Myths about Running in an Ultramarathon

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Sharyn O’Halloran has been working in public affairs and political science for more than 25 years. The George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics at Columbia University, Sharyn O’Halloran has authored numerous publications and given dozens of speeches around the world. Outside of her work, Dr. O’Halloran is an avid runner and participated in her first ultramarathon in 2013.

Here are several myths about ultramarathons that may hold back some athletes:

You need to be in the best shape of your life. If you are waiting until you are in the best shape to run an ultramarathon, you likely will never run an ultra. While being in less-than-perfect shape may make the experience more difficult, having excess weight does not mean you can’t cross the finish line. Determination and mental strength are more important for ultras than having the perfect body.

You have to be young. When many people go to their first ultramarathon, they expect to see young runners who are right out of high school or college. But runners do not have to be young to compete. A large number of older runners compete in many ultramarathons.

You’ll slow down. As you train for an ultramarathon, you may hear that you should find a slow pace and slow down more as you run. While you may slow down as you become tired, you can work on your endurance to ensure that you maintain a comfortable pace throughout the race.


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


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Lincoln in the Bardo

Sharyn O’Halloran is the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics at Columbia University in New York City. Beyond her academic duties, Sharyn O’Halloran is an avid reader of historical fiction.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an experimental historical novel by American writer George Saunders. It is the author’s seventh work of fiction and first novel. The highly anticipated book received near universal acclaim from critics. Bookmarks, a review aggregator, reported zero negative reviews and just three mixed reviews out of 42 total critiques. Lincoln in the Bardo received a number of accolades, including the 2017 Man Booker Prize and best seller status with both USA Today and The New York Times.

Lincoln in the Bardo tells the story of President Abraham Lincoln by following the iconic historical figure on the night his son, Willie, is buried. Opposed to following a traditional narrative format, the novel consists almost entirely of quotes and passages derived from newspapers, historical books, and other verified sources. Furthermore, the novel moves from its historical roots into the realm of the supernatural by introducing ghostly characters from various periods of time.

Brooklyn Half Gets New Sponsor

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Brooklyn Half

An accomplished educator, Sharyn O’Halloran has served as Columbia University’s George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics for over a decade. An avid runner, Sharyn O’Halloran has completed several long-distance races throughout her career, including the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

In December 2017, New York Road Runners (NYRR) announced a new arrangement with Popular, Inc., a top 50-rated bank that will serve as the sponsor for the Brooklyn Half Marathon for the next three years. In addition to being the official bank of this year’s Brooklyn Half, Popular will also take on the role of strategic partner for a number of other local races, including the United Airlines NYC Half, NYRR Queens 10K, and NYRR Staten Island Half.

The lead-up to the Brooklyn Half will start on May 16, 2018, with pre-race activities lined up for three days before the event. The race itself is set for May 19, 2018, and will start at the Brooklyn Museum. The 2017 race saw more than 27,000 people complete the event.

American Journal of Political Science – Article Submission Guidelines

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Submission Guidelines

The George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics at Columbia University in New York, Sharyn O’Halloran has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Over this time, Sharyn O’Halloran has served as a reviewer for several academic publications, including the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS).

Established in 1957, the American Journal of Political Science was created to promote understanding of American politics, governance, and citizenship. The Midwest Political Science Association’s official journal, the AJPS publishes research related to politics. Recent topics include Citizen Suits and the Legislative Process, Electoral Ambiguity, and the Political Importance of Implicit Attitudes.

Articles submitted must pass a verification process before publication. Final drafts must include a title page along with keywords that can make online searches easier, an unnumbered footnote listing, and an abstract page covering findings and conclusions, methodological approach, hypotheses, and background. Articles are to be written according to the Style Manual for Political Science approved by the American Political Science Association. The style manual is based on the Chicago Manual of Style.

Health Benefits of Marathon Running

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Marathon Running

Sharyn O’Halloran is a published author and award-winning George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics at Columbia University. When she is not teaching, writing, or researching, Sharyn O’Halloran keeps fit by running and competing in marathons.

The concept of the marathon comes from the story of Pheidippides, a soldier who ran the 26 or so miles from the Greek town of Marathon to Athens to announce victory over Persia in 490 BCE. After announcing the victory, he fell over and died. Though the long-distance journey was fatal to Pheidippides, running marathons can have many health benefits.

Runners tend to lose weight, especially during training season while they are working towards the longer run. With proper form, running can protect bones and joints, and evidence has shown that runners are less likely to have diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Runners also see many mental health benefits, including reduced depression. Marathons have a social and community aspect which can greatly improve a person’s general health, and long-distance running is itself quite meditative, which can help release stress. Marathons are also very difficult and require a lot of training to get through safely, so completing one is a major accomplishment and may boost one’s confidence.

An American Woman Wins NYC Marathon for the First Time in 40 Years


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Shalane Flanagan

For more than two decades, Sharyn O’Halloran has worked as a professor at Columbia University in New York City. She serves the school as a George Blumenthal professor of political economy and a professor of international and public affairs. An avid runner, Sharyn O’Halloran was accepted to participate in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.

For the first time in four decades, an American woman was the winner of the New York City Marathon. With a time of two hours, 26 minutes, and 53 seconds, Shalane Flanagan topped the women’s field ahead of Mary Keitany, a Kenyan marathoner who won the race in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The 36-year-old Flanagan was the second-place finisher in 2010, which was the last time she participated in the event. Prior to the 2017 NYC Marathon, Flanagan hadn’t run competitively in a marathon since she finished sixth place at the Rio Olympic Games.

Miki Gorman was the last American woman to win the New York City Marathon. She did so in 1976 and 1977.

Politics, Process, and American Trade Policy

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Politics, Process, and American Trade Policy

An instructor at Columbia University since 1993, Sharyn O’Halloran currently serves as a George Blumenthal professor of political economics and a professor of international and public affairs. In addition to her accomplishments as a university educator, Sharyn O’Halloran has written dozens of articles and multiple books, including Politics, Process, and American Trade Policy.

Published by the University of Michigan Press in 1994 as part of its Michigan Studies in International Political Economy series, Politics, Process, and American Trade Policy examines the formation and continuation of American trade policy through the lens of organizational economics and neo-institutionalism in order to highlight the weaknesses of conventional historical economic models, such as the pressure-group model and the presidential-ascendancy model. Offering new insights into both early and contemporary American trade policy, this book rejects scholarship that presents trade policy as disparate and ad hoc, instead offering a uniquely unified framework for thinking about the ways in which public and private institutions create and develop trade policy.