Thin Scrims of Sweat Soon Pearled

 
Thin scrims of sweat soon pearled,
Gleaming beads fleeing in terror
From prisons of flesh,
Engulfed in the flow of a coursing ambition
In the white-noised hush
They had become urgent,
Exotic, and wild
Slack-jawed slayers of all things 
  Shallow,
Menacing crusaders
To the doubting infidels
Amongst their indolent brethren. 
 
At full extension,
Their cravings became ravenous,
  Lurching, consuming,
Strung out to a vanishing,
  Throughout this mad universe of flight./
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Meseret Defar Aids Entoto Foundation

     The big beneficiaries of the on-going second running boom have been charities.  Nearly $1 billion was raised last year for a wide variety of causes through American road races alone.  I am proud to be part of a 501C3 charity called the Entoto Foundation (Entoto.org) which is dedicated to bringing medical care and treatment to Ethiopians for whom such care is otherwise unavailable.  (more…)

READY, SET, SWEAT?

     One study says coffee is good for you, another says it’s bad.  Sugar, same; salt, yes. In fact, you name it, and there are reports written by sage academics swearing to the validity of their conflicting findings. So what should we believe?  And how do we know?

In 1977 Time magazine put out a cover story headlined Ready, Set, Sweat! focusing on the booming fitness movement rolling through the country.  And off we dashed in our Suzanne Sommers thighs, coughing and wheezing, then aching and complaining, perhaps even throwing up – if we were doing it properly.  In other words, onset running was a lot like onset smoking, and we never made the connection.

Amazing, really, that anyone continued after day one.  But like smoking, if you just stuck with it  you might actually get hooked, because as with any endeavor which requires an investment of puking, running held out before it the potential of a payoff.  The potential, mind you, not the guarantee.  In that one sense, smoking has it over running, cause with smoking you got the guarantee. (more…)

RICH GET RICHER

     At this month’s Oscars, the extravagant goody bags that were once bestowed on the Red-Carpet brigade – containing schwag like jewelry, spa treatments, luxury trips, and the latest tech gear – were replaced by what were called “gifting suites”.  These scented, tented lounges were invitation-only opportunities for the Hollywood A-listers to graze at their leisure out of sight of the prying eyes of the media, public, and IRS. 

     Well, USATF has its own version of the rich get richer giveaway.  The April issue of Track & Field News explained in detail the three-level tier system from which the USATF distributes its financial aid, medical support, health insurance, competition grants, and other benefits to American track and field athletes. (more…)

THE END OF THE MYTH

 ODE TO THE L.A. MARATHON

Go now to your rest, old distance,

Be unafraid, your time is at hand,

Where for years you held full dominion,

Today, we saw your last stand.

 

It came in the City of Angels,

Home to the silver screen stars,

Where again you served up your measure,

As a challenge from here to afar:

 

Lace tight and take up this mantel,

Of running’s mythic-born test,

Not knowing that a man named Geneti,

Had yet to showcase his best. (more…)