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Watch, What You Say to Me!

Date: 
09/20/2012 - 14:48
Date: 
09/20/2012 - 14:48

By Bob Schwartz
WATCH, WHAT YOU SAY TO ME!.jpgOne of the differences between running and many other sports is its individualistic nature. How successfully you perform depends on you alone, and how hard you’re willing to go outside of your comfort zone is self-regulated. Our internal voice tells us when to push it harder, and sometimes an undermining voice arises and tells us to go back to sleep when the alarm clock goes off or to cut a run short. My internal voice often employs reverse psychology by appealing to my nuts running gene and asking, “What would a sane person do?”

But now we have other voices coming at us through what we wear on our wrist. Years ago running watches didn’t have much more than a stopwatch function.

Regional
Date: 
09/19/2012 - 17:57

By Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D.
Protein is a popular topic among both casual joggers and competitive runners, many of whom are confused about how much protein they need, when they should eat it, and the best kinds of protein to choose. The following article answers some of the questions runners commonly ask about protein in a sports diet. The information was presented by prominent protein researchers at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Convention (May, 2012). The session was sponsored by P.I.N.E.S, a global network of Professionals In Nutrition for Exercise & Sport (www.PINESNutrition.org).

Regional
Date: 
09/12/2012 - 15:22

Gardner women's silver medalist; U.S. records set by Morton, Garner in Katowice, Poland
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From USATF

INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Morton (Lithia, Fla.) and Connie Gardner (Medina, Ohio) both set U.S. records at the 9th IAU World 24 Hour Run Championships in Katowice, Poland, as Morton won the men's title, while Gardner's silver medal finish led the women to the world team title on September 9.

Over the 1550 meter course, Morton, 41, won by nearly ten miles after leading throughout the race. Morton covered 172.457 miles to better Scott Jurek's national record from 2010 by nearly seven miles. Florian Reus of Germany and Ludovic Dilmi of France finished second and third respectively.

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Date: 
09/09/2012 - 17:43

Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner, ESPN College Basketball Analyst Andy Katz join more than 5,000 entrants at prestigious multi-sport event in Washington DC

Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
DC Tri Club wins female race.jpgWASHINGTON, DC – The 7th Annual Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society took place under ideal weather conditions on Sept. 9 in the National Capital. Competitors from 48 states and 16 countries, including active duty service members and first responders joined a field of more than 5,000 entrants who competed in the international distance triathlon swim, bike and run event.

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Date: 
09/03/2012 - 19:53

Kenya's Kurgat, Japan's Ohara take titles at 12th Labor Day Weekend half-marathon; local Olympic gold medalist Francena McCorory delights crowd as official starter; legend Frank Shorter finishes 13.1-mile event nearly 40 years to the date of historic Olympic Marathon victory; Train post-race concert on the beach
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By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - With warm temperatures and high humidity, the 12th Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon crowned two new champions on Sunday morning. Nicholas Kurgat of Kenya was the first across the finish line on the Virginia Beach boardwalk, covering the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Running her first race in the United States, 22-year-old Rei Ohara from Japan won the women's race in 1:13:50.

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Roche, Kimmel Win USA 10K Trail Titles

Date: 
08/31/2012 - 04:52
Date: 
08/31/2012 - 04:52

Challenging course crosses over the Eastern Continental Divide twice
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By Jason Bryant

LAUREL SPRINGS, N.C. - The fourth Continental Divide Trail Race, on Saturday morning, served as the USA 10K Trail Championships for the fourth year in a row. The course crosses over each side the Eastern Continental Divide twice and runners are tested by a challenging course that women's national champion Megan Kimmel described as "true to the sport of trail running." The terrain and footing vary frequently with climbs, descents, flats, grass, double track and tight single track. David Roche, the U.S. men's champion, appreciated the sections of off-camber, rocky and rooty trail racing; calling it a race of truth: "How hard are you willing to go on the trails? Cause it is going to hurt."

Regional
Date: 
08/28/2012 - 14:57

Feature Race
Mack.jpgFor the 4th year in a row, hometown native Bobby Mack set a new course record at the Beat the Heat 5K on July 21 in Winston-Salem, NC. This year, he had only one second to spare. After setting a new course record in 2009 at 14:20, he lowered the record to 14:17 in 2010, to 14:14 in 2011 and to 14:13 in 2012, missing the State Record by only 5 seconds. As a result of his strong performance, he continued his domination of the USATF-NC 5K Championship.

Nicholas Kurgat of Chapel Hill and Bobby were by themselves at the 1 mile mark, running a pace of close to 4:30. Bobby began to pull away in the 2nd mile. Nicholas finished in 2nd place 37 seconds back at 14:50. Chris Clark of Blowing Rock took third place at 15:04.

In the women’s field, Stephanie Pezzullo of Indian Trail missed the course record by just 11 seconds, finishing in first place with a time of 16:22. Helen Jemutai of Chapel Hill was leading the women at one mile and finished in second place at 16:33. Fifteen year old Alana Hadley of Charlotte took third place in 17:03.

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The Runners’ Owner Manual

Date: 
08/28/2012 - 14:16
Date: 
08/28/2012 - 14:16

By Cedric Jaggers
Jaggers, Cedric.jpg_.jpgWhat is the thing we find in every car and never read until we have a flat tire? The owner’s manual of course. Please no e-mails from those few of you who do actually read the manual from cover to cover, we would all probably be better off if we followed your example. Does the same hold true for runners? Wouldn’t we be better off if we thought of our body as something we owned that we need to take good care of?

I’m holding the manual out of my car in my hand and the table of contents has some really interesting chapters. So let’s use the title of the chapter and change the word ‘driving’ to ‘running.’

Regional features
Date: 
08/28/2012 - 08:48

By Teri Saylor

Teri Saylor photo.jpgSo a few years ago on a frigid Saturday morning in the middle of winter, I came up with a brilliant idea for keeping warm during a 10-mile group run.

I would wear tights – the pantyhose kind – under a pair of thick track pants.

This arrangement would be just the ticket for staying toasty, I reasoned.

The tights were nice and snug, and the pants easily fit over them.
I felt great. For about five miles.

Eventually the running group split up, and I found myself running alongside a nice Asian fellow whose English language skills were shaky at best. Midway through the run, I felt an ominous creeping sensation deep within my layers of clothing.

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Date: 
08/24/2012 - 14:45

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Run events will be held around the South and across the country in September, October and November.

Although named after Siller, a firefighter who had just completed an overnight shift and was headed home to his wife and five children, the runs honor the lives of 343 firefighters who perished that day, plus policemen, EMTs, construction worker and others who lost their lives in a quest to save others.

Siller heard of the attack on his scanner, turned around and headed to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. When he found traffic was blocked, he put on his heavy gear and sprinted along the catwalk towards Manhattan. He was picked up by a fire crew and taken to the Ground Zero area. He lost his life trying to save others.

Race locations around the South, according to the Tunnel to Towers website, include Hot Springs (Sept. 8), Mobile (Sept. 9), Fort Lauderdale (Sept. 8), Jacksonville, NC (Sept. 15), Savannah (Sept. 15), Hardin County, KY (Sept. 9), Atlanta (Sept. 9), Orlando (Sept. 9), Wake Forest (Sept. 8), Vero Beach (Sept. 8), Nashville (Sept. 15), Roanoke, VA (Sept. 9), Tampa (Oct. 27), Louisville (Oct. 14), and Columbus, GA (Sept. 15).

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