Friday, July 30, 2010
It's not a local race. Here's the info benefitting Girls On Thje Run.
About the Run
C'mon everybody, let's rock!
The 13th Annual Elvis Is Alive 5K is a non-competitive event and promises to be more fun than a honeymoon in Vegas. This Thursday evening race takes place on Chicago's lakefront and features an "all-Elvis" start corral and post-run show after the run, as well as Goose Island beer.
The Elvis Is Alive 5K benefits Girls On the Run, a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Click here to learn more about Girls On the Run.
Party in the Park with Elvis
An all-star, all-Elvis line-up will provide participants and friends and family with an evening of entertainment of which the King would be proud. One (1) free Goose Island beer is available for each participant, age 21 and over (must present ID). Additional beer tickets will be available for purchase at the race. All proceeds benefit Girls On the Run Chicago.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
We watched this program last night for Atlanta’s hidden dining treasures. Here’s a summary I pulled from pba.org.
Get Delicious! Atlanta’s Hidden Restaurant Treasures
Sunday, July 18 at 9:00pm; Thursday, July 22 at 9:00pm
Atlanta is full of high end fancy restaurants - but you won’t find out about them on this show. Instead we’ll be looking at the great mom and pop joints around town. You know, the ones with good, cheap food and lots of character - the neighborhood restaurants serving incredible food that you can enjoy without taking out a second mortgage.
Following on the heels of our success with Atlanta’s Best Barbeque we are proud to present Get Delicious! Atlanta’s Hidden Restaurant Treasures.
The restaurants featured were:
The Colonnade was founded in 1927 and move to its current location on Cheshire Bridge Road in 1962. Famous for its traditional Southern fare, the Colonnade has recently added some newer items to the menu. We tasted both, and met a customer who’s been dining there since 1935!
Carvers Country Kitchen
Robert and Sharon Carver start cooking everyday at 4am to provide you with one spectacular lunch. They’re open between 11am and 3pm but come early because the line forms quickly and goes out into the street. The food is unbelievable and the portions are huge. Have a Dolly Parton chicken breast with two sides and you’re done eating for the day!
This unassuming restaurant on Cheshire Bridge road serves some of the best seafood in Atlanta. The signature dish is Ginger Snapper but make sure you try their many excellent appetizers as well. Jim was introduced to the place by his dad, who came down to share a meal, and reminisce about seafood from bygone days.
Nicks Food to Go
If Kevin Rathbun’s a fan need we say more? We met Kevin at this family run hole-in-the-wall and watched the Poulous family make one of their signature dishes - something so good that Kevin Rathbun was willing to break his diet to eat it.
Alfredo’s is another Cheshire Bridge classic, and Jim’s favorite restaurant. We’ll show you their sneaky trick that’ll leave your stomach crying out for food even before you reach the table. Jim takes his wife to enjoy the delights of this classic Italian restaurant.
The Beautiful Restaurant
Run by the good folks from the Perfect Church, this Soul food classic has been a West End landmark for over 30 years. All their food is mouthwatering, but Jim’s pilgrimage is made with one particular dish in mind. And don’t forget dessert!
Who doesn’t like Mexican food? - Especially when it’s as good as Nuevo Laredo’s. Chance Evans opened this place after a successful corporate career involving international trade in Mexico. This area of town (over on Chattahoochee Avenue) used to be all industrial. It’s still mostly industrial, but now those warehouse workers have somewhere decent to eat — and so do you.
The Silver Skillet
If you like a good cooked breakfast look no further! The Silver Skillet on 14th street is a favorite for Jim. Fried Pork chops, Country ham and red-eyed gravy — along with delicious biscuits of course! Jim investigates the breakfast food group with his good friend Mike Geier.
An article from running times
The Abbreviated Warm-up
What is the best way to do a short warm-up routine?
By Stephen Pyle
As featured in the July/August 2010 issue of Running Times Magazine
In 2004, 101 runners lined up at the start of the Olympic men's marathon in Athens. When the race started at 6 p.m., the temperature was 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the relative humidity was 40 percent.
Instead of doing their usual warm-up, many of the marathoners shortened their pre-race routine, which is saying something given the minimal warm-up most marathoners do. Before toeing the starting line, many of the men sat indoors; some even put on ice vests to keep their core temperatures cooler. Among those wearing an ice vest was Meb Keflezighi, who went on to score a silver medal.
Granted, most of us aren't obligated to race when it's too hot, as the Olympic marathoners more or less were. Still, it's likely you'll find yourself at a hotter-than-ideal race. In that situation, should you do your full warm-up routine? Or is there a point where warming up can lead to melting down, and an abbreviated warm-up makes more sense? And, regardless of weather, what if simple logistics necessitate curtailing your warm-up? What if you oversleep or traffic is bad or you get lost and have scant time before the start? Should you do all of your normal prerace activities, but less of each, or perform triage and do close to full versions of one or two aspects?
Read on here.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Trail running help from running time online
Lisa Smith-Batchen's recommended routine
By Allison Pattillo
As featured in the issue of Running Times Magazine
An endless soft and loamy trail, dappled light, wildflowers dotting the landscape—what an amazing run…until you trip over an errant root and land face-down in the dirt. Trail running offers unparalleled beauty, solitude and, yes, hazards. But with some basic drills, you’ll be better able to navigate challenging terrain and get the most out of your runs. Drills usually focus on developing agility, core and the fast twitch muscles, which are imperative to navigating rocks, roots, log bridges, scree fields and curious critters.
Lisa Smith-Batchen, of Jackson Hole, WY, who just finished her 2,500-mile Running Hope Through America odyssey, does intense drill workouts three times a week and teaches a core functioning class. Her drills require minimal equipment and are scalable depending upon ability. Try adding the following exercises to your routine for improved power and responsiveness on the trail. Start with 30-second sets of each exercise with a 10–15 second rest between sets. As you are able, amp up the workout by doing two or three 30-second sets of each, aiming to work up to three sets of 1 minute per exercise. The second you lose proper form stop doing the exercise. Smith-Batchen likes to end her workouts by walking barefoot in the grass, focusing on toe curls and attempting to rip grass with her feet.
Read on here.
From runningtimes.com online,
Fluid conceptions for training and racing in hot weather
By Jackie Dikos, R.D.
As featured in the JulyAugust 2010 issue of Running Times Magazine
Training and racing in hotter weather absolutely demands getting hydration right. For years, we've been told that key elements of doing so include avoiding caffeinated beverages and drinking small amounts throughout the day. Is that true? Let's look at some hydration claims and facts.
Read on here.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I found this in the NY Times online edition
July 21, 2010
Phys Ed: Do Certain Types of Sneakers Prevent Injuries?
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
A few years ago, the military began analyzing the shapes of recruits’ feet. Injuries during basic training were rampant, and military authorities hoped that by fitting soldiers with running shoes designed for their foot types, injury rates would drop. Trainees obediently began clambering onto a high-tech light table with a mirror beneath it, designed to help outline a subject’s foot. Evaluators classified the recruits as having high, normal or low arches, and they passed out running shoes accordingly.
Many of us have had a similar experience. For decades, coaches and shoe salesmen have visually assessed runners’ foot types in order to recommend footwear. Runners with high arches have been directed toward soft, well-cushioned shoes, since it’s thought that high arches prevent adequate pronation, or the inward motion of your foot and ankle as you run. Pronation dissipates some of the forces generated by each stride. Flat-footed, low-arched runners, who tend to over-pronate, typically have been told to try sturdy “motion control” shoes with firm midsoles and Teutonic support features, while runners with normal arches are offered neutral shoes (often called “stability” shoes by the companies that make and categorize them).
Read on here.
Some funny stories from runners world about Race Day Mishaps, like bring one right shoe and one left shoe, time zone changes, race bibs and timing chips, alarm clocks, etc.
Race Day Mishaps
By Jen Van Allen
Here at Runner's World, many of us are frantically rushing around preparing for this weekend's San Francisco Marathon and Half-Marathon, where we'll be touring the glorious city by the bay with more than 100 Runner's World Challengers.
Some folks are eyeing PRs; others will be finishing their first marathons. My goal? To remember my chip and race bib. Nope, it's not a lofty goal. But if accomplished, it will be a marked improvement over my last race. I forgot my bib and chip at the Flying Pig Marathon in May, proving once and for all that you're never too old or too experienced to make a rookie mistake.
Duuuuuuuuumb. I know.
But I have a theory. Most runners, I think, go a little crazy in the critical 24 hours before the starting gun fires. You know how it is. You're tired. And wired. You're second-guessing all those weeks of training; you're vacillating between PR dreams and doomsday scenarios. You're under the influence of adrenalin and oxytocin, and you're riding a sugar high from one too many Blueberry Pomegranate GU Roctane samples at the expo.
You're just not equipped to think clearly.
In an effort to prove this theory—and in a shameless attempt to make myself feel better—I appealed to RW's 99,627 Facebook friends. Gallup poll, it's not. But I can now say for certain that I'm not the only one who has arrived at the starting line without the bare essentials. And I can also tell you that there are way worse things to forget than a chip and a bib. And with that, dear readers, I leave you with a few friendly reminders about the prerace rules.
Read more here.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 24: Fleet Feet Decatur @ 7:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 15: Fleet Feet Johns Creek @ 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 28: Phidippides Ansley Mall @ 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 18: West Stride @ 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 25: Fleet Feet Johns Creek @ 8:00 a.m.
Imagine for a moment how our earliest ancestors felt when they came down from the trees and stood on two legs.