The Millennium Runner: Substance & Style

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 28, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM UTC


Click on the image to view more photos of Ann Wessling, our Millennium Runner.

In his 1978 novel, “Once a Runner,” John L. Parker Jr. describes how runners constantly have to dodge the nagging injuries that logging daily mileage produces, coining the phrase “the injury fandango,” and questioning, “Does it ever end?” It typically doesn’t. Running USA estimates that a total of 173,000 people finished marathons in 1980 as compared to 507,000 in 2010, and with all the controversy that continues to rage around what causes injuries—stretching? Not stretching? Running shoes? Not wearing running shoes?—the injured can easily get frustrated.

However, one thing today’s runner can take advantage of is a buffet of prevention and rehab tools, from Trigger Point Therapy massage gear to the Compex muscle stimulator you can buy over the counter.

Photo: Brooks Glycerin Print Support Tank II,$46·Under Armour Team Girl Short,$29.99·Skechers S2 Lite Shapeups,$100·2XU Compression Arm Sleeves,$55·Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Watch and HRM,$199.99·Moji Knee Two-Piece Cold Compression Wrap,$119.95·Compex Sport Elite Muscle Stimulator,$999.99·The GRID Revolutionary Foam Roller by Trigger Point Therapy,$39.99·TP Massage Ball by Trigger Point Therapy,$24.99 each·KT Kinesiology Tape by K Tape,$12.99

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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