Weekly Newsletter: Boston Marathon Field Set For 20,000 Entrants & Other Updates

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The 125th Boston Marathon, which is scheduled for October 11 this year, will have space for 20,000 entrants, the race organisers announced recently. The registration for the in-person race will be open from April 20 to 23. “The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has been working in close coordination with our local, city, and state partners to establish an appropriate field size that will allow for social distancing throughout the course, especially at the start and finish,” said Tom Grilk, President and CEO of the BAA “In addition to a smaller field than in previous years, we will have significant additional protocols in place to ensure participant and public health. We are committed to making the oldest annual marathon in the world as safe as possible in October.”

Here are the other updates:

Ultra Cyclist Rides 6,000km In 14 Days

Forty-year-old Amit Samarth wears many hats. He has been running for more than 10 years now. He runs his own sports academy, Miles N Milers, in Nagpur. He finished his first Ironman triathlon in 2016. He was the first Indian to finish the Race Across America (RAAM) challenge, a 5,000km ultra-distance road cycling race, and the first Asian to finish the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme. Only seven people, including Amit, have completed the 9,100km ultra cycling race till date. So it’s hardly surprising when Amit announced the completion of a brand new challenge – Ride Across India – that he and his team created and conceptualised during the lockdown months. He spent 13 days and 9 hours in February this year riding to cover 6,000km of India’s Golden Quadrilateral. Read more about his journey

Yoga For Tight Hamstrings & Hips

Whether it’s our job, studies, running and marathoning, heavy cardio, or simply being a couch potato – they are serving to add a layer of stress to our hips, hamstrings, and lower back unless one is aware and mindful about releasing them. Tight hamstrings, chronic lower back sensitivity and pain can also impact the normal curvature of the spine. Here’s a 15min sequence that addresses the hips, hams and the lower back region. Ideally, at least two to three rounds of sun salutations or some cardio is advisable before we do this sequence so that the muscles are warmed up and ready to stretch and be held for a few breaths. Read on

Running After Year-Long Pandemic Break

Before the pandemic last year, Lindsay Crouse, who has a marathon PB of 2:53, was running 100 miles a week. When the stay-at-home orders came in, her life was all about sitting on the couch and scrolling down her phone. Her mind and body shut down. Desperately looking for a change, she consulted Brad Stulberg, a performance coach, who explained that there are two kinds of fatigue – one where the mind and body are truly tired and one caused due to the daily rut. Crouse writes for the New York Times, “So last month I finally started running again. At first all I did was sprint for 30 seconds. I ran on the same path in Central Park, where a year ago I would log 20-mile workouts that now feel like dreams. I can’t hit those speeds right now for even a minute. But I keep trying. And if I’m tired, I back off. But not for long.” Full story here

New Fundas Of Strength Training

Strength training is a form of exercise that is usually completed against resistance. It can be a resistance band, an added weight, or your own body weight. The point is to maintain muscle mass which can help improve your metabolic rate and functional capacity along with your athletic performance. The approach earlier was fairly simple: lots of reps at relatively low weight but that has changed. According to Podium Runner, there are two new approaches to strength training, “One emphasizes complicated exercises that you can do at home with minimal equipment — exercises designed to be more akin to the motions one makes in running. The other also uses your muscles more functionally than the old-school approach, but draws more powerfully on traditional weight-room exercises.” Read full article here

Story Of Four-Time Olympic Gold Medallist Evelyn Ashford

US sprinter Evelyn Ashford started her running journey in school by outsprinting the boys. At 19, she made it to the Olympic team. By 35, she had won four Olympic gold medals and broke the 100m world record twice. Here’s her incredible journey in the form of a comic strip.

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