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Your favorite Running / Fitness Books January 31, 2016

I read a lot for fun and work and knowledge and health. As an athlete and fitness enthusiast I have read a lot of related books.

In this post I am asking you for input on your favorite running and fitness books. I have listed my favorite books about running- it was a tough choice but 1 of the books was a clear leader( because it was my first fave).

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My favorite running books:

  1. Galloways Book on Running  by Jeff Galloway  http://www.amazon.com/Galloways-Book-Running-Jeff-Galloway/dp/0936070277     And his website  www.jeffgalloway.com
  2. Chi Running  by Danny Dreyer     http://www.amazon.com/ChiRunning-Revolutionary-Approach-Effortless-Injury-Free/dp/1416549447     Also at his website http://www.chirunning.com
  3. The Lore of Running  by Tim Noakes, M.D.        http://www.amazon.com/Lore-Running-Edition-Timothy-Noakes/dp/0873229592

I originally read these books in their 1st Editions and the later editions added or changed some things.   Galloway’s book took me from my first road race (a 10 miler) ever to a marathon As a one time footballer and still a 6’8 280-300 runner it was very helpful.

Chi Running has in the subtitle as Injury-free running and since I started running after years of football and basketball with the attending knee and ankle injuries- running without additional injury is a goal -a passion.

I originally read THE LORE OF RUNNING in its 2nd edition but really like the changes that arrived in 3 and 4.

Now in my 50’s my workouts on the roads and trail combine the ideas of bot Galloway and Dryer and the info in Lore has combined with other reading for background on how I live sweating and in rest of life.

WHAT ARE YOUR BOOKS?

 

 

 

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Race Organizing and Race Directing- Compared – The Basics Part 1 November 18, 2014

Race Organizer or Race Director

Now First Things First , as Stephen Covey would say, the race oragnizer can be the Race Director but they are 2 different but important roles.

RACE ORGANIZER – Organizer created the race, had the idea for the race as well as the meaning behind the race. [ Holiday, season, Fundraising.series…..] This person may be a runner and thought it would be fun to put on a race and may or may not have any idea how to do that.

RACE DIRECTOR – This person runs all activities related to setting up, organizing and maintaining the race course, race registration, race operations (timing, hydration, safety, course marking, etc)

These roles can be filled by the same person or a committee (s). it is usually beneficial if there is a team/group involved in the Director portion of the event.

Now that that simple difference has been discussed..lets look at the tasks necessary to set up and put on a race, a foot race.
The tasks are the same for local 5k to an internationally followed and supported marathon.

The tasks can be divided into several buckets.
These buckets are as follows:

*RACE COURSE
*MARKETING/PUBLICITY
*SAFETY /SECURITY
*LOGISTICS
*SUPPLIES
*REGISTRATION
*RESULTS

There several smaller tasks in each bucket and they will be listed / noted in the description for each bucket.

RACE COURSE:

1.Create the course
2.Work with appropriate officials to make the course “acceptable”
3.register the course and if necessary Certify the distance

MARKETING / PUBLICITY :

1.Name the Race
2.Create Online Presence- Website, Facebook, Twitter,….
3.look for Sponsors / Supporters
4.Prepare for runner registration ( see below)
5.Post race information in and on appropriate online communities
6.Plan and schedule traditional ads- TV, radio,newspaper, posters etc….
SAFETY / SECURITY :

1.Contact local “officials” and police, Fire and rescue
2.Study race route for safety concerns and best places for police support.
3.Schedule and create Police and volunteer safety posts on the race course
4.Contact Fire and Rescue / ambulance service for emergency needs on race day

LOGITICS:

1.Prerace and race Planning
2.Course setup and Marking
3.Safety and Water Supplies for the race- on the course and finish line
4.Arrange for appropriate vehicles to transport all the logistical supplies

SUPPLIES :

1.t-shirts or other “schwag” for the runners
2.bib numbers and timing chips if RFID timing used
3.hard goods and equipment for supplies/logistic above
4.food and drink for the race and post-race

REGISTRATION :

1.Online registration- have own system or work with subcontractors available\
2.Paper registration pre-race ? And race weekend?
3.Use this system to manage Supplies and logistics above

RESULTS :

1.How will the race be timed ? Manual or Electronic?
2.Is appropriate equipment available and present?
3.Has it been tested
4.Posting results , LIVE , at the race site
5.Posting results to website or other online space
6.Sending Press release and results to the media

Future posts will cover more in the areas of original concept and arranging with meddling officials at the citu, county or other governemtal body.

We will also discuss safety efforts and working with Police,Fire and rescue and Volunteers.

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Western States 100 Mile Run – Results are in…Well the Leaders are In !! June 29, 2014

At this stage int he race the racers and gifted runners are finished or have DNF’d to try another day and the troopers are still chugging away toward the finish line.

The annual Squaw Valley to Auburn effort is well underway

 

CONGRATS WINNERS

Rob Krar under 15 hrs  and Stephanie Howe just over 18 hours…..

I am still amazed at the cool technology we have to keep track of results from 3000 miles away before or after church or bed ( last night). Nothing new or fancy but just as cool.

 

I have a goal of a 100 miler but with my legs (multiple surgeries on knees,ankle etc [football fun in my youth]  has me wondering about the “smarts” of such a goal. Now WSER or Leadville may be crazy but there may be some courses that won’t break me(distance can do it all alone ).

Returning to the races and adding distance to the collection of 26.2 finishes will be the first step…”baby steps”  to the ultra distance thanks to Bob Wiley from the movie, “What About Bob?”

 

Some news and stories from Western States, about Western States.

http://www.run247.com/articles/article-5152-jez-bragg-interview%3A-i%27ll-do-it-my-way%21.html

Interesting Rob Krar stuff here:

http://iancorless.org/2013/06/19/western-states-endurance-run-preview/

And a great movie about SOME history-

http://www.therunnerstrip.com/2011/11/the-story-behind-unbreakable/

http://www.wser.org  For more info and search under various names. listings titles for this race and others around the trails near you and all over…..

 

 

Running a different Ideas about Training and Preparation June 19, 2014

 

* Gardening and maintenance- Misc thoughts-

http://www.pearltrees.com/s/file/download/83607135/

http://atrolink.blogspot.com/p/integrated-food-feed.html

* Watering and Irrigation ideas

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/clay-pot-irrigation-simple-adaptation-ancient-technique

 

Boston was a Safe Success but what else happened Last Weekend? April 27, 2014

Boston got lots (maybe too much) Attention and thankfully no cowardly terrorist arrived and Russia was too involved in Ukraine to set up another attack.

But what else happened in running last weekend?

Several years ago, I ran in Louisville so how did the  Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon go? Plus in the neighborhood they have a cool Horse race( and party)  I read a bunch of great reports on line but recommend it as a great place to run and weekend to visit a great city.

** http://derbyfestivalmarathon.com/

Now a little further West- runners flocked to Salt Lake City for a well produced and popular race. I do love to read race reports and it amazes me how 1 person loves it and another whines like a little child.  What makes people cry so much?  Overall if is/was a great  race and will be on my calendar in the future. I don’t know a lot about Salt Lake City but there is a cool Lake nearby….

##   http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com

 

The Bel Monte Enduraace Runs ( 5omile, 50k, 25k) enjoyed great weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains and a great crowd running the 3 races that feature 46 glorious trail miles and only 4 miles paved. The races were put on by Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports http://www.badtothebone.biz.

http://belmonteraces.com/

*Facebook info-  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bel-Monte-Endurance-Races/174549122590137

 

RECOVERY- Lots of good information November 5, 2013

Filed under: Racing,Recovery — bigfootmarty @ 12:34 am
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RECOVERY- Lots of good information

We can rest and relax…

Schedule a massage

Sit in an ice bath after the race and hot tub a day or 2 later.

Eat a ton of veggies and fruit and greens  ( maybe after pigging out on pizza and /or BBQ on race day )

 

Zeagama-Aizkorri 2013 – Trail Magazin, Germany August 4, 2013

Filed under: Athlete reports,Blogs/Articles,Race Reports,Races,Racing — bigfootmarty @ 1:44 pm

Zeagama-Aizkorri 2013 – Trail Magazin, Germany.