Mark lakefront in Chicago for the Chicago Lakefront 50 Mile.In my previous blog I mentioned how I started out running on roads and then became hooked on running trails. I also alluded to how I’m pulled in both directions as I still like to run on roads. I recently ran the Chicago Lakefront 50 Mile and this was to be my longest run on a road surface. I figured this would be the “ultra” test to see how much I really liked to run on roads.I believe trail running shares surprisingly very little with road running and it attracts an entirely different breed of people. Trail runners tend to be the more outdoorsy type of people where as road runners seem to be more Type A or a competitive bunch. Trail races tend to be more laid back while road races are usually more intense and an outlet to find out your exact pace per mile. I know this is not true for everyone but just a general observation. Often our choices are dictated by convenience to a trail head so road running is generally a more convenient surface for most of us.The main positive for me with trail running is that the softer surface generally allows me to stay healthier and have much less downtime for injury. If I’m training hard and subsequently running higher mileage, I have to dedicate many miles on the trail regardless of the race surface goal. Trails do build strength and stamina due to the uneven terrain and the softer surface absorbing the impact. Secondly with trail running your foot strike varies so much that overuse and repetitive motion injuries are less frequent than on road surfaces. Finally the greatest positive for me with trail running is the carefree feeling of being away from cars and traffic. It is a quiet, less stressful and peaceful feeling to run deep in the woods.The main negative I see with trail running is that you have to pay close attention to the trail surface, if not it is easy to fall or roll an ankle. An injured ankle can be tough to heal if you continue to run on any sort of technical trail. Trail running pace is generally slower especially on tight, twisting hilly single track, so expect your pace per mile to drop anywhere from 30 seconds to 90 seconds while trail running. The softer surface absorbs your footfall and you get less spring off so it is tougher to keep the same pace that you are used to on roads. Trail running should be more about time on your feet and not mileage and this can be difficult to deal with for a road runner. I often curse under my breath as trail miles seem to take forever and I constantly doubt the person who measured the route.Road running negatives are quite obvious. The harder surface breaks down muscles much quicker and it is tougher to recover as you rack up the miles. Overuse or repetitive motion injuries are much more frequent because your foot strike is almost always the same with each landing. Running on roads is much more dangerous if you have to deal with traffic. Luckily greenways are popping up everywhere and some are even well lit giving a safer venue for night time running.A positive with running on a road is that you get much faster turnover or an increased pace per mile especially on flatter routes. You can log an 8-10 mile workout in much less time than a trail run. If you are not having to deal with cars you can turn your brain off and float along not worrying about that next root or rock you need to avoid. I like to do most of my speed workouts on road surfaces even though I race mostly on trails. I like to feel faster after being on the slower surface of trails.In conclusion I like what both road and trail running gives me. I enjoy mixing it up and I get bored of just one type of surface every day. I need the release that each offers me. After my 50 mile road ultra at Chicago I’m definitely spending much more time on trails. My leg muscles and joints were wrecked but I did have fun and I almost met my “A” goal. However if I had to pick one surface, I would rather be running trails. Trail running has saved me from a lot more injuries and trails have taken me to some very beautiful areas that a road simply does not offer. Trail running is excellent therapy for all that life throws at us. I owe much to those trails that take me far away, even if they are measured incorrectly. There is no way that it could be my lack of fitness for all those twelve minute miles in the woods!
This week for Trauma Tuesday we take a look back at the Tour De France. This year’s race seemed to be a veritable demolition derby at times, and we’ve pulled together some of the best clips.First up is the Mark Cavendish’s crash in the 1st stage. Within spitting distance of the end of the stage, Mark collided with other racers while making a move to the front, and separated his shoulder. This angle really shows you just how fast these athletes are going in the sprint:Next we have this massive pileup at Bergerac. Rain and a turn were all that was needed to take down a sizeable chunk of the field. The action takes place in the beginning of the video.
By Dialogo June 15, 2012 MIAMI, U.S.A. – The crew of the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returned to its homeport of Charleston, S.C., on June 7 after successfully taking part in Operation Martillo, a multinational effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. During its 91-day patrol, the Gallatin crew worked to disrupt drug running in the Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits. The Gallatin crew worked alongside members of the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based in Jacksonville, Fla. Gallatin crewmembers conducted four law enforcement-related boardings during the course of the cutter’s patrol, including a joint boarding with the Nicaraguan Navy. The 44-year-old Gallatin and 11 other original Secretary-class, high-endurance cutters, are being replaced by eight Legend-class, National Security Cutters (NCS). The NCSs are faster, better equipped and more durable, efficient and safer than their predecessors, according to the Coast Guard. As the Coast Guard’s last Hamilton-class cutter stationed on the East Coast, the Gallatin is the largest and most capable Coast Guard vessel patrolling the Caribbean Sea. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, and partner nation aircraft and vessel crews work together to conduct counter-narcotics patrols in the Caribbean Sea. Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which started in mid-January. read more
Below are all the important details NFL-crazed fans will need to know heading in to yet another Super Bowl:When is Super Bowl 51?Feb. 5, 2017.What time is the Super Bowl?Kickoff is around 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time—you know, after the national anthem has been sung and the smoke from the fireworks clear out.Where is the Super Bowl being played?NRG Stadium in Houston, home of the Texans. Take that, Dallas.Who is performing the Super Bowl Halftime Show?None other than New York’s own Lady Gaga! Here’s the proof: What channel is the Super Bowl on?Fox. The duo of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call the game. Yeah, those guys. They’re hanging with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell below: Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Super Bowl LI (51) will kickoff at around 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 5.After some exciting matchups, not counting the embarrassingly noncompetitive championship games, we’ll once again be watching the New England Patriots playing for the Lombardi Trophy. Their opponent: the high-scoring Atlanta Falcons. Embed from Getty Images read more
There is intense controversy with the players taking a knee during the flag ceremony of NFL games.Many of us hold the flag near and dear to us, and those who take a knee during the flag ceremonies likely also feel the importance of the flag’s message. However, they might feel wrought with disappointment that there is such a far difference between what the flag represents and how, as a nation, many in our society are treated.Many experience being treated unequally, especially blacks who witness a higher percentage of them being killed at the hands of police violence. Hence the emergence of Black Lives Matter. Closing down discussion and consideration of what the players are trying to say is going against what our flag and country stand for.So let’s listen to what the players have to say, try to understand their message, and maybe together, we will make more progress in the area of peace and equitable treatment among all peoples of our nation.Bill ShapiroNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion read more
Don’t send Lanotte back to Nisky boardIn the April 30 Gazette article interviewing Niskayuna’s Board of Education candidates, I was shocked to read that a former school board member, Patricia Lanotte, is seeking re-election.Lanotte resigned her school board seat in July 2017 with two years left on her second term, costing taxpayers $17,000 to hold a special election to replace her. Besides the fact, it’s well documented her first term was marked by incredible divisiveness, politics and poor decision making.Lanotte takes no responsibility for her resignation or the aftermath and offers no explanation. And she not only wants her seat back, but she’s now very critical of our school district administration and Board of Education on issues such as the budget, staffing, and progress in addressing students’ mental health and wellness. However, previously, Lanotte supported hiring our superintendent and business official and voted favorably to adopt budgets and other initiatives alongside most of our current board members. Yet since quitting two short years ago, Lanotte is painting them all as incompetent and hurting our kids. Really? Divisiveness, here we go again.The ship has sailed Ms. Lanotte. It’s time for new ideas, especially in these challenging times. I’m urging Niskayuna residents to cast their votes for other candidates on May 21.Fortunately we have some very smart and skilled candidates to choose from to help keep our school district moving forward in a positive direction. We can do much better. Vote Backus, Jansson and Tully.Stephen BentonNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Trump won, so stop with the belittlingEnough on belittling and calling names. President Trump been president starting on three years. Get over it, media and Democrats. He pulled off the biggest political upset in American politics — the reason being he wasn’t a politician. Instead, he listened to the middle-income and near-poverty people. That is why he carried more than 30 states.Herbert ThorneSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionForget lemonade, pass real legislationI agree with your recent editorial concerning the “Lemonade Law” being considered by the state Legislature. I feel that you could have gone even farther with your comments.The law, which is merely a publicity stunt by local lawmakers, is ridiculous to the extreme.After the furor last year over the kid’s lemonade stand being shut down, no public official or agency would risk the media scrutiny to take action like this again.What I would like to know is why can our Legislature pass meaningless legislation like this so easily and not be able to enact any ethics reform, taxpayer relief or campaign finance legislation?Perhaps if the legislators and state officials now in prison for corruption had operated an illegal lemonade stand, we could have stopped them years earlier.Why has there never been any ethics or campaign finance reform in our state? Lord knows we need it.The governor and party leaders have been able to raise obscene amounts of cash over the years without ever having to reveal who is attending the $5,000-a-plate fundraising dinners. When several of the ethics panels that Gov. Andrew Cuomo set up got too close to revealing the names of his donors, he simply disbanded the panels. The only way we ever get answers is when the politicians and officials are indicted and sent to prison, as was the case in the “Buffalo Billion” scandal.Do us all a favor, senators and assemblymen, skip the theatrics and do something for a change. So far, the real lemons in this whole affair are you.John AngillettaScotia read more
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The government has said that civil servants will be allowed to work from home in compliance with Jakarta’s decision to reimpose full large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) starting Monday.“With the implementation of PSBB, the government’s agencies must enact a full working from home policy,” Administration and Bureaucracy Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said.However, Tjahjo said there should be work shifts that require 10 to 25 percent of civil servants to take turns performing their duties at their respective offices in some ministries, agencies and local administrations. “Some agencies might need their employees to be present [at the office] to serve the people directly” he said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.One of the state institutions, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), will also adjust its working hours adhering to the PSBB policy.“Of course we will adjust to the prevailing regulation that is PSBB,” KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said.The antigraft agency is currently imposing a work system in which half of the employees work from home and the others work from the office.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday that the capital would reimpose PSBB measures starting Monday after weeks of easing restrictions contributed to a rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the city.All non-essential sectors in Jakarta must work from home, dine-in will not be allowed in restaurants, tourist destinations will be closed and large gatherings are banned. (aly)Topics : read more
NewsSports Dominicans off to Cayman for 2nd round Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifier by: – November 28, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 21 Views no discussions Share Image via: graphicshunt.comA contingent of eight players and one official will leave Dominica on Monday 28th November, to represent Dominica in the North and Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Continental Cup 2nd Round Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifier, to be held in Grand Cayman from November 30th to December 5th.The two Men’s and two Women’s teams that qualified in the first round qualifier held in Antigua earlier this year will join other qualifiers from the Eastern Caribbean Zone (ECVA) – including Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, (with men’s and women’s teams) and Grenada (women’s team) and St. Vincent (men’s Teams). These teams will compete against the First Round qualifiers from the Caribbean Zone (CAZOVA) – including Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Curacao and Bahamas. The top five teams in that competition will move on to the Third stage in which they will compete against the qualifiers of the Central America zone (AFECAVOL) – which includes Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama.The following players will represent Dominica in the Cayman Islands:Women:Team 1: Catherine Francis and Anna-Maria Xavier *Team 2: Laureen Lockhart and Lisa James ***Anna Xavier replaces Lenel Williams, 1st Round player who is unavailable**Lisa James replaces Marcia Gustave, 1st Round player who is unavailableMen Team 1: David Toussaint and Ronald BrunoTeam 2: Ray Robinson and Lincoln RiviereInternational Referee Candidate, Julian “Johnny” Seraphine who has been designated by NORCECA to officiate in the competition, is accompanying the players.Press ReleaseDominica Amateur Volleyball Association read more
Major league baseball is seriously considering a rule for next year that would place a runner on second base to start an extra inning game. Their reasoning, of course, is to cut down on 18 inning ball games that end in the wee hours of the morning. I am sure it will do that! What I am not sure of is if I like this rule.I would be against it because it would artificially tend to end a ball game. I know that like most overtime rules, it would be fair for both teams in theory. In my mind, it would benefit the home team much more than the road team. Just like in football, the winner of the coin toss always has a big advantage. Why not just let the teams earn their own way to an extra inning win as it has been done in the past? If a game is meant to go 18 innings, than let it go.