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Date: 
11/03/2009 - 12:26

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/November 2009

Living full time at a training center for runners, one would imagine our topic of conversation is 90 percent running related. Lately nothing could be further from the truth. With politics and finance majors from Princeton as well as well as MBAs, exercise science, and psychology majors, we discuss and debate global politics and classic literature as much as we do performances on the roads and tracks.

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Training Plan For a 50 miler or 100K

Date: 
10/12/2009 - 10:36
Date: 
10/12/2009 - 10:36

By Ray Krolewicz

Last month’s column addressed the issue of training for ultras. This month will examine specific training for an event in the 50-mile/100K range. (I will skip the 50K runs, since they are so close in time and distance as the marathon, that many of the excellent marathon guides work for 50K training.)

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Date: 
08/27/2009 - 10:25

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/September 2009

It is as accepted a practice as any in the world of athletics. From the days of elementary school gym class to track practice in high school to the highest tiers of professional athletics, generations of athletes make certain to complete this ritual on a day of competition or practice. We are of course talking about stretching, a tried and true method of injury prevention, augmentation of range of motion, and one of the more widely accepted practices of increased blood flow.

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Date: 
08/07/2009 - 10:43

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/August 2009

In the larger quilt of sport, long distance runners occupy a unique panel. Unlike the vast majority of athletic endeavors, success in running based endurance events require little fine motor skill or hand eye coordination (most distance runners I know cringe at the thought of attempting a lay-up or catching a frisbee) such as skill based sports (i.e. baseball, basketball, soccer etc.).

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Running Causes Cancer

Date: 
07/10/2009 - 11:51
Date: 
07/10/2009 - 11:51

By Cedric Jaggers/Running Journal/July 2009

Remember you heard it here first: RUNNING CAUSES CANCER. You don’t believe me? I can prove it. Just ask my doctor. He recently cut a basal cell carcinoma off my head, and it wasn’t the first one -- there was the one on my arm, the one on my back, the one on my leg. How does that connect to running causing it? Probably indirectly, but really it can be connected due to exposure to sunlight.

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Gems In Our Midst

Date: 
06/23/2009 - 13:06
Date: 
06/23/2009 - 13:06

South is Home to Many Elites Who Shaped Our Running Landscape

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/June 2009

The South has a long and deep tradition of professional sports stars. From Hank Aaron and Tom Glavine on the Diamond, Dan Marino and Johnny Unitas on the Gridiron, and of course Dominique Wilkins and Dwayne Wade on the Hardwood, the Southern states are as rich as any region in terms of our athletes paid to perform their craft.

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What is Mental Toughness?

Date: 
06/11/2009 - 10:22
Date: 
06/11/2009 - 10:22

By Richard Ferguson PhD/Running Journal/June 2009

I often hear runners talking about mental toughness and the need to become more mentally tough. Coaches often stress mental toughness and how their athletes need to become more mentally tough. However, very few people can actually define what mental toughness is and very few coaches can tell their athletes just how they can improve their mental toughness.

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Twelve Gather for Supper

Date: 
05/09/2009 - 14:06
Date: 
05/09/2009 - 14:06

By Dallas Smith/Running Journal/May 2009
We sit around a long table in a restaurant on Nashville’s Music Row, five women and seven men, eating, drinking and talking. A meeting is in progress.

But this meeting is not one called by any of the usual functionaries; it’s more important than that. It is a meeting of friends sharing the simple joy of companionship, the comfort that in its better moments, human society sometimes provides.

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Find Consistency With Minor Changes

Date: 
05/08/2009 - 14:12
Date: 
05/08/2009 - 14:12

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/April 2009

The late Oscar Wilde once said that consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Wilde was not a runner. Despite participating in a sport where tinkering, tweaking, and schedule flexibility can be key to health and progression, the one quality virtually all top endurance athletes share is consistency. Month after month of healthy consistent training trumps short term large jumps in volume or intensity nine times out of 10.

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Date: 
02/26/2009 - 15:07

By Pete Rea, ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/February 2009

For the second year in a row, I was fortunate enough to attend the USA Track & Field Podium Education Project in Las Vegas in December. For those who remember my winter column a year ago, you remember the P.E.P. brings together top coaches from around the country and around the world to present their latest research as well as trial and error based coaching lessons from their athletes who have either seen the Olympic podium or are currently seeking that podium.

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