Thursday, October 04, 2007

Haile Gebrsellasie: World Record Performance

The running phenom from Ehtiopia, worlds greatest longest distance runner, has finally set his footprint in Marathoning as well. On Sep 30th 2007 he set a new World Record of 2 hrs 4 mins 26 secs at Berlin Marathon.

He has held world records at various middle to long distance events including: 2k, 5k, 10k, half marathon and 1hr runs. Since his debut in Flora London marathon 2002 where he was placed 3rd just behind previous 2 world records holders, he has been persistently seeking to set a world record in marathon.

Last Name, First Name
Time OverAll
Sex Place Country
K. KHANNOUCHI (M30) 2:05:38 1 1 USA
P. TERGAT (M32) 2:05:48 2 2 KEN
H. GEBRSELASSIE (M28) 2:06:35 3 3 ETH
(2002 London marathon results : courtesy

After his near miss of breaking WR at Berlin 2006, he continued to pursue his goal, it was interesting to see this video showing his readiness for 2007:

I am glad he has set a WR after 5 yrs of effort on it. In one of the interviews he has mentioned that a sub 2 hr marathon is in the horizon, will he able to break it! We will know soon? As of now he is relishing his success; and time to celebrate this phenomenal athlete. Indeed "Impossible is nothing"

Monday, October 01, 2007

Trail Tested: IPod Shuffle

Ipod Shuffle

After very disappointing experience with my IPod Nano, I had decided not use Apple products for a while, so went ahead with a purchase of non-apple mp3 player. Initially it seemed fine, but slowly I started missing the Itunes music manager, the seamless integration of shopping experience and Ipod sync-up update etc.

So finally I landed up in market for yet another IPod for my Ultra Running, Shuffle seemed reasonably priced for my budget and usage. I was mainly looking for a lightweight mp3 player, which can handle clumsiness of a long distance runner and would last for the entire duration of the race, roughly about 25-30hrs.

Interestingly after charging IPod Shuffle for a 1 night and loading to its full capacity of 1GB, I was ready for my Rio Del Lago 100M run. The entire run I hardly felt the weight of Shuffle and in-fact couple of times the clip came out of the slot, but it is light enough to just hang by the head phone cords :). Not once I had any issues with sound quality or lack of battery. Finally I found a perfect mp3 for Ultra runners, who man-handle a bit and would like a long battery life.Its great piece of Innovation. Hoping it would last long this time!.