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Go Bravely To Achieve Goals

Date: 
08/28/2011 - 14:18
Date: 
08/28/2011 - 14:18

By Teri Saylor

Teri Saylor photo.jpgAfter a lifelong fear of running, my fear of middle-age spread scared me more, and I joined the Galloway Marathon Training program in Raleigh, NC.

My disbelieving friends and family shook their heads and diagnosed me with a profound mental illness despite my insistence that I would never run a marathon.

But the day I completed a 16-mile training run, I began to agree that I might, indeed, be crazy for running all of those miles without having a goal.

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Running and Role Models

Date: 
08/26/2011 - 10:01
Date: 
08/26/2011 - 10:01

By Richard Ferguson
Ferguson,_Richard.jpg__.jpgThink back to the time when you first began running. Was there one particular individual who you really admired that served as a type of role model to get you started running? Is there anyone today that you look up to in your running and who you really feel is a positive influence on your running? I’m sure most of you can think of such role models you’ve had in the past and today. For most runners role models have played a very important part in their running careers.

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Date: 
07/28/2011 - 11:11

By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness
Rea,_Peter.jpg_.jpg2012 is nearly upon us. In a little more than six months the top American male and female marathoners will toe the line in Houston, TX, for the Olympic Marathon Trials. At stake are the coveted “top three spots” and a trip to the Summer Olympic Games in London as well as the culmination of the hopes and dreams of countless years of training, injury rehabilitation, highs, lows, doubt, and certainty. In a nutshell the Olympic Trials represents the dreams of scores of competitive runners from the moment they ran their first race.

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Mantras Contain Magic Words

Date: 
07/27/2011 - 11:38
Date: 
07/27/2011 - 11:38

By Teri Saylor

Teri Saylor photo.jpgI hate hills.

The mantra “hills are your friends,” are fighting words for me, but when helpful runners utter that phrase as I labor up a steep slope, I don’t have energy to fight. So I made up a hill mantra that makes perfect sense to me.

“Running up hills makes your butt look cute.”

Whether that phrase is true or not doesn’t matter. It has a nice rhythm and makes me believe the panting and burning just might do some good.

Remember that old classic “No Pain, No Gain?”

I prefer to end it at “No Pain.” Period.

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Date: 
06/24/2011 - 14:21

Eat Vegan front cover copy3X41.jpgIf you believe in eating healthy foods – and who doesn’t? – here’s an ideal book by Florida runner Ellen Jaffe Jones that provides answers at a very agreeable cost, both for the food ($4 a day) and the book ($14.95).

Jones, an award winning former television reporter, wrote the book after several members of her family suffered serious illnesses she wanted to avoid. She has spent years learning good nutrition and has put her knowledge to use by teaching cooking classes. She’s also an active runner and writes a column for Running Journal about nutrition and running.

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Date: 
06/23/2011 - 13:03

By Lena Hollmann

Hollman,_Lena.jpg__.jpgFor the first time in three decades, I have reached a major milestone birthday without having a nagging injury stopping me in my tracks. Instead, I was able to run a sub two-hour half-marathon just days after changing age groups, finishing in 1:57:58. I am still recuperating as of this writing, but healthy (knock on wood!), and looking forward to more races to come.

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Run for longer, healthier life

Date: 
06/22/2011 - 16:22
Date: 
06/22/2011 - 16:22

A study at the Stanford University School of Medicine that tracked the lives of more than 900 people over more than 20 years concluded that regular running or other consistent exercise for those in middle and late life may result in a longer, healthier life.

The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Chakravarty, studied more than 500 people who ran on a regular basis against a control group of more than 400 who did not run.

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Running’s Healing Power

Date: 
06/07/2011 - 11:24
Date: 
06/07/2011 - 11:24

Our daily ritual is far more than sport
By Pete Rea/ZAP Fitness
Rea,_Peter.jpg_.jpgIn 20 years of coaching I have seen athletes drawn to our sport for a myriad of reasons. For some it is the last best option after numerous “other sport” failures. For others, particularly the introverts, it is the allure of the individual (as opposed to team) sport, with the open road being a beacon of solace. And for many the convenience of a sport that can be executed anywhere, anytime is enormously attractive in our go-go-go society. For many, however, running is more than simply exercise or competition or even ritual, but a friend. “Running is the least expensive shrink I know,” said 1960 Olympic 5,000m Champion Murray Halberg.

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You can be Happy as an older runner

Date: 
05/25/2011 - 10:41
Date: 
05/25/2011 - 10:41

By Lee Fidler

Fidler,_Lee.jpg_.jpgAs I have just passed another birthday, pieces of this article have been floating through my mind for several days. However, capturing these thoughts has been like trying to catch fog. Perhaps a mild existential crisis is hard to explain. Your adaptation may be different but here are some of my nods to aging.

Forty-seven years after my first race, goal setting has changed. Rather than setting long range performance goals, I often look six months to a year out. Those are based on where I am now and performance in the same or a similar race last year.

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50 Awesome iPhone Apps for Runners

Date: 
05/15/2011 - 15:03
Date: 
05/15/2011 - 15:03

Runners who own iPhones are in luck. There are tons of great apps to help track, train, and cross-train or find out about nutrition, weight management, or health and safety issues. Check out these 50 apps--some are free and some are available for a small fee--to find high-tech help to support your running passion.

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