Table of Contents – March/April ’09


A Talk With:

31    Kara Goucher
Kara and husband Adam’s plan is to start a family following Boston; hence, the only goal for 2009 is Boston. Coach Alberto Salazar has a history here; following the fastest marathon debut ever by an American female, Kara Goucher wants to make history here
Interview by Bob Fitzgerald

45    Ryan Hall
If things aren’t going right, you can find Ryan Hall fly fishing. Wife Sara bought him a wii fishing game, but that’s as close as he’s gotten to Hot Creek and other hot spots in Mammoth, CA. Hall knows what kind of roll he’s got to be on to challenge Boston course record holder Robert Cheruiyot-he’s been there before
Interview by Bob Fitzgerald

Spotlight On

34    ‘Doc’ Self Prescribes Pushing the Limits
A boon to the running community, Connecticut’s Doc Whitney delivers inspiration with a dollop of humor
by Laura Bloch Bourque

72    The Amazing Alter G!
Developed by NASA, espoused by a growing legion of mended athletes, we visit Pawtucket, RI to meet New England’s newest ‘Superstar’
by Bob Fitzgerald

75    Jess Barton: Patiently Training Hard
A highly recruited high school star decides there’s no place like home
by Jean Cann


4    Editor’s Letter

6    Intervals

12    It’s Not Always About The Run
The Mardi Gras Marathon, New Orleans, LA
by The Three Amigos

14    Scenic Stridings
Great Brook Farm State Park
text and photos by Emily Raymond

16    Letters from Readers


29    Club Notes
Defending Health?
by Lonny Townley

30    B.A.A. Boston Marathon Qualifiers
The top three male and female, Open through 70+, registered qualifiers from New England and New York

37    Track Shack
Two American Records, Blanket Finishes Highlight Reebok Boston Indoor Games, by Parker Morse; Lagat Now “Co-Chairman of the Boards”; Fernandez Breaks World Junior Indoor Mile Record; Another Coogan on the Horizon?

41    Running Around the World
New Balance Boston’s Donaghue Makes World XC Team; Bay State’s Riley, NY’s Martin ‘Grade’ High at US Masters Half Marathon Championship; Running in Sri Lanka, by John Stifler; Meb, Lewey-Boulet Take US Half Marathon Titles; It’s A Small, Small World at Disney; Haile, Hasay at Foot Locker; NBB’s Donaghue First, New Balance Boston Second at Club Championships; Spokane Sang Froid: Coach’s Corner; Fast Tracks….

47    Sports Medicine
Boston Bound? Let Your Feet Do The Talking
by Dr. Robert Irwin

49    Nutrition
“Biggest Loser” A Loser‰ÛÓGet Real
by Nancy Clark

51    My Word
Freaks of Nature
by Tom Derderian

52    Training Talk
Updike and Bricolage
by John Barbour

53    Retro Running
Such Stuff as Dreams and Dreamers are Made Of…
by John J. Kelley, Illustration by Andy Yelenak

56    Race Results
The Region’s Wintry Mix; Plus, Faces at Races

76    Our Back Page
A Killer Craving
by Rasika Welankiwar 

ABOUT THE COVER: Kara Goucher winning the 3000m at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games.
Photo by Victah Sailer/Photo Run

T of C.jpg: CALL IT! That’s Sentayehu Ejigu’s head right behind Shalane Flanagan’s hand at the finish of the Reebok Boston Indoor Games 5,000m. Ejigu got the nod, Flanagan got the American Record.
Photo by George Ross

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