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Date: 
03/14/2012 - 17:59

By Holly Johnson
Running USA wire

SARASOTA, Fla. -More than 3,000 runners and walkers took part in Sunday's 7th First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, making the race one of the largest single day event participation events for Sarasota County outside Spring Training. Jacob Bradosky, age 24, of Great Falls, Montana and Sara Petrick, age 25, of Apollo Beach, Fla. won Open titles in course record times of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds and 1:20:00 respectively.

Despite running this year's race faster than in 2011, last year's winners, Elias Gonzalez, age 35, from Tampa, and Heather Butcher, age 39, from North Port, took second place in the men's and women's division in 1:12:19 and 1:23:15 respectively. Butcher's runner-up finish made her the overall local division winner for women, while Jeff Vereckt, age 40, taking the men's local division top place (4th overall among men) and the Masters title in 1:20:52.

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The Running Monk Takes a Day of Rest

Date: 
03/13/2012 - 17:29
Date: 
03/13/2012 - 17:29

By Bre Weisenburger
bw@bigdogrunning.com
Staff Member
Big Dog Running Company
http://BigDogRunning.com

(Editor's note: Bre Weisenburger writes a newsletter column entitled the "Running Monk" for Big Dog Running Company. She is an active runner and writer, former high school science teacher and cross-country coach, and serves as social media guru for Big Dog. The column is intended as "humorous commentary" on running and to give wisdom from "hard-won running knowledge and experience.")

monk.jpgIn my vast running experience, I have learned (the hard way) the value of a rest day. Even the Running Monk gets physically fatigued and mentally exhausted and injured. So when the tank is empty, I try to forget my unreasonable obsession with running and act like a normal person for one day. It is difficult to impose an artificial and temporary lobotomy on the obsessive part of my brain, but I have learned to do so for the good of my health and sanity.

Here are my suggestions for putting aside the guilt and allowing yourself a day off:

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Date: 
03/06/2012 - 08:58

By Carolyn Mather
mather-cherobon.jpgBy now I suspect everyone in the world of running knows that my top three picks did indeed make the marathon team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. While 223 women qualified to run the trials, only 183 started on a perfect morning in Houston, TX, and 151 finished. After a pedestrian first couple of miles, the pack was down to 10 women at four miles as the pace picked up. By mile 13 the pack was down to six and by mile 16 there were four remaining. After taking a slight lead at mile 22, Amy Hastings (2:27:17) faded slightly as Kara Goucher (2:26:06), Desiree Davila (2:25:55) and eventual winner Shalane Flanagan (2:25:38) took turns leading until the final mile. Flanagan set a trials record as the first four finishers broke the record.

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Running USA Annual Marathon Report

Date: 
02/27/2012 - 05:22
Date: 
02/27/2012 - 05:22

Modest marathon growth in the U.S. last year, but plenty of record highs including total finishers for the classic 26.2 mile distance

Running USA wire
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Over the past decade, marathons in the U.S. and worldwide have been part of the Second Running Boom's unprecedented upward trend line, and 2011 was another year of growth in U.S. marathons with an estimated record 518,000 finishers or a 2.2% increase from 2010, a modest increase compared to recent years (9.9% in 2009 and 8.6% in 2010). See U.S. marathon finisher table further below.

Part of the slowing growth for the 26.2 mile distance may be attributed to the explosive growth of the half-marathon over the past 5 years in the U.S. as runners either have moved down from their first or second marathon to the half-marathon or see the half-marathon as a more manageable, but as challenging distance for their time and aspirations. In addition, a majority of large marathons have entrant caps which - due to the Rule of Large Numbers - will impact the overall percent growth, particularly if non-capped and debut marathons don't attract a larger number of entrants compared to past years.

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Why Do You Run?

Date: 
02/21/2012 - 16:15
Date: 
02/21/2012 - 16:15

By Bryan Graydon

BryanGraydonPhoto.jpg Why do you run? How many times have you been asked that one? When I am out to dinner with friends on a Saturday evening and pass on that second beer because I have to run in the morning, they look at me funny and ask, “Why do you run?” When I tell people I go to bed at 9:00pm so I can get up at 3:15am to run, I always get asked, “Why do you run?” I often think of the self-induced torture I put myself through in those wee hours of the morning and I look in the mirror and ask, “Why do you run?”

I have often reflected on this question and it’s a simple answer. One of the reasons is a three letter word that sometimes has a negative stigma attached to it, but we all possess it to some degree and that is ego. I like being able to say that I run marathons, which is something that less than 2% of the world’s population will ever do. Is it wrong that part of the reason I run is for egotistical gratification? Probably a little, but we will just make that our little secret.

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Date: 
02/05/2012 - 16:09

Tianna Madison runs world-leading time in 60-meter final, qualifying for World Indoor Championships; Duane Solomon defends title in 800-meters

LEXINGTON, MA - Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony today announced that Saucony athletes Tianna Madison and Duane Solomon claimed 2012 USA National Championship titles to highlight the second day of the U.S. Indoor championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Sunday, February 26th, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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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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