The Daugherty Family Makes Running A Family Event

Our family has Friday family night, which usually consists of going out to eat since by Friday neither of us feel like cooking dinner.  We have three children ages 10, 7 and 2 years old.  On June 3th we spent our family night at the Tiger Classic 5k race in Bristol Pa.  This race is special to our family because it is the race my husband and I met at.  In 1992 the race was 10K held on Memorial Day.  My husband won that race and I finished 2nd in the women’s race.     After the race we got talking, found out we lonely lived 2 miles apart and the rest in history.  At one time we both held the 10k course records. We have traveled back to the race every year.  The girls like eating the goodies after the race and especially enjoy picking prizes from the tables of stuff the race offers.

The race was held on a  Friday evening. The temperature was great better than a week ago when it was in the 90’s.  Shelby and Paige have run several 5k’s   Shelby ran the race solo because my husband ran with our 7-year-old daughter Paige. As Shelby approached the finish on the track a the crowds cheered I heard someone say look at that little girl.  She tried with everything she had left to catch the lady in front of her but the lady told us later she gave everything to stay a head of Shelby- “I could not let a little girl beat me”.  She won the girls 12 and under age group with a time of 28:05 (actually beat the boys in the age group as well.  As Paige approached the finish line the crowds cheered for her and  once again I heard runners say look at the little girl she is even talking.  The runner in front of her said she worked hard to stay ahead of Paige because she couldn’t let a little girl beat her.  The female runner told me she “looked back once and saw a small girl running and talking not out of breath while she was feeling exhausted.  She worked harder because she was worried the little girl would catch her and pass her”.    She was 2nd in the 12 and under age group with a time of 32:22- first place was her big sister.  She ran 6 1/2 minutes faster than lat year at the same race. I also won my age group but the little ones stole the show.  To top off our evening we stopped for ice cream on the way home.    The girls earned a large ice cream.

Both our daughters think nothing running a race.  The incredible thing is they don’t train at all.  They sign up for a race, the week before run 2 miles and them race the 5k.  Months later the same thing for another race.  We want them to enjoy what they are doing after all most sports use running as a punishment.  They view it as something they can do that most adults wont do.  The Tiger race next year may have another Daugherty entered.  Miles is only turning three in September but he runs around trying to keep up with his sisters, so the  1 mile should be no problem for Miles.  Look out Girls Cross Country team competitors in 2017 the Daugherty girls are coming.


The Stitch

We’ve all had this one, a sudden sharp pain in the side of the upper abdomen at the base of the ribs. A side stitch typically happens when you’re really pushing yourself and fades quickly when you slow down or stop. The stitch is particularly common for new runners still adjusting to the rigors of running.

Likely causes:
The pain is caused by a spasm of the diaphragm, the muscle that controls your breathing. There are a number of possible reasons for this. If your breathing isn’t controlled and disciplined, the diaphragm may be complaining. If you are running too soon after eating, your heavy stomach may literally be tugging at the ligaments connected to the diaphragm. Or you may simply be running too fast for your body’s breathing machinery to keep up.

A stitch will usually go away quickly after just slowing down or stopping. If you’re in a race or you just don’t want to stop, however, you can often make it go away by bringing your breathing into careful control. Concentrate on belly breathing, pushing your belly out when you breathe in and relaxing it as you breathe out. Take deep breaths on the intake, and exhale suddenly, even noisily. To get the diaphragm to contract in rhythm with your steps, try to inhale and exhale as you land on your left foot. Strange but true, this can help prevent spasms by encouraging the diaphragm to bounce along in sync with your stride.

If the pain is just too much and you have to stop, try bending over and raising your knee on the stitch side while pressing your fingers deep into the painful area and tightening your stomach muscles. Or just walk while belly breathing.

A Barefoot Ethiopian Conquers Rome

This video will make you think how lucky we are to have running shoes.   In some countries they run without shoes. Can you imagine running without shoes?  How about in the Olympics.  Imagine running a marathon without shoes.  The pounding of your feet on the pavement, with gravel for over 2 hours.

McDonald’s-only runner finishes in top 30 top at Los Angeles Marathon

Can you believe a marathon runner vowed to eat only McDonald’s in the 30 days leading up to the Los Angeles Marathon? To make it even more unbelievable he ran a   personal best time at the event and finished 29th overall.

Joe D’Amico, a 36-year-old dad from Palatine, Illinois has completed 14 marathons. But the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon had a different twist same training but he ate McDonald’s for 30 days prior to the race.   Joe  ran the marathon in 2:36:13 on March 20, 2011 beating his previous personal record by 41 seconds.
“It went just as I planned,” Mr D’Amico said after completing the 42.1km race.

“The course was much tougher than I expected and the wind and rain didn’t help, but I felt strong.”

In the month leading up to the marathon, D’Amico ate 99 meals at McDonald’s.

His typical daily intake consisted of hotcakes and an Egg McMuffin for breakfast, a grilled chicken burger and a large Coke for lunch, and a hamburger and fries for dinner.

He allowed himself to drink water and take a daily multivitamin and a runner’s supplement.

He said he took on the personal challenge because he loves McDonald’s and running, and but insisted he was not trying to make a point.

His effort garnered more than 23,000 Facebook fans and raised $27,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mr D’Amico said his wife chose the restaurant where they ate last night.

“We managed to walk past a couple of McDonald’s restaurants after the race without stopping,” he said.

“I’ll probably be back in a McDonald’s sometime next week.”

Anyone that has trained for a marathon will find this story unusual maybe hard to believe.  The best part was the money he raised for  the Ronald McDonald house.  What better way to combined two things.  With his little twist on training for this marathon he probably had lots of people thinking he was crazy. But he did pick some of the healthier meals not Big Macs and supper size fries.

Marathon-Party at Your Pace

Marathons are never easy, but pace groups make them less hard and more fun.  But today marathons offer a lot more than a few decades ago to help make the experience easier.  Some have lots of music, some run through scenic areas but the thing that helps the most are pace setters.

Indeed, 20 years ago, the only runners with pacesetters where elites who had paid “rabbits” to help them hit splits on their way to fast, incentive-pay-laden times.   Today, however, pace groups have become as integral to the modern marathon experience as timing chips, gel stations, and post race space blankets.  If you’ve run a marathon–or even a large half-marathon–in the last five years, chances are you’ve seen them: troops of runners clustered around a leader carrying balloons or a banner  with a goal finish time.  When marathons offer pace groups, an estimated 30 percent of the field chooses to run with one (the 4:00 pace group attracts the largest crowds).  This makes it less intimidating for the novice runner if they have someone who will help then not start the race to fast resulting in a better finish and the individual feeling better about running another marathon.  “Our runners expect it,” says Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

Sometimes the pace groups are led by volunteers from local running clubs; sometimes they’re outfitted and organized by major sponsors.  Part cheerleader, part psychiatrist, a pacer spends many hours during the race encouraging, by reassuring scores and sometimes hundreds of relative strangers to their dream finish line.  The pace setters are experienced runners that will pace the group to a time that is well within their personal time often using it as a training run for their own marathon coming up.

Getting Past “The Wall” on Marathon Race Day

By Gale Bernhardt-

During a marathon, everyone experiences highs and lows. Knowing this helps alleviate stress during the race. When you hit a rough patch, stay focused and try to be a problem solver. Whatever is bothering you at that time, brainstorm possible solutions for the problem. Then, pick the best to keep you going.

Follow these nine tips to avoid or break through the wall, so you can finish your race at your ideal time.

  1. Pace yourself. One strategy for doing this is begin the first quarter of the event slightly slower than the average pace you hope to achieve — each remaining quarter faster than the preceding one. This keeps you from burning out too fast. This “negative-split” strategy has produced numerous world and personal records.
  2. Try not to be so hard on yourself. During the race, ask yourself, “Am I doing the best I can at this moment?” Your answer should be “yes.” You will have no apologies to make to anyone.
  3. Break the race into small pieces. Near the end of the event, when it gets difficult and your legs no longer feel fresh, make small goals for yourself. Can you run for five more minutes? Can you run to a land mark within your vision?
  4. Carry a small tube of lip balm with sunscreen. You can, of course, use the balm on your lips to prevent chapping and sunburn, but it has a second purpose. If you feel hot spots forming on your feet, use the lip balm to reduce friction and prevent blisters. With your finger, remove a small piece of lip balm and apply it generously to the hot spot and surrounding area. Stopping to take care of a potential problem like this can save you time in the long haul.
  5. Positive self-talk makes a significant influence on event performance. Develop at least one positive mantra to use during the race. Some suggestions include:”I’m fit, I’m good, I’m fast.”
    “Every day, in every way, I’m better, stronger, happier.”
    “I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m light on my feet.”
    Mantras can be performance-oriented or feeling-oriented. When you find your mind wandering into the land of negative self-talk, use one of your mantras to change your mindset.
  6. H2O. To successfully complete a marathon at the highest pace possible, it’s critical to hydrate and fuel at a steady pace. When using aids stations two miles apart, consume 50 to 100 calories of energy drink and four to eight ounces of fluid at each aid station.If the race-supplied energy drink doesn’t suit you, carry your own drink and drink mix or gels. It’s not as convenient as using the race-supplied drink, but it’s better than an upset stomach.Note: If you consume an entire gel, you need approximately 16 ounces of water to dilute the gel so your body can easily absorb the solution.
  7. Stay flexible. If race day weather is hot, windy or cold, adjust your pace goals accordingly. Also, adjust your fueling and hydration plan to accommodate the conditions.
  8. The wall. Even if you hit the wall — and have a gorilla climb on your back — you can still recover and successfully finish the marathon. Slow your pace or do a combination of walking and running. Other runners/spectators may see your effort and begin cheering to help you during the rough part.
  9. Get your energy. If you skimped on calories and fluids before hitting the wall, walk through one or more aid stations and refuel and hydrate. Energy drinks contain calories and electrolytes that help you feel better. If you know you are a heavy sweater and need additional electrolytes, sodium in particular, carry a small baggie with electrolyte tablets with you. You’ll know if you need to do this based on your long training runs.

Hitting the wall in a race is tough, but follow these tips and you’ll find a way to push through it, if not avoid it all together. If you hit the wall don’t worry you will learn from the experience helping you with your next marathon.

Joan Benoit- Samuelson Continues To Run Fast At 53 Years Old

Joan Benoit-Samuelson defies age by running  2:47 in Chicago

More than a quarter of a century since her victory at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Marathon, 53-year-old Joan Benoit-Samuelson is still going strong.  She finished 43rd in the woman’s race at the Chicago Marathon finishing in  2:47:50.  Her 23-year-old daughter, Abby made her  marathon debut at Chicago 2010 while her mother had other numbers in mind.

Joan was attracted to Chicago “because of  the symmetry of numbers”. Sunday’s date is 10-10-10. The race was  the 25th anniversary of the American record that she set there in 1985 with a personal best of 2:21:21  – a mark that stood until 2003.

Joan is the first female and only 19th runner to run sub 3 hour marathon in five different decades.

  • April 16, 1979  – Boston Marathon – 2:35:16
  • October 20, 1985  – Chicago Marathon – 2:21:21
  • April 15, 1991 – Boston Marathon – 2:26:54
  • February 26, 2000 – Columbia Marathon/ Us Olympic Trails –  2:39:59
  • October 10, 2010 – Chicago Marathon – 2:47:50

Her time in Chicago was 1:50 off the qualifying time.  A time below 2 hours 46 minutes would qualify her for the United States Olympic trials for a record fifth time in 2012.
Joan Benoit is an example that age doesn’t mean you have to slow down.