Monday, March 22, 2010
While running, the feet collide with the ground at an impact of twice the body weight, generating whole body vibrations that cause muscle fatigue and injury. Shoes with durable foam midsoles of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) provide cushioning over the plantar surface for comfort and endurance. Heel strikers may benefit from column cushioning, made from the same material as
jounce bumpers ("bumpstops"), the shock absorbers in automobile frames. Spring-loaded shoes have been declared illegal by the USA Track & Field.
Marathoner Abebe Bikila, the first black African to take home the Gold at an Olympic event, memorialized barefoot running with his graceful en pointe stride. Barefoot runners land on the forefoot, allowing tendons and ligaments to absorb much of the impact. Vibram Fivefingers fit like a rubber glove to simulate barefoot running with minimal protection.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Saturday’s Jamestown High School Swamp Run Starts 2010 Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Season
The 17-race Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Series begins its 2010 season Saturday morning, March 13 at Jamestown High School with the ninth annual Jamestown High School Swamp Run 5K. The mostly flat, out-and-back race starts on the school’s soccer field, and is mostly on the scenic, soft-surface Greensprings Trail, including wooden bridges over wetlands, before returning to a finish on the track.
Race day registration will start at 8 a.m. inside the high school. A one-mile fun run/walk starts at 9 a.m., with the 5K run/walk set for 9:30 a.m. A quarter-mile run/walk on the track concludes the running events at 10:30 a.m., with awards and door prizes at 10:45 a.m. All entrants receive a beautiful Swamp Run-themed T-shirt. The event is organized by and benefits the Jamestown High School Athletic Boosters Club.
For information on the Jamestown High School Swamp Run, contact race directors Jim Winthrop (564-7052) or Barbara Buehrle (221-0124).
Other CRR Grand Prix events for the early spring include the Yorktown Victory Run 8 Miler, starting at Newport News Park (April 3) and the inaugural Run the D.O.G. 5K, the first race ever to utilize the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, going past the historic Governor’s Palace and the Capitol Building before a return up Duke of Gloucester Street to Merchants Square. For information on all CRR Grand Prix events, contact Rick Platt (757-229-7375, email@example.com) or visit the CRR website: www.colonialroadrunners.org
Jamestown High School Swamp Run 5K
A Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Event
Race day registration and packet pick-up starts at Jamestown High School, 3751 John Tyler Highway
(Route 5), Williamsburg
One Mile Fun Run/Walk – 9:00 a.m.
5K Run/ Walk – 9:30 a.m.
Quarter mile run/walk on the track – 10:30 a.m.
Awards ceremony - in the high school – 10:45 a.m.
Jim Winthrop (757-564-7052), race director
Barbara Buehrle (757-221-0124), race director
Rick Platt (757-229-7375), race coordinator
$15 entry fee by March 7th.
$20 late entry fee and race day.
No fee for 1 mile fun run and quarter mile fun run ($10 with T-shirt)
T-shirts guaranteed to first 200 entrants.
Top 3 overall male and female in 5K. Top 3 male and female in 5-year age groups, from 14-and-under through 65-and-over. Top 3 male and female race walkers in 5K.
From I-64, take exit 242-A (toward Jamestown ) on Route 199 West. At the fifth traffic light (approximately 5 miles), turn left onto John Tyler Highway (Route 5). At the third traffic light (approximately 3.5 miles), turn left onto Eagle Way, and Jamestown High School will be on the right. Drive to the back parking lot.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
There must be something more humbling than watching your body age once you turn fifty, but this will do just fine, thank you. The crossover from young to old comes abruptly; more so for menopausal women - and it makes you realize that quality of life issues are happening in real time. But if you run, walk, bike, swim or otherwise do aerobics, it¹s like money in the bank of aging.
Research spanning 21 years by James Fries, Stanford School of Medicine, found that older runners, age 50 and up, are healthier and happier, and remain independent longer than non-runners, with the difference most striking for women. Running delayed the onset of age-related disability and frailty by 16 years, and the divergence continues as participants reach their ninth decade.
"Late in life, you still see the benefit of vigorous activity," said Fries.
Over time, runners decreased their mileage or stopped, but all of them did some other form of aerobic exercise, and many became avid volunteers with their running club. The social engagement of belonging to a running groupenhances self-efficiency and self-worth, and it offsets the late-life depression that so frequently occurs during the fourth age, those 80 and older.
Find a running club in your area by visiting the USA Track & Field website or the Road Runners Club of America website.