be a factor. Previous studies have found reductions in VO2 max once above an elevation of 580 meters (about 1,900 feet); Nike’s scientific team was aiming for a location at less than 300 meters above sea level.Further reading: Sub-2 Marathon Test Run Yields Fast Times, Lingering QuestionsIs This the Shoe That Will Break 2 Hours in the Marathon?The Biomechanics of a 2-Hour MarathonWhat Nike’s Breaking2 Team Learned in AfricaThe loop itself is nearly, though not perfectly, flat. It has one gradual uphill (and, correspondingly, one gradual downhill) per loop, rising a total of 5.35 meters (18 feet) from bottom to top. Of course, the runners will have to climb that “hill” 17 times during the marathon.In comparison, the Berlin marathon course, where Dennis Kimetto’s current world record of 2:02:57 was set, rises a total of more than 20 meters (65 feet) from its lowest point early in the race to its highest point in the 18th mile. Although the Berlin course has a few dips and rises along the way, most of the elevation gain comes between the 12th and 18th mile—and the runners have to climb it only once.RELATED: Hear more about Nike’s Breaking2 attempt on this week’s Runner’s World Show podcast (new episodes each Thursday). Subscribe here.Turns are another important consideration. By our count, Berlin has 17 turns that are 90 degrees or sharper. The Monza course will have none, though it will have two gradual 180-degree turns per loop, for a total of 34 or 35 over 26.2 miles. The much larger turning radius compared to a street course, or even to a standard 400-meter track, should enable the runners to maintain their pace without additional effort.Aside from the course details, the other crucial component of the location is its weather. During the planning process, Nike’s scientific team said they were looking for a location that would allow them to run the race in temperatures of 7 to 12 degrees Celsius (45 to 54 Fahrenheit).During the period when Nike hopes to stage its attempt, Monza’s average daily low temperature over the past 10 years has been 1[...]



Maratona di Tokyo 2017

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:05:00 +0000

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Che dire, nella notte si è svolta la maratona di Tokyo e il vincitore è:... ovviamente kipsang con un tempo di 2 ore 3 minuti e 58 secondi ! Che dire se non stratosferico!



The adidas Adizero Japan Boost 3 Is A Tokyo Exclusive

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:55:00 +0000

Boost lovers, get a first look of what is said to be the adidas Adizero Japan Boost 3. This sneaker was made to celebrate the Tokyo Marathon which will take placed on February 26th. Said to be exclusive to the host city of the marathon, the adidas Adizero Japan Boost 3 comes in a predominantly White upper accented by the Red hits found throughout. These colors were used as a way to pay homage to the colors of the Japan flag. Features worth mentioning on the shoe include the topography map of Tokyo on the sole, the TOKYO 2017 branding on the heels, and even more Tokyo branding on the tongue. Techwise, the shoe does come with a Boost midsole, while the Continental Rubber sole gives the shoe some nice grip. If you happen to live in Japan or know someone who does, the adidas Adizero Japan Boost 3 is available now at adidas stores across Tokyo.



How far away are we from a sub-two hour marathon?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:53:00 +0000

The current world record is held by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, who ran 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin Marathon while wearing Adidas’ adizero Adios Boost 2.0 racing flats. The past four men’s marathon world records were set by runners wearing Adidas running shoes. Adidas also owns seven of the top 10 fastest all-time marathons, including Boston which is a net downhill course not valid for world records. Kipsang was also wearing the Adios Boost 2.0 when he ran 2:03:23 at the 2013 Berlin Marathon for a then-world record.                             width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Vh2dwJ80Edo/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vh2dwJ80Edo?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>When asked about what other companies are doing with their respective "sub-two" shoes, Amm says that there are no springs or shox in the adizero Sub2, just the Boost light technology. "Within Boost we're constantly innovating and with the Adios we had the first big milestone there. Boost Light is the next major milestone in distance running because it allows us to keep the energy return from Boost but in a much more lighter form," Amm says. "That was a key ingredient for the shoe as well as the Continental stretch on the outsole which allows for less slip and more grip. If you accumulate all those little things, it can make the difference between a world record and non-world record or running 1:59:59 or 2:00:01." British author Ed Caesar is following the Nike project for Wired and recently wrote the book Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon. He estimates that a sub-two could be possible by 2025 or even 2020. Back in 1991, Michael Joyner, a polymathic anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, estimated that the physiological limit for a man in the marathon was 1:57:58. He later told SI that he was just hoping to see it in his lifetime. Kipsang has been working with Yannis Pitsiladis, a professor of sports science at the University of Brighton in England, on their independent Sub2 project, which relies on science and medicine to try to get under the two-hour barrier. Kipsang joined the team shortly after finishing second to Ethiopian runner and Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele at the 2016 Berlin Marathon. Bekele just missed the world record by crossing the tape in 2:03:03. Kipsang was second in a personal best of 2:03:13, which is tied for the sixth-fastest of all-time. frameborder="0" height="5" id="google_ads_iframe_/8484/si/edge/content_1" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" name="google_ads_iframe_/8484/si/edge/content_1" scrolling="no" style="border-image: none; border: 0px currentColor; height: 0px; vertical-align: bottom; width: 0px;" title="3rd party ad content" width="5"> loaded="1" src="about:blank" style="border-width: 0px; display: none; margin: 0px auto;">What was the testing process like? "We took all the shoes from [marathon world record holders] Haile [Gebrselassie], Patrick Makau, Dennis Kimetto and Wilson to look at the wear of the rubber and how they used the shoes. We put those ingredients together. We had them come in for extensive research with the first prototype. We went back and created a finalized prototype before traveling to Kenya with a small team. We gave them the chance to run in the shoes in fast conditions and with high speed filming. A lot of testing happened with key athletes and local athletes. We're now confident to release the shoe with Wilson," Amm says. [...]



Adidas unveils its new Sub2 marathon shoe ahead of Tokyo Marathon

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:51:00 +0000

The quest for a sub-two hour marathon takes another step forward on Friday with Adidas unveiling its adizero Sub2 marathon shoe ahead of Saturday’s Tokyo Marathon. The shoe, with a distinctive blue colorway, will be worn by former world record holder Wilson Kipsang in the race. Adidas has been working on the shoe for the past two years after the concept came to mind after the 2012 London Marathon, which was won by Kipsang in 2:04:44.“Around the London Marathon in 2012, we started thinking about Sub2 as a concept and Adidas’ role in achieving what was deemed impossible,” Adidas global general manager André Maestrini said. “We began creating a shoe that could enable this, and Wilson is the perfect athlete to test our innovation in a race environment. We’re incredibly excited to see where this can go.” Nike has joined in the race for a sub-two hour marathon with its own respective project titled Breaking2, where the sportswear giant is training the first sub-two-hour marathon runner and developing its own respective footwear for an attempt to break the barrier later this spring. What’s so special about the shoe?One of the adjustments to the adizero Sub2 is the debut of Boost Light innovation. With cushioning made of hundreds of tiny foam pellets aimed at reducing impact while in action, Adidas’ Boost technology has caught on within the running and fashion circles. The shoe’s upper is composed of one single layer of ultralight fabric and weight-reduced mesh with internal reinforcements. The mesh has Microfit technology, which is developed to create the best support, comfort and fit for high-speed road racing. A Continental Microweb improves upon Stretchweb, which was Adidas’ technology developed for the Boost, to improve the grip for any kind of race day conditions. Adidas’ internal research concluded that Boost can improve running economy by 1%. The new Sub2 shoe’s weight has been reduced by 100 grams and could lead to another 1% improvement in running economy. The Adidas adizero Sub2 will be available to the general public later this year. "The goal is to be 100 grams lighter than the latest Adizero edition," says Matthias Amm, Adidas' global running category director. "The current shoe that Wilson Kipsang is wearing is around 150 grams." But what does the 1% increase in running economy actually mean during a race? "When you run a long run or a marathon, at one point, you'll notice a man with a hammer comes out of nowhere and hits you in the legs," Amm says. "That's when your muscles get sore. The improvement in running economy would basically be that you're able to run longer and more easy." [...]



Svezia: 'sesso nella pausa pranzo'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:49:00 +0000

Nella pausa pranzo gli impiegati non dovrebbero solo consumare un pasto e riposarsi un po', potrebbero andare in palestra o godersi un massaggio ma, soprattutto, fare sesso: incrementerebbe il loro morale, la produttività e anche...la natalità della popolazione. La proposta è di un funzionario politico svedese, di un comune di 4.500 anime di una remota regione artica.
    Secondo l'ideatore, Erik Muskos, del consiglio municipale di Overtornea, sul Circolo polare artico, la proposta è stata già accettata di buon grado da quasi tutti i 550 addetti comunali, in attesa che venga discussa in consiglio nei prossimi mesi.
    Secondo lui, le uniche critiche alla sua "proposta seria e formale" di includere il sesso fra le "attività accettabili" in pausa pranzo, vengono da "impiegati" anziani" che trovano "imbarazzante" che si discuta e addirittura si legiferi su "ciò che avviene in camera da letto".



Records anticipated at Tokyo Marathon

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:47:00 +0000

With a new course that has eliminated some of the toughest elements, fast times are expected at the Tokyo Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (26).Japan’s 2000 Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, who ran the first sub-2:20 marathon in Berlin, said: “If I was preparing to run this course and was in great shape like I was in Berlin in 2001, then I would be going after sub-2:20 clocking.”But not everyone is in agreement. “Although big bridges are eliminated after 35km, nearly a dozen small hills are introduced, and the total elevation gain over the marathon distance may be higher,” said former Tokyo, Boston and Chicago winner Toshihiko Seko. “It is not a world record course.”Either way, at the pre-race press conference on Friday afternoon, Wilson Kipsang confirmed that he will go after the world record of 2:02:57. When asked what is his target time, Kipsang stated 2:02:50. “In the Berlin Marathon last fall, I went out too fast (1:01:11). On Sunday, the plan is to run the first half in more reasonable 61:30 (and comeback with 61:20).”Kipsang also talked about his other goal. “My goal is to win all the Marathon Major races. I have won Berlin, London and New York, but not Tokyo. So I decided to run Tokyo immediately after Berlin.”The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist broke the world record in 2013 with 2:03:23. He improved his PB to 2:03:13 in Berlin last year to get within 16 seconds of the current world record. Kipsang, the fastest runner in this year’s field, has run faster than 2:04 three times and has bettered 2:05 for the marathon in seven straight seasons.Even if the world record is not possible, Kipsang has several other targets to chase: the race record of 2:05:42 set by Dickson Chumba in 2014, the Japanese all-comers’ record of 2:05:18 set by Tsegaye Kebede at the 2009 Fukuoka Marathon, and the Asian all-comers’ record of 2:04:11 set by Tamirat Tola at the 2016 Dubai Marathon.Chumba, the 2014 Tokyo Marathon champion with a PB of 2:04:32, and Kebede, the 2008 Olympic and 2009 world bronze medallist with a PB of 2:04:38, are both set to race in Tokyo. When asked about their target times, Kebede spoke of an ambitious 2:02:50, while Chumba had a more modest target time of 2:05:20.Five of the invited runners have personal bests faster than 2:05 and a further five have personal bests faster than 2:07.Ethiopia’s 2013 world bronze medallist Tadese Tola and Kenya’s Bernard Koech are the other sub-2:05 runners in the field, but neither has run faster than 2:08 for nearly three years.Evans Chebet, who set a PB of 2:05:31 at last year’s Berlin Marathon, could challenge for the victory on Sunday. He has made it on to the podium in his five most recent marathons and he ran faster than 2:06 in both of his marathons last year.Bernard Kipyego, a medallist at the 2007 World Cross and 2009 World Half Marathon Championships, has twice contested the Tokyo Marathon, both times finishing on the podium with a 2:07 clocking. If he were to take 80 seconds off his PB on Sunday, he would become just the fourth man in history to have run faster than 27 minutes for 10,000m, 60 minutes for the half marathon and 2:05 for the marathon. The only other men to accomplish that feat are Paul Tergat, Haile Gebrselassie and Eliud Kipchoge.Marius Kipserem, Alfers Lagat and Solomon Diksisa are the other sub-2:07 runners in the field.For Japanese runners, the race is one of the qualifying races for the 2017 World Championships marathon team. Top domestic runners who will be vying for the coveted spots are Masato Imai, Hiroaki Sano, Koji Gokaya, Takuya Fukatsu, and Yuki Takamiya.But the most intriguing runner in the field may be Yuma Hattori. The 23-year-old has a marathon best of 2:11:46 from the 2016 Tokyo Marathon, his o[...]



Maratona di Tokyo 2017

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:34:00 +0000

Sarà una grande Tokyo Marathon quella che andrà in scena il 26 febbraio 2017: al via ben sei atleti accreditati di un tempo inferiore alle 2h06' e cinque atlete che in carriera hanno già corso sotto le 2h25'.
Annunciato l'ex primatista del mondo WIlson KipsangLA SCHEDA che se la vedrà con il connazionale Dickson Chumba,primo a Tokyo nel 2014 con l'attuale record della corsa, e con gli etiopi Tsegaye Kebede, bronzo a Pechino 2008, e Tadese Tola, bronzo a Mosca 2013.
Tra le donne l'iscritta più veloce è Lucy Kabuu, seconda a Dubai con un crono monstre nel 2012, ma ci saranno anche Amane Beriso, anche lei seconda a Dubai ma nel 2016, e Amane Gobena, battuta lo scorso anno in extremis proprio a Tokyo. Per l'Etiopia anche la bella Birhane Dibaba, seconda lo scorso anno a Berlino, mentre c'è curiosità nel vedere all'opera Betsy Saina, esordiente sulla maratona ma vincitrice della mezza di Lisbona con un crono di poco superiore ai 67 minuti.

Top Runners Tokyo Marathon 2017

KIPSANG,WilsonKen2:03:13
CHUMBA,DicksonKen2:04:32
KEBEDE,TsegayeEth2:04:38
TOLA,TadeseEth2:04:49
KOECH,BernardKen2:04:53
CHEBET,EvansKen2:05:31
KIPSEREM,MariusKen2:06:11
KIPYEGO,Bernard KipropKen2:06:19
DECHASA,ShumiBrn2:06:43
LAGAT,AlfersKen2:06:48
MOKOKA,StephenRsa2:07:40
KIPKETER,GideonKen2:08:14
RONOH,GeoffreyKen2:09:29
GHEBREGERGISH,YohanesEri2:09:48
 
KABUU,LucyKen2:20:21
BERISO,AmaneEth2:20:48
GOBENA,AmaneEth2:21:51
DIBABA,BirhaneEth2:22:30
CHEPCHIRCHIR,SarahKen2:24:13
NAGAO,KaoruJpn2:26:58
YOSHIDA,KaoriJpn2:28:43
HALL,SaraUsa2:30:06
SAINA,Betsy



Kampala 2017: Kenya names team for World x-country championships

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:50:00 +0000







Kenya are seeking to wrestle the overall world title from arch-rivals Ethiopia.




PIC: On Saturday, these athletes pictured competed in the senior men's category in Nairobi during qualifiers for the national team to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships due in Kampala. (AFP)

Leonard Barsoton and Irene Cheptai will head a 24-member Kenyan team at the 2017 World Cross-country championships in Kampala, Uganda on March 26, after winning Saturday's national trials.

Kenya are seeking to wrestle the overall world title from arch-rivals Ethiopia.

The Kenya team also includes the men's and women's 10k defending champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Agnes Tirop and Olympians Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, Alice Aprot and Hyvin Kiyeng.

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Kenyan athletes compete in the senior women's category during qualifiers for the national team to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. (AFP)


The Kenya team for 2017 World Cross-country championships:

Senior men: Leonard Barsoton, Bedan Karoki, Geoffrey Kamworor, Vincent Rono, Leonard Komon, Leonard Lagat

Senior women: Irene Cheptai, Lilian Kasait, Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, Alice Aprot, Agnes Tirop, Hyvin Kiyeng

U-20 men: Richard Yator, Meshack Kyuguti, Wesley Ladema, Edwin Kiplagat, Amos Kirui, Ronald Kirui

U20 women: Sandrafelis Chebet, Cellephine Chepteek, Sheila Chelangat, Emmaculate Chepkirui, Joyline Cherotich, Esther Muthoni

- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1446534/kampala-2017-kenya-names-team-world-country-championships#sthash.w5NQQePo.dpuf



What Nike’s Breaking2 Team Learned in Africa

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:01:00 +0000

For Nike’s Breaking2 team, the clock is ticking. The height of the spring racing season, when their assault on the two-hour marathon barrier is slated to occur, is just a few months away, and whatever progress they and their runners—Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa, and Zersenay Tadese—hope to make toward that barrier needs to be well underway.To that end, a team of Nike scientists and designers just returned from a two-week trip to Kenya, Ethiopia, and Spain, where they met with each of the runners and their coaches and support teams in their home training environments. (Tadese is from Eritrea, but was training with his coach in Spain.)During each leg of the trip, I had a chance to check in by phone with Brett Kirby, the lead physiologist at the Nike Sports Research Lab; Andy Jones, a researcher at the University of Exeter who is perhaps best known for his work with women’s marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe (well, that plus beet juice); and Philip Skiba, a sports medicine doctor, physiologist, and coach based in Chicago. (For details on the rest of Nike’s scientific team, see this Nike release.) Here are a few highlights of what I learned.KenyaThe training environment in the Kenyan Highlands is justifiably famous, with hundreds or perhaps thousands of aspiring runners pounding the rutted dirt roads in pursuit of glory. Still, it was an eye-opening experience for some of the scientists to see the simplicity of the camp where Kipchoge trains, a half-hour drive from the city of Eldoret. “It’s very humbling to see the Olympic champion hauling up cold water in a bucket from a well after his workout,” Skiba said.Dan Judelson of the Nike Sport Research Lab applies AeroSwift tape to Kipchoge before a workout. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NIKE / MARK MCCAMBRIDGEKipchoge is the undisputed star of the group, and from a training perspective the team was mostly happy to observe the work that Kipchoge’s coach, Patrick Sang, prescribed. While they were there, he did a track workout of 12 x 1200 meters with 2:00 rest, hitting about 69 seconds per lap—at an altitude of over 7,000 feet, meaning there’s only about three-quarters the amount of oxygen that would be present at sea level. For those keeping track at home, two-hour marathon pace is 68.3 seconds per 400-meter lap.During the workout, Kipchoge was fitted with various pieces of gear and apparel, such as AeroSwift tape on his inner calves. His muscle glycogen stores were assessed before and after the workout, and he wore a device that measured his muscle oxygenation in real time during the workout.The pattern of muscle oxygenation gives some hints about whether the effort level is sustainable, Jones explained. If it drops to a steady plateau during each rep, that suggests you can maintain the pace for a long time; if it keeps dropping throughout each rep, you’ve got a problem. Kipchoge’s data during the workout—which the athlete examined with great interest afterward—suggested he was in a state of “stable physiology,” capable of maintaining that pace.Kipchoge often has plenty of company for his long runs—at least at the beginning. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NIKE / MARK MCCAMBRIDGEA few days later, Kipchoge did a 40-kilometer long run—a progressively accelerating effort that started (as many runs in Kenya do) with a massive pack of dozens of runners, and finished with just four at the front. The Nike team followed in a van, zooming up to give Kipchoge a carbohydrate drink every 10 minutes or so. If that seems like a lot, that’s because it is: In standard by-the-books marathons, runners get aid stations only every five kilometers, so drinking that frequently will be an ad[...]



he 5 Worst Things to Do After Your Run

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:59:00 +0000

Amy asks: I don’t always do the right things after a run—like a cooldown—because I’m always crunched for time. Besides that, are there other wrong things to avoid doing after a run? What should I absolutely NOT do?While running can become routine after a certain amount of time, there definitely are ways you can sabotage your workout efforts if you do certain things incorrectly right after your run. From my experience of working with runners and athletes over the years, here are my top five worst things to do post-run. ​1. YOU STAY IN YOUR RUNNING CLOTHES:1/5 JOHN HOWARD​1. You stay in your running clothes:Get out of damp gear immediately. Even if you didn’t sweat that much, worn or soggy clothing is an environment bacteria love to cling to, and it can also give you a deep chill that is hard to recover from—even on a warm summer day.Regardless of whether you can shower right away or not, change your clothes, socks, and shoes immediately to keep your muscles warm and loose. This promotes good circulation, which aids the recovery process after a run. And keeping the blood flowing is essential for delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients while it also whisks away metabolic waste products.It always feels good to get out of running shoes after a tough run, but be sure to put on a supportive pair of shoes or sandals if your legs or feet are feeling especially spent. The muscles in your feet also get tired, so your postrun shoes need to have good support. ​2. You become a couch potato:2/5 KIM STEELE​2. You become a couch potato:It’s easy to feel like you’ve earned a day on the sofa, binge-watching Netflix, when a good training run is completed. Don’t succumb to this. Light activity is a great recovery tool because it keeps blood moving in your body, aiding your recovery by repairing and refueling your body. (Check out this perfect recovery routine for after a run or your rest days.)Plan some light activity throughout the day, even if you are headed to work. Get up, walk around, do some gentle stretches while standing, and breathe deeply. If you are going to be sitting or standing a good part of the day after a run, consider wearing some compression socks to help keep blood from pooling in your lower legs. 3. You don't refuel right:3/5 MITCH MANDEL3. You don't refuel right:Plan to drink and eat after your runs, preferably within 20 to 30 minutes of finishing. If you are headed right to work, or have other commitments immediately after a run, pack a cooler with some healthy snacks beforehand so you can grab and go—possibly even eating in the car.Be sure your snacks include protein, a little fat, and some complex carbohydrates for replenishing energy needs. Good options include low-fat chocolate milk, a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, almonds, fruit, or yogurt. (These packable snacks can also keep you properly nourished.) Keep plenty of water on hand, too, so you can rehydrate throughout the day. And as easy as it is to do, avoid the other extreme of pigging out after a long run. Don’t rationalize that you can eat anything you want because you ran long today. Replacing calories burned on a run is all too easy, so don’t undo all your hard work by out-eating your running! ​4. You do heavy chores:4/5 IMAGE SOURCE​4. You do heavy chores:It sounds good at first: while sweaty, why not do the yard work when you get home before getting cleaned up? You could mow the lawn, pull weeds, shovel snow, or do other heavy chores. But this can be very tough on tired muscles, especially when you are partially dehydrated and/or undernourished from your run.Doing things like bending over, stooping, climbing la[...]



Arriva la Mezza Maratona d'Italia

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:49:00 +0000

Che il dono di Giorgio Calcaterra fosse correre è noto a tutti. Come è anche ormai chiaro quanto sia contagiosa la sua voglia di farlo, sempre, ovunque ed insieme agli altri. Da questo sue desiderio è nata l'idea di creare una nuova mezza maratona, dove tutti, dal nord al sud d'Italia, potessero esserci per correre insieme. Organizzata da Galileus Srl insieme agli Urban Runners di Milano, l'appuntamento è per domenica 29 ottobre 2017 all'Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola. 21 Km (certificata ed inserita nel calendario nazionale FIDAL) completamente immersi nel circuito di Formula 1. Quattro giri da 4.909 metri (e un po') nei quali correre inseguendo il Campione del Mondo di Ultramaratona e provare l'ebrezza di un pit-stop all'interno del paddock per ripartire ancora più veloci come dopo un cambio gomme. Ma non solo. La mezza maratona sarà accompagnata anche da una 5 Km e una 10 Km non competitive, che permetteranno a tutti, bambini compresi, di provare a cavalcare uno dei circuiti automobilistici più famosi al mondo.«Ho voluto fortemente questo evento e ho pensato subito a questo nome con ‘Italia’ – ha confermato un emozionato Giorgio Calcaterra – perché desidero sia una festa per tutti quanti da qualsiasi posto d’Italia arrivino ed Imola è raggiungibile facilmente da ogni parte del nostro Paese. Inoltre nel correre in autodromo ci sono tanti vantaggi. Non c’è traffico, non siamo d’intralcio a nessuno e si riesce anche a stare più insieme ed uniti. L’ho scritto anche nel libro, la corsa per me è stare insieme».Tutto confermato anche dal Presidente dell’Autodromo di Imola Uberto Selvatico Estense: «Il nostro mestiere in autodromo è quello di far correre. E cosa c’è di meglio di una corsa podistica dove le persone corrono realmente? Inoltre c’è un grande campione che andrà molto forte come sua abitudine, dunque non possiamo che essere fieri di ospitare questo evento».[...]



McDonald's "rivoluziona" la cannuccia e prende in giro Apple

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:46:00 +0000

L'azienda famosa per gli hamburger in tutto il mondo ha deciso di presentare una cannuccia venuta dal futuro. Si chiama THE STRAW ed è stata presentata grazie ad un video in pieno stile Apple. Ecco come è stata realizzata e come funziona.di Bruno Mucciarelli pubblicata il 17 Febbraio 2017, alle 16:23 nel canale WEBApple I keynote di Apple si sono fatti conoscere in tutto il mondo non solo per la presentazione dei nuovi prodotti dell'azienda ma anche per quei video cinematografici che Jony Ive e i suoi ingegneri realizzano proprio per promuovere e far capire al pubblico come hanno realizzato i vari iPhone, Mac o iPad. Riprese ravvicinate, esaltazione dei colori e musica emozionante sono solo alcuni dei fattori che permettono di esaltare al massimo un prodotto in fase di promozione. Proprio da questo McDonald's ha deciso di partire per presentare la sua nuova rivoluzionaria ed anche magica "cannuccia". frameborder="0" height="388" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zc7hmqrGyPE" width="600">Avete capito bene perché il colosso dei fast food ha realizzato un video in pieno stile Apple per raccontare le nuove caratteristiche della STRAW ossia il futuro delle cannucce. Sì perché un team di designer e ingegneri provenienti addirittura dal Project Ara di Google hanno lavorato per mesi riuscendo a creare una cannuccia che effettivamente di cannuccia possiede solo il nome.THE STRAW essenzialmente non è altro che l'acronimo di Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal che in italiano può essere tradotto come "il tubo di aspirazione con inversione assiale di prelievo" che racchiude con parole ingegneristiche quello che effettivamente fa anche una normale cannuccia. Certamente il lavoro del team ha portato ad un design completamente diverso rispetto alle normali cannucce che usiamo tutti i giorni visto che la STRAW di McDonald's possiede un aspetto ad uncino con ben quattro fori per raccogliere il contenuto del Milkshake o altro.L'idea di porre non due ma ben quattro fori sulla cannuccia è derivata dal permettere una completa degustazione del famoso Shamrock Shake, una bevanda multistrato venduta proprio nei McDonald's americani. La nuova "STRAW" permetterà ai clienti di assaporare come non mai la bevanda e di mischiare a perfezione tutti i vari ingredienti presenti. Le nuove STRAW verranno distribuite in più di 80 città in edizione limitata nelle prossime settimane e chissà che i clienti non decidano di fare la fila come negli Apple Store per "accaparrarsene" una proprio come accade con gli iPhone.[...]



Il buongiorno si vede dal mattino: ecco come si sveglia un runner I consigli per un risveglio perfetto per un running: è un momento fondamentale della giornata

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000

Prima di alzarti allungati bene e sbadiglia fino a sentire che tutti i muscoli del corpo si stiracchiano e si svegliano lentamente: per un runner il risveglio è il momento più importante della giornata.Ancora prima di mettere i piedi giù dal letto allunga le gambe in posizione supina, ponendo i piedi “a martello” per alcuni secondi. Ripeti 4-5 volte. Questa postura oltre a riossigenare i tessuti degli arti inferiori aiuta a togliere quella brutta e fastidiosa sensazione che gran parte di noi runner avverte sotto i talloni e sotto tutta la pianta del piede. Ti consiglio di abituarti a indossare ciabatte comode subito appena alzato e di non camminare a piedi scalzi, è una strategia per evitare di partire con il piede sbagliato soprattutto per chi soffre o è spesso soggetto a patologie quali spina calcaneare e fascite plantare.Ti suggerisco di puntare l’orologio qualche minuto prima per poterti svegliare con calma senza fare tutto di fretta evitando così palpitazioni e inutili stress appena alzati.Dopo aver allungato le gambe, in posizione prona sul tappetino assumi la postura del gatto quando fa le fusa cioè in ginocchio a quattro zampe, allunga le braccia e porta indietro il sedere per 4-5 volte. Questo esercizio ti aiuta ad allungare i muscoli della schiena e ti assicuro che oltre ad essere benefico è anche piacevole.Se hai ancora qualche minuto mettiti in posizione supina, porta le ginocchia al petto alternando prima una e poi l’altra gamba, in questo modo aiuti a sollecitare i bicipiti femorali e i glutei, muscoli che lavorano tutti i giorni quando corri. Durante questi esercizi respira lentamente, fai lavorare il diaframma e vedrai che una volta in piedi ti sentirai più ossigenato e più sciolto per poter affrontare al meglio la giornata.Non dimenticarti di bere, dopo aver trascorso un’intera notte a letto, al mattino siamo maggiormente disidratati.A colazione non limitarti solo a un caffè al volo, il runner ha bisogno di fare il carico di giuste energie  per affrontare gli impegni della vita quotidiana e gli allenamenti in programma.Bastano davvero pochi minuti dedicati a se stessi per avere una visione della giornata più fluida e solare.[...]



La nuova impresa di Yuki Kawauchi, l'impiegato-runner eroe della domenica

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:21:00 +0000

Yuki Kawauchi domenica ha vinto la sua undicesima maratona in carriera sotto le 2h10'. Il podista giapponese, che è un impiegato pubblico e corre come dilettante, ha chiuso la gara di Ehime con il tempo di 2h09'54", confermandosi tra i migliori maratoneti non africani al mondo. Una storia straordinaria, quella del "citizen runner", raccontata nel testo che segue tratto dal libro "Popoli in corsa, storie di vittorie e di sconfitte" di Marco Patucchi (Edizioni Correre, 2016). "CI PENSO spesso a quelle sere. Ero ancora un ragazzino e mio padre, anche se tornava tardi dal lavoro, mi massaggiava le gambe stanche per gli allenamenti del giorno. Lo faceva ogni sera. Papà è morto qualche anno fa e non ha potuto vedere i miei successi. E' una cosa che ancora mi pesa nel cuore". Quando Yuki parla del padre, il sorriso sul suo viso si spegne. Ma è solo un attimo. Nulla, ormai, sembra scalfire il mix di serenità e convinzione che traspare dagli occhi di questo ventottenne giapponese che da qualche anno stupisce (e spiazza) il mondo della maratona. Un "eretico", un "anti-eroe", un "ribelle", un "anti-conformista"...le definizioni fioccano quando si tratta di Yuki Kawauchi, ma forse la fotografia più nitida è quella del soprannome che si porta dietro: "Citizen runner", cittadino corridore. Il maratoneta della porta accanto, verrebbe da dire, perché Yuki prima di tutto è un impiegato dello Stato, un travet, che lavora quaranta ore a settimana e ogni giorno timbra il cartellino da mezzogiorno alle otto di sera.Numeri che sembrano lontani anni luce da altre cifre, quelle dei suoi risultati sportivi. Ultime in ordine di tempo, le 2h13'29" che ha fatto segnare il primo novembre alla maratona di New York (l'edizione del 2015, ndr) dove si è classificato sesto assoluto e primo tra gli atleti non-africani; e poi, riavvolgendo il nastro, le undici maratone del 2013, quattro delle quali sotto le 2h10' (2h08'15" e 2h08'14" a soli quarantadue giorni di distanza tra una gara e l'altra, o addirittura 2h09'05" e 2h09'15" con un intervallo di appena quattordici giorni); le tredici maratone dello scorso anno, anche quelle con tempi di assoluto spessore; il terzo posto assoluto, primo tra i giapponesi, con 2h08'37" alla maratona di Tokyo del 2011, il giorno che ha svelato al mondo il "citizen runner".Sono i numeri dell'"eresia" di Kawauchi, perché nessun altro runner di èlite mondiale corre così tante maratone nello stesso anno. I campioni di livello internazionale ne fanno al massimo tre, concentrandosi durante gli intervalli sulla preparazione e il potenziamento atletico."Di fatto molte competizioni mi servono da allenamento - spiega invece Yuki -. Partecipare ad una gara offre molti più vantaggi che allenarsi da soli, come il controllo del traffico, un buon cronometraggio, punti di ristoro e persone che ti incitano. Credo che correre la maratona sia soprattutto una questione di esperienza. Se non disputano delle vere maratone, i corridori non acquisiscono il senso della tattica e non sviluppano la capacità di capire quando è il momento giusto per accelerare e decelerare".Non che Yuki tralasci gli allenamenti o il potenziamento (si è costruito a casa una sorta di palestra artigianale), incastrandoli nelle sue giornate di impiegato statale in una scuola a nord di Tokyo: nei giorni feriali si alza alle sette e si allena per almeno due ore, alle 12,45 va in ufficio dove lavora fino alle 21,30; durante le vacanze estive o invernali dei ragazzi della scuola, si alza alle cinque e trenta e si allena, sempre ogni giorno, per le sol[...]



Una bambina di 7 anni ha inviato la sua candidatura per lavorare in Google ed è arrivata la risposta

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:10:00 +0000

Chloe Bridgewater desidera davvero lavorare in Google (ok, forse anche in una fabbrica di cioccolato o diventare una campionessa di nuoto olimpionica) ed ha quindi deciso di inviare una job application scritta direttamente con le sua mani. Oltre ad essere felici di constatare che i bambini americani sanno ancora scrivere con la penna, vi riportiamo un estratto della lettera.Caro boss di Google, – il mio nome è Chloe e quando sarò grande vorrei lavorare da Google […] Mio padre dice che in Google posso sedermi sui sacchi di fagioli e andare giù con gli scivoli e girovagare con i go-Kart. Mi piacciono molto i computer ed ho un tablet su cui gioco. Mio padre mi ha dato un gioco in cui devo muovere su e giù un robot per le strade, dice che questa cosa mi aiuterà ad utilizzare i computer. […] Ho 7 anni e i miei insegnanti dicono che sono molto brava in ortografia, a leggere e a fare somme. Mio padre dice che se continuo così potrò avere un lavoro in Google. […] LA LETTERA COMPLETA QUILa risposta di Google direttamente dal CEOCara Chlore, grazie mille per la tua lettera. Sono contento che ti piacciano computer e robot, e spero che continuerai a studiare e conoscere la tecnologia. Credo che se continui a lavorare sodo e a seguire i tuoi sogni potrai realizzare tutto ciò che hai in mente – dal lavorare in Google a nuotare alle Olimpiadi. Non vedo l’ora di ricevere la tua job application quando avrai finito la scuola! Ancora una volta le big company si divertono ad interagire con i bambini e con i loro sogni (in passato vi avevamo parlato di LEGO). Questa volta si tratta di un’operazione creata a tavolino o una buona strategia di comunicazione da parte di BIG G?[...]



chi è Rianne ten Haken, la top model che ama i ricci di mare (e lo yoga)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:02:00 +0000

Rianne ten Haken, 30 anni, olandese di nascita e newyorkese d’adozione: è lei la top model che ha fatto impazzire il web dopo la diffusione di un video in cui assaggia i ricci di mare che le offre un pescatore barese mentre lei è impegnata a girare uno spot di Dolce & Gabbana. Rianne inizia la propria carriera nel mondo della moda vincendo nel 2001, all’età di 15 anni, un concorso di bellezza organizzato dalla agenzia di moda Elite Model Look. Si afferma con le campagne pubblicitarie per Versace e Fornarina, lavora poi per Chanel Make Up, Yamamay, Rocco Barocco, Pierre Cardin, La Perla ed altri. Dopo essersi trasferita a New York, è apparsa sulle copertine di numerose riviste del settore, come Vogue, Numéro, Elle, Elegance e Jackie. Ha sfilato per tutti i più grandi brand internazionali. Nel 2009 è stata una delle protagoniste del calendario Pirelli. Nel 2014 è apparsa anche nel videoclip di Lenny Kravitz: «The chamber» (foto Instagram)





Il ritorno di Blair: stop alla Brexit «La gente ha votato senza sapere»

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:01:00 +0000



volte tornano e l’ex premier britannico Tony Blair ha già dimostrato più volte di voler continuare a dire la sua sul futuro del Regno Unito, anche se il Labour Party che ha guidato per anni senza rivali ha preso da tempo una strada diversa dalla sua «Terza via». L’occasione per calcare di nuovo la scena è ancora una volta la Brexit. Blair ha annunciato venerdì la sua nuova «missione»: convincere i britannici a «ribellarsi» all’uscita della Gran Bretagna dall’Unione europea. Vuole creare un istituto ad hoc e costruire un’alleanza bipartisan. «Non è tempo per la ritirata, l’indifferenza o la disperazione — ha detto nel corso di un evento pubblico del gruppo «Open Britain» — E’ il tempo di ribellarsi in nome dei valori in cui crediamo».



La premier May

Secondo l’ex primo ministro, la popolazione ha votato al referendum dello scorso anno «senza sapere quali sarebbero state le reali conseguenze della Brexit», per questo ora vuole «costruire una base per trovare una via d’uscita a questa folle corsa contro la scogliera». I tempi, in effetti, sono ormai ristretti. La nuova inquilina di Downing Street, la premier Theresa May, ha chiarito che vuole dare il via ai negoziati formali per l’uscita dall’Ue entro la fine di marzo, una decisione approvata dai deputati della Camera dei comuni la scorsa settimana.
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«Arrogante»

Immediata la reazione degli esponenti Tory. L’ex ministro conservatore Iain Duncan Smith ha definito «arroganti e assolutamente non democratici» i commenti di Blair. Un portavoce del governo ha aggiunto, laconicamente, che il popolo britannico ha espresso la sua opinione molto chiaramente il 23 giugno: «Non ci sarà un secondo referendum», ha concluso. Ma l’ex premier laburista, a capo del governo dal 1997 al 2007, pur crollato nei sondaggi di popolarità non si farà certo fermare nel suo attacco all’attuale establishment. «Anche il termine “hard Brexit” (Brexit dura, ndr) deve essere rivisto. La politica del governo ora è “Brexit a tutti i costi” —ha sostenuto—. La nostra sfida è di dimostrare il costo reale dell’addio all’Ue e quanto questa decisione sia stata basata su una conoscenza imperfetta che ora diventerà una conoscenza informata, dobbiamo calcolare con “parole semplici” quale sarà il danno reale al Paese e ai suoi cittadini se continueremo su questa strada».

Protagonista di «Remain»

Blair è stato un protagonista molto attivo nella campagna «Remain», che sostenne il sì all’Unione europea. Oggi dice di accettare il verdetto uscito dalle urne nel giugno scorso ma di voler anche raccomandare una nuova riflessione sulla Brexit.



Come in "The Young Pope"? Missione per Burke lontano dal Vaticano: il Papa lo invia in un'isoletta dell'Oceania

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:44:00 +0000

ROMA - Il cardinale Raymond Leo Burke, diventato quasi un'icona per la frangia tradizionalista ostile al pontificato di Bergoglio, dovrà partire in missione per conto del Papa. Destinazione: l'isola di Guam, in Oceania. A circa 18 ore di volo e 18mila chilometri di distanza dal Vaticano, dove resta turbolenta l'atmosfera per la tempesta che ha avvolto l'Ordine di Malta e soprattutto per gli strascichi del dibattito sull'enciclica Amoris Laetitia, arrivata a conclusione del sinodo sulla famiglia. Due questioni nelle quali il porporato statunitense, presidente emerito del Supremo tribunale della Segnatura apostolica e ora patrono proprio dei cavalieri, ha un ruolo centrale. E sempre in contrapposizione a Francesco.Il nuovo mandato pontificio, di per sé, non è una anomalia: i cardinali vengono spesso inviati ad esaminare le questioni spinose in giro per il mondo, specie quando riguardano alti prelati. A Burke, in particolare, toccherà chiarire un caso di pedofilia riguardante un arcivescovo della piccola comunità da 165mila abitanti. Si tratterà quindi di istruire il processo canonico che dovrà seguire i nuovi rigidi criteri imposti dalle direttive papali in questi casi. E servirà molto tempo, durante il quale Burke sarà lontano dai sacri palazzi e dalle sue dispute. Una decisione inattesa, tanto che nell'agenda del cardinale era prevista per fine mese la partecipazione ad una conferenza negli Stati Uniti.Il caso che ha sconvolto Guam è complesso: l'arcivescovo Apuron continua a negare i presunti abusi che sarebbero avvenuti negli anni Settanta e dei quali lo accusa un seminarista, Roy Taitague Quintanilla, all'epoca dodicenne. E già si prospetta una grana per Burke: un ex chierichetto chiamato a testimoniare si è rifiutato di presentarsi fin quando non gli sarà consentito di farsi accompagnare da un avvocato.Lo scandalo pedofilia ha causato tensioni nell'isola di Guam tanto da indurre alcuni membri di uffici diocesani a dimettersi dagli incarichi. Il Papa aveva nominato amministratore della diocesi l'arcivescovo cinese Savio Hon Tai-Fai, segretario di Propaganda Fide. Ma ora ha disposto che sia l'ex capo del più importante tribunale vaticano a prendere in mano l'inchiesta. Un incarico che vedrà il tradizionalista Burke chiamato a valutare con il pugno di ferro di Bergoglio un prelato che in passato era stato al centro di proteste violente per un testo che paragonava l'attivismo per i diritti gay al terrorismo islamico.Proprio il tema dei gay, tra gli altri, è uno dei punti sui quali la linea di Burke diverge da quella di Francesco e della linea sinodale più progressista: il contrasto era già evidente durante le due sessioni del dibattito voluto dal Papa nel 2014 e 2015. Ma è nelle ultime settimane che la frattura sembra essere diventata insanabile. Da quando, cioè, Burke ha firmato insieme ad altri tre cardinali - Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller, Joachim Meisner - la lettera con i 'dubia' che interpellano il pontefice, chiedendo di fare chiarezza su alcuni temi, tra i quali quello della conunione ai divorziati rispostati. Un'iniziativa diventata ancora più scottante quando, avendo registrato la mancata risposta di Francesco, Burke ha paventato in un'intervista al portaleamericano Lifesitenews l'ipotesi di una "correzione formale" al pontefice. Di fatto, una sorta di sfiducia teologica. Una prospettiva che, in realtà, è stata ridimensionata pubblicamente d[...]



Cile, in discesa con la bici a più di 167 km/h: nuovo record del mondo

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:41:00 +0000

Cile, in discesa con la bici a più di 167 km/h: nuovo record del mondo

Markus 'Max' Stockl ha stabilito il nuovo record del mondo di velocità in discesa su una mountain bike di serie. Il ciclista austriaco si è infatti lanciato con la bici da una montagna nel deserto cileno di Altacama e in soli 11 secondi ha raggiunto la velocità di 167,6 km/h, battendo il precedente record di 164,95 km/h stabilito sempre da Stockl nel 2011 sul Cerro Negro in Nicaragua