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August 2009

FREE Stuff Giveaway: Your Inspiration and Spirit of the Marathon Moments

When we watch unknown runners glide down the street or trail, we wonder what's behind their running.  Thanks to those who shared their thoughts last week about what's driving their running these days.  We gained a little more insight about what gets us out the door for our running.  The winners of the the autographed copies of Runner's Guide to the Meaning of Life are Michelle and JamaKyle5.  We appreciate everyone's experiences and for taking the time to drop off your thoughts.

Announcing a New Series of Inspiration and Giveaways: Spirit of the Marathon Moments

SOTM On a cold February night in 2008, Amy and I watched in awe some of the most inspirational moments ever captured about running in Spirit of the Marathon, a documentary which focuses on six runners’ stories as they prepare for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon.

Whether you’re a marathoner or not, the film conveys gritty and moving moments that runners universally can appreciate and admire.  Since that night, Amy and I have met Jon Dunham, the film’s director and have a deep respect for his vision and talent for capturing the deep human side of endurance running.

Together with Jon, Runners’ Lounge is pleased to announce Spirit of the Marathon Moments, stories, ideas, and insights written by you about the marathon...in 262 words or less!

Everyone is eligible to participate in Spirit of the Marathon Moments by submitting your personal views.  Each week a special Spirit of the Marathon Moment will be selected as a winner and that person will win a DVD of Spirit of the Marathon.  Some examples of a Spirit of the Marathon Moment might be:

  • For a non-marathoner, what intrigues you most about the marathon.
  • Advice to a first-time marathoner    
  • Questions for an experienced marathoner    
  • Why the marathon means so much to you    
  • The greatest challenge of the marathon, training or race day    
  • The greatest reward of the marathon, training or race day    
  • What inspires you to complete the marathon    
  • How you're a better person because of a marathon
  • What a difference running the marathon has made in your running or life    
  • What the marathon has taught you    
  • What you still want to accomplish in a future marathon

...in 262 words or less. 

To be eligible, just share your stories and experiences in the Spirit of the Marathon Moment forum at Runners' Lounge.  Winners of the DVD will be announced each Monday throughout September and October, 2009.

Extra, Extra - Run All About It

Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

Dear readers, let's take a look back at the (slow) week in running:

* As reported in the New York Times on August 24th, While he doesn’t expect to run faster than a speeding bullet, Matthew Reeve, son of movie star Christopher Reeve, is continuing his preparations for November’s New York City Marathon. Despite admitting that he used to ‘loathe’ running in his younger years, Reeve decided to honor his father’s efforts in supporting programs and research for spinal cord injuries by raising money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation through running this year’s marathon. A first-time ‘thoner, Reeve’s ultimate goal “would be $10,000 a mile. That’s the moonshot number. But even to raise $1,000 a mile is very motivating”. Reeve just hopes there isn’t any kryptonite in the water during the marathon (note: this fact has not been corroborated by any news source). Good luck, Matt!

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Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, September 5th
Beaver Island Marathon (Beaver Island, MI)

Idaho State Journal Pocatello Marathon (Pocatello, ID)

Sunday, September 6th
Monster Trail Marathon (Virgil, NY)
New Mexico Marathon (Albuquerque, NM)
Tail Dawgs Stumpy's Marathon (Newark, DE)

Tupelo Marathon (Tupelo, MS)

Monday, September 7th
Pikes Peak Road Runners American Discovery Tail Marathon (Colorado Springs, CO)
Heart Of America Marathon (Columbia, MO)
Turtle Marathon (Roswell, NM)
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RunAbroad with Renato: Grand Tour of Europe

This guest post is by Renato, a long distance runner and a freelance journalist. He is now on a running tour of Europe: running an half marathon in every EU country is his quest for 2009-2010. With the help of a weiss beer in Munich, a cappuccino in Milan or a camembert sandwich in Paris, he hopes to somehow cross the finish line. Low cost flights, no agencies and cheap campsites are part of the deal.  He has generously agreed to share his running abroad experiences with us as a way to help us think about our own running adventures.   You can catch more of his adventures on RunAbroad.com.

 

The best way to visit Europe (for a runner) is to add a great city race to a sightseeing tour of the Old Continent: from the Louvre in Paris to the Parthenon in Athens, from the canals in Amsterdam to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, hundreds of tourist attractions are on the route of a friendly city run. Here are our seven favorite races for experiencing Europe's culture, runners, and natural wonders:

Athens, Greece

www.athensclassicmarathon.gr

A marathon. Actually, the marathon. The real one in the place where the story began: the course is the original one used during the first modern Olympic Games (when it was still "only" 24.85 miles), as well as the Olympic course of Athens 2004. The Athens Classic Marathon takes place on the second Sunday of November, starting from the City of Marathonas and finishing in the Panathinaikon Stadium.


Paris, France

www.parisversailles.com

An unusual distance on the last Sunday of September, the Paris - Versailles "La Grande Classique" is a 16 kilometers race from the center of Paris to Versailles. Don't expect  an easy and flat course, royals used to build palaces on top of hills and the Avenue de Paris seems endless. From the Eiffel Tower to the Palace of Versailles, can you possibly find any better route to enjoy the most famous landmarks in France?


Barcelona, Spain

www.bcn.cat/mitjamarato

The Mitja Marato de Barcelona is a brilliant half marathon taking place in the city center of the Catalan capital, starting from Passeig de Picasso and crossing the finish line at the (very appropriate) Arc de Triomf. Plaza Espana and the port are part of a great sightseeing tour in the popular and traditional destination in Spain. Join other 3K runners on the second Sunday of February.

Lisbon, Portugal

www.lisbon-half-marathon.com

The Lisbon Half Marathon takes place in Lisbon, with the bonus of crossing the Tagus river over the 25 de Abril bridge, the European Golden Gate Bridge. The finish line is just in front of the absolutely gorgeous Monastery of Geronimos. Fly to Portugal the last Sunday of March.


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

www.amsterdammarathon.nl

Over 20K runners from around Europe will crowd the streets of the Netherlands' capital on the third Sunday of October to run the marathon or half marathon. Amsterdam offers a superb sightseeing tour, including the Vondelpark, the Maritime Museum and many miles of the historic canals.

Zermatt, Switzerland

www.zermatt-marathon.ch

Zermatt is surrounded by a range of amazing peaks, it is famous worldwide for the Matterhorn (Mount Cervin) and it possibly offers the best mountain marathon in Europe: from Sunnega to Riffelalp, the views are spectacular and a pint of beer is waiting for you at the end of the challenge in Gornergrat. The first Sunday of August is the big day on the Alps to run the Zermatt Marathon.

Budapest, Hungary

www.budapestmarathon.com

The Nike Budapest International Half Marathon is a fast race through the most picturesque streets of the capital of Hungary, crossing two of the seven bridges on the Danube. The finish is on the Olof Palme promenade, be ready for the first Sunday of September.


Tempted? Pack "Rick Steves' Best Of Europe", a compact digital camera and a comfortable pair of running shoes: cobblestone paths are common in the historical city centers.

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Open Mic Friday: Meet Runner Dude

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We want you to meet today’s guest because he’s pouring his life into running.  Known as Runner Dude, he has transformed his life around running, enjoying every distance from 5k to the marathon. 

He’s designed his blog Runner Dude's Blog to provide information and inspiration to other runners and promoting some great running resources.   His friends call him Thad, but the online world knows him as Runner Dude.


Let’s get right down to it. Dudes ride skateboards, snowboards, wear Dude hair, and do other extreme stuff.  What makes you a Dude?

A Dude is also a “regular Joe.” That’s how I think of myself—a regular running Joe. I try to write about stuff that will appeal to any runner. Often training info is written in such technical mumbo jumbo that the average runner is left thinking, huh? So, I try to peel back the layers and make the information user-friendly.

Chicago2007 You have a blog just filled with running information and enthusiasm.  Tell us how you got started with your blog and what you are trying to accomplish with it?

In October 2008, I began the blog just as a hobby and a way to celebrate the accomplishments of the members of my running group—The BlueLiners. When someone completed a marathon or their first Ironman, I’d laud their accomplishments. During various runs, I’d hear my buddies talking about various running topics and it made me curious for answers to their questions, so I began researching and writing blog posts about those topics. Soon, the blog turned more into weekly and then a daily topical blog instead of journal-type blog.

What’s it like running in your part of the country.

North Carolina is a beautiful place to run. The summers can be a bit hot and humid, but all-in-all, it’s a great place to live and run. NC has mountains, plains, and the coast. I’ve run races in all three areas and each is very different, providing amazing views. Running in the fall, especially in the mountains and foothills, when the leaves turn their beautiful colors can be breath-taking. We are lucky here in Greensboro, NC because the city has a great network of greenways and trails perfect for running. Greensboro also has several large parks that are great for running.

Tell us how you got started running.

I was the “fat kid” in elementary and middle school and was far, far, far from being what you might call athletic. My biggest accomplishment was eating a twin pack of Lays Potato Chips in one sitting. In 8th grade, I ran the mile in 18 minutes! In High School, I lost weight but still wasn’t into athletics. All I knew were team sports and I wasn’t the team sport type. It wasn’t until college that I discovered local 5K and 10K races. I ran my first 10K in 1984. I was slow, but finished and had a blast. I was amazed at the sense of accomplishment and pride that it gave me. I continued running more and more races enjoying the competition with myself always trying to beat my previous time. In 1998 I began ramping up my running and actually began to place in my age group even winning it at times. This coincided with moving to Greensboro, where I joined my running group—The BlueLiners—who helped me greatly improve my running.

Danville2007 You love networks of runners.  How do you stay connected with so many runners?

I am a bit of a running-network-a-holic, that’s for sure. Through the blog, Twitter, and FaceBook, I’ve met so many cool runners that belong to the various running networks. Many have invited me to join, and so I have. Although all the networks are essentially achieving the same goal—bringing runners together—they each also provide something a little different. I’ve enjoyed being a part of all of them and I value all the friendships I’ve gained from them.

Who are some of the more interesting runners you know or have met?

Oh man, there are so many, but just to name a few…there is Jeff May in Canada. Jeff is a wheelchair athlete who uses his feet and specially designed chair to propel himself forward. Jeff is the founder of the Boiling Point Wheelchair Track Classic.

Then there’s Jeff Pickett in South Dakota who hosts a video blog about his journey to his first marathon. He has some very interesting theories about running that he often tests out on the blog such as “Does the color of your running clothes effect your run?”

Then there’s Danica Kooiman (aka: Chicrunner) who began running as a way to cope with her mother’s death from cancer. In honor of her mom, Danica has decided to take on an awesome challenge. She's decided to do the Avon Los Angeles 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk. This is 39 miles in 2 days throughout the Long Beach, CA area.

Then there’s Claudia Becque who’s used a job layout to her advantage and is an Olympic Trials Qualifier and has her eye on the 2012 Olympic Games. And then there’s Gina Harris a running grandmother who has more energy and passion for running than anyone I know. The list could go on and on…

RetroRunC Who from your past would you like to know that you’re now a runner?

I would love for my 8th-grade PE teacher, Mr. Wade (who thought I could do nothing) knew that I’m now in training for my 11th marathon.

What are some key things you’ve learned about yourself since starting running? 

I’ve learned that I have a lot of determination. I’ve also learned that I’m a survivor. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2001 and after being very ill in 2002 and a surgery during that time, I was able to use my running to help me recover. Nine months after the surgery I ran the Country Music Marathon in Nashville. Setting that marathon goal got me up and moving much faster than I would have otherwise. Today, healthy habits, good nutrition, my running, and medication have helped me basically remain in remission for the past 6 years.

What would your family and friends tell us about your passion for running?

They would probably tell you that I’m a running fanatic, but they would also probably tell you that running is a part of me and that they know how important it is to my well-being and health. My wife often tells me, “You need to go for a run….Please, honey….go for a run.” ☺

Thad Danville Best race experience? 

My best race experience was setting a half-marathon PR at the Danville Half Marathon in Danville, VA in 2007. I ran a 1:30:47. I know runners my age (42 at that time) can run a half marathon faster, but for me that was quite an achievement. Also that year, finally broke a 20-minute 5K at the Beat The Heat 5K in Winston Salem, NC with a time of 19:53. Now if I can just get back to those times again!

What have you not done with your running that you’re still looking forward to?

I so much want to qualify for Boston. I need a 3:30. I’m hoping to do that at the Marine Corps Marathon in October.

What gets you excited about running?

Just being outdoors and enjoying the moving of my body and knowing that I’m staying healthy. Also being with my running buddies. I’ve made some lifelong friendships through my running that I will always cherish. Also, sharing the knowledge I’ve learned about running through the blog gets me excited. When a reader tells me that some advice or information that I’ve shared has helped them, that is just the ultimate.

What’s your secret to running success? My secret? Well, I guess loving my sport, respecting my sport, and sharing it with others has been my secret. There’s no fun or joy in keeping all this healthy fun to myself.

Favorite race?

The San Francisco Marathon for the overall great experience and the Honolulu Marathon for its amazing beauty.

Favorite distance?

The Marathon

125420 Greatest running accomplishment?

I would have to say that my very first marathon (NYC 1997) was my greatest accomplishment. It was nowhere near my PR, but just finishing 26.2 miles for the very first time was such an emotional experience. I remember crying after I crossed the finish. I couldn’t help it. It was that overwhelming and emotional. I’ll always remember that first marathon accomplishment feeling.

Current running goals?

Qualify for Boston!! Also, I recently received my RRCA running coach certification and I’m currently in a 6-month diploma program to become a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. My goal is to open my own business and provide services as a running, fitness, and healthy-living coach.

Non- running and non-blogging interests? 

Spending time with my three kids (ages 8, 13, and 18). I also love reading, especially mysteries, legal thrillers, and even a little Stephen King every now and then.

Running hero?

Joan Benoit Samuelson. I met her at the NC Marathon this past May and had the pleasure to hear her speak at the pre-race dinner. What a humble and amazingly talented lady. Also, Frank Shorter. I met him at the NYC Marathon in 1998. While he probably won’t remember me, I surely remember him because he spoke to me, encouraged me, and made me feel like a real runner.

 What is one unique thing about you that most people don't know?

I love country music! LOL!

Who are some of your virtual running friends you would like to meet up and run with?

I’d love to meet and run with all the previously mentioned runners plus I’d also love to meet and run with Otto Voss (a runner in Mexico) who’s an avid reader of the blog, Jo Lynn from the San Francisco Bay area in CA who has the driest whit and keeps me chuckling with her comments on the blog, and Adam Ricklefs in Arizona who is an amazing inspirational young man.

Most embarrassing running moment?

Hmm…the most embarrassing moment probably had to be the time I was attacked by a Canadian goose. I unknowingly had run too close to mama goose’s nest and papa returning to the nest didn’t like it. He attacked me while in flight, rammed me in the back twice, just about knocking me over. I had a huge bruise on my back for about a week. It was embarrassing because this happened in the parking lot right outside my work. All my colleagues had a perfect view of the incident. I still don’t like Geese!

What’s going on in your life outside of running?

I was laid off this past February from a job of 13-years that I loved in the educational publishing field. As hurt and dismayed as I was, I decided to turn it into a positive and make a complete career change to my passion—running and fitness. I’m well on my way, just having received my RRCA running coach certification and I’m currently in the National Personal Training Institute’s 6-month diploma certification program to become a personal trainer and nutrition consultant. I’m so excited to be able to pursue what was only a dream 7 months ago.

If money could buy you a running dream, what would it be?

To run a sub 1:30 half marathon, a sub 3:30 marathon, have the blog reach more and more runners, and have a hugely successful running and fitness coaching business.

Best running advice you’ve ever been given?

“Don’t pay attention to the mile markers,” Joan Benoit Samuelson

Best running advice you’d like to share?

Spread the “runnin’ luv.” Invite colleagues, friends, and family to go on a run with you. You never know when someone is just waiting for that nudge to get them up and into running for the first time.

Thank you, Runner Dude!

Do you know a runner you would recommend for Open Mic Friday?

Pass along their name, contact info, and some background and we'll explore introducing them to the Runners' Lounge Community.

Send your suggestions to Tom@runnerslounge.com or Amy@runnerslounge.com

Take It and Run Thursday: Fuel Before Your Long Run

This week's Take It and Run Thursday is sponsored by JillWillRun from the blog Jill Will Run.  Her question this week is:

It's the morning of your weekly long run... what do you eat and why?

And before you jump to the article and link your advice, learn a little more about her in this picture show:

And don't forget to answer Jill's questions this week - how do you fuel for your long run?  Just click here and add your name and url.


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Running On Food: Snacks To Keep You Going

This article is part of a new series on Nutrition for Runners.   Heather from the blog, Trials of Training, has offered her expertise in Nutrition to runners in the Lounge to pass along information on recipes, nutrition, and running/food related questions.  She has her BS in Nutrition from Penn State, she is currently working to be a Registered Dietician, and is a loves to help runners with their questions.

by Heather

Running on food

Whether it’s before an early run, between meals, or something to hold you overnight – well balanced snacks can keep your energy levels up throughout the day and fuel your workout so you perform at your best! You should always aim for a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Carbohydrates are the best source of energy before a workout.  After a workout or between meals, it’s more important to get a good balance and variety of nutrients. Protein and fat slow digestion, so you’ll feel “full” longer. They also help with muscle/tissue recovery (if you’re eating post-workout).

Choose snacks wisely! They are an opportunity to fit more essential nutrients into your daily diet. Choosing fruits and vegetables, mixed with some protein source (i.e. cheese, peanut butter, etc.) is ideal. However, if you’re in a rush, there are plenty of options!

This is a short list of snacks that mix healthy carbohydrates and good protein/fat sources:

Triscuits (or other whole-grain cracker) & Cheese

Apple (or banana) + 1 tbsp peanut butter

Crackers + 1 tbsp peanut butter or Hummus

Fruit + low-fat yogurt

Smoothie (low-fat/skim milk + fresh fruit or vegetable+ plain low-fat yogurt)

Granola Bars (aim for at least 140-200 calorie options. Try to choose “trail mix” – type bars, rather than brands with more added-sugars)

Homemade trail mix – ¼ c nuts + 2 tbsp Dried Fruit (cranberries or raisins)

Veggies + Hummus

Chocolate (or flavor or choice!) Pudding + 1 tbsp peanut butter

½ c Cereal (high-fiber/whole-grain) + ½ c Low-fat yogurt

½ Whole-wheat Pita + 1 tbsp Hummus 

These are just a few ideas; be creative! What snacks do you choose while you’re training?

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On The Run: Dealing with Injuries, Part 7

My thoughts on returning to running after months of not running.  It's not as easy nor as hard as I thought it would be. 

Run Well! : Piriformis Syndrome

We are excited to kick off a new series in partnership with Sports Injury Clinic.  www.sportsinjuryclinic.net   This site has been a well used site by me over the last year as I have worked through various injuries.  It provides the right amount of detail about the injury and tips on treatment as well.   And while we hope you don't have the need for the resources, we are pleased to offer articles in tips in the event you are dealing with a running injury.

 

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Piriformis is a small muscle located deep in the buttocks. It originates from the lateral aspect of the sacrum and crosses the buttock horizontally to insert into the greater trochanter of the femur. It is responsible for externally rotating and abducting the hip joint.

 

Piriformis syndrome is often the cause of sciatic pain in runners. The Sciatic nerve emerges from the vertebral column via the lumbar and sacral plexi at levels L4 –S3. From here it passes through the buttock and down the posterior thigh, before branching 180piriformis_syndrome out into several smaller nerves.  [Picture at right from SportsInjuryClinic.com]

 

The course of the sciatic nerve runs just below the piriformis muscle. If the piriformis muscle becomes tight then this can lead to the muscle impingeing on the nerve. Also, in up to 20% of the population, the sciatic nerve actually passes directly through the muscle belly. This predisposes the individual to developing this condition.

 

The symptoms of piriformis syndrome usually include:

 

Ø      Dull pain in the buttocks and (or) down the back of the leg

Ø      Pain gradually comes on over a period of time

Ø      It is often aggravated by running and sitting for long periods

Ø      The piriformis muscle is usually tender to palpate (touch)

Ø      Numbness or tingling may be felt in severe cases in the posterior thigh and calf

Ø      The range of motion at the hip may be limited, especially into internal rotation

 

What causes piriformis syndrome?

 

Piriformis syndrome results most regularly through muscle imbalances caused by repetitive movement with poor biomechanics. The most common scenario in runners is that the hip adductors (groin muscles) are very tight, and the hip abductors (including gluteus medius and piriformis itself) are not strong enough to counteract this problem. This causes them to become overworked and ‘tight’.

 

Treatment

 

The treatment of piriformis syndrome is usually quite striaghtforward and results can be seen relatively quickly.

 

Treatment should focus on:

 

Ø      Rest from the aggravating activity

Ø      Startching of the tight muscles – piriformis, adductors and sometimes hamstrings too

Ø      Self-massage using a foam roller or tennis ball to the piriformis muscle can be effective

Ø      Strengthening the hip abductors

 

In order to stretch the adductor (groin muscles) effectively, you should stretch both components – the short and long adductors. To stretch the long muscles, stand with a wide stance and bend the knee of the leg you DO NOT wish to stretch. Put your weight on this leg and tilt your hips to the side until you can feel a stretch on the inner thigh of the straight leg.

 

To stretch the shorter muscles, sit on the floor with the soles of the feet together (knees bent). Use the elbows to apply a gentle pressure on your knees (push down) until you can feel a stretch in the groin.

 

Hold both of these stretches for 20-30 seconds each and repeat them 2-3 times each. Try to go through this routine at least 3 times a day.

 

To stretch the piriformis muscle, lay on the floor on your back with the feet flat on the floor. Lift the foot of the leg you want to stretch and place the ankle on the other thigh. Hold this position as your grasp behind the non-stretching thigh, pulling the knee towards the chest until you can feel a stretch in the opposite buttock. Again hold this for 20-30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times, 3 times a day.

 

We always advise seeking professional treatment in order to return to fitness as soon as possible and free from pain! A professional sports injury specialist may also:

 

Ø      Use sports massage techniques on the piriformis, other hip abductors and groin muscles.

Ø      Use other treatment modalities such as ultrasound or intereferential.

Ø      Perform a gait analysis so that they can determine if there are any other factors which may be contributing to your injury.

Ø      Devise a full rehabilitation programme.

 

For more information on Piriformis Syndrome treatment and rehabilitation, including a sports massage demonstration, rehabilitation programme and further stretching and strengthening exercises, please visit:

www.sportsinjuryclinic.net

It's a Gotta Read and Must Listen! Lessons from Lisa Smith-Batchen

A few weeks ago, Tom and I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Smith-Batchen by phone. She is one of the expert authors for our upcoming book, The Ultimate Runner.   In the conversation we covered "book stuff" but it was the extra time she spent on the phone with us that got us excited.   Lisa oozes energy.  Lisa has a "just do it" vibe.   Lisa made us feel like anything was possible.   And all in just 20 minutes.

And while I wait for her expertly penned chapter in the book, I knew that it would be a treat for other runners to get a dose of Lisa ASAP.  And as busy as she is, she generously agreed to join us for a few podcasts to share her running advice for other runners.  As she says in her camps and on the podcast, Lessons from lisa she hopes to share these lessons so other runners don't have to learn these the way she did - the hard way. 

Even if you aren't a runner who listens to podcasts, I encourage you to take 22 minutes and listen along to Lisa.   She knows running - and she should - she has run Badwater 8 times and won it twice.  She is the only American female runner to win the Marathon des Sables which is a 6 day run across the Sahara dessert and she is the top female winner of the Grand Slam Series of Ultramarathoning.  And that is only a taste of her accomplishments.   She has continued on with her love of running, turning her efforts to raise money for Aids Orphans as she completed unbelievable running feats of running nearly 300 miles of the Badwater Double.  

Loungecast logo What makes her special isn't just her extraordinary accomplishments but also her common sense approach to running.  Listen along to her advice on stretching and strengthening for runners.  She has some easy to understand tips for incorporating stretching and strengthening into your training.   She even has some advice of whether to stretch before or after a run.  All in all - it is a worthwhile 22 minute in your running.

Download Lessons from Lisa Stretching and Strengthening

And at the end, listen in as Lisa shares her plans for what is next for her running and fundraising efforts.   I won't give it away, but let's just say that Lisa may be coming to a town near you in 2010.  Wouldn't you like to be part of something big?

You can find Lisa at her blog, her dreamchasers site or on Facebook.

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Just Keep Running, Just Keep Running...

Love These Links!  Reading why others run reminds me of why I run.  And knowing why I run makes me want to just keep running!

  • Zoe shares her enthusiasm for running and ends a post with this note, "I just did some calculations and I figured out I've run 667.6 miles since last September. To me, this is awesome. My first "Runnerversary" is coming up and I'm happier now with my progress than ever. I feel great! :) This is totally why I run. "   Which reminded me of how important it is to celebrate all runs but especially our runnerversaries!
  • Phenominal story of why Emily runs!  Read her story of her success in her recent race and how she uses running to battle Ed (Eating Disorder).  
  • Morgan posted a great piece on why she runs.  Read it - it will resonate with you.
  • Article about a mom running for TNT to battle her son's leukemia.  So many good reasons to run...

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