Monday, April 22, 2013
A local runner has taken on the challenge of completing 30 races in one year.
Crossing the finish line in a race is an experience few things can match, some runners will tell you. That's been the case for Arlington resident Lauren Bailey, who started running seven years ago. But Bailey's first marathon didn't go exactly as planned. “At mile 15-and-a-half, I had heatstroke,” she told Patch. “So I had to stop running the marathon, and it was the single most disappointing thing that had ever happened to me… I knew I never wanted to feel that way again.” Bailey used that initial setback to fuel her determination and embarked on a personal challenge that was at the same time daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. “For my 30th birthday, I knew I wanted to do something big…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Arlington area is full of runners and running events to get in shape.
Running is an inexpensive and flexible way to keep a New Year's resolution to get more active or lose a few pounds. The Arlington area is lucky to have great outdoor running options and plenty of events to train toward if you need a deadline to help you meet your goal. The Mayo Clinic offers a free online training schedule developed by Olympian Jeff Galloway to get you 5K run ready in just seven weeks, even if you are a beginner. A 5K run is 3.1 miles. "Don't be daunted by the distance. A 5K run is a great distance for a beginner. And you can prepare for a 5K run in just two months," according to the Mayo Clinic website. With the training schedule in-hand, you can pick a local race seven or eight weeks in the future and start working …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
They began running for different reasons, but Sunday they ran with the same goal -- finish their first Marine Corps Marathon.
The 36th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Sunday is limited to 30,000 participants. Yet registration sold out in record time -- 28 hours, four minutes. Three first-time MCM runners who trained with Potomac River Running (Burke and Reston) gave an overview of their preparation. Angeline Hannachi of Fairfax (first marathon) I began running last year in order to further my weight loss goals. Prior to July 2010, I had never run more than a couple miles at a time, and I have always struggled with my weight. Between being a single mother, working full time and going to school part time, my weight had ballooned to 240 by the end of 2009. On Jan. 1, 2010, I determined that I would lose the weight once and for all. Since then I've shed about 80 …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Nation's Triathlon sees beautiful weather and raises $2.75 million for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Jay Fisette still hates running. But the Arlington County Board member said he "just got through" the 10K run in Sunday's Nation's Triathlon. The 40K bike course made up for it, he said. "The route was just beautiful," Fisette said. "It's a really great layout for a triathlon." The route took participants past the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and up Canal Road and Clara Barton Parkway into Maryland. Fisette's best event, the one-mile swim course, was cancelled due to flooding. He posted a time of 2:26:06 in the two-part triathlon, and he worked for it. "I know I've got lots of muscles in my legs, because now I'm feeling every one of them," Fisette said Monday. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown finished at 2:10:24. Brown, 40, is 15 …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Race organizers cancel swimming portion, eliminating Arlington's Fisette's best event.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
Jay Fisette hates running. Until January, he had never even been on a treadmill. But when the Arlington County Board member decided to participate in the Nation's Triathlon, he figured it was time to become a runner. "A lot of this is about what condition your heart is in, your cardiovascular health," Fisette said. "If you have that, then it's just a matter of learning the motions of running, swimming, biking." Fisette has the swimming down. In high school he was an All-American swimmer, and he has kept fit through swimming ever since. That's why the rain over the past week, with some localities along the Potomac getting up to 10 inches, has really put a damper on Fisette's plans for his first Olympic-length triathlon. Race organizers and …
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Fun Runs and free injury screenings attract men and women on the move.
Pacers, a DC-area running supplies retailer, has positioned itself as a hub for those who pound the pavement in Clarendon. Thursday nights bring a slew of activity to the store with packs of five-mile fun runners as well as some walking wounded looking for advice. Injuries Abound With the Marine Corps Marathon just around the bend, many Arlingtoners have been pushing themselves in anticipation -- some who've been around the block a couple times and some who are looking for a new challenge. When the would-be marathoners first decided to gear up for the race last month, Dr. Kevin Maggs of Active Spine and Sport saw a spike in running-related injuries. Maggs offers free screenings and diagnoses every Thursday evening by an examining table …
Friday, October 22, 2010
Practical advice and helpful tips for runners of all shapes and sizes.
When I first started telling my friends and family that I've taken to the name " The Fat Runner," they seemed shocked and a bit mortified that I would call myself such a thing. One of my friends seemed genuinely upset saying she felt like I was putting myself down. Not true at all! I call myself a fat runner well, because I am but not just that. I say it with pride. How many fat runners do you know? There aren't a lot of us and that is a shame! We've bought into the idea that somehow we can't enjoy running too and it is my hope that when you read about this fat runner, it changes your idea of who can be a runner. If you've ever dreamed about becoming a runner or are already on your way or maybe its never even crossed your mind …