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The Biochemistry of the Runner’s High

Date: 
04/30/2013 - 05:07
Date: 
04/30/2013 - 05:07

By Thomas Peterson, Ph.D.
(Dr. Peterson is principal scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. This column first appeared in the Asheville Track Club newsletter, Runnin’ On. Peterson is a member of the track club.)

As a scientist, my recreational reading tends towards the nerdy.1 I read enough about my field (climate change) at work, so my evening reading is usually quite different. Two topics that have piqued my interest of late are evolutionary psychology2 and the chemistry and physiology of our brains.3 Before I get into what going on in the runner’s brain, let’s first take a side trip into the relevant topic of evolutionary psychology.

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Asfaw, Shagena win Kentucky Marathon

Date: 
04/28/2013 - 16:58
Date: 
04/28/2013 - 16:58

Getachew Asfaw, 24, of Silver Spring, Maryland won the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon April 27 at Louisville, KY, in 2:19:50, topping fellow Silver Spring runner Birhanu Tadesse, 26, who finished in 2:20:20. Bryan Moreman, 27, of Addison, NY, was third in 2:26:16, and Scott Breeden, 23, was the first Louisville runner, finishing fourth in 2:30:35.

In the women’s competition, Meghan Shagena, 24, finished first in 2:58:45, followed by April Woo, 30, also of Louisville, in 3:04:30. Third went to Dianne Griesser, 45, of Milford, Ohio, in 3:13:53.

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Date: 
04/29/2013 - 04:26

By: Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
Running USA wire

Nashville residents Daniel Lepage and Gisela Olalde steal the show in the half-marathon; Biggest Loser winner Danni Allen breaks two hours running first 13.1-mile race for St. Jude; Country music star Craig Morgan and special guest Sarah Darling post-race concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The rainy downpour soaked participants at the 14th St. Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan on Saturday, April 27, but spirits were still high as they crossed the finish line.

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"One Fund Boston"

Date: 
04/26/2013 - 09:27
Date: 
04/26/2013 - 09:27

USATF Georgia Contributes...

1.jpgUSATF Georgia announced this weekend that it has organized a fundraiser to support "One Fund Boston, Inc.", the organization created to to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

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Date: 
04/25/2013 - 18:05

INDIANAPOLIS - The USA Track & Field Foundation Chairman Bob Greifeld andExecutive Director Tom Jackovic announced today it has awarded 42 youth grants to track & field clubs throughout the country. The grants assist young male and female athletes with expenses such as travel to meets, equipment, uniforms, awards and facility rental.

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Date: 
04/25/2013 - 18:01

App-resize.aspx_.jpgFans of the World’s #1 Track & Field Team and members of USA Track & Field now have an upgraded way to follow the National Governing Body when the organization on Thursday announced the launch of an improved iPhone/iPad app and Fast Forward digital member magazine. It marks the most significant step yet in terms of digital media for USATF.

The app will serve both USATF members and non-members and includes an extensive member-only area while the addition of video and website links will be featured in Fast Forward. Each will be first-time options announced by USATF.

Apple iPhone and iPad users can download the app here.

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Date: 
04/24/2013 - 13:10

Spira Footwear has been selected to play a critical role in a new initiative of A & E Television Networks and the crowdfunding site RocketHub called Project Startup.

“It’s an incredible honor,” said Andy Krafsur, co-founder and CEO of Spira Footwear, located in El Paso,Texas. We are truly humbled to be among the very first few companies selected to be part of Project Startup.”

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Will I Ever Run Another PR?

Date: 
04/24/2013 - 13:07
Date: 
04/24/2013 - 13:07

By BRYAN GRAYDON

BryanGraydonPhoto.jpgLike most runners, I look to run each and every race as fast as I possibly can, but lately those times have not been what I have wanted. With every passing race, I begin to ask myself, "Are my fastest times behind me?"

I had run on and off since college to try to keep fit and in shape for other sports I played. It wasn't until around age 30 that I started to take it seriously. I would not call myself an overly talented runner, but one who trained hard and wasn’t afraid to put in the work to better his racing performances.

Like most runners, I made great strides early on, then hit that plateau where improvement came in clumps of seconds instead of minutes. I began working with an online coach and really learned the fundamentals of proper training and saw my times once again begin to drop. This continued for about five years where I would set new PRs each year at every distance I ran.



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We are changed by Boston

Date: 
04/21/2013 - 05:17
Date: 
04/21/2013 - 05:17

By Bob Dozoretz

Runners.jpgBoston has changed us. Yes, I believe this to be true, and all major marathons and large races will now be changed.

Security will be greatly increased, as it must be. We want and deserve the extra safety that will be provided, and casual observers will be inconvenienced and all our stuff will be checked. Like airlines, some items may be prohibited and backpacks will be discouraged, with clear plastic bags the norm.

Spectators, family and friends will be in a special section, discouraged or prohibited from the course, and will wait for us to finish with some extra concern for our safety.

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Phoebe Wright - Elite AthleteSpotlight

Date: 
04/19/2013 - 15:44
Date: 
04/19/2013 - 15:44

Walking off the track for umpteenth time, she questioned herself for the first time.

“Why am I here again?” she thought.

Phoebe Wright’s first collegiate practice could not have gone worse. She could barely keep up during warm-ups. Every aspect seemed so different. She ran in high school at Red Bank High School, but now found herself in over her head.

Tears rolled down Wright’s face on the longest walk from LaPorte Stadium to South Carrick Residence Hall. Her freshman roommate Bryttany Curran served as a welcome sight for her bloodshot red eyes.

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