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Month: August 2012

Where it all Started – Athens Marathon

Where it all Started – Athens Marathon

The Athens Marathon, Greece. On the original Olympic course from Marathon to Athens. History of the RaceLegend has it that Phideppidis, a foot soldier ran all the way from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek Victory over Persians. He announced the victory, collapsed and died. (This version was from Robert Browning’s poem Pheidippides, which was accepted as historic legend. But according to the Greek historian Herodotus a soldier ran from Athens to Sparta to ask for help and ran…

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A Favorite Running Buddy?

A Favorite Running Buddy?

I’ve run with a lot of people over the past 2 years. While I like running with anyone who will tolerate my incessant chatter and slow pace, there are some people that I absolutely love running with. So what makes someone a great running buddy, or rather, what makes someone your favorite running buddy, I wondered. Is it someone whose pace and cadence matches yours effortlessly? Is it someone whose personality matches/compliments yours perfectly? Is it someone you are at…

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Capturing a great 18 miles

Capturing a great 18 miles

  What a big difference this week’s run has been compared to my (mis)adventures last week. After this week’s 18 miles, I couldn’t stop smiling (and talking, of course), I was up and hopping by evening craving for some nachos, and my legs feel nowhere as sore as they should for the long mileage. I wish I could bottle this and be able to recreate it. Things that were the same from last week – I kept hydrated and drinking…

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Lance Armstrong – Clean or Dirty?

Lance Armstrong – Clean or Dirty?

  After today’s official statement from Lance Armstrong, refusing to fight any more against the USADA’s allegations – Is he Clean or Is he Dirty?   Lance Armstrong – Clean and Hunted The Man is a Ninja It is very well possible that Lance Armstrong is a Ninja and did not need to take external help to be the best of the best for those years. After all, he has an amazing resting heart rate of 32-34 and a max…

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Dear Race Director of Area 13.1

Dear Race Director of Area 13.1

Dear Race Director of Area 13.1, What a brilliant idea it was to have an alien themed half marathon at night in Roswell! Roswell, Georgia. A cool concept that about 15+ runners from my running group embraced and signed up, even though warning bells were very insistent about the heat and humidity of Atlanta in mid-August. Humid-er than humid summer runs did not deter our enthusiasm for the run and messages on facebook made some of us painfully aware of…

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A Crazy Running Adventure Day

A Crazy Running Adventure Day

This crazy adventure (crazy by my mortal standards) started just 2-3 weeks back when the Vinings Downhill 5k date was announced. August 18th. The same day as the Alien Half that a big bunch (almost all?) my running buddies had signed up for. So perhaps I should backtrack my onset of crazyness when I signed up for the Alien Half. 6:30pm, August, Atlanta humidity, Aliens. Definitely NOT my cup of tea, especially since I’ve had a deathly fear of UFOs…

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Q & A from the 3 (and more) Wise Men (and Women)

Q & A from the 3 (and more) Wise Men (and Women)

Chaffing How do you deal with the morning after on chaffing?Aquaphor helps protect and also speeds up the healing. Or … suck it up 🙂 Do you apply Aquaphor during your run?YES! Before, during and After. (An overwhelming consensus that won’t make me as self conscious when I think that the moment calls for sticking my hand to certain body parts) What else can you do to prevent chaffing?Aquaphor the bra-line on the body and some on the bra itself (Aquaphor…

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