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Summer Running-Race Prep..How is Your Body? September 5, 2016

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In many parts of the #USA the local race scene is put on hold until the Fall. But training continues and runners all over prepare for Fall/Winter races during the summer months.

If you have maintained proper hydration and used  sensible plan your training should going well and you might be ready for the fall race season . If you have trained reasonably then you should be in good condition, but so few people actually train properly for their lifestyle and physical specifics and lots of people join the walking[or running] wounded.

If you re among the many walking wounded there are some things you can do to get over it and continue to run. See your doctor as need d and do what they suggest but some of these can be used to healthy exercise and running program.

ICE packs -Great info on custom made ice packs to fit you and your injuries.

-have pain in both knees and a shin, 3 ice packs will get ex0pensive- Make 3 for ~$5-6

Make Your Own Shapeable Ice Pack

 

 

 

 

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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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

 

Miller Lite Charlottesville Marathon , Whole Foods Half Marathon Weekend April 7, 2014

IMG_9381JKW      Saturday April 5, 2014 the 12th Annual Miller Lite Charlottesville marathon was held in historic downtown Charlottsville. The weather was perfect with a starting temperature in the 30’s and the high during the race of 59.

The weekend went well with a great Expo and Beer garden on Friday and Saturday. Music was playing and the town was receptive and enjoyed the attention on our great city and flow of visiting  runners from all over the USA.

The new course boasted many great views of the community and the burgeoning spring colors. Running in this historic community is a great pleasure for those of us from here and great to present it to our “sweaty” guests.

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Women’s Awards -Marathon

    1 Catherine Sykes      31 3:02:56    ,             2 Rosemary Barber      23 3:09:58   ,            3 Rebecca Browne       45 3:21:58

 MEN’s Awards-Marathon

1 Aaron Misera         23 2:48:22  ,             2 Carl Schwarz         30 2:54:39  ,          3 Michael Dubovsky     29 3:01:21

Women’s Awards- Half Marathon

    1 Stephanie Phelps     24 1:25:28              2 Rachelle Lee-Warner  35 1:27:24               3 Parker Rhodes        21 1:27:56

 Men’s Awards – Half Marathon              

1 Nathaniel Powers     23 1:19:21              2 Jeffrey Young        22 1:20:13              3 Ben Campbell         20 1:20:29

Women’s Awards – 8K   

1 Ali Spies            25   31:52                 2 Kristin Cupido       25   32:49                3 Carly Page           28   33:06

   Men’s Awards – 8K              

  1 Jamie Symons         40   31:25                2 Jonathan Stocking    31   32:17                3 Nicholas Pritchett   33   34:07

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Marathon World record.. October 3, 2013

Filed under: Marathons,Race Reports,Races — bigfootmarty @ 6:05 pm
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Marathon World record..

What is your PR?

Any chance of 2 hours and change?

 

2013 Walt Disney Marathon – January 10-13, 2013 January 16, 2013

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January 10-13, 2013    http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/

Marathon           -20,680 finishers  – Men’s Winning time- 2:21.16      Women’s Winning time 2:48.30

Half-Marathon  -23,126 finishers – Men’s Top Time  1:05.26   ,  Women’s Best Time1:14.56

Goofy’s  Race and a Half Challenge Runner’s ran the Half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday- This combo (like the other 2 races) sold out .  Lots of healthy/crazy folks did the double dip and ran almost 40 miles in the weekend….

 

       This year I had several friends and their families running in Florida.  Was a lot of fun to keep track of their efforts as they posted to FB and Twitter and participated in one or more race over the weekend.

        As I do some preparatory work for the 2013 Miller Lite Charlottesville Marathon I look to other events for ideas and improvements. And it is interesting to think of trying to split the days and have the races over a weekend rather than all day Saturday. We would have several runners double dip but the city would balk at the thought of such a thing. The impact to the streets would be too great and too long.

Looking forward to the 2013 Charlottesville marathon and Half Marathon

http://www.charlottesvillemarathon.com