Saturday, October 09, 2010

Best temperature for running?

This is a neat little infographic on what the ideal temperature is for running a marathon. According to it, 53F seems to be the best. Keep in mind this is a set based on runners at the New York City Marathon. Nonetheless, it gives you some idea. Temperature doesn't affect everyone in the same way. Elite runners are not affected as much as slower runners are. However, what I found most interesting was that the runners between 4:00 and 4:30 hours seem to be the least affected (after the elites). Look at how even the circles are in that diagram for the runners in this segment.

Personally, I've always felt my best running comes when the temperature is between 50 and 55 F. Haven't done any detailed study to narrow it down any further.


Sunday, October 03, 2010

New York marathon live on the web, TV, and phone

This year's New York marathon will be broadcast on the web, TV, and the phone. The even have an iPhone/iPad app. I remember watching the London marathon live on the web about three years ago. It was pretty disappointing. The quality was bad - low resolution and very jittery. Hopefully this one is good. Haile Gebrselassie is in the field this year. Here's to a great show.