By Richard Ferguson, Ph.D.
Running is the most primeval of all physical activities. Pre-historic man ran simply to survive through hunting and gathering, as well as fleeing from predators. For early man success through running simply meant living to see the sun rise on another day.
Today, success is certainly defined in a much different way. Unfortunately, in the sports world success is too often associated with winning and to most laymen, winning means finishing first. But do you really have to finish first to be a successful runner? I would say most certainly not.
Success is far too often associated with some particular outcome, such as a championship, trophy, or medal. For some, success may mean having great wealth, fame, or a position of power. All of these definitions of success are really external in their nature. By external I mean these things are what others, or society usually expect. Too often we have to look to other people to let us know if we are a success.
By Teri Saylor
Even if you have never ever been chased by a moose at an 8,000-foot altitude, it is probably not hard to understand why Carolyn Quarterman, of Cary, NC, was ready to channel her inner monkey as she frantically searched for a tree to climb on a sunny summer day last year when she encountered a mama moose on a trail in Centennial, WY.
“I was out on an eight-mile, scenic run on a dirt road,” Quarterman said. “Normally you would see deer and other animals, but nothing dangerous in the summer.”
But she knew a family of moose lived in the area and she knew the mother had recently given birth to twins, though no one had seen her in awhile.
On this day, the mama moose, on the lookout for intruders, spied Quarterman, and began trotting along behind her.
An article posted on the Animal Planet website advises humans to run to avoid getting trampled.
Economic impact study reveals February half-marathon provided boost for tourism economy
Running USA wire
The inaugural Rock 'n' Roll St. Pete Half Marathon, which was held Feb. 12 at St. Petersburg, FL, produced $7.8 million in total economic impact, including more than $3.8 million in direct visitor spending, according to a study conducted by the San Diego State University Sports MBA program. The event was the second largest debut half-marathon in the United States this year according to Running USA.
"The positive feedback we have received from participants has been tremendous, exceeding our expectations for an inaugural event," said Dana Allen, Senior Vice President of Competitor Group, organizer of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. "Our goal as an organization was to establish a world class event and market St. Pete as a destination for runners. We know there is a great potential to expand far beyond the thousands of runners that descended upon St. Pete in February and we look forward to growing this great event in 2013."
By Ray Krolewicz
I ate solid food at my last ultra. Actually I ate solid food at my last four ultras. As one who spent many years fueling at most ultras with only liquids, and has more recently lamented the fact that ultras sometime resemble roving picnics with a little running in between, this came as somewhat of a surprise.
Granted, four races ago I ran a 48-hour event. Over the course of two days some solid food must be eaten. Three races ago I ran 100 miles in just under 31 hours. It was more than a day of effort (even with a nap) and some food or meals had to be taken. Two races ago I completed a 72-hour run. Eating and sleeping are both necessary parts of multi-day runs. It is the careful application of each that leads to maximum performances.
My last race, however, was only 100K. I begin by saying that eating in 100K events is unnecessary. Remember that more than enough calories can be consumed in liquid form, which leaves the body better able to expend energy running, rather than digesting food.
By David Stauth
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Women are more prone to knee injuries than men, and the findings of a new study suggest this may involve more than just differences in muscular and skeletal structure – it shows that males and females also differ in the way they transmit the nerve impulses that control muscle force.
Scientists at Oregon State University found that men control nerve impulses similar to individuals trained for explosive muscle usage – like those of a sprinter – while the nerve impulses of women are more similar to those of an endurance-trained athlete, like a distance runner.
In particular, the research may help to explain why women tend to suffer ruptures more often than men in the anterior cruciate ligament of their knees during non-contact activities. These ACL injuries are fairly common, can be debilitating, and even when repaired can lead to osteoarthritis later in life.
More study of these differences in nervous system processing may lead to improved types of training that individuals could use to help address this issue, scientists said. "
adidas’ New Boston365 to Help Runners Qualify for World’s Most Prestigious Road Race
PORTLAND, Ore. – adidas celebrates its 23rd year as the official footwear and apparel supplier of the Boston Marathon with the launch of Boston365, a new training program designed to help runners achieve the ultimate goal of running the world’s most coveted marathon.
In partnership with Fleet Feet Sports specialty running stores, adidas’ Boston365 program provides assessment, coaching and training to support participants hoping to qualify for and gain entry into future Boston Marathons.
“With elite coaching partners and deep roots in running that stretch back to legends like Jesse Owens, Grete Waitz and current marathoner Geoffrey Mutai, adidas offers a comprehensive and integrated training program for those gunning to get better and faster to qualify for the Boston Marathon,” said Mikal Peveto, director of running, adidas America.
By Bob Schwartz
With much anticipation and excitement I finished my run, went inside and took off my shoes. The latter I’d done innumerable times before, but this time was different. This was the day of reckoning. After a month of my personal experiment, the results were about to be revealed. I grabbed the tops of my shoes and took a deep breath. As the suspense heightened I glanced towards my wife and requested, “Drum roll, please.”
Before revealing the results and what happened next, let me start at the beginning to provide some background. When the focus on running form became more prevalent, I didn’t think much about it. My motto was if it works don’t fix it. It was running for gosh sakes; this wasn’t a golf swing, tennis stroke or even a basketball jump shot. I recognized that form was significant for those activities and recalled honing my shot with a continuous recitation of “square your body, elbow in, bend your wrist, fingertip release, and follow through.” But running? The only cadence in my head was one foot forward, body to follow.
Fleet Feet Sports (www.fleetfeetmurfreesboro.com) launched a Get Fit Murfreesboro Challenge in January. This program was designed to reach out to the Murfreesboro, Tennessee community and offer an incentive program for weight loss.
At the April 7 weigh-in, the group completed its final weigh in and the 153 participants had lost a total of 1,030.1 inches. To get a better grasp on this – it is the total width of a hockey rink! Together the group lost 895.5 lbs and 265.8% of body fat.
Krista Dugosh, Fleet Feet Sports Owner, worked with her vendor partners to create incentives. Brooks Sports provided category awards and a “Super Date,” which included a hot air balloon ride. Local gyms and trainers provided the weigh-ins and shared nutritional recommendations. The overall winner, Edward Friz, received a Cruise for two where he can celebrate his healthy lifestyle changes and fitness success.
The Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon is a unique challenge: Compete with Maasai athletes in the remote plains of Kenya, the homeland of endurance running!
Participants have the chance to tackle 21km, 42km, or the ultra 75km on 29 September 2012. Early bird race week packages on www.amazingmaasaiultra.org until 31 May.
Running for a good cause: Last year, the event raised 25,000 USD to support Maasai girls’ education – enough to sponsor 20 girls through high-school.
Nairobi - Adventure, exploration, and a unique challenge: After the success of the inaugural Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon in 2011, preparations for the second edition are well on the way. From 25 September to 1 October, runners from countries across Europe, Asia and the US will gather in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, not only for a breath-taking race, but also to enjoy a six-night stay in the African bush, including game drives, walking safaris and Maasai village tours & performances.
By Lena Hollmann
I am tossing and turning in my bed, unable to sleep. Sore and aching leg muscles are keeping me awake. I want to take a hot bath to loosen them up, but I am staying in a hotel and don’t want to wake my neighbors. It is the wee hours of the morning of February 19, 2012, and the previous day I had run the Myrtle Beach half marathon in 1:51:22, bettering my time in Houston the previous month by more than two minutes. And now I was paying for it!