Wednesday, November 23, 2016

BLACK FRIDAY RUN DEALS-II

We runners love large crowds...at places like major marathons and classic races. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, many of us will participate in Turkey Trots, and other races, but on Black Friday, most of us will be happy to avoid the crowds, who will think little of our bruised toenails as they trample us on their way to a cheap flat screen TV.

Well, there is a place where you can take advantage of terrific Black Friday deals that will cover all of your running needs, you never have to leave the comfort of your home, but you actually have to wait until Black Friday to do it.

Visit www.blackfridayrundeals.com, look them up on Facebook on their Black Friday Run Deals page, of follow them on Twitter: @BFrundeals. This is the second year for Black Friday Run Deals. It was very popular last Holiday season.

You will be able to take advantage of race discounts from everywhere, and you will also have the opportunity to get great deals on running products.

You won't get trampled at the door, and you won't wait in long lines.

Black Friday Run Deals are happening right now.

Check them out.

You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

TIME FOR YOUR PERSONAL BEST


Thanksgiving is upon us, the Winter Solstice is a month away, and right about now, you’re probably thinking about Christmas gift-buying.

If you're looking to purchase something for the runner on your Christmas list, I have an offer for you. You can pick up a gift for your runner for as little as $1.99!

Purchase the best stocking-stuffer ever by going to my Amazon page,   amazon.com/author/joemuldowney, where you can buy the Kindle version of my book, “Personal Best,” for only $1.99.

During my 40 years of competitive running, I have experienced the highs and lows of our sport. From a personal best marathon time of 2:22:54, to a devastating hamstring tear after the 2013 Boston Marathon, I have seen it all. I can personally guarantee you that my books will inspire you and help you to become a better runner.

Both of my books on running, “Running Shorts,” and “Personal Best,” are available at: www.amazon.com, as well as the site of my publisher, www.lulu.com. Lulu will be offering sales from now until Christmas.

And, from now until Christmas day, just drop me an email, at: runnr@hotmail.com, send me your address, and I will personally sign and send you BOTH books for the price of one: $14.99, and I’ll even pay the shipping and handling. If you want only one of the books, the price is $9.99, for books that are written by a runner, for runners.

Finally, if you, or a running friend wants to run a personal best time at any race distance from the 5K to the marathon, or if you simply want to get into shape for 2017, check out my gigs on: www.fiverr.com, where you can purchase a personalized training plan for as little as $5.00. Simply type “running training programs” into the search box, and it will take you to my gigs.

I have written training plans for runners from New Zealand to the Netherlands.

Check out reviews of my training plans, submitted by runners from all over the world at: https://www.fiverr.com/s2/bd1a006ea9.

I look forward to helping YOU achieve your personal best during the Holiday season and throughout the year.
 
 
 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

HELLO AGAIN

It's been a while, and my fingers have atrophied a bit, but I have had a few great weeks coaching a cross country team of which I am very proud.

Following is an article I wrote about the team, which appeared in the Republican Herald newspaper, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, last week. And, at the end, are the results from the team's journey to USCAA Nationals last Friday.


Although long distance running and racing is an individual endeavor, simply the art of placing one foot in front of the other and going as fast as you can for as long as you can, competitors on a cross country team participate in the ultimate team sport.

Scoring a cross country meet is like scoring a golf match. In both sports, the lowest score wins. A cross country team may have as its top runner, a world-record holder, but securing a place near the front of the pack is the way a cross country meet is won. Five runners are required for scoring. If team A’s runners place 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th, the slots are added up and the team score is 22. Team B’s runners finish in 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 10th, for a score of 33. Therefore, team A wins the meet.

It has always been my contention that running races reflect the ideals of a democracy. All people begin at the same starting line. And, in a cross country meet, as in a democracy, the unique contribution of all the participants will affect the final outcome. In cross country, a team’s fifth runner is as valuable as the team’s fastest runner. Successful cross country teams need to produce at least five runners that place high, thus keeping the team score low.

During the past eight years I have been fortunate enough to coach several outstanding individual runners at Penn State Schuylkill. In 2013, Pottsville’s Haylee Burnhauser won the Penn State University Athletic Conference state championship, and went on to place 7th at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national meet, earning All-American status.

This year, with a men’s and women’s team comprised primarily of local athletes, Schuylkill’s runners made history by winning the Penn State Worthington Scranton Invitational meet on both the men’s and women’s side. The victory earned the teams an invitation to participate at USCAA Nationals, held in Virginia Beach, on November 11.

The women are led by Alexis Luna, a freshman from Shenandoah Valley. Alexis placed 2nd at the PSUAC state meet, earning All-Conference status. Sophomore team captain Casey Renninger, a Schuylkill Haven Area graduate, finished 6th at States in 2015 and 5th this year, also earning All-Conference honors. Casey Gregory, a sophomore from Pottsville, placed 9th at States, attaining 2nd team All-Conference status. Sophomore, and Pottsville Area graduate, Justice Dimitro and Jodi Francis round out the team.

For the men, Freshman Hunter Firing, from Blue Mountain, led the team, and earned 2nd team All-Conference honors. Nico Granito, a sophomore and team captain, is also a Blue Mountain graduate. Brett Rushannon, from Nativity, distinguished himself as a fine freshman runner. Josh White, a freshman from Shenandoah Valley splits his time between cross country and basketball. Tristan Dickey, a high school state qualifier in the 800-meter run, from Blue Mountain, is a sophomore. Matthew Renninger, from Schuylkill Haven Area, rounds out the top six runners who will compete at Nationals.

Max Figuerudo, and Vincent May, veterans who have served our country, and Augie Torres, are also members of the team.



From the sweltering days of August until the cool of November, these young men and women have logged hundreds of training miles, on the roads, trails, and the track. For their efforts, they will have the opportunity to run against other small college runners from 42 schools from across the country at Na
Virginia Beach-Penn State Schuylkill's Men's and Women's cross country teams participated at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's national cross country championship meet on Friday.


For the women, Schuylkill's Alexis Luna was the top finisher among Penn State University Athletic Conference runners at the meet. Schuylkill's women's team also topped all the PSUAC schools. Luna placed 55th in the 198-runner field, with a time of 26:42 on the 6K course. Casey Renninger placed 87th in 28:30. Coral Kreiser finished 104th, with a time of 29:29, followed by Casey Gregory, who placed 126th, in 32:01. Justice Demitro placed 147th, with a time of 35:51. Schuylkilll finished 16th in a 36-team field.


For the men, Hunter Firing led Schuylkill's squad by placing 103rd, with a time of 31:43 on the 8K course. Nico Granito placed 117th, in 32:55. Brett Rushannon ran a 34:36 to place 133rd. Tristan Dickey finished 143rd, in 35:55, followed by Josh White, who ran 37:57 and placed 151st. Vince May covered the course in 41:20 and finished 163rd.


Virginia Beach-Penn State Schuylkill's Men's and Women's cross country teams participated at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's national cross country championship meet on Friday.


For the women, Schuylkill's Alexis Luna was the top finisher among Penn State University Athletic Conference runners at the meet. Schuylkill's women's team also topped all the PSUAC schools. Luna placed 55th in the 198-runner field, with a time of 26:42 on the 6K course. Casey Renninger placed 87th in 28:30. Coral Kreiser finished 104th, with a time of 29:29, followed by Casey Gregory, who placed 126th, in 32:01. Justice Demitro placed 147th, with a time of 35:51. Schuylkilll finished 16th in a 36-team field.


For the men, Hunter Firing led Schuylkill's squad by placing 103rd, with a time of 31:43 on the 8K course. Nico Granito placed 117th, in 32:55. Brett Rushannon ran a 34:36 to place 133rd. Tristan Dickey finished 143rd, in 35:55, followed by Josh White, who ran 37:57 and placed 151st. Vince May covered the course in 41:20 and finished 163rd.


Schuylkill men placed 21st in a 32 team field.


 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RUN LIGHT, RUN SAFE

Autumn is here, and the days are getting shorter.

It's marathon season, and many runners are logging long training runs in preparation for their fall events.

Heavy traffic, distracted drivers, and fewer hours of daylight pose dangerous hazards to runners as they prepare for competition.

Safety needs to be our first priority.

The Dawise waist pack, available at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01IRD3J5E/ref=mp_s_a_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1473438704&sr=8-16&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=daswise&dpPl=1&dpID=516ExMji42L&ref=plSrch
is a lightweight running belt that enables you to carry your phone and other items, AND includes a safety light for increased visibility.

This iphone 6 plus running belt is made from extremely light materials hence a user will barely notice it they are wearing it. Although the material is lightweight, it is still very durable and resistant to wear and tear.

The Daswise waist pack with safety light is made from high-quality water-proof polyester material that is highly elastic and can stretch without tearing, ensuring that all your valuables and essentials are kept safe despite the weather conditions. The safety light will keep you visible to motorists.

It has enough storage to carry considerably large Smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy and iphone 6 plus. You can also carry additional items, like bank cards, energy bars and inhalers. It also uses 3 replaceable AG4/377 Batteries that can last up to 60 hours.

This running waist pack has an easy-to-use adjusting buckle that makes it expandable hence can fit any waist size. The buckle of our treadmill running belt is excellently designed hence is durable and insusceptible to breakage.

The Daswise waterproof running belt does not move around or disturb you while you are exercising. Its straps are made from soft but high quality material that wraps comfortably around your body.

The belt is available in three different colors: black, blue, and pink.


Stay safe, stylish, while you run by going to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01IRD3J5E/ref=mp_s_a_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1473438704&sr=8-16&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=daswise&dpPl=1&dpID=516ExMji42L&ref=plSrch
to order this inexpensive and practical running product.

 






Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GREAT RACE; GREAT CAUSE


The Speed The Light 5K Virtual 5K is a virtual race that can be run (or walked!) anytime and anywhere, even indoors on a treadmill. You can even breakup your virtual run into multiple runs if you would like.

Simply register for the run (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speed-the-light-virtual-5k-tickets-27283927963), complete the distance at any time and anywhere you desire (don't forget to time yourself), and email us with your finish time. At the end of October we will mail you a finisher’s medal, a t-shirt with the event logo on it, and a $25 iTunes Gift Card (for our winner).

We accept results on the honor system, so you can track your distance and time however you like. The most accurate way to do this is by using a Running GPS watch, but there are also several free smartphone apps available for iPhones and Android devices that you may be interested in.

The cost of this event will be $35 per person. This will cover your shirt, medal, shipping and handeling and a donation to Speed The Light (STL). STL provides essential transportation and creative communication equipment for missionary evangelism. STL is the student-initiated, volunteer, charitable program that provides much-needed equipment to missionaries across the nation and in over 180 countries around the world. Since its beginning, STL has raised over $253 million for missionary equipment around the world. It has provided vehicles for organizations like Convoy of Hope (Disater Response) and F.R.E.E. International (Fighting Human Trafficking). For more information on STL check out www.stl.ag.org

We hope you can be apart of us Speeding Light to a dark world by running/jogging/or walking!

Have Questions? Contact Scott Laurain at Scott@ncalife.org
 
 

Monday, September 12, 2016

GOOD TIMES IN RIO


The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio last month have concluded.

Despite fears of crime, polluted water, and potential terrorism, the Olympic Games were held without incident.

America led the medal count, with American athletes earning 121 total medals. 46 gold medals were awarded to America, along with 37 silver and 38 bronze.

In recent years, American middle and long distance runners have been dominated in races ranging from the 800-meters to the marathon by athletes from the East African countries of Kenya and Ethiopia. In fact, athletes from countries all over the world have eclipsed us at the long distance running races in recent Olympic competitions. The Rio Olympics, however, marked a resurgence of American middle and long distance running power.

When American, Galen Rupp, of Oregon crossed the finish line in third place at the Olympic marathon, held on the final day of the Games, he earned America’s seventh medal in the middle and long distances. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, American long distance runners brought home only two medals. This time around, American harriers captured two more medals in Rio than they had earned in the past four Olympics combined.

American Matt Centrowitz shocked the distance running world by besting the Kenyans and winning the 1500-meter (metric mile) event, snapping a 108-year American drought in the event, becoming the first U.S. runner to win the 1500-meters since 1908. Centrowitz bested the field by turning in a 50-second final lap.

The steeplechase is a nasty event. 3,000 meters in length, and features four hurdles as well as a water jump, which is 12-feet in length. It also is an event in which American runners are rarely competitive on the world stage.

At Rio, America’s Emma Coburn took the silver medal, becoming the first U.S. woman to ever earn an Olympic steeplechase medal. The next day, Evan Jager captured the bronze,earning the United States’ first steeplechase medal for men in 32 years.

Paul Chelimo placed second in the 5,000-meters; while Clayton Murphy and Jenny Simpson earned bronze medals in the 800 and 1500-meters respectively.

Excellent coaching by former Olympian Alberto Salazar, increased training at the thin air of high altitude, which increases lung capacity and endurance, corporate sponsorship, which allows these athletes to put in countless hours of training, combined with extraordinary dedication from the young men and women themselves has catapulted U.S. runners back to the top of the distance running world.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TOM AUSHERMAN 5-MILER

http://www.ausherman5miles.com/

Not many races have been around for 29 years, but this one has.

More random prizes, deep age-division awards, in plenty of age groups, cash prizes, food, beverages, and a lot of fun. Chambersburg, a quaint little town, near Gettysburg, is south-central Pennsylvania, is the place to race on Saturday.