By Lena Hollmann
I am tossing and turning in my bed, unable to sleep. Sore and aching leg muscles are keeping me awake. I want to take a hot bath to loosen them up, but I am staying in a hotel and don’t want to wake my neighbors. It is the wee hours of the morning of February 19, 2012, and the previous day I had run the Myrtle Beach half marathon in 1:51:22, bettering my time in Houston the previous month by more than two minutes. And now I was paying for it!
By Joe Byrd, The Greeneville Sun
It seems the hardest thing about getting new people into running is just getting them out the door the first time, and without a support network, many new runners come up with reasons to quit.
Tusculum College’s cross country team in Greeneville, TN, has come up with a way to help with both problems.
The team, in conjunction with American Greetings, is presenting the free “Couch to 4 Mile” training program to get non runners out the door and prepare them to participate in The Hope 4 four-mile race and 4K wellness walk on May 19 in Greeneville.
By Holly Johnson
Running USA wire
SARASOTA, Fla. -More than 3,000 runners and walkers took part in Sunday's 7th First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, making the race one of the largest single day event participation events for Sarasota County outside Spring Training. Jacob Bradosky, age 24, of Great Falls, Montana and Sara Petrick, age 25, of Apollo Beach, Fla. won Open titles in course record times of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds and 1:20:00 respectively.
Despite running this year's race faster than in 2011, last year's winners, Elias Gonzalez, age 35, from Tampa, and Heather Butcher, age 39, from North Port, took second place in the men's and women's division in 1:12:19 and 1:23:15 respectively. Butcher's runner-up finish made her the overall local division winner for women, while Jeff Vereckt, age 40, taking the men's local division top place (4th overall among men) and the Masters title in 1:20:52.
By Bre Weisenburger
Big Dog Running Company
(Editor's note: Bre Weisenburger writes a newsletter column entitled the "Running Monk" for Big Dog Running Company. She is an active runner and writer, former high school science teacher and cross-country coach, and serves as social media guru for Big Dog. The column is intended as "humorous commentary" on running and to give wisdom from "hard-won running knowledge and experience.")
In my vast running experience, I have learned (the hard way) the value of a rest day. Even the Running Monk gets physically fatigued and mentally exhausted and injured. So when the tank is empty, I try to forget my unreasonable obsession with running and act like a normal person for one day. It is difficult to impose an artificial and temporary lobotomy on the obsessive part of my brain, but I have learned to do so for the good of my health and sanity.
Here are my suggestions for putting aside the guilt and allowing yourself a day off:
By Carolyn Mather
By now I suspect everyone in the world of running knows that my top three picks did indeed make the marathon team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. While 223 women qualified to run the trials, only 183 started on a perfect morning in Houston, TX, and 151 finished. After a pedestrian first couple of miles, the pack was down to 10 women at four miles as the pace picked up. By mile 13 the pack was down to six and by mile 16 there were four remaining. After taking a slight lead at mile 22, Amy Hastings (2:27:17) faded slightly as Kara Goucher (2:26:06), Desiree Davila (2:25:55) and eventual winner Shalane Flanagan (2:25:38) took turns leading until the final mile. Flanagan set a trials record as the first four finishers broke the record.