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Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week In Running: 9/20-9/27



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By Peter Washkowitz

Dear readers, let's take a look back at the week in running:

As reported on People.com on September 23rd, despite gearing up for her upcoming pregnancy, Jenna Elfman, former Dharma & Greg star and now leading the way on CBS' sitcom Accidentally On Purpose, sat down and gave us a glimpse into how she has been trying to stay fit as she continues to balloon. While I may not have agreed with any of the comedic routines in the mildly-decent Dharma, I have to agree with Jenna's workout habits. As the star told People Magazine, “I walk on the treadmill as much as I can, like four times a week with the production schedule and raising a two year old...I had to actually put a treadmill in my dressing room at work. So if I have a ten-minute break I’ll just hop on it for ten minutes just so I’m staying moving. It’s very important to stay moving when you’re pregnant. Then I have some free weights here and there. Nothing outlandish". I have known many people who dreamed of one day becoming a famous Hollywood celebrity. I'm sure everybody knows people like this. Many do it for the fame. Other do it for the fortune. But me? I never actually wanted to become an actor until I read this People.com article. To actually demand, and then receive, a treadmill in your dressing room?!?! Now that's an amenity that cannot be beaten!
As reported on CNN.com on September 24th, when ultramarathoner Maria Natero-Armenta set out for an 8-mile run (a little stroll for someone who has run countless 100-mile and 50-mile races), she had no idea that she wouldn't arrive home for three days. But, after leaving her house at 5:30am on September 21st and starting her run along a trail in the the Cleveland National Forest near San Diego, she eventually got lost on the forest trail and, "Night turned into day. She had no water or food, and she didn't try to eat anything. She became disoriented but had the wherewithall to know that she was completely out of fuel. She didn't have the strength to keep walking, so she climbed into a ravine, believing that would be the safest place". With only 2 bottles of water and no food to sustain her, Armenta was on the verge of death when rescuers eventually found her three days after her run began. Despite the harrowing experience, Natero-Armenta told reporters that, "The experience has not scared her away from distance running on trails," and, that once she fully recovers, "she will be back, running". Good luck in your recovery, Mrs. Natero-Armenta. For the time being, might I suggest sticking to the roads and more populated running areas!?!?

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, October 3rd

Freedom's Run (Shepherdstown, WV)
Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon (Leavenworth, WA)
New Hampshire Marathon (Bristol, NH)
St. George Marathon (St. George, UT)

Sunday, October 4th

Blue Sky Marathon (Fort Collins, CO)
City Of Trees Marathon (Boise, ID)
Crazy Horse Marathon (Rapid City, SD)
YMCA Johnstown Marathon (Johnstown, PA)
Lakefront Marathon (Milwaukee, WI)
Peak Performance Maine Marathon (Portland, ME)
Marathon De Rimouski (Rimouski, QC)
Mt. Rushmore Marathon (Rapid City, SD)
PEC Marathon (Picton, ON)
Portland Marathon (Portland, OR)
KMXT Run The Rock Marathon (Kodiak, AR)
Sacramento CowTown Marathon (Sacramento, CA)
Cancer Centers Of Southwest Oklahoma Spirit Of Survival Marathon (Wichita Mt. Wildlife Refuge, OK)
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)
28th Wineglass Marathon (Corning, NY)

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