April Runners

Congratulations to Elden O. Kingston for winning the “Most Miles Ran in April” challenge!!!

Great job to all who participated, great way to keep going.  Below are the challenge results for April.

If anyone would like to join the challenge for May, just post a comment or send an email.
To enter the challenge you must have an endomondo account (free).

April 2013

NOTE: Check out our new records tab and updated marathoners.  We are also working on the next running tip, so check back or subscribe to the Feed for updates.  Good luck and have a good run.

Check Out Our Record Holders

Check out our record holders!!!

1st Place Medal
We have compiled a list of the following records under the records tab:
Fastest Half Marathoners (13.1 Miles) (Male & Female)
Fastest Full Marathoners (26.2 Miles) (Male & Female)
Most Half Marathons (13.1 Miles) Ran (Male & Female)
Most Full Marathons (26.2 Miles) Ran (Male & Female)
Oldest Half Marathoners (13.1 Miles) (Male & Female)
Oldest Full Marathoners (26.2 Miles)
(Male & Female)
Youngest Half Marathoners (13.1 Miles) (Male & Female)
Youngest Full Marathoners (26.2 Miles)
(Male & Female)

 

We have also updated the Marathoners tab with the runners from 2012 and 2013 Salt Lake City Marathon.

Check Out Our Marathoners

We have compiled a list of all the people that have done a half-marathon and/or full marathon and listed their accomplishments under our new Marathoners tab.
We will try to keep this list updated and will post this year’s marathon results in the next week or so.

We are also working on the following and will post in the next day or two:
Top Full Marathon Times
Top Half Marathon Times
Most Full Marathons Ran
Most Half Marathons Ran
Oldest Full Marathon Runners
Oldest Half Marathon Runners
Youngest Full Marathon Runners
Youngest Half Marathon Runners

March Runners

Congratulations to Elden O. Kingston for winning the “Most Miles Ran in March” challenge!!!

Great job to all who participated, great way to keep going.  Below are the challenge results for March.

If anyone would like to join the challenge for April, just post a comment or send an email.
To enter the challenge you must have an endomondo account (free).

March 2013

NOTE: Our second running tip is now posted and we are working on posting a list of those scheduled to do the Salt Lake City Marathon/Half Marathon (4/20/13), so check back or subscribe to the Feed for updates.

Running Tip #2

Free Your Mind

If you followed the first running tip; hopefully, you are able to jog 2 to 3 miles or even more; if so, great job and keep it up! 🙂

My first tip still applies and will continue to apply.  My next tip is one you may have already noticed, and it is one that will help take you from 2 to 3 miles to possibly 4 to 6 miles.  My next tip I would like to offer is FREE YOUR MIND!

Clear mind running

Some of the hardest runs I have ever done are usually ones where I watch the clock or mile marker most the time.  Do whatever you can to keep your mind on other things besides your run.  Below is a list of things that have helped me keep my mind free during my run so I’m not “watching the clock”:

  • Running with music/book – Pick an upbeat playlist or audiobook, and some good headphones that are comfortable to you.  Be sure to not blast the music as you don’t want to damage your hearing.  If you have a hard time keeping them in/on your ears a head sweat-band may help hold them in place.
  • Running to a movie – New movies, that you have not yet seen, work best, as they are usually easier to stay interested in.  If able, it may help to turn on subtitles so you don’t have to crank the volume up to hear what is being said.  If your going to watch a movie you might as well get a run in at the same time. 🙂
  • Running with a family member or friend – Whether it be your spouse, your son or daughter, mother or father, brother or sister, or just a friend; get someone to run with you.  Even if you don’t talk much during the run, having someone with you DOES help.  It’s also a great way to spend time with someone when you have busy schedule.
  • Running outside – Probably by far the best way to help a run is to find a good trail or route and run outside.  It is much easier to think of a run as, I’ll just run 2 miles out then back to the car, than it is to run 4 miles on a treadmill; or to think, I’ll just go around the block twice, than it is to think of doing 5 or 6 miles on the treadmill.  Another great thing about going outside is it makes it much harder to cut your run short because you can’t just step off the treadmill.

A great place to run outside is the “Jordan River Parkway Trail”  it stretches from Downtown Salt Lake southward, clear to Utah Lake.  Maps of the trail can be found here.  In general the trail has bridges or underpasses to cross any busy streets.

If anyone has any other tips on how they like to keep their mind clear during a run, feel free to post a comment.

Great job to all you runners out there, and whether its 1 mile or 26 miles if you run you are a runner, so good job and keep it up. 🙂

Running Tip #1

Nice and Easy

I used to hate running.  I very rarely would just “run”.  Running used to always seem difficult, streneous, and I would feel out of breath and sometimes worse after a run than before.  I regarded running as a necessary EVIL.  The most I had run at a time was probably about 1 mile, and it was not a fun mile.

Things have since changed to where I actually enjoy running. :0  I have run many 5Ks, some half-marathons, and even a marathon.  I am still no olympian and there are countless runners better than I, but I will offer what I can to help anyone looking to get started running.  If anyone has anything they would like to add feel free to comment.

running

My first tip I would like to offer everyone is the one that has made the biggest difference when I started running, START SLOW!

One of my biggest problems that I had when I would run was that I would try to go fast to “get it over with”.  I would burn myself out before I even had much of chance to warm up, and be left out of breath and not feeling that great.  I, like many others I’ve talked to, have learned to start slow.

The first mile will always feel rough, but if you take it at a SLOW jog it will allow everything to loosen up and warm up.  The majority of the first mile you will likely feel like you want to just be done, but STAY at a slow jog.  Once you get past that first mile you will begin to feel WAY better, you will actually start to feel good and the run might even begin to be enjoyable. 😮

So remember keep your first mile at a SLOW jog,  it should feel TOO slow for you, but still a jog.  Then on the next mile you may pick it up a little and slowly find your cruizing speed.