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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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Self-Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion

Date: 
02/04/2009 - 13:37
Date: 
02/04/2009 - 13:37

By Richard Ferguson Ph.D/Running Journal/January 2009

Mention the word “hypnosis” and many people conjure up images of an elderly, bearded psychologist using a pocket watch to put an unsuspecting subject into a trance and then getting the subject to do anything the psychologist wants, like robbing a bank or carrying out elaborate schemes to overthrow governments.

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The Need For Speed

Date: 
01/08/2009 - 10:36
Date: 
01/08/2009 - 10:36

By Cedric Jaggers/Running Journal/December 2008

20:40 and 22:52. 17:34 and 20:50. 19:09 and 26:50. 18:21 and 20:53. 18:05 and 20:45. 17:34 and 21:51. 19:12 and 21:47. 19:23 and 23:52. 18:39 and 25:12. 19:34 and 22:53. What are we looking at here? We are looking at a severe need for speed because these are the male and female winning times of 5K races held in South Carolina in the last few months. .

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Putting Together Your Full Year Plan

Date: 
11/20/2008 - 12:23
Date: 
11/20/2008 - 12:23

By Pete Rea, ZAP Fitness/Running Journal/November 2008

Each year, with each athlete (rookie and veteran) we have here at ZAP Fitness, we begin the outgoing year by setting outcome goals and mapping out strategies for the incoming. These goals include the expected performance based goals replete with PRs to target, places for National Championships for peaking, and the team based goals we have including Road Championships and Club Cross-Country.

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Dealing with Disappointment

Date: 
10/21/2008 - 13:19
Date: 
10/21/2008 - 13:19

By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D./Running Journal/October 2008

Like many of you, I spent a few hours in August in front of the television watching the Summer Olympics from Beijing. While my natural bias was towards Track and Field, I also marveled at Michael Phelps’s accomplishments in the pool, the perfection of the Chinese divers, the United States victories in men’s and women’s basketball and countless other winners in such sports as Field Hockey, Table Tennis, Team Handball, Rowing, and Judo.

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