Archive for March, 2012

Barefoot in the park?

To me, the idea of running barefoot is like reading the “Twilight” series as an adult. I guess I understand why some people do it, but it definitely isn’t for me.

To justify the idea of pounding the pavement with unshod feet, barefoot runners point to studies supporting the idea that their natural running form is is compromised by the constraints of padding. But all I can think of every time I think I come close to trying the barefoot thing is that I like my feet clean and rusty nail-free.

It was nice, then, to read this recent New York Times blog post making the case for running shoes. The piece references a study wherein 12 men with extensive barefoot running experience were asked to run in both lightweight running shoes and in socked feet with small weights attached to the tops of their feet, equaling the weight of the shoes.

The study concluded that when barefoot runners and runners with shoes carried the same weight on their feet, barefoot running used almost 4 percent …

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What races are you running to prepare?

The 5K Pack Hike in Lawrenceville is Saturday, May 5, 2012.  Photo by Jason Getz

The 5K Pack Hike in Lawrenceville is Saturday, May 5, 2012. Photo by Jason Getz

Now that the mad dash to register for the AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery is over (Good luck — may the odds be ever in your favor!), it’s time to start looking ahead to the actual race.

If you’ve never done an organized run, it might not be a bad idea to do a 5K to prepare for the PRR. Sure, a 5K is only half the distance, but it’ll help get you in the organized running mindset and give you an idea of what to expect come race day in terms of running in a big group, packet pickup and fighting people for port-a-potties. And it’s just a nice way to motivate yourself as the weather gets more humid (Mom would be so disappointed if you skipped the race you paid $30 to enter).

There are a ton to choose from in the next few months, including the Run for Orphans 5K in Alpharetta Saturday, March 31 (it’s also a Peachtree qualifier if you want to use the time toward next year’s PRR registration); the …

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The importance of start wave placement times

Submit a start wave placement time -- or live to regret it! -- Photo by Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com

Submit a start wave placement time — or live to regret it! — Photo by Johnny Crawford, jcrawford@ajc.com

It’s hard to believe it’s already time to register for the AJC Peachtree Road Race…it seems like only yesterday that we were discussing our favorite — and just a few not-so-favorite — moments from last year’s race. With the deadline for registration fast approaching (you have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 22 to get in on this — register now before it’s too late, go go go!), it’s time we had a frank talk — go ahead, sit down — about submitting start wave placement times.

I learned the importance of this the hard way last year, when I apparently didn’t enter the correct time from a PRR qualifying race and ended up getting a less-than-desirable start time. So, learn from my mistake — that’s what I’m here for (well, that and complaining about having to do training runs in ridiculously high humidity). In the “Start Wave Placement”  area of the registration form, make sure …

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AJC Peachtree Road Race lottery closes soon

The lottery entry system for the AJC Peachtree Road Race will close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Go to http://www.ajc.com/sports/peachtree-road-race/ to register.

Winning entrants will be notified March 26 by email.

Winning entrants can pick up their numbers on July 2 or July 3 at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center, or they can pay $7.50 to have it mailed.

Those wishing to run in  a group of as many as 10 people may select “Group” when they enter the lottery. If their group is selected, each participant will be slotted into the appropriate start wave based upon their submitted finished time.

Atlanta Track Club members will receive guaranteed entry opportunity into the race as long as their memberships are current as of Feb. 1. “Streakers,” those who have participated in at least 10 AJC Peachtree Road Races, will receive special consideration if they aren’t selected in the lottery.

The registration fee is $35.

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