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I Race For Cause (IR4C) – Online Fundraising Format for Athletes

December 3, 2012
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By Kevin D. Transue President IR4C.com Raising money for your favorite causes doesn’t need to be difficult. Sometimes it’s as easy as doing what you already do. In the case of racing, it is that easy. Many of you know that racing for cause is more than just noble; it’s a way of life for some of us. Many of you also know that endorsement deals only work if athletes don’t do anything to spoil their brands nobility. These two basic concepts are what led us to create the mantra: “You Race. We Pledge. Sponsors Pay.” It is the driving force behind IR4C. IR4C stands for “I Race for Cause” and is a one of a kind online fundraising platform for you; the everyday endurance athlete. At IR4C, we help you raise money by getting corporate America to align with you and your causes. Every year billions are spent on…

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Michele Santilhano—DECA IRON finisher

September 29, 2012
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Michelle Santilhano

  With  the Lake Anna Double and Triple IRON coming up next week (Oct 4-8) this seemed like a good time to showcase Michelle Santilhano, who ran a DECA IRON. Yes, that ten IRON distance races non-stop. ERM: How do you have time to train and compete in these epic distance races? Santilhano: My athletic endurance activities are done during my vacation time or on odd long weekends.  I was introduced into endurance racing during my experiences with Outward Bound in South Africa during high school. The lesson of the tortoise and the hare was made very clear during this formative time. This lesson is what has gotten me to the finish line of my hardest events. ERM: How did you get started in endurance racing? Santilhano: What caused me to develop the ultra gene was when I recognized the missing sprint genes for top ten finishes. I also decided…

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Ironman South Africa

July 4, 2012
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Laura Watson

 Thanks to British Athlete, Laura Watson, for her excellent race write up on her tales at Ironman South Africa. Ironman South Africa By Laura Watson Crashing was not part of the pre-race week plan. I had been training for Ironman South Africa, my second Ironman. Five days before the race, my two buddies and I were out for a short spin along the race course just to freshen up our legs. The edge of the road was rough, and the Tarmac lip led onto gravel. We were almost back to our rented house when Nick, riding just ahead of me, slipped off the edge of the road onto the gravel. He tried to recover, but his front wheel couldn’t make the step up; he fell sideways, sliding across the road in front of me. With no time to stop or go around him, I ploughed straight over the top of…

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Run Pregnant: It’s Ok!

April 18, 2012
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Running Pregnant is OK!

In my first blog post ever, I wrote an article entitled, Running Pregnant – Before, During, and After Baby – It’s A No Brainer for Runners, in 2008. It became one of my most popular posts and basically was the inspiration behind launching Runners Illustrated.  In the article, I reminisced about how I ran the 2002 San Diego Marathon two months pregnant. Women from around the world commented on the post and I thought, gee I am onto something here. As we move our way from Spring to Summer, and because I am surrounded by 3 pregnant women at work, I figured it was a good time to remind women, that running while pregnant is OK, but you still need to be careful and mind your body during training.   I would like to suggest an article I wrote about Gretchen Lynch called, “Training Pregnant and Postpartum: Precautions, Prevention, and Marathons,” which covers what can happen when complications arise.…

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From Accident Victim to Endurance Runner

March 4, 2012
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By Anne McClain (Stallworth) In 1997, my life came to a sudden halt when a terrible car accident left me in a coma for three weeks and in a hospital bed for nine weeks, with a very long road to recovery afterwards. The diagnosis at first was terrible. I was basically told I wouldn’t walk again and I would need constant care for the rest of my life. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I was a runner, super active and now I was being told I would never run again…This couldn’t be happening! It was bad enough that I had a halo holding my neck together, my jaw was wired, and I had lost sight in my left eye. My specialist was trying to save my right eye. So to make it short, I was really in bad condition, and, depression had also taken over. I didn’t want…

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Chrissie Wellington’s Audio Fuel Workouts

January 12, 2012
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Current World Ironman Champion, Chrissie Wellington, releases her new training programmes for triathletes and runners Available from www.audiofuel.co.uk from 9th January 2012, from £3.75 Chrissie Wellington has teamed up with sports music expert AudioFuel and Universal Music to create Tri Harder – a comprehensive range of training programmes for triathletes and runners.  Designed for use on MP3 players, the programmes provide the unique combination of Chrissie’s voice, to coach and inspire, and AudioFuel’s sports music. “I feel very strongly that as a professional triathlete my impact and message should be wider than my performance on the race course, and last longer than my athletic career” says Chrissie. “Tri Harder is one way I can take my philosophy and learning out to a wider audience and help encourage people to participate in sport.” Based on her own training schedules and applying the motivational techniques that she uses herself when preparing to…

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Ultramarathoners are the ultimate road warriors

December 9, 2011
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By Sal Ruibal, USA TODAY http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2005-05-09-ultramarathon_x.htm FORT VALLEY, Va. — Of all the things to be doing at 5 a.m. Saturday, preparing to run 100 miles of steep, rocky and root-strewn Appalachian trails would seem to be pretty far down on the list. But here at the dark, chilly start of the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 ultramarathon, the 143 runners are hopping with happy anticipation in the seconds before race director Stan Duobinis gives the start signal. They’ll have a 2.4-mile dash on rolling asphalt roads  before they hit the rough stuff. The lean greyhounds at the front are churning out  seven-minute miles, which would be a good pace for any recreational runner in a 5K race. The rest of the field is strung out with some running, some walking, some doing an awkward mix of both, their headlamps creating a bobbing line of lights that snakes up aptly named…

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Going Minimalist – Thanks to “Born To Run”

September 8, 2011
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Coach Tom Kalka

A switch to minimalist shoes and a new running style was the only thing that ended my cycle of injury and reinjury. By Tom Kalka, Fitness Concepts I have been running competitively since 1988 and I consider myself to be an above average runner. Statistically, my race results support this claim.  In my career, I’ve done two marathons and countless triathlons and road races of various distances.  I was on my high school and college cross country teams and while in the Army, I was considered the fastest soldier in every unit in which I served. But, like most of us who grew up in the 60′s and beyond, many were taught to run with a heel-toe strike and after over 20 years of running I have suffered though almost every running injury: runner’s knee, shin splints, torn meniscus, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis, so I figured it was time to try…

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Book Review: Chasing the Runner’s High

August 31, 2011
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Chasing the Runners High

Book Review Chasing the Runner’s High by Ray Charbonneau by Alix J. Shutello Envision this: you are 35 miles into a race and get lost.  You know that not only will you will run extra miles in a race that already has 50, but you will need to disqualify yourself from the race. Now fast forward a few months. You are signed up for an 100-mile ultra race, but you know that your body gives out at about 77 miles….yet you finish the race, boost your confidence, and prepare to run the race again…this time better, and faster. In Ray Charbonneau’s debut book, Chasing the Runner’s High, we see into the soul of a man who stives to run long distances as fast and as efficiently as he can, except when miles of mudd, snow, or other environmental factors get in the way.  Within a day after finishing the Vermont 100-miler in…

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Do You Think About Running All the Time?

December 11, 2010
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Do You Think About Running All the Time?

Do You Think About Running All the Time? The answer to that would be yes By Alix Shutello Every second of every day, I seem to think about something related to running and/or training. I think that with a family and a full time job at Sage Communications, managing Runners Illustrated, and my never ending training schedule, my time is limited. My training must be strategically planned so that I have time for it; and I have learned that working out in the mornings drains me, while working out in the evenings invigorates me. What I love about running is that you can do it all year; even when it’s cold. I have learned how to effectively train on treadmills, so I don’t need to brave the bitter cold when I don’t want to. I love buying new technical gear and for some reason, I have this obsession with new…

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