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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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Date: 
11/25/2011 - 16:22

Special athlete needs expense help

MichaelMurray.jpgMichael Murray, a gifted 20-year-old paralympic runner from Nashville, TN, recently won the bronze medal in the 1500 meters in international competition at the Parapan (Pan Am) Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was Murray’s first medal in international competition. Teammate Markeith Price, also of Nashville, won bronze in the long jump.

The race was run at high altitude and Murray was not running his favorite distance – he prefers the 800 and 400. He suffered cramps and nosebleeds from the altitude and dry air.

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2011 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Champions

Date: 
11/23/2011 - 17:38
Date: 
11/23/2011 - 17:38

The 2011 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Champions were recently announced. Leah Thorvilson was named the Overall Female Champion while Imari Dellimore was the Male Champion. The Little Rock Roadrunners took top honors in both the Male and Female Teams Category.

For a complete list of winners, see the Arkansas RRCA website.

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Date: 
11/16/2011 - 12:49

Palm Beach (FL) Road Runners newly named Executive Board members are, left to right, Dr. Chris Fox, president; Nicole Rice, membership; Paula Herron, secretary; Dianne Lavado, treasurer; and Ken Baxter, vice president. Not pictured is Gary Walk, legal.
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Date: 
11/15/2011 - 16:15

YMCAcheck.jpg“The Go Commando Half Marathon and 5k presented by CDE Lightband announced Tuesday they would donate $35,000 to local non-profits and community organizations. The largest recipients, Clarksville Area YMCA and Fort Campbell Historical Foundation were on hand to accept the donations.

The intention of the Go Commando Half Marathon and 5k will always be to give back to the community; this money emphasizes that mission in a big way,” Channel Lemon, one of the Race Directors, stated.

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An Observation From a Racewalker

Date: 
10/26/2011 - 10:17
Date: 
10/26/2011 - 10:17

By Robert Carver

It is fall again, the weather is cooling off and the race season is picking up steam. People are out in their training mode for the fall and winter races, from the 5K to the marathon. I have been a racewalker and racewalk official for more than 23 years. I have participated in many races as an athlete, volunteer, and race official. Throughout the years, the participation in the races has increased in numbers.

One of the factors for the increase is the runners are using the run/walk method that was introduced many years ago. This method is used by many training groups (including charity groups) and self-taught individuals.

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Making Friends on the Run

Date: 
10/25/2011 - 09:58
Date: 
10/25/2011 - 09:58

By Lisa Overall
President
Memphis Runners Track Club

Lisaphoto2.jpg Runners I have met are some of the nicest folks I have ever known and I can truthfully say that some of my dearest friends are the ones I run with currently.

It is difficult not to become close when you share the agony of a 20-mile run in the middle of August in Memphis, Tennessee, or a three-mile run in January when an "Arctic Express" cold-air blast dips down from Canada.

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2011 Fall Cross Country Shoe Review

Date: 
10/10/2011 - 17:56
Date: 
10/10/2011 - 17:56

shoe-review.JPGCross country season is here. Got your summer miles in? Check. Got your t-shirt slogan picked and printed? Check. Got your racing shoes? We can help with our annual look at eight newly released or updated cross country shoes for fall. Differences in fit from one brand (or model) to the next allow most runners to find a racing shoe suited for their particular foot type.

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Date: 
09/29/2011 - 18:30

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Date: 
09/29/2011 - 05:04

Idaho Springs, CO -- Marshall Ulrich went 3,063 miles on foot, running about 60 miles a day for 52 days straight, from San Francisco to New York City. He was 57 years old when he ran the equivalent of 117 back-to-back marathons in an attempt to break a world record set by a man half his age. Ultimately, he set two new records and completed the third fastest trans-American crossing in history.

At the end, he ran right into Times Square on election night, November 4, 2008. As he watched people shouting and dancing in the streets as the election returns blared on the CNN jumbo screen, Ulrich remembers, “I pretended all the hoopla was for me.”

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