By Carolyn Mather RN, PhD
Over the years I have recommended many things to keep you healthy and running as often as you want. Recently I have come across the term prehabilitation. Prehabilitation is essentially preventive injury risk assessment and training to prevent the problem before it happens.
Posture, joint alignment, flexibility, muscle control, biomechanics, core stability and movement patterns are all considered. Prehabilitation helps you to: achieve normal static and dynamic posture, correct muscle length imbalance, joint alignment and flexibility, normalize core stability (upper, lower and left vs right) and enhance muscle endurance, strength and power, and boost movement pattern efficiency.
By Scott Ludwig
I’ve had a lot of interesting encounters with wildlife during my runs over the years. I’ve been chased by foxes, coyotes, dogs, a raccoon and a couple of baby basset hounds. I’ve run side-by-side with dogs, deer, possums, cows, horses, squirrels, rabbits, armadillos and that one time with a skunk (fortunately I escaped his wrath, if you know what I mean).
Although occasionally lending a bit more excitement to my run than I would have liked, they’ve all turned out well if you don’t count that one time I was bitten on the elbow by a German shepherd.
CARY, N.C. -- The eighth running of the annual Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and its companion Half Marathon will be held on March 19 on the flat, fast American Tobacco Trail, which offers fast qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.
The events, sponsored by Feetures!, a leading athletic sock manufacturer, figures to qualify 12 percent of competitors for Boston, promoters said. The running weekend is presented by Inside-Out Sports. On Jan. 1 prices of both the March 19, 2017 events will increase by $10 to $110 and $100 respectively.
By Lena Hollmann
When Eric Johnson of Raleigh, NC, approached the finish at the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh this November there were friends cheering him on, and a custom made cake plus champagne waiting for him at the finish line. And when Kelly Richards of Grapevine, TX, ran the IMT Des Moines Marathon in Iowa in October, more than 30 people had come from five different states to celebrate with her. After she finished, they all went directly to a German Beer House and continued the celebration.
By Tracy Green
Months and miles of training, all leading up to one morning to put it all out there and see what you’ve got. To hope what you think you’ve got is, in reality, what you’ve got.
Dozens of weeks, thousands of steps, without wavering because the the task ahead does not care about excuses. No missed days, no missed workouts, no pity parties. Early mornings, late nights, some days both.
From not counting down to race day at all, to counting weeks, to counting sleeps.
Over 4,000 Winter Hats Donated to Local Charities and Youth Serving Programs
INDIANAPOLIS – (Dec. 23 2016) Beyond Monumental has made a donation of 4,000 winter hats to local charities that assist those in need. The 2016 finish line gift at the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K for all runners and walkers was a brightly colored commemorative winter hat. The surplus of these hats will now help keep Indianapolis kids warm in the winter months.
By Micah Ward
One of my favorite quotes comes from the legendary ultrarunner and coach David Horton: “Find the level of intolerance you can tolerate, and stay there.” Now I am the first to admit that I do not stay at that level on every run. I don’t even look for it very often. The vast majority of my runs are slow easy trots down the beach or along a bicycle trail under the shade of enormous Live Oak trees. I do no regular speed workouts although I am occasionally afflicted with a little fartlek. No, I save that level of intolerance for race day.
HOKA ONE ONE®, a division of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK) is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals. The boys of Brentwood High School in Nashville, Tennessee and the girls of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina won the overall championships with the fastest team times in the two-mile run.
With more than 1,500 teams registered, the 2016 HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals produced the largest and most competitive competition in the event’s history.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA -- On Dec. 17, 5025 participants donned in 5-piece Santa suits broke the World Record for Largest Santa Run during the Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler presented by Bon Secours In Motion in Virginia Beach. J&A Racing, a world-class race management company based in Virginia set out on this mission to make history and beat the current record holder in Ireland with 4,961 Santas, by providing a 5-piece Santa suit to all participants.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
In speaking with Molly Huddle a few times over the FootLocker weekend, it became apparent that she is very happy in her life, which gives her remarkable focus in her athletic career.
Okay, I will spill it.
As part of this journey as athletic pilgrim, one becomes appreciative of many of the athletes' skills one opines on, and in fact, well, at least in my case, make emotional ties with the athletes and their performances. This is mostly in a Walter Mitty way, as I do not want athletes to think I am some kind of stalker.
By Ray Krolewicz
I looked at a calendar the other day. It was time to start putting birthdays, races, and other significant dates onto it for the coming year. When I looked at that year, 2017, I paused to reflect. It has been 17 years since Y2K, the new century. I made a comment recently about “the turn of the century” and was told never to use the phrase again unless referring to 1899 turning to 1900.
We cannot go back, however, so we might as well go forward. We all want to know of course where forward will take us. There are so many potential destinations. Specifically, since I was putting race dates on a calendar, it is wondering where forward as related to running will lead.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -– The Little Rock Marathon recently unveiled its 2017 finisher’s medals as it makes preparations for another sell-out event, confirming the race is quickly reaching its participant limit.
The 15th Annual Little Rock Marathon Race Weekend, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is slated for March 4–5 in downtown Little Rock and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation.
“For many years, the Little Rock Marathon medals have set a standard in the marathon industry,” said Gina Pharis, co-executive director of the Little Rock Marathon. “Our medals are an extraordinary keepsake that celebrates each participant’s finish.”
According to Pharis, the medal is a significant factor in the event’s growing popularity and sold-out races each year.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Castille (Lafayette, Louisiana) earns the second USATF Athlete of the Week honor of his career, following a dominant performance at the 2016 USATF Club Cross Country Championships on Saturday, December 10.
Castille prevailed in the masters men’s 10 km race in Tallahassee, putting 11 seconds between himself and the field just 1 km into the race. Castille continued to push the pace, expanding his lead to nearly 60 seconds with 2 km remaining. The master of the roads crossed the cross country finish in impressive fashion, best the field by 1:14 to win in 31:29.
Castille defended his individual USATF Club Cross Country Championships title from 2015, another masterful performance that saw him beat the field by over 30 seconds to earn USATF Athlete of the Week accolades.
ASICS America Corporation has announced its iconic running shoe for long distance runners, the GEL-NIMBUS®, will be updated for 2017. The GEL-NIMBUS 19 model has been updated and upgraded to deliver a shoe that features unrivaled lightness and maximum comfort for neutral runners and underpronaters, without compromising on its legendary responsive cushioning.
Enhanced Lightweight and Comfort Throughout.
TUCSON, Ariz. — If you're thinking about taking up running as your New Year's resolution and still need some convincing, consider this: MRI scans reveal that endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary individuals.
University of Arizona researchers compared brain scans of young adult cross country runners to young adults who don't engage in regular physical activity. The runners, overall, showed greater functional connectivity — or connections between distinct brain regions — within several areas of the brain, including the frontal cortex, which is important for cognitive functions such as planning, decision-making and the ability to switch attention between tasks.
ATLANTA — Nick Graves was overall winner of the half marathon on Dec. 11 at the Jeff Galloway Race Weekend, finishing in 1:19:18. Adam Newton was second in 1:20:17, followed by Brian Post in 1:21:08.
Top female was Shannon Hays in 1:38:36. Susan Thomas was second in 1:38:50, and Glenda Adams third in 1:39:39.
Complete results of all races:
The third annual Jeff Galloway Race Weekend had close to 3000 participants taking part in the stellar 13.1 Jeff Galloway Half Marathon, Barb’s 5K, and the Kids Fun Run.
Nike unveils Breaking2, an innovation moonshot designed to unlock human potential.
Like all daring dreams, Breaking2 has an audacious goal: Enable a sub two-hour marathon time.
Many consider this feat impossible. It requires reducing the current men's world record time of 2:02:57 by three percent. However, that challenge is exactly what drives Nike; the impossible is an opportunity to envision the future of sport.
By Stephen Prudhomme
SAVANNAH, GA — Hills are hard to come by in Savannah. When they do, as in the annual Savannah Bridge Run, they're hard to go up. That didn't prevent a number of runners from climbing to impressive heights of achievement.
The 25th annual Savannah Bridge, featuring a 5K, 10K and Double Pump (15K), attracted some 3,500 runners. Participants took on one of the most challenging courses in the Southeast on a cool and sunny day made for running.
Atlanta Track Club came home from Florida with one national championship and an all-time best finish for its women’s open team at the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. Sonja Friend-Uhl successfully defended her title in the Masters Women’s 6K making a decisive move on Club Northwest’s Janet McDevitt after the second mile to win the race in 22:15, besting McDevitt by more than 20 seconds. “It was a struggle to get here the last few weeks,” said Friend-Uhl. “Even when I doubted myself…my family, my team, my sponsors and my friends buoyed my faith.”
Ethiopian athlete also becomes the current course record holder.
BOSTON – Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia has been named the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, following the disqualification of Rita Jeptoo from the event, announced the Boston Athletic Association. Deba finished in a time of 2:19:59. As a result, she becomes the course record holder. Her performance bested that of Margaret Okayo, who ran 2:20:43 in 2002.