The Sunday Read: Good form and The Perfect Runner

Booze! Terror! Paula Radcliffe! They’re all in this week’s The Sunday Read.

It’s the day after Saint Patrick’s and you had a wonderful time abusing yourself with drinks last night. How was today’s long run? Maybe not so great. Women’s Health – but, guys, you can lean from this too – address four ways in which booze hampers your personal best.

Anyone watching today’s New York City Half Marathon might have been struck by New Zealander Kim Smith’s running form. She led the race for almost the entire time, but also appeared to be doing her best Paula Radcliffe imitation: hunched up, grimacing, almost listing to one side at points. No one’s going to criticize her after her second place finish, but they might look askance at you for demonstrating that same kind of form. Are you running properly? The five most common running mistakes and how to correct them can be found at Competitor here:

Maybe, to have good form, you just need to lose those shoes. Over 500,000 people tuned in this week to watch The Perfect Runner on CBC TV. The show is now available online over on the broadcaster’s website. But you might not know much about the runner and director behind the documentary. The National Post’s Ben Kaplan interviewed Niobe Thompson here:

You think running a marathon is tough? How about running one where the threat of terrorist action is very real? A reporter at the Jerusalem Post offers a compelling first-person account of running in that city’s second 26.2 race.

And for another take on the same race, check out this report from Newsday:

About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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3 Responses to The Sunday Read: Good form and The Perfect Runner

  1. Rebekah says:

    I would love to do the Jerusalem marathon. Talk about historic… Boston ain’t got nothing on that city.

  2. Running Bun says:

    Thanks for the Competitor link – great article! Also, Kim Smith is from New Zealand!

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