Thursday, May 27, 2010

Races This Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Running

Here are some local and not so local races this weekend.  The calendar is light on Memorial Day Weekend races.

Friday, May 28

Run For The Heroes - The Georgia Deca-Marathon & Relay, Columbus, GA

Saturday, May 29

Save Our Skin - Skin Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk, Atlanta - Perimeter

All American 5K, Peachtree City, 8:00 a.m.;

Monday, May 31

Celebrate America 5K/10K, Alpharetta, 7:30 a.m.

Chattanooga Chase 8K, Chattanooga, TN, 8:00 a.m.

Mondo Homo This Weekend

From the site...

MondoHomo Dirty South showcases cutting edge queer music, performance, burlesque, drag, spoken word, arts, crafts, film, video, politics, workshops and much more!
For 2010, MondoHomo will again be the most OUTRAGEOUS Queer gathering ever to take over Atlanta – 5 days of nonstop queer culture fun!
Once again, the illustrious Eyedrum Gallery will be our host. Save the place! Save the date!
Eyedrum Gallery
290 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 522-0655
More about who we are or read out FAQ.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Why is the Marathon 26.2 Miles?

From the LA Times

Sports Legend Revealed: How was the length of the Olympic marathon decided?

OLYMPIC LEGEND: The current distance for the Olympic marathon was based on where Queen Alexandra was sitting at the 1908 Summer Olympics.
STATUS: Effectively True.
While over the years it has been passed in popularity by sports like gymnastics and basketball, the marathon used to be one of the marquee events of the Summer Olympics. Its past popularity gave rise to a tradition that is still done at the Summer Olympics to this day, which is to have the marathon as the last event of the games, with the finishing point of the marathon being in the main stadium for that year's games. Sometimes the finish is even worked into the closing ceremonies! This tradition is what appears to have led (indirectly) to the current distance of the Olympic marathon, with a little help from the British Royal Family, as well.


So compare the 2, who's the bandit.  From; The Case of the Brazen Bandit by Mark Remy.

This Day In History


Jesse Owens, We Salute You

05/25/2010 8:31 AM Mark Remy
On this day in 1935, Ohio State runner Jesse Owens broke three world records and tied a fourth.
In the space of about 45 minutes.
Did I mention he was a college kid at the time?
Jesse Owens in 1936; from the Library of Congress
Jesse Owens in 1936; from the Library of Congress
Many people know Owens more for his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but the feats he accomplished on May 25, 1935, at a Western Conference meet at the University of Michigan merit special attention.
On that day, Owens…
* equaled the world record for the 100-yard dash (9.4 seconds);
* broke the world record for the 220-yard dash (20.3 seconds);
* broke the world record for the 220-yard low hurdles (22.6 seconds);
* broke the world record for the long jump (8.13 meters, or 26.67 feet).

Book Sale: Friends of Decatur Library

The Friends of Decatur Library are having a book sale this weekend.

Saturday, May 29 2010, 9:00AM—3:00PM

Come and support the Friends of Decatur Library book sale.  Front lawn of the library, rain or shine.

Atlanta Jazz Fest returns to Piedmont Park, Memorial Day Weekend

From the
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After two years wandering in the desert, the Atlanta Jazz Festival will return to Piedmont Park’s promised land Saturday, May 29.
It will be the 33rd edition of this much-loved outdoor event, an Atlanta tradition that has been through ups and downs, and looks like it’s headed back toward the ups.
In late 2007, the jazz fest — and other major festivals — were invited to leave Piedmont for fear they would cause permanent damage to the drought-stressed green space. The jazz fest spent a season in downtown’s tiny Woodruff Park, which could hold only a fraction of the 150,000 entertained at past events. Last year brought the festival to the more-spacious Grant Park, but stormy weather kept attendance down.
Now jazz returns to Piedmont.

22nd Annual 2010 Decatur Arts Festival

Decatur Arts Festival

Events throughout Memorial Day Weekend and the big Artists Market fromMay 29-30. Located on and around the square in downtown Decatur.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Study: Atlanta fittest city in Southeast

From the here

Study: Atlanta fittest city in Southeast

By Christian Boone

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

You wouldn't know it by visiting one of our city's many fine buffets, but Atlanta is the Southeast's healthiest metropolis.

The annual American College of Sports Medicine's fitness index considers 30 factors in compiling its list of the country's healthiest cities. They include:  disease rates, mortality, physical attributes and even how many veggies and fruits the population eats.

Atlanta finished 16th overall, dropping one notch from a year ago. For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., ranked first, followed by Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle and Portland.

Oklahoma City brought up the rear, finishing behind Birmingham and Memphis.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Race Changes

I found this on the Cool Running site.

Atlanta Track Club Announces Changes to Annual Thanksgiving Day Events

Thanksgiving Day 5K added

Atlanta Marathon to be moved to new date

Posted Tuesday, 11 May, 2010
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA

ATLANTA - (May 4, 2010) - The Atlanta Track Club, organizer of the Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon, announced changes to its annual Thanksgiving Day events. The 2010 event, which will take place on Thursday, November 25, will continue to kick off with the Atlanta Half Marathon. In addition to the Atlanta Half Marathon, the event will also include the inaugural Thanksgiving Day 5K run / walk, while the Atlanta Track Club explores an alternative date for the Atlanta Marathon.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shoe Donation

I took my old running shoes down to Charles at One Step at a Time today.  He takes in old shoes, spruces them up, and donates them to his local church.  The shoes are then provided to those who need shoes.
So if you have an old pair taking up space and need to get rid of them, consider donating them to Charles so they can be used for the needy.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Atlanta Streets Alive

Imagine residents safely enjoying their city, socializing with neighbors, and engaging in healthy activities. Imagine if all of this were free, with absolutely no barriers to participation. By the people, for the people. Sound good yet?
On May 23rd from 1-6PM, we are turning this dream into a reality by organizing the first-ever Atlanta Streets Alive. This event will take a valuable public space - our city’s streets - and open them up for people to play, walk, bike, breathe, and make their own.
Modeled on tremendously successful events from around the world, including Bogotá, Colombia's Ciclovia; Paris, France's Paris Plage; and San Francisco’s Sunday’s Streets, the event will be part bike tour, part block party, and a great time for getting active, supporting local businesses along the route, people watching, and enjoying our amazing city!

Candler Park Screen On The Green - May 22

Friends of Candler Park - Screen on the Green
Begins shortly after sunset in front of the pool house
Movie: Up (more info

2010 East Atlanta Beer Fest

WHEN: Saturday, May 22, 2010, 1 - 6pm
(VIP ticket holders get early entry at 12pm)
WHERE: East Atlanta Village, Brownwood Park
WHAT: Sample over 130 craft beers and visit the shops and restaurants of the East Atlanta Village.
WHY: Proceeds benefit community projects.

Local Races This Weekend

Saturday, May 22

·       Janeen's Run 5K at Georgia Tech

·       ATC Peachtree Jr. 3K (kids 7-12), Atlanta

·       Dirty Spokes (Race #4) - Silver Comet Trail Running Race 6.2 Miles, Hiram

·       Uptown Rhodes Race 5K, Ansley Park, 8:00 a.m.

·       Race for Champions 5K benefiting Special Olympics Georgia, Atlanta, Lullwater Park

·       GeneRACEtion 2010 10K/2K, Atlanta, Grant Park, 8:15 a.m.

·       10th Annual Race for Champions 5K, Atlanta, Emory, 7:30 a.m.

Middle Management

I remember my last race, I hit a wall halfway through and it was the worst second half ever.  Usually the wall comes about ¾’s of the way.  But halfway makes for a tough 2nd half.
Middle Management
How to avoid slowing in the middle of races
By Pete Magill
As featured in the June 2010 issue of Running Times Magazine
Few runners train for the middle of a race.

Let's face it, there's nothing glamorous about those middle miles. They lack the visceral rush of charging off the start line. Or the heroics that fuel our sprint to the finish. In the middle, pain is just pain. And miles are just long and hard.

"Why couldn't Pheidippides have died here?" said Frank Shorter, passing the 16-mile mark during one of his first marathons.

Most of us know the feeling. Those of us who entered this sport as high school milers learned early on about the peril of the third lap, that gruesome mid-race stretch where dreams are dashed and legs turn to stone. Age and longer races have brought no relief, with the "third lap" trailing us like some malicious, companion shadow.

So what can we do? How do we stop the middle of our race from spoiling our best-laid plans? One thing is certain: Until we start employing training and racing strategies to shore up the middle, we can never hope to overcome middle-of-the-road race performances.
Continue reading from here.

Bay to Breakers spoilsports need to step aside

Article from SFGate, see the pictures and video.
Bay to Breakers spoilsports need to step aside
Thursday, May 20, 2010
OK, we've got some immediate action on the drunken bad behavior at this year's Bay to Breakers. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is calling for a hearing.
Which he did last year, of course, and amid much huffing and puffing about what might be done, this year's event was worse than ever. Mayor Gavin Newsom wasn't the only one who found the idea of another hearing amusing.
"Every year," Newsom chuckled. "What a broken record. Doing what this year? More nudity? Less? More drinking? Less? More smoking pot? Less?"
The fact is the "race" - and it now bears about as much relationship to an actual footrace as Bike to Work Day does to the Tour de France - is morphing out of control faster than politicians, organizers and the police can keep up.

Oh that feeling...

From a running times article
Avoiding Gastric Distress During Runs and Races
Simple dietary strategies for avoiding distaster
By Jackie Dikos, R.D.
As featured in the May 2010 issue of Running Times Magazine
Most of us have faced stomach cramping or the urge to find the nearest secluded tree while running. In training, this can be uncomfortable, embarrassing and a hindrance to an effective workout. (And it can irk your training partners if it happens often enough.) When racing, a pit stop can be downright disastrous, as Deena Kastor, who lost the lead pack at last fall's Chicago Marathon when she stopped at a portajohn, can tell you. Why are so many runners so prone to these intestinal issues, and what can we do to avoid them?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Marathon medal stripped after ringer revealed

I found this online, the craziness of running, right up there with Roberto Madrazo and Rosie Ruiz But I have heard this happen with runners carrying/wearing 2 timing chips so both can make it into the Boston Marathon.  Or another example is Jean’s Marines at the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC.

Marathon medal stripped after ringer revealed

By Liu Zhen and Nick Mulvenney

Beijing, China - The winner of a women's half marathon in Shandong, China last weekend has been stripped of her title when she was discovered to have brought in someone else to run for her.

Liu Shuling was initially awarded victory in the race at the Yellow River Estuary International Marathon but video footage later revealed her to be Wang Xueqin, the People's Daily newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Wang and Liu were both banned from the marathon for two years and will face further punishment from the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA).

This is not the first case of identity fraud at a Chinese long distance race in 2010.

In January, more than 30 competitors at the Xiamen International Marathon had their results cancelled after they were discovered to have been carrying time-recording microchips for other high school students.

Chinese students get extra credits for the highly competitive college entrance exams with good performances at international sporting events.

- Reuters

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

AJC Peachtree Jr. - Saturday, May 22

Saturday, May 22, 2010
Non-Competitive 3K Run - 9:00 a.m. for children ages 7-12
Lil' Peach 50m Dash for children 6 and under 8:30 a.m.
Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Online registration for the AJC Peachtree Jr. has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19 or when the event hits its capacity of 2,500 participants. Click here to register online.

Missed at Piedmont Park

I've run and walked through Piedmont Park and I have never taken time to actually look at the stuff I pass.  So I took the time to take some pics.

Hail Pounds Runner

Cars, houses, and businesses were not the only things hit hard by Sunday's Oklahoma hailstorm. This Oklahoma City University student thought he could outrun the storm, but he lost this race. Here's how he escaped serious injury.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

97 Estoria FEST

Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: 97 Estoria FEST
w/ Gentleman JESSE – Barreracudas–Coathangers -Mermaids- GlenIris – Tornado Town
Saturday, May 22, 2010; 3:00 pm – 2:00 am
97 Estoria ; 727 Wylie St. ; Atlanta, GA

Freedom Fest May 21 & 22 at the Lake Claire Land Trust

Happy Dog Bite Prevention Week

There is a week/month for everything.  Keep safe running through neighborhoods.  There is always one roaming around.  I remember one run where the dog waited until we passed and then charged.  I guess its the animal instinct to come from behind.

Heres a vet article and one from Runners World.

Guide to 2010 Trail Championship Races

I had found a guide to the 2010 Trail Championship Races.  Found from here.  Different distances are represented, Ill find something more SE specific.

Now in its third season, the Mountain Cup is a 10-race national mountain running series between April and late August with a $25,000 prize purse. Races range from 3.6 miles to 25K and scoring combines a runner's top five race finishes.

The 11-race 2009-2010 Montrail Ultra Cup wraps up with the Miwok 100K on May 1 north of San Francisco, the Ice Age Trail 50 on May 8 in southern Wisconsin and, for those who got in, the Western States 100 on June 26 near Squaw Valley, Calif. Series winners are determined by a points system in 50K, 50-mile, 100K and 100-mile races, but those who place highly at series races longer than 50K can earn an automatic entry to Western States.


Now in its fourth season, this series is composed of three regional race weekends -- May 8-9 in Bear Mountain, N.Y., June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., and Sept. 18-19 in Madison, Wis. -- plus a championship event Dec. 4-5 in the San Francisco Bay area. Race distances include 10K, half marathon, marathon, 50K and 50 miles (the latter distance once again serves up a $10,000 first prize for men and women), plus a ma rathon relay and a kids 5K.

The 50th anniversary of the Mount Washington Road Race on June 19 in Gorham, N.H., will play host to the USA Mountain Running Championships. The 10 members of the 2010 U.S. Mountain Running Team -- the top six men and the top four women who are American citizens and card-carrying USATF members -- will compete on an uphill course of the 26th World Mountain Running Championship in Slovenia in September.

Held in conjunction with the 9th annual Dirty Half on June 13 in Bend, Ore., this championship is run on a fast course of fire roads and singletrack trails through the dense pine forest on the outskirts of town.

This July 31 event coincides with the fourth annual Burning River 100-Mile Endurance Run, a pointto-point race from Squire's Castle in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, to Falls River Square in Cuyahoga Falls.

This first-year event on July 31 in Spokane, Wash., will be organized by the same group that put on the U.S. cross country championships in February. The three-loop course is adjacent to the Spokane River and includes a mixture of wide dirt paths and singletrack trails.

The White River 50-miler, on July 31 at Crystal Mountain, Wash., hosts the U.S. championship race for the ninth straight year. The course features rolling terrain, ridge tops, thick forests, technical singletrack and 17,400 feet of elevation change.

This Aug. 28 race in Laurel Springs, N.C., returns to the Foot RX Continental Divide Trail Run, which boasts a rugged two-loop course in the heart of the Appalachians in northwestern North Carolina.


After a two-year hiatus, this race returns to the calendar on Sept. 25 in Bend, Ore. It's an ideal distance for a championship race, if for no other reason than it's one of the few places ultrarunners get to test their mettle against sub-2:30 marathoners.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Barefoot Running

I have seen several articles come out on barefoot running within the last couple of weeks.  Heres one about Barefoot Striders.  There is The Running Barefoot site.  And then there is Then there is Barefoot Ted.  From the Vibram Five Fingers Classic to the Nike Free which is made to simulate barefoot running, articles brag about the benefits.  Heres one article, and another, and there is a barefoot running craze in Portland.  And the debate continues, from

Running Debate


Two sides of a very hot topic.

By Amby Burfoot

From the February 2010 issue of Runner's World

In 1960, Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the Olympic Marathon in bare feet. In 1966, Robert Parker recorded his hit song "Barefootin'." And in 1969, Paul McCartney walked barefoot across Abbey Road. No one noticed a trend; people in the '60s had other concerns. Three decades later, Ken Bob Saxton completed his first barefoot marathon in 4:12. Still, it wasn't until 2009 that barefoot running became a hot topic. The biggest impetus was Christopher McDougall's book Born to Run. While ostensibly the story of Mexico's Tarahumara Indians—who run barefoot or in tire-tread huaraches—controversial chapters in the book conclude that running shoes have done little to prevent injuries. The popularity of minimal shoes, such as the Nike Free and Vibram FiveFingers, has fueled the fire. "Barefoot Ken Bob" Saxton, founder of, and sports podiatrist-biomechanist Kevin Kirby, D.P.M., a runner for nearly 40 years, agreed to discuss the merits—and drawbacks—of running barefoot. (McDougall declined.)

Read the whole article here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Laurel Ridge Elementary Romp Thru the Woods 5K/Fun Run

Laurel Ridge Elementary Romp Thru the Woods 5K/Fun Run
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 8:00 AM local time
Register here.

ATC Hearts & Soles 5K - May-15

ATC Hearts & Soles 5K, 8 a.m.
Kids 1M Fun Run 7:30 a.m.
Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur, Ga.
Register online through noon on Friday, May 14.  Low-key, no T-shirt event; free to ATC members, $10 for all others. (No GP points awarded; the minimum race requirements for the Grand Prix series will be reduced by one race.  The new requirements will be seven races (adults ) and six races (14 and under). )Contact (404) 2319064 or

Skirt Chaser 5K - Candler Park - May 15th

Atlanta, GA | Saturday, May 15, 2010
Winner Snags $500!
Regardless of gender, the first person across the line takes home the grand prize of $500 smackeroos!
Catch Me Wave
Women will kickoff the event, with all of them wearing a SkirtSports Skirt. Race Skirt included with entry.
SkirtChaser Wave
Catch us if you can! The men will eagerly watch as the women take off with a three-minute head start.
Block Party
The post-race Block Party includes happy-hour style food and drinks, dating games and a fashion show- all the way down to the skivvies!
See more and register here.

Local Races This Weekend

Local races this weekend and some of interest
Saturday, May 15
  • Kirkwood Spring Fling 5K, Kirkwood
  • SkirtChaser Atlanta 5K, Candler Park
  • Brookhaven Bolt 5K & Kids Run, Brookhaven
  • ATC Hearts & Soles 5K/Mile, Decatur
  • Romp thru the Woods 5K/1K, Decatur
  • Twisted Ankle Trail Marathon & Half Marathon, Summerville
  • 14th Annual Alpharetta Mayor's Challenge 5K/10K/Mile, Alpharetta
  • East Atlanta Kids Club 5K Run and Bike Rally, East Atlanta, Brownwood Park
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk 5K, Georgia Tech
Sunday, May 16
  • Callaway Gardens 5K & Duathlon, Pine Mountain
  • Inaugural Redneck Races 5K Run/10K Bike Ride and Fun Run, Dawsonville


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Road running defies the recession

Running beats the economic downturn, thats great news; article from Reuters.
Road running defies the recession
Tue May 11, 2010 8:15pm EDT
By John Mehaffey
LONDON (Reuters) - Road running is defying the global economic turmoil with record numbers entering the big city races.
In last month's London marathon a record 36,549 runners had crossed the finish line by seven o'clock in the evening. The starting field of 36,984 was the largest in the 30-year history of the event.
February's Tokyo marathon had more than 310,000 applicants for 35,000 places in the marathon and 10-km race. The 21,000 places for the Austrian women's run this month over five and 10 kms were filled in a record 45 days.
Figures collated by Running USA, a non-profit organization devoted to road running, show 2009 was another year of record growth in the United States.
An estimated 467,000 people finished marathons, an increase of nearly 10 percent and the largest percentage increase for 25 years. "To date, 2010 looks as promising," the report said.
In a telephone interview from Santa Barbara, California, Running USA media director Ryan Lamppa said he believed several factors had contributed to the road-running boom.

Winnona Park Community-Wide Yard Sale

The Winnona Park Neighborhood Association would like to invite you a to the Winnona Park Community-wide Yard Sale on this coming Saturday. Over 25 families are participating, so there will be lots of great finds.

Start at 140 Winnona Drive, 30030. We will have maps available while they last, directing you to the sales we know about. Please

forward all this information to your mailing lists, if appropriate.

Join us from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, May 15th.

First Christian Church of Decatur Spring Carnival

First Christian Church of Decatur Spring Carnival

Saturday, May 15, 2010
10am – 3pm

The First Christian Church of Decatur will host its annual Spring Carnival on the church playground.  There will be great food, fun, and fellowship for the entire family!  Bring your kids for a fun-filled day of games and other activities!  Proceeds from the Spring Carnival are used to support the church, local community ministries, and the park.

Volunteers are needed Contact the Laura Andrew, or 404-378-2310,  or Valerie Alexander, or 770-469-1443.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1st Annual 5K Kirkwood Spring Fling Road Race

The first annual 5K Kirkwood Spring Fling Road Race will be held on May 15 at 9am. The race starts at the Kirkwood Public House, which is on Hosea Williams Drive at Howard Street NE. The course is fast and runs through a historic neighborhood.
After the race, runners can stay and enjoy the Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes from 10am until 7pm.

Spring Fest at Twain’s - Saturday May 15th

Spring Fest at Twain’s to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Saturday May 15th

As a response to the increased needs in our community, Twain’s will once again host and produce SPRING FEST, a benefit for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, on Saturday May 15th.

Band lineup is available on Twain's site.

Oakhurst Globe Trot, Friday May 14th

The First Oakhurst Globe Trot will take place on Friday, May 14, 2010 starting at 6pm. The event will take place at the 10 participating Oakhurst Village businesses. (Kavarna, Keller Knapp, Nectar, Steinbecks, Mojo's Pizza, Mezcalitos, Universal Joint, Palate, Saba, and Matador)

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Children Inspiring Hope. Please see the link below.

Here's the link to the site.  Found the info from Kavarna; they rock!

Dr. Pribut's Top Ten Summer Running Tips

From here, running in Atlanta during the summer is all about heat and humidity.

Dr. Pribut's Top Ten Summer Running Tips

The Do's and Dont's of Summer

 1. Wear socks made of synthetic fibers that wick moisture away from your skin to help prevent blisters and athlete’s foot. For long distance running and long duration exercise, cotton is rotten.

2. Fit your running shoes or other sports shoes with the type of sock you intend to wear them with. Get fit each time you buy new shoes.

3. Don’t wear sandals when playing sports! Shoes (or barefoot where appropriate and safe) is a better bet. Barefoot beach volleyball, beach or groomed, safe, outdoor surface Frisbee, and some light running is just fine. In general though, be careful when running or walking barefoot outside. Cuts and bee stings are not fun for your feet.

4. Build up to your longer distance training slowly. Consider running your long distance runs earlier than usual to avoid midday heat and pollution.

6. Break in new sport shoes before racing or using them for a long run or workout.

7. Use sunscreen to prevent solar injury to your skin. Don't forget your feet at the beach. Try to avoid mid-day exposure between the hours of 10am-2pm.

8. Don't forget to replace your fluids on long runs, but avoid overhydration on events over 4 hours.

9. Do wear sport specific running shoes. Running shoes do not have the lateral support needed for tennis. Help yourself avoid ankle sprains and other injuries and do fit your running shoes or other sports shoes with the type of sock you intend to wear them with. Do replace your running shoes often. Replace them at least every 350 - 450 miles run.

10. Be careful running in low light conditions both because of road traffic, uneven pavement and also be aware of increased balance problems.

Avoiding Heat Stress Injury

Hydration: Drink adequate fluid 30 - 45 minutes before exercise and then a cupful every 10 - 15 minutes while exercising. After exercise drink more fluid than you think you need. Especially if you are over 40. Your thirst mechanism, does not appear to be as effective a gauge of your water needs as you age. Drinking fluid, while exercising and after completion will help speed your recovery. Sport replacement drinks are superior to water at longer distances and times (over 60 - 90 minutes). The electrolytes and carbohydrates in them will also help speed your recovery from the stress of fluid loss and your long distance run. Somehow they do seem to taste great in the heat and the good taste encourages you to drink more and replace your fluids.

Avoid Overhydration: Hyponatremia or low sodium is a danger on very long runs and slow marathons. Make sure you do not weigh more at the end of the race or run than you did before, or you have over hydrated.

Acclimatization: Gradually build up your tolerance for running in warmer weather.

Stay Fit and don't overestimate your level of fitness: Individuals with a higher VO2 Max are more tolerant of heat tolerance than those with a lower level of fitness.

Watch your health: Make sure you are aware of both medical conditions that you have and medications that can affect your tolerance of exercise in the heat. Medical conditions affecting your heat tolerance include diabetes, high blood pressure, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, obesity and fever.

Dress Cool: Wear light weight shorts and a singlet rather than a tea shirt, to permit evaporation of perspiration.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Race Costumes

I dont know how runners can run  in costume.  I have trouble running in normal running attire.
London Marathon a serious event but not for these runners

Medoc Marathon 90% of the runners are in costume and it is in the Bordeaux wine region

Bay to Breakers its iconic that you have to dress for the event

Stars Who've Run Marathons

How does your time compare, heres the article.


P. Diddy, 2003 NYC Marathon, 4 hours, 14 minutes, 54 seconds

Katie Holmes, 2007 NYC Marathon, 5 hours, 29 minutes, 58 seconds

President George W. Bush, 1993 Houston Marathon, 3 hours, 44 minutes, 52 seconds

Oprah Winfrey, Marine Corps Marathon, 4 hours, 29 minutes, 20 seconds

Freddie Prinze, Jr., 2006 Los Angeles Marathon, 5 hours, 50 minutes, and 49 seconds

Will Ferrell, 2003 Boston Marathon, 3 hours, 56 minutes, 12 seconds

Lance Armstrong, 2007 NYC Marathon, 2 hours, 46 minutes, 43 seconds

Mario Lopez, 2003 Boston Marathon, 5 hours, 41 minutes, 41 seconds

Ryan Reynolds, 2008 NYC Marathon, 3 hours, 50 minutes, 22 seconds

Gordon Ramsey, 2006 London Marathon, 3 hours, 46 minutes, 10

Friday, May 7, 2010

Volunteering at Races is Awesome

Regardless if it is a marathon or a local 5K race, volunteers really make a race.  This is an article from the Frederick News Post in Frederick, Maryland before their local marathon.

Volunteering at the marathon: Priceless
Originally published May 02, 2010
By Gina Gallucci-White
News-Post Staff

Photo by Graham Cullen
Lou Hash, volunteering for Frederick County Special Olympics, takes a runner’s paperwork as his wife, Susan, left, helps out at the Frederick Marathon expo on Saturday at the fairgrounds.
They stand ready to hand out water and fruit or waiting at the finish line to distribute blankets.
On Saturday they spent hours getting runners registered and answering questions.
How much money do they make for all that hard work?
These are just some of the responsibilities taken on by the volunteers of the Frederick Marathon.
Between 500 and 600 people will volunteer their time from Friday to today, said Anne MacDonald, marathon volunteer coordinator. Most live locally and range in age from young children to people in their 60s.
"They are tremendous," she said. "Volunteers are at the forefront of any successful event. Volunteers are a huge part of making this a successful event."

Bad Weather to Bombs, Rerouting Another Marathon

From many sources but this one from and the Associated Press.

Pittsburgh Marathon course altered by bomb scare

By Associated Press

Police say they have found an explosive device near the course of the Pittsburgh Marathon, forcing them to detour the final part of the race.

Police say the device was found in a small microwave oven on the sidewalk after the leaders had finished the course Sunday morning. Several blocks were cordoned off near the original finish line for the marathon and half-marathon.

The bomb squad used a robot to disable the device. The all-clear was given for the area shortly before 11 a.m. About 5,000 people took part in the full marathon.

The disruption comes a day after a car-bomb scare in New York emptied Times Square.

Lemonade Stand for a Cause - Saturday, May 8th

I found this from the Decatur Metro blog; its right down the road from the shop.
For the month of May, Lucas Brotherton, a Decatur 1st grader, has set a goal for himself to raise $400 which he will donate to PKU research. One way he will be raising money is by hosting a lemonade stand which will be located on the corner of South McDonough and Oakview Road on Saturday, May 8th. He will be selling lemonade, fresh baked cookies and other treats. Please stop by and show your support.
·       Lucas’ Lemonade Stand:
·       Date: Saturday, May 8th
·       Located: On the corner of South McDonough and Oakview Road. (just across from Oakhurst community garden)
·       “Shop” Hours: 11:30pm -3:00pm

May is PKU awareness month. Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a metabolic disorder.  Individuals with PKU cannot process an amino acid called phenylalanine which is present in most foods. Without treatment, phenylalanine builds up in the bloodstream and causes severe neurological complications. Standard treatment consists of a strict low-protein diet and daily consumption of a special formula containing life-sustaining nutrition. Continued research is needed to ease the difficulty of the diet and to help improve the quantity of life for all individuals living with PKU.
To learn more about PKU visit www.georgiapku. org/.com
All money that is collected will be donated to Georgia PKU Connect which is a 501c3 non-profit.

The 3rd Annual Pave the Path Run and Metric Century Ride

This is something interesting that I found, Pave the Path.

The 3rd Annual Pave the Path Run and Metric Century Ride will be held on May 22, 2010 in Olde Town Conyers, Georgia.

The Run & Ride are intended to raise awareness in our community about transportation alternatives.  The proceeds will benefit The Olde Town Trail, along with other key trail development projects, will continue to lengthen what is already the longest paved bike path in the nation.  For a time, Conyers will be the eastern terminus of this path which will reach from Conyers to Anniston, AL. 

The benefit of the Olde Town Trail to our community in terms of personal fitness, green space, transportation alternatives, economic development and tourism is clear.  This is one of several projects of the Olde Town Bike Committee; others include initiating the monthly Sunday Bike Ride in Olde Town, working to obtain Bicycle Friendly Community status for Conyers, and working closely with community leaders to represent the interests of cyclists and pedestrians.