By Carolyn Mather, RN, PhD
Usually at this time I am writing my annual report on my favorite marathon-Grandmas. But for the first time in 21 years I had to miss it and Peachtree (more than 21 years!!) to take care of my dear husband Steve. But I must admit that both events proceeded in style without me and Steve could not have done without me. During these trying months I have come to appreciate the love and support of my friends. One of my strongest supporters is my Atlanta Track Club Elite teammate Sonja Friend-Uhl. Sonja is one amazing woman and has been taking the world of masters ladies by storm. I caught up with her right before she dominated the invited masters field at the USATF Nationals. She won the 3000 by nearly a minute over 8 other super masters!!
Give me a little background on you-school, family,job,and interests besides running.
I graduated from The College of William & Mary (VA) in 1993. I was recruited for XC and Track by then Coach Pat Van Rossum and was on a full athletic scholarship all 4 years. I also met my husband Brad there. He was also a scholarship athlete for Football (Record setting Outside Linebacker)
I love music and I love to play piano. I play piano to this day and love it very much. It soothes me! I also am an avid reader...absolutely love to lose myself in a book!
My immediate family includes my husband, Brad and my daughters, Brianna (an aspiring Volleyball player turning 14 in August) and Alexa (6) who fears nothing and has boundless energy so I am thinking another track athlete maybe in the family!
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By Lena Hollmann
Recently I rediscovered a picture that carried me down memory lane. It’s from a women only race called the Lady Equitable 10K, in Baltimore, MD, March 1980. Jimmy Carter was president when this picture was taken, and I was still in my 20s. I am in the front, on the left, with the Haverford AC shirt. We are in the early stages of the race, having probably completed about half a mile.
After a successful inaugural race last fall, the Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series is set to return to Peachtree City, GA on Sept. 12. It will be the first stop on the Divas tour this fall.
“Returning for our second year is so exciting,” said Robert Pozo, executive race director. “We fell in love with the southern hospitality of this quaint community and being a stone’s throw away from a large metropolitan city is just great for a day trip.
By Stephen Prudhomme
Trolleys, buses, horse & carriages, walking, bicycles, there are as many ways to see Savannah as there are trees covered with Spanish moss or things bearing the name Oglethorpe, as in Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony who came up with the city design and its gridlike layout of squares and streets.
TORONTO -- Team USA completed the country’s best Pan American Games performance in the sport of track & field since 1999, collecting 41 medals: 13 golds, 15 silvers and and 13 bronzes over seven days of competition at both CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium and along the Ontario Place West Channel.
The U.S. women showed their prowess for international games, winning 23 medals while Team USA’s men won 18. The U.S. crushed the scoring table with 403 points, outscoring home team Canada by 153 points. Brazil was third with 164 points.
By Chris Chavez, RunBlogRun
American Ben True hit the IAAF qualifying standard of 13:23 and officially punched his ticket for next month's World Championships in Beijing. True finished third in the field with a 13:06.15 performance. Dejen Gebremeskel won the race in 13:05.38.
ATLANTA – July 23, 2015 – In line with its goals of developing at least one male and one female Olympian by 2020, Atlanta Track Club has added middle distance runner Christy Cazzola to its elite team. Cazzola’s first appearance as a team member of Atlanta Track Club Elite will be at the Sir Walter Mile in Raleigh, North Carolina, on August 7.
By Nancy Clark
Have you been hearing stories that fats are better than carbs for fuel for endurance runners and triathletes? Maybe you have wondered if scientific research supports those stories?
To find the latest science, I attended the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM is an organization with more than 26,000 exercise physiologists, sports nutrition researchers, and sports medicine professionals—all of whom are eager to share both their research and extensive knowledge. At this year’s meeting in San Diego (May 2015), I was able to verify that carbohydrates are indeed, the preferred fuel for all athletes. The following information highlights some of the research on carbohydrates that might be of interest to hungry runners.
By Roy Stevenson, RunBlogRun.com
Irrepressible Nick Symmonds had a tough year in 2014. With an injured knee from the previous indoor track season plaguing his fitness last year, Symmonds didn't appear in any serious races to speak of, and consequently suffered from the usual lack of confidence that these injuries tend to instill in elite athletes.
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (August 1, 2015) – Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya and Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia, two familiar faces who’ve been knocking on the door, finally broke through as champions on Saturday in the 18th TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
The Knoxville Marathon 5K will be a night race for the first time at Knoxville, TN. The April 2, 2016 race will begin at 7 p.m. The kids run will continue on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m.
BOONE, NC — The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) in the Appalachian State University Beaver College of Health Sciences announces the High Country Half Marathon will be held on Aug. 29 at 7:30 a.m. This is the second race in the High Country Triple Crown series and all proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, a self-confidence building program for girls in the 3rd-8th grade. The presenting sponsor for The High Country Half Marathon is Mast General Store.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 27, 2015) – Little Rock Marathon race officials announced that registration will open at 10 a.m. CST on Aug. 17 for its 2016 event to be held March 5-6, 2016. The Little Rock Marathon Weekend is presented by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation.