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Sign Up Now for the Top January Marathons

2011 is almost here and starting off the New Year with a marathon is the only way to go. Below are the top January marathons around the country. Sign up fast- spaces are limited!

Top January Marathons:

  • Texas Marathon: This marathon is being held in Kingwood, Texas on January 1, 2011 and I could not think of a better way to celebrate the New Year than to enjoy the beautiful Texas scenery while busting a sweat. The marathon is held at Greentree Park and the start time is 8 A.M.
  • Disney World Marathon: Held in Orlando, Florida on January 9, 2011, this race is one not to miss. There will be several thousand people to cheer you on to the finish line and tons of free giveaways.

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Sign Up Now for November Marathons of 2010

November is here, and while most people think of the eleventh month as the beginning of holiday feasts and relaxation, it is also the perfect month for achieving our fitness goals. If you are a marathon veteran, or looking test the waters with a shorter distance, there is a race just for you. Act fast: if you haven’t signed up for one yet this year, now’s the time! Below is a list of the top marathons, half marathons, 10K, and 5K races around the country. Good luck and have fun!

Top Races Around The Country:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon: This amazing charity (breast cancer) race is held in San Antonio, Texas on November 14, 2010 and is going to be a crazy day. For more information on the race and for registration, visit: san-antonio.competitor.com.
  • Wine Vine Run: This half marathon and 5K run is held in Paso Robles, California on November 14, 2010. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:00 A.M. and should be good time along with beautiful California scenery; please visit: www.winevinerun.com for more information. (more…)

Money Hungry Finale Recap

They say that the finale of every competition reality show is always the most exciting episode, and Money Hungry is no exception. We have seen teams come and go in dramatic fashion- however nothing has prepared you for this.

The final three teams are Mission Slimpossible, The Regulators and The Grading Curves. From the beginning of the episode, Marco is hurting bad. He is seeing spots and getting dizzy, and calls the house doctor, Dr. Lewis. The doctor asks him some basic diagnostic questions, but Marco quickly realized he wasn’t going to get much help from a phone call. (more…)

Ultra-Running and Race Day Nutrition

Nick Billock is an avid ultra-marathoner and trail runner who has run 25 marathons and 13 ultra-marathons including 3 100-mile finishes spanning 25hrs, 39min to 30hrs, 52mins.  He is also a blogger, covering running, his service in the Navy, and the day-to-day happenings in the life as a husband and father of two beautiful girls.  Nick resides in northeast Ohio and blogs regularly at www.rtrsbm.blogspot.com.

Ultra-running (as defined by any running race longer than the marathon of 26.2 miles) requires a whole different nutritional viewpoint when compared to the gels and quick shots of Gatorade normally encountered during a road race up to the marathon. Ultra-marathons most often take place on the trails of national and state parks with the 50K (31.2 miles) being the most popular race distance, then followed by the 50-miler and 100-miler. All these distances are covered with no rest or stopping, except for the occasional aid stations where runners refuel.

This is where nutrition and the endurance runner meet. From the 50K to the 100-miler, runners will find themselves on the trails for 5 to 30+ hours. This requires knowing what to eat, how often to eat it, and how that changes over the event. A rule and a mantra that many ultra-runners live by is: Eat, Eat, Eat; Drink, Drink, Drink; Pee, Pee, Pee. All must be true, especially the last; it’s a good indication that your body is still operating as it should. (more…)

What You Need to Know to Complete a 50 Mile Race

JFK50Marathon schmarathon. When 26.2 becomes routine, one goes searching for a distance that appears more challenging. So how about a 50 mile foot race? The JFK 50 is America’s oldest 50 miler. At 5:00 a.m. on November 21 I started my journey in the dark somewhere in Maryland. At 4:30 p.m. that day, somewhere 50 miles further away, I collected my medal for completing the ultra endurance race. It was amazing.

Wondering if a 50 miler is in your future? Read on to find out more what it’s all about and decide if you’d like to add it to your bucket list. (more…)

What to Eat Before Endurance Races

rebecca scritchfield triathlonThis past weekend, I competed in my first triathlon. The race course consisted of 1.5K swim, 40K bike, and 10K run. I can’t tell you how much fun I had. From learning how to swim and cycle in the first place to learning how to rip off a wetsuit and clipping in to the bike, tackling a triathlon promises adventure for everyone who dares to do it. The craziest part for me was definitely the swim. Imagine humans swimming over and into each other. I was smacked on the back, legs, arms, head, and face. Thankfully, I got out in about 39 minutes. I managed to develop “ulnar palsy” (temporary numbness in the ring and pinky finger from pinching on the ulnar nerve while cycling) and acquire several bumps, scrapes and bruises — and that’s just from the biking!

The triathlon took me 3 hours and 2 minutes to complete and I estimate that I burned 2,000 calories! In fact, once I got my appetite back I was hungry all day! Clearly, my metabolism was on overdrive!

In this kind of race, good nutrition is paramount to have a strong finish. But if you just focus on what you do during the event, you’re too late. You need to fuel well all during your training to maximize the benefits. Most importantly, you need to take care to deliver the right nutrients 1-2 days before the competition. That’s what this article is all about. (more…)

The Cure for Running Boredom

Getting bored while running (working out) is a major problem facing many of us today and there is really no way around it. You can try new music, run inside instead of outside or vise-versa, watch television, or find new routes to change the scenery a little bit. I love to run, but I have my days where I just really do not want to run and a day off is not in my vocabulary (should be though). So, I have found that signing up for races or running groups is the way to go. Most of the time I love to run by myself, but on those days that lack motivation, I lean on others to help me get through another run. (more…)