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Out With the Old, and In With the New!

Date: 
12/27/2011 - 09:35
Date: 
12/27/2011 - 09:35

By Lena Hollmann
Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgAnother year, full of hope and possibilities, lies around the corner. For us runners, hope might be that our training will go smoothly, and there are always possibilities to beat last year’s seasonal bests -- or at least to not slow down, if you are a masters runner. New Years is therefore a great time to evaluate what is working and what is not with our training and racing, and maybe also to try something different!

Yes, something different. You are probably familiar with the saying that we cannot keep doing the same things and expect different results. This month I want to give you a few hints and suggestions for new things to try out in your training. Some will hopefully result in faster racing times, while others are mostly for fun.

Regional
Date: 
12/22/2011 - 16:40

By Bryan Graydon
President, Lakeland Runners Club

runner.jpgThe Dec. 18 Jacksonville Bank Marathon in Jacksonville, FL, was recently featured in Runner’s World Magazine as a great race for those looking for a fast time. Scott Mackley was looking for just such a race for his debut marathon and that is exactly what he got as he was the overall winner in a time of 2:31:47.

Scott went out at his pace as the blazing fast athletes running the half-marathon from the Zap Elite team took off like a shot from a gun. He settled into is his rhythm and began clicking off the miles. I have coached Scott throughout 2011 so I rode my bike along the course with him and it was amazing how relaxed he was as he ran alone for nearly the entire race. .

Regional
Date: 
12/21/2011 - 15:07

Another year of medals, records and top performances

By Ryan Lamppa, Running USA wire
Every year since 2000, the year of U.S. distance running's nadir, it has been more and more difficult to earn a spot in the Top 10 Moments of the Year. A performance that 5-7 years ago warranted a Top 10 rank now merits honorable mention, and 2011 was collectively one of the deepest years yet as U.S. distance runners continued their ladder of success with more World Championship medals, broken records and top performances on the track, roads and turf and in the mountains.

The impressive 2011 performances by U.S. distance runners should serve as a springboard for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and Team USA will likely have several true medal contenders at nearly every distance event and no distance medal(s) or near medals in London would be a surprise and a disappointment.

Regional
Date: 
12/16/2011 - 13:33

By Teri Saylor

It is holiday time, and some things just naturally go together.
Trees and lights.
Fireplaces and stockings.
Santa and Claus.
Stores and spending.
Eating and eating.
Before the first summer leaves become tinged with color, the bright deal buster ads begin appearing everywhere.
And they’re just getting warmed up.
Television magazine shows feature holiday entertaining guides and sugar-pushing recipes.
Be gone carrots and celery!
Make room for cocktails and cookies.

Regional features
Date: 
12/13/2011 - 10:22

By Brooke Nicholls Nelson

hawkins.jpgClaudis Hawkins danced and ran his way through life and straight into the hearts of everyone he met. Before his death at 93 last November, Hawkins was best known in the northeast Alabama area as a runner, but in his hometown of Rainbow City, he was known as an Astaire-caliber dance partner.

Yes, this tall, slender, effervescent nonagenarian could stride through a 5K course and cut a rug with the best of them. The often repeated adjective when describing Hawkins is “inspiring.”

Hawkins’ presence on the local running scene has been missed, but at no race more so than the recent Woodstock 5K, Anniston Runners Club’s signature event and the 2011 Road Runners Club of America’s (RRCA) National 5K Championship in Anniston, AL.

Regional
Date: 
12/12/2011 - 16:57

Bairu men's winner at inaugural running; finish line on the sand ends with post-race concert by chart-topping Miami rapper Pitbull
Running USA wire
By Dan Cruz, Competitor Group

Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan ran 1 hour, 9 minutes and 58 seconds to set a new Florida state record and clocked the fastest women's record standard half-marathon time in 2011 for an American under warm, breezy conditions at the inaugural Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach 1/2 Marathon benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, held on Dec. 11 in Miami Beach FL.

Flanagan, 30, the bronze medalist at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, came to Miami Beach with her Oregon Track Club teammates to prepare for next month's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. With no regard for the competition or the conditions, Flanagan ran a 5:05 opening mile to distance herself from the rest of the field, eventually finishing fourth overall.

Regional
Date: 
12/05/2011 - 17:39

RC 2011.gifDaniel Kirwa, 24, of Searcy, AR, led the field in the 35th annual Rocket City Marathon on Dec. 10. Kirwa crossed the line in 2:20:05 with Fernando Babada, 29, of Boulder, CO, taking second in 2:22:56. Alan Horton, 31, of Knoxville, TN, was third in 2:27:49.

On the women’s side, 48-year-old Jen Hitchings of Sacramento, CA, took the win, running 2:51:27. Christina Johnston, 31, of Xenia, OH, was second in 2:56:14, with Deanna Newman, 41, of Birmingham, AL, third in 2:56:52. Last year’s women’s champion, Candace Jacobs, 31, of Huntsville was fourth, running 2:57:16.

Regional features
Date: 
12/06/2011 - 10:54

Win Gold, Silver, and Bronze Individual Medals and National Team Title
centralfloridastriders.jpgAltamonte Springs, FL – Thirty-two athletes from the Central Florida Gliders Cross Country team were among more than 1100 young competitors at the 2011 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Cross Country Championship held December 3 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Central Florida. Gliders were awarded a team gold medal; gold, silver, and bronze medals for individual performances; and 11 other individual medals for placing in the top 25 of age group competitions.

“Our athletes put in a lot of work this season and the AAU championship is a positive reinforcement for their commitment to cross country training,” said Gliders Cross Country Coach Mark Robinson. “Winning national titles is nothing new for this team as half of them were also on the Midget (ages 11-12) and Bantam (ages 9-10) championship teams in 2009 and 2007, respectively," says Coach Robinson.

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Date: 
12/05/2011 - 17:41

Courtesy American Track & Field
ST. LOUIS – The 33rd edition of the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting came to a close Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis with the Closing Session. Approximately 1,000 volunteers, officials, athletes, coaches and supporters of the sport were involved with the Annual Meeting.

The Closing Session featured site announcements for upcoming national championships and finalized business from the week’s meeting. It was the second time the Annual Meeting had been held in St. Louis as it was also there in 1994.

Traditionally being held the week following Thanksgiving, the 2012 Annual Meeting will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.; 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.; 2015 in Houston, Tex.; and 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

Long Distance Running, Race Walking expands competition rules
The Annual Meeting led to a resolution to expand competition rules for LDR and Race Walking as it pertains to select U.S. citizens.

Regional features

The Mental Peak

Date: 
11/29/2011 - 10:35
Date: 
11/29/2011 - 10:35

By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Ferguson,_Richard.jpg__.jpgYou have trained really hard for your most important race of the year. Months and months of effort have been invested and you have sacrificed physically and mentally. It won’t be long now until you run your biggest race of the year. You want to be at your best, both mentally and physically. In other words you’re looking to “peak” for your big event.

Your training has gone well and you indeed feel fit and very well prepared. You understand that you will need to back off of your training in the weeks preceding the race to ensure that you’re rested and energized. The proper taper period and proper rest are most certainly a requirement for being able to physically peak at the proper time for your important race. But what about the mental part of peaking? Most runners are pretty good at physically peaking, but they totally ignore the mental aspects of peaking.

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