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Date: 
02/04/2012 - 17:37

There are a lot of a lot of championship RRCA races this year in the 13 southeastern states covered by Running Journal.

THREE NATIONAL CHAMPIONHIPS:

Germantown Half Marathon
Germantown, TN - March 18.

14th Annual NC Roadrunners Club Invitational 1/2 Marathon & 10K
Cary, NC - May 20.

Woodstock 5K
Anniston, AL - August 4.

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Making a Plan For Your 2012 Marathon

Date: 
01/26/2012 - 12:34
Date: 
01/26/2012 - 12:34

By Carolyn Mather
Mather,_Carolyn.jpg__.jpgA few years ago, my husband Steve, after smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for more than 30 years and being a very Type A executive who weighed in at more than 225 pounds, decided he needed to get in shape for skiing. He started "sneak" running as he did not want me to know. During a period of several weeks he managed to get injured. He finally confessed as he limped around and asked me for some "coaching." I helped him recover and within a few months he ran his first 5K at age 50 in 28:24, meeting his goal of being under 30 minutes, not walking, and not being last. He continued to improve and in January he told me he wanted to run a marathon.

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Needs help finding old marathon results

Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:14
Date: 
01/23/2012 - 18:14

Paul Riefberg needs your help finding some old race results, especially the Waynesboro (VA) Marathon of Oct. 8, 1977. Paul, a former Alabamian who lives in Texas, is seeking complete results of every marathon in which he participated – and there wasn’t much publicity given back in those early days of marathoning.

He recently tracked down the results of the 1974 Andrew Jackson Marathon in Jackson, Tennessee, where he finished sixth out of 35 finishers. He did that by obtaining age group results from the Jackson Sun daily newspaper, contacted runners on that list and found one who had the list of all finishers.

He also needs results of the Boston Marathon from April 1974. He placed 347th in 2:51:02 out of, perhaps, an estimated 1700 runners. He found a list of all sub-3-hour finishers but wants the complete finish list.

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State Running Records

Date: 
01/19/2012 - 13:38
Date: 
01/19/2012 - 13:38

Running Journal is compiling a list of states across the South who are keeping State Running Records. You can find the current list on our website by clicking here. You’ll find records from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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“Big Dreams and Good Genes”

Date: 
01/02/2012 - 13:20
Date: 
01/02/2012 - 13:20

marymarciabrown.jpgBy Mary Marcia Brown

I can well remember the days when a race time was merely an assemblage of meaningless numbers nestled nearly to each other and blurted out passionately, by the participant who had received them, when a friend, family member, or colleague posed the obligatory, “So how’d you do in the race on Saturday?” I can recall being the sender of that very question and responding with an, “Oh, that’s great!” whether the revealed 5K time was 16 or 60 minutes, or whether the disclosed distance marathon time was 2:15 or six hours. The fact is, one truly cannot comprehend times relative to running until he or she has run. At least, I couldn’t.

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Date: 
12/30/2011 - 17:35

By DIANE LYONS/Founder and Coach/ShamRockers USA

I had watched the Miami Halloween Half Marathon from afar for the last few years. It seemed to offer a very unique course where the runner has the ability to run along the beach on the Atlantic Boardwalk. However, since autumn in Florida offers a heavy race calendar, I could never fit it into my schedule. This time, I made it.

As founder and coach of ShamRockersUSA, Inc., a very unique Teen Running and International Travel Club where kids aged 10 to 18 can learn to run half marathons around the world, teaching them the joys of long distance running is the greatest job on the planet! I have personally run over 50 races ~ local, national and international ~ and always keep an eye out for the details of each race. I am happy to offer my thoughts to the hard-working, usually under-appreciated, yet very important in the lives of runners -- race directors! Way to go, Matt Lorraine and team!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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