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July 2012

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Running Journal Grand Prix XXXIV Champions

Date: 
07/25/2012 - 12:55
Date: 
07/25/2012 - 12:55

gpchampions.jpgThe Running Journal Grand Prix completed its 34th season at the Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, AL, on Memorial Day. Champions of the 10-race series in both open and age-group competition were named following the race and final awards were announced.

The 10-race series began in late August in Anderson, SC, at the 34th annual Midnight Flight 10K, the only nighttime race on the Grand Prix. The Run Town USA Half Marathon in Greenville, SC, made its debut on the Grand Prix in late October and was the second race of the series. The 36th annual Vulcan 10K in Birmingham, AL, was the next stop on the tour in early November, and runners spent Thanksgiving morning in Charlotte, NC, for the 23rd annual Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot 8K. The first half of the season finished with the only marathon on the series, the 35th Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL, in December.

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Warm Up & Cooldown for Distance Runners

Date: 
07/10/2012 - 14:37
Date: 
07/10/2012 - 14:37

by Roy Stevenson

Distance runners need a solid warm-up to prepare physically and psychologically for their races and training sessions. The benefits of warming up include boosting the oxygen concentration in hemoglobin and increasing oxygen and blood flow to the working muscles. In addition, the warm up dilates the alveoli in our lungs, increases our heart rate, and facilitates the biochemical cascade in our muscles that enables us to tolerate more lactate and burn more free fatty acids as fuel.

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