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Best Running Tips Newsletter, Issue #011 -- Happy New Year


January 2, 2009

Welcome to the Best Running Tips Newsletter !

Let me start by wishing you a Happy New Year. I hope 2009 will be everything you make it and allow it to be and much more.

I am a thinker, a planner, so I always have lots of goals for the year to come. Main goals for the website will be to add a section about marathoning (currently in the making) and about diet, food and drinks, turn the website into an e-book so that you can read it a lot more conveniently and also write a separate e-book together with a few prominent runners and running coaches (sorry, can't reveal much more yet, it's kind of secret, but once I can say a bit more, you will be the first to know!).

Looking back at 2008 in one of those inevitable TV shows last week I also got a little reality check when they showed a few younger people who had passed away.

People like Australian Heath Ledger and also Australian athlete Kerryn McCann who you may not know. I will tell you a little bit about her now:

In December, at the age of 41, Kerryn passed away due to cancer. She was one of Australia's more famous runners with two wins in the Commonwealth Games marathon behind her name.

I clearly remember the 2006 Commonwealth Games Marathon. I had only just immigrated into Australia. Those first few weeks in a new country we did a lot of exploring. One of the highlights was that the Commonwealth Games were being held at exactly that time in Melbourne.

I did not attend the marathon race, but I did watch it on TV. Very early in the race it was clear that it was going to be a two-horse race between McCann, then 38 and a very young Kenian girl, I think only just in her twenties.

McCann was doing the bulk of the work, keeping up the pace continuously. In the back of my head was this voice that kept on saying "It is all good and well that she is leading now, but you'll see that the younger girl will keep up easily and overtake her in the last few hundred metres.".

Coming into the last ten kilometres it was getting more exciting by the minute. You saw both the ladies starting to tire, starting to hurt. One of the final stages was climbing one of the bigger bridges in Melbourne. Now I have done that in a few 15k races and it hurts like hell in those, let alone in the final kilometres of the marathon!

Going towards the MCG, the big Melbourne stadium, the girls were trying to get away from eachother. In the last three kilometres the lead changed a number of times.

Running into the MCG they had to go through a tunnel which got them out of sight of everybody for what could not have been more than 10 seconds.

You should have heard the crowd erupting when McCann was the one who got out of that tunnel first. That must have been such an incredible kick for her.

It gave me goosebumps and tears in my eyes.

It was just one of those sports moments you wish would last forever. That's probably the moment she won the race although she still had to run those last few hundred metres. It was an incredible feeling to be witness of such a heroic performance and that moment she came out of that tunnel will be one of the sporting moments I will carry with me for a long while.

After the race she said it was "probably the greatest victory I've ever had, or the greatest race I've ever run.".

She leaves behind a young family.

"Her most memorable moment of 2006, was the most memorable moment of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. In a stirring finish to the marathon, Kerryn and Kenyan Hellen Cherono swapped the lead over the closing 3kms as they ran towards the MCG. A capacity crowd within the stadium watched on the screens as the two athletes fought it out and roared whenever Kerryn took the lead. They entered the stadium to perhaps the greatest roar the 1956 Olympic venue has ever heard, which lifted Kerry over the closing 300m to take gold and successfully defend her title from Manchester."

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Speak to you soon. In the meanwhile, visit my site often and happy running !

Dominique

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