Friday, October 29, 2010

Running a marathon can impact heart for months

From USA Today online
Running a marathon can impact heart for months
By Jim Prisching, Getty Images
Thousands of runners participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Oct. 10, 2010.

By Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay
Running a marathon can damage your heart, with more than half of the segments in the heart's main pumping chamber typically functioning a little under par during the race, a new study shows.
The good news? Other parts of the heart pick up the slack and the changes reverse within three months or fewer after the run, the researchers found. The more fit and trained a runner is, the less effect the strain of a marathon was found to have on the heart.
Read on here.

Run Like Hell to Benefit Oakland Cemetery

Race is closed, maybe next year...

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at 9 a.m.
The race has closed out at 1,500 participants. No more entries will be taken. We will not be taking any race day registrations. We appreciate all the interest. Please plan on joining us next year for the 2011 Run Like Hell. Again, there is no race day registration. You must be pre-registered to participate.
Runners of all ages will Run Like Hell (or like Heck for the kids) through hauntingly beautiful Oakland Cemetery and neighboring Grant Park on Halloween weekend, Saturday, October 30.
Picture from the site.

Link here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Races

Local races this Halloween weekend, Saturday, October 30

·       Big Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk, Roswell

·       Run Like Hell 5K & Run Like Heck 1K, Oakland Cemetery

·       Silver Comet Half Marathon, Mabelton

·       Be the One Run 5K/1K/Tot Trot, Atlantic Station

·       Chick-Fil-A Challenge 5K, Georgia Tech

Friday, October 22, 2010

Which Shoes, Those Shoes

Article from the NY Times
Patient Money
For Running Shoes, It’s Fit First and Price Last
Published: October 22, 2010
SHARON TANENBAUM has been a serious runner for six years. The Brooklyn resident, 30, has completed three marathons and several shorter races. Each week she logs about 20 miles.

Picture by Joshua Bright for The New York Times

Money often buys higher-quality goods, but not when it comes to running shoes, experts say.
Her favorite trainers? A $25 pair of Champion shoes she bought at Target.
“I like running in simple shoes,” she said. “The more you pay, the more unnecessary stuff you get.”
She is right. Money often buys higher-quality goods, but not when it comes to running shoes.
Read on here.

Ask An Elite Runner?

The NYT is starting a new feature that lets folks ask questions to an elite runner.  The elite runner is Desiree Ficker.  After checking out Desirees site, I noticed that she held a clinic in Peachtree City.  How cool is that.  She is based out of Austin, TX.
October 21, 2010, 2:29 pm
Desiree Ficker, Marathoner and Triathlete, Is Taking Your Questions

Picture by the Associated Press
Desiree Ficker finished second in the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii, in 2006.

Desiree Ficker, a world-class triathlete who finished 10th in last year’s New York City Marathon, is running in New York again this year. And during the day on Friday she’ll be answering questions from readers on The Times’s On the Run blog.
Read on here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

World Music and Food Festival

This weekend at Piedmont Park. View the info here.

Avondale AutumnFest

Avondale AutumnFest this weekend, info here.

Candler Park Fall Fest

Candler Park Fall Fest info here.

Local Races This Weekend

Saturday October 23rd
Candler Park Fall Fest 5K
Costume 5K Run, Atlanta, Lullwater Park, Emory
20th Annual Kids’ Chance Fun Run 5K, Roswell

Sunday, October 24th
The Morningside Mile, Va-Hi
Dunwoody Dash to the Summit 5K, Dunwoody
AKF Partnerships in Action 5K/1K/Kids Race, Atlanta, Olympic Park

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Push Past The Pain

From the NY Times
How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do
Published: October 18, 2010
My son, Stefan, was running in a half marathon in Philadelphia last month when he heard someone coming up behind him, breathing hard.

Ian Walton/Getty Images

To his surprise, it was an elite runner, Kim Smith, a blond waif from New Zealand. She has broken her country’s records in shorter distances and now she’s running half marathons. She ran the London marathon last spring and will run the New York marathon next month.
That day, Ms. Smith seemed to be struggling. Her breathing was labored and she had saliva all over her face. But somehow she kept up, finishing just behind Stefan and coming in fifth with a time of 1:08:39.
And that is one of the secrets of elite athletes, said Mary Wittenberg, president and chief executive of the New York Road Runners, the group that puts on the ING New York City Marathon. They can keep going at a level of effort that seems impossible to maintain.
Read on here.

Emory Univ. Physical Therapy Costume 5K

Emory Univ. Physical Therapy Costume 5K

Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 8:30 AM

Lullwater Park on Emory University Campus

1463 Clifton Road NE   Atlanta, GA

Registration Closing Date

Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 11:59 PM

Brief Description

Registration for this Costume 5k is only $25.00 . Participants will also be able to register the day of the race. Check-In for this event begins at 7:30 am and the race will begin promptly at 8:30 am. This event is being hosted by Emory University's Student Physical Therapist. All proceeds will be ultimately donated to the Pittsburg-Marquette Challenge to benefit Physical Therapy Research.


Please park at the Michael Street/Houston Mill Parking Deck. Racers will need to access the third level of the parking garage to enter campus. Signs will be posted and volunteers available that will be able to help direct you to Lullwater Park.

 Additional Information

RUN IN YOUR BEST COSTUME! Children are welcome at this event and encouraged to stop by our children's table for their free Halloween goodies! Prizes will be given for the top female and male runners. Also, all runners registered by October 18th will receive a t-shirt. We will also have prizes for best the best costume! Please remember that costumes are not mandatory.

Info from here.

Inaugural Morningside Mile

Inaugural Morningside Mile

Sunday, October 24, 2010
Virginia Highland, starts at intersection of Lanier Blvd & Virginia.
Check out for more info.
The inaugural Morningside Mile is the first and only competitive 1-mile race in Atlanta that awards its fastest runners with cash prizes. Runners of all skill levels are encouraged to don their running shoes for what promises to be a fun race & great after-party packed with family activities (noodle eating contest, sumo wrestling, craft market, pet adoption, live music and food from Doc Chey's, Alons, & Rosebud)
12:00PM Wave Starts Begins

Candler Park Fall Fest 5K

Candler Park Fall Fest 5K

Saturday, October 23, 2010
10:00 a.m. - Check-in and Race Day Registration
11:00 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk.
Jogging strollers are permitted. Special warm-up before the race provided courtesy of Operation Boot Camp.

Trail Races At Night

I would trip, a lot; from Running Times online

Moonlight Madness

Short-distance, after-dark trail races gaining popularity

By Brian Metzler

As featured in the October 2010 issue of Running Times Magazine

There's something mystical about running in the dark of the night, no matter if you're wearing a headlamp or running under the brilliant sheen of a full moon.

Everything just seems different, more intense. Because your vision is limited, your other senses seem to be enhanced. You smell the juniper more distinctly. You hear a critter rustling in the brush. You sense your pulse escalating.

Racing after dark, especially if it's a fast-paced, shorter race, offers that same idyllic setting, only with a frantic eeriness about it.

Read on here.

Your NYC Marathon Source

Well, I will be relying on Runners World for NYC Marathon coverage.  Always interesting with race coverage, human interest stories, and focus on runners that dont usually get coverage.

Pic from Runners World online.

Boston Fills Up Quickly

Boston filled up quickly even with the age and gender qualifying standards.  From RW Online

Boston is Closed!

10/18/2010 7:12 PM

By Peter Vigneron

Runners with fleet feet but slow fingers are out of luck: registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon, which opened Monday morning at 9 a.m., is already closed.

“We knew it would be quick, but we had no way to predict how quick,” said Guy Morse, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association.

Organizers closed online signup at 5:03 p.m. on Monday, the briefest marathon-registration period in Boston Marathon history. Registration for the 2010 race closed in November, 2009, and was open for over two months. In years past, runners could often expect to gain entry until the day before the race.

Read on here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Marathons And Your Knees

From the NY Times online

October 13, 2010, 12:01 am

Phys Ed: Do Marathons Hurt Your Knees?


About this time every year, with the fall marathon season at its zenith, racers in training begin to hear the refrain, ‘‘You are going to ruin your knees.’’ The idea that distance running inexorably leads to arthritis is deeply entrenched, despite the publication of a number of recent studies (detailed in a Phys Ed column last year) that have found otherwise. In one representative experiment, the knees of experienced marathoners, with multiple races behind them, were scanned with magnetic resonance imaging technology, and then scanned again 10 years later. The runners’ knees were and remained robust throughout that time, with few significant cartilage abnormalities. The only truly unhealthy knee in the study belonged to a former marathoner, who had quit the sport. In the years since he stopped running, his joint had deteriorated badly.

But then came the latest study on the issue, this one from researchers at the University of California at San Francisco, using a more sensitive type of M.R.I. technology than had been available in the past. For this study, the researchers recruited a group of beginner marathon runners. The runners were 40 and younger and had completed fewer than three marathons in their lifetimes. Some were training for their first. At the time they enrolled in the study, none of the runners reported knee problems. ‘‘They had virgin knees,’’ said Anthony Luke, M.D., director of primary care sports medicine at U.C.S.F. and the study’s lead investigator. In the days before the runners’ marathons (either the San Francisco or Nike women’s marathon), they scanned the racers’ knees, employing a type of M.R.I. technology that evaluates the metabolic activity and health of the cartilage at a cellular level. They repeated the scans within 48 hours after the event and again about three months later.

Read on here.

Local Races This Weekend

Saturday, October 16

Big Peach Fall 5-Miler, Marietta

Starlight Run for the Kids, Brookhaven

3rd Annual Doraville Road Race 5K/Mile/Tot Trot, Doraville

North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile/50K/Marathon/Relay/Kids Run, Pine Mountain

Monster Dash 5K, Atlanta, Grant Park

The Phoenix 5K & 1K, Atlanta

Sunday, October 17

Race to Rally Hope 5K - 10K - Fun Run, Alpharetta

North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon/10K/5K, Pine Mountain

20th Annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, Atlanta, Ansley Park

Train Like An Olympian

Train like an Olympian running her first marathon, I found this interesting after reading it.  From Running Competitor online
Follow Flanagan’s Footsteps
Updated: Oct 14th 2010 2:07 PM EDT by Mario Fraioli

"Listen to your body" advises top American runner Shalane Flanagan. Photo:

Shalane Flanagan ran up to 120 miles per week while training for her first marathon. You probably can’t do that. But you can emulate the key elements of the training philosophy she executed under the direction of her coach, Jerry Schumacher, using these three suggestions.
1.     Practice running tired.
What makes the marathon different from other races is that fatigue begins to set in long before you reach the finish line. So it’s important to prepare for this challenge. “There’s no way to truly duplicate the last five miles of a marathon in training,” says Schumacher—but you can come reasonably close. Aside from the obvious measure of running 20-milers, you can also do some moderately long runs of 10 to 14 miles, faster than your marathon pace, as well as back-to-back long runs when you start Sunday’s 12-miler still a bit tired from Saturday’s 12-miler (for example).
2.     Know your limit, but don’t test it.
There’s no question that you have to run a lot of miles to prepare for a successful marathon. But don’t make the mistake of trying to run as many miles as you can handle. “When you do too much, that extra mileage starts to undo the benefits you got from the rest of your running,” says Schumacher. Estimate the highest weekly mileage you think you can handle and run 10 percent less than that to stay fresh and feeling well.
3.     Listen to your body.
Training plans are helpful tools to ensure your marathon training is properly focused and progressive, but don’t be a slave to your plan. Schumacher allows the day-to-day needs of his runners to influence the direction of their training. “A lot depends on how the athlete’s looking, how he’s responding to the workouts he’s already done,” he says. Listen to your body throughout the marathon training process and don’t be afraid to stray from your plan when necessary to stay healthy, address weaknesses and build confidence.
Read it here.

Marathon Demographics

From Running Times online

How Demographics Are Affecting the Racing Scene

Races are getting bigger and slower

By Marc Chalufour

As featured in the October 2010 issue of Running Times Magazine

For decades -- a century, almost -- road racing was a world of competitive men. Since emerging from the first running boom, however, the sport has quickly evolved. The competitive core is still there, leading the pack. But now that core is being chased through the streets by thousands upon thousands of new runners, many of them motivated by very different factors.

The numbers really began to change in the early 1990s when aging running boomers filled out the masters ranks. By 2000, 44 percent of marathon finishers were 40-plus. Growth of the women's division was even more dramatic. Just 10 percent of marathon finishers in 1980 were female. That figure is now 40 percent, while women now make up more than half the finishers at many shorter distances.

Though these demographic shifts have slowed, overall growth continues. Runners are flooding road races in unprecedented numbers -- and with that flood are coming more subtle changes. No event has benefited more than the half marathon, the fastest-growing distance on the roads with more than 1 million finishers annually now; more than a quarter of them are women under the age of 35. According to the Running USA data, in the last two years the average age of a female road racer has dropped nearly a full year, to 38.6.

Running USA surveys runners every year on their motivations, and their answers today are telling. Fifteen percent of men began running to compete in school, but even more say they began to run for exercise. On the women's side of the ledger, "exercise" and "weight concerns" account for nearly 40 percent. A study conducted by sociologist Elizabeth Loughren found that men more often were motivated to run their first marathon for "competition" and "personal goal achievement," while women more often said "self esteem" and "weight concerns" were among the motivating factors. And for those who chose to run a second marathon? The response that men selected more than women: "lower finish time."

Road racing has become a growth industry, but what impact are these new runners having on the sport?

Read on here.

Marathons Are Not Dangerous

From the Baltimore Sun

Marathon running is not more dangerous than other sports, studies show

Hopkins' doctor recommends two heart tests before taking up long-distance running

October 14, 2010|By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun

The human body is a fragile instrument, and when it shuts down — as it does, tragically, for thousands of athletes each year — there is nothing that can be done. It often doesn't matter if trained medical personnel are nearby, or that the athlete was in peak physical condition.

But the death of a marathon runner grabs our attention in a unique way. When it happens — and it happens every year — media attention follows. There are often questions about whether the human heart was made to hold up to the strain of running 26.2 miles, or suggestions that marathons on days when the temperature is unexpectedly warm be postponed.

When 23-year-old Princeton graduate Peter Curtin died last year while running the Baltimore Marathon, it was the second death in the 9-year history of the event, which has had at least 2,100 participants per year in its main race since it was founded. In 2001, the first year the race was run, a 29-year-old female died of a brain aneurysm.

Read on here.

80's/90's Night in Oakhurst (All Ages!) at Kavarna

‎80's/90's Night in Oakhurst (All Ages!)

Location: Kavarna Coffee Shop

Time: 8:30PM Friday, October 15th

Things to do tonight!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Decatur Beer Fest

It's this weekend but unfortunately it's sold out.  There still could be a way in if you volunteer so check it out.

2nd Annual Moonshiner's Ball

Atlanta Streets Alive

More info here. And here's the interactive map.

L5P Halloween Festival and Parade

 More info here. Parade starts at 4pm.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weight Classes Aim to Balance Races

From the NY Times online
October 4, 2010, 6:16 pm
At 245 pounds and 6 feet 3 inches, Jeffrey West knows he looks more like a football player than a runner. But that hasn’t stopped him from competing in nine marathons in the past three years.
“When I go by, people say, ‘Go, big fella, you can do it!’ ” Mr. West, 45, of Carol Stream, Ill., said with a laugh. He plans to be one of 45,000 runners in this weekend’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. “But I know at the end of the race most people don’t want to get beat by the big guy who doesn’t look like he can run very fast.”
To runners, Mr. West is a Clydesdale, a name (referring to the large, powerful draft horses) that is typically used to describe race participants who weigh 200 pounds or more.
While most running events allow runners to compete in age divisions, a number of road races and triathlons also offer participants the chance to compete in weight divisions, which allows athletes to compare their performances against athletes with a similar build. Clydesdale runners argue that a number of sports, like boxing and wrestling, focus on weight-based competition, and it also makes sense in the sport of running, where slighter-framed runners have a clear advantage over those carrying an extra 50 pounds or more.

Marathon Fail

From the Ventura County Star online

Lack of water, toilets dash first Camarillo Marathon

By Rhiannon Potkey

Ventura County Star

Posted October 5, 2010 at 6:29 p.m., updated October 5, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.

David Louks’ 50th marathon was definitely memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.

There were no electrolyte sports drinks provided, no cups for water, no mile markers, no port-a-potties along the course and a lack of volunteers.

The Newbury Park resident competed in the inaugural Camarillo Marathon on Sunday, and was one of many local runners who gave the race bad reviews.

Louks, 57, was lucky to have two friends on bikes handing him water, but his fellow runners weren’t as fortunate.

Read on here.

Your Chicago Marathon Pep Talk

From Runners World online

Good Luck!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival

Oakhurst Arts 5K Run

Oakhurst Arts 5K
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 8:00 a.m.
Decatur, Ga.
Proceeds to benefit the S.D.C.D.C.
The Oakhurst Arts Run is a 5K held in conjunction with the Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival – Plan to enjoy the festival after the run! Race starts and ends at One Step at a Time running store located in the heart of Oakhurst at 650 E. Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. Proceeds from this event to benefit South Decatur Community Development - S.D.C.D.C.
Keeping it local, support your local races, more info from the site.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lots O Festivals This Weekend

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy, moving toward a cure
Join FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) in raising money for food allergy ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 9:00a to 12:00p
Brook Run Park, Dunwoody GA
Petit Le Mans
The 13th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda2, which returns to Road Atlanta Sept ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 9:00a to 8:00p
Road Atlanta, Braselton GA
Georgia Solar Tour-Atlanta
Georgia Solar Tour-Atlanta
Statewide open house tour of homes, businesses and government offices with solar ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 9:00a to 2:00p

Hotoberfest - Earth Beer Music
3,500 attendees expected. ** Estimated start time -- Please confirm **

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a

Stone Mountain Park's 9th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Fall comes to life at Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival. Get the entire family ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 7:00p
(repeats 3 times)
Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain GA

Norcross Art Fest
Over 170 national and regional artists will return to historic downtown Norcross ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 8:00p
(repeats 2 times)

Norcross Art Fest
Whimsical handmade fine art from regional and national artists. Children's art area ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a
(repeats 2 times)
Thrasher Park, Norcross GA
Pace Academy Fall Fair
Family fun for all ages. Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Organic Farmer’s Market, Ca ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 4:00p
Pace Academy, Atlanta GA
AAUW 51st Annual Bookfair
Annual AAUW Bookfair,Perimeter Mall,during mall hours, Wed., September 29 – Sun. ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 9:00p
(repeats 2 times)
Perimeter Mall, Dunwoody GA

Pace Academy 47th Annual Old-Fashioned Fall Festival
In past years this event has attracted more than 9,000 local residents by providing ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 4:00p
Pace Academy, Atlanta GA

Pine LakeFest
Join us for the 10th Annual Pine LakeFest! October 2-3, 2010 10am-dark Saturday ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 9:00p
(repeats 2 times)
The event will include live music from 12PM-5PM in the Ballroom Lounge and courtyard ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 5:00p
Highland Inn, Atlanta GA
North Georgia State Fair
Games and rides, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 11:59p
(repeats 2 times)
Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta GA

Muslim Family Day
Muslim community will have an opportunity to enjoy TWO events with their families. ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 10:00p
(repeats 2 times)
Grant Park, Atlanta GA

10th Annual Pine LakeFest - Arts | Music | Food | Fun! (Pine Lake, GA) 10/2-10/3
Join us for the 10th Annual Pine Lake Lakefest, a FREE arts and music festival set ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 10:00a to 8:00p
(repeats 2 times)
Pine Lake Beach & Park, Pine Lake GA
Holy Cross International Fair
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross presents our annual International Fair celebrating ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 11:00a to 7:00p
Atlanta Greek Festival
Dinners, food demos, desserts and a food drive-through. Music, dancing, singing ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 11:00a to 11:00p
(repeats 2 times)
Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival
The Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival is Atlanta’s largest BBQ Cooking Competition and Fe ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 12:00p to 8:00p
(repeats 2 times)
Atlantic Station, Atlanta GA

3rd Annual Rock N’ Rib Fest
Join us for a fun Autumn Day to celebrate our 3rd Annual Rock N’ Rib Fest in downtown ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 1:00p to 9:00p
Downtown Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville GA
Oktoberfest 2010
The German Tradition has gone Irish! Welcome to Oktoberfest in Atlanta at Fado Irish ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 2:00p to 2:30a
Fadó, Atlanta GA
Part of the Tour de 29 Festival of Cities, Destination East Point celebrates the ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 2:00p
Downtown East Point, East Point GA
OktoberFest with Friends
A great event for a great cause! All proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. ...

10/2/2010 Saturday 6:00p to 10:00p
Redbrick Brewery, Atlanta GA

Festival Latino Telemundo Atlanta - FREE
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Telemundo Atlanta presents Festival Latino ...

10/3/2010 Sunday 7:00a to 5:00p

Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park is a Victorian street festival offering fun and entertainment ...

10/3/2010 Sunday 12:00p to 6:00p

You gotta hand it to Access Atlanta for a lengthy list of events this weekend.