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December 2017

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Full Circle: Finishing Last In A Race

Date: 
12/29/2017 - 15:14
Date: 
12/29/2017 - 15:14

By Cedric Jaggers
Every new year is a new thing. But the past is merely prologue to the present, so we are all one year older than we were this time last year. But why complain? Why not just enjoy what we have and what we used to have? So here is a story of the past and the present.

Back in June of 1979 Kathy ran her first 10K race. It was a small race, the Run From The Fighting Lady 10K in Mt Pleasant, SC. It started in front of the old Yorktown Aircraft Carrier and went through the nearby neighborhoods of the city. She was afraid she might not be safe on the course, since she was afraid she would be behind everyone, so I told her I would run the race with her.

Regional
Date: 
12/28/2017 - 14:38

By Richard Ferguson
No, I’m not out of mind, even though it is winter and summer is almost unimaginable. Barren trees, cold rain, snow, early darkness and a biting wind blowing from the west may mean less than ideal running conditions. Early winter can also mean few races, a loss of motivation to train, and as such, a decline in overall general fitness. Spring and summer seem far away and it’s easy to convince yourself that spring and summer racing season is way, way out in the future. For many, late December, January and early February could possibly be the low point of the running calendar.

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Tackling the Treadmill

Date: 
12/27/2017 - 14:35
Date: 
12/27/2017 - 14:35

By Ryan Warrenburg/ZAP Fitness
Given the choice, the vast majority of us would rather run outside on the roads or trails, feel the wind in our face and watch the scenery go by, rather than be relegated to the treadmill. I get it. But with little daylight and having to navigate sometimes icy and slick running surfaces, the treadmill can be a brilliant tool to get quality training in during the winter, and for many with hectic schedules, a necessity year round. This winter is time to stop thinking about the treadmill as the “dreadmill” and embrace the machine that can make all of us better runners. There are countless examples of professional athletes and coaches using treadmills to improve the quality of training by avoiding inclement weather, improving the specificity of a workout, and other purposes that we all can take advantage of.

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Using Data to Improve Your Running

Date: 
12/23/2017 - 15:36
Date: 
12/23/2017 - 15:36

By Tracy Green

Armwarmers, breathe-right nasal strips, sunglasses, gloves — when you watch the elites race, they wear their share of accessories.

But have you ever noticed what a lot of them aren’t wearing?

A GPS watch.

There are a few reasons for this, one being they are often racing for place more than time and can also utilize the on-course clocks/pace car better than I can (if I just ran, say, 6 or 5 minutes/mile flat, the math would be so easy).

Regional
Date: 
12/23/2017 - 15:35

By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
Molly Huddle is one of the finest distance runners of her generation. She is tough, meticulous and focused. I have watched her race from the mile to the marathon. What she has done with her coach, Ray Treacy, is fascinating to watch. How will she do in Boston? It will be exciting to see, with Shalane Flanagan, Desi Lindan and Jordan Hasay battling Molly in Boston in April 2018.

Regional
Date: 
12/21/2017 - 14:58

mills.pngATLANTA — The JG13.1 Premier Race Weekend held Dec. 15-17 had more than 2,500 participants from around the world for the 4th annual event. Eighteen-year-old Fernandina Beach, FL resident Brendon Twiggs was the top overall finisher of the half marathon with a PR time of 1:19:20, followed by Jimmy Simmons (1:23:25) and Michael Gerber (1:23:31). Twiggs is the son of Jeff Galloway Chief Training Director, Chris Twiggs.

Gracie Griffith, 19, was top female 13.1 finisher with a time of 1:24:17, followed by Lauren Kirkland (1:31:50) and Lauren Young 1:32:34).

The half marathon highlighted some of Atlanta’s most historic landmarks and finished in Piedmont Park.

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My [Revised] Mission Accomplished

Date: 
12/21/2017 - 10:20
Date: 
12/21/2017 - 10:20

By Rae Ann Darling Reed

IMG_2095r.jpgThe night before the Space Coast Half Marathon I was dreading the race because of Achilles and piriformis pain that had gotten so bad I literally limped around when I walked the whole week prior. Each run was painful and not really enjoyable.

Clearly I needed a break from running to heal but with this Space Coast Half Marathon being the final race in the 5-year Big Bang Series, I had to do it.

Regional
Date: 
12/18/2017 - 19:47

Signal Mountain, TN resident Aden St. Charles top female, leads all day long, finishes strong in 9:25, to win national championship.

By Kris Whorton

DSC03474-S.jpgCHATTANOOGA, TN — Because Lookout Mountain 50 Mile, 20 Mile, and10k takes place in mid-December, it's a fair bet the weather will be iffy, but this year, it was dry and perfectly clear — a beautiful day to be out in the woods. Yes, it was cold, in fact, the pitchers of water and sports drink at the early aid stations developed ice but that didn’t keep 179 runners from starting the 50 Mile which was this year’s Road Runners Club of America Ultramarathon Championship.

Regional
Date: 
12/15/2017 - 13:21

Traverse City Central Girls crowned and Brentwood XC Boys repeat as winners of the two-mile high school team competition.

The Brentwood Cross-Country Club in Brentwood, Tennessee repeated as national champions in the 2017 Postal Nationals Championship for high school runners. The event is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE®, a division of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK). The girls of Traverse City Central in Traverse City, Michigan, won the girls’ title.

Regional
Date: 
12/14/2017 - 11:39

TAMPA, Fla. (December 13, 2017) – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® announced the release of the 2018 Tour Schedule, covering 27 destinations all over the world, including new this year: Rock ‘n’ Roll Oaxaca Half Marathon in late April. All events feature scenic routes lined with live music and entertainment, and conclude with a finish-line concert and festival. The 2018 tour hits four European cities including Madrid, Liverpool, Dublin and Lisbon and one Asian city with a stop in Chengdu, China.

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