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In the News: How Running or Jogging Can Help You Lose Various Things
As covered recently in approximately 18,000 media outlets, Duke University researchers have concluded that "Jogging beats weight lifting for losing belly fat."
That's a representative headline, from an article on USAToday.com, which explains:
Aerobic exercise is better than resistance training if you want to lose the belly fat that poses a serious threat to your health, researchers say.
That's the finding of their eight-month study that compared the effectiveness of aerobic exercise (such as jogging), resistance training (such as weight lifting), or a combination of the two activities in 196 overweight, sedentary adults aged 18 to 70.
So the good news is that aerobic activity is a clear winner, when it comes to reducing "belly fat."
The sad news is that this apparently applies only to joggers. Not to runners. Most news outlets, including USA Today, are using the j-word in their coverage. Will running also work to burn belly fat? We just don't know.
Further complicating matters is our own hugely popular book, Run Your Butt Off!, whose central premise is that running can, at a minimum, help you lose your butt.
Confused yet? You aren't alone. All these activities, all these losses… It's a lot to keep straight. In an effort to help clear things up, I've summarized the salient details of these findings, as well as some other helpful information, here:
GORE-TEX TransRockies Run: Conclusion
If you’ve ever considered entering a multiday stage race, I would highly recommend the Gore-Tex TransRockies run. This event is wonderfully organized and the aid and support along the way is tremendous. In addition to the traditional 6-day race, last year a 3-day option was added.
Unlike some of the other multiday stage races I’ve participated in, the TransRockies race requires less mandatory gear to carry during the runs. Also, your morning and evening meals are prepared for you as opposed to having to carry your daily food ration on your back. Imagine that, instead of freeze-dried meals out of a Mylar bag you’re treated to gourmet food, trailside!
Another amenity not afforded in many other multiday races is a warm shower at night. Sure, you may prefer running for six days straight without showering, but probably not. The popularity of multiday racing continues to grow. If you’re searching for the next thing in your running quests the TransRockies race could be it!
Keep discovering, Dean
Pre-TNF UTMB Interviews with Lizzy Hawker and Helen Cospolich
Bonus iRunFar Contest It’s time to predict the women’s winner and her time. We’ll be giving away an iRunFar hat, an iRunFar tee-shirt (see store for options), and a signed copy of Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons to the person who picks the women’s winner and then most closely predicts her time without going over the winning time. (Price Is Right rule, Americans) Hours and minutes ONLY. If there’s a tie based on picking the winner and her time, the prize goes to the first person to post a particular time and winner. (In other words, the first correct winner and time prediction gets priority over matching later entries.) To enter, just leave a comment below (emails and Facebook comments are not eligible!) prior to the start of the race. This prize pack is available to anyone world wide.Lizzy Hawker You have a lot of experience with UTMB. You won in 2005, 2008, and 2010. In addition, in 2009, you were second to Krissy Moehl. What’s it like returning to race that you know so well? What’s it like returning to a race as a defending champion, knowing that the women’s field is deep with talent?
Lizzy Hawker: The UTMB becomes something that is so much more than just the incredible challenge of the race itself. Every runner, every volunteer and every supporter becomes part of something truly special – the shared passion and dedication make this so much more than just a race – more a shared journey of exploration and endurance within the greater journey of our own life. I’m just looking forward to the challenge of going deep within myself and making my own journey, while sharing the experience with so many.
iRF: How has your training been going this summer? Have you had any particular training days or trips that were really good or memorable? What kind of training do you do? Lots of days in the mountains? Speedwork? Some of everything?
Hawker: Training during the summer race season inevitably includes something of everything – and is specifically focused towards the races that I am next aiming for. Thinking towards UTMB then two memorable training stints were a 2-day solo run over the route of the UTMB in June, and a 2-day solo run following the Tour de Monte Rosa just last week. Each time, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the mountain environment and felt a deep joy in the freedom of being able to move …
iRF: We understand that you’ve raced this summer, most recently winning the 78km Swiss Alpine Davos in late July. For iRunFar’s readers who might not be familiar with this race, can you tell us about it? Can you also tell us about how you felt out there? Did winning that race instill in you some confidence for UTMB?
Hawker: The 78km Swiss Alpine is a beautiful and challenging race and it was a privilege to return for my third win. Each race stands alone, but the end of one race is the beginning of the journey to the next (a week later I won a 2-day double mountain marathon). Each and every race is unique with its own challenges and demands – but each gives you something to learn and something to take forward to the next race. These last two races gave me a deep joy and reminded me that if we dig deep in there to really ‘be in ourselves’ at every moment of the race – then surely we can reach beyond what we believe possible.
iRF: Krissy Moehl is returning to UTMB this year, as you know. Who else do you see as your competition out on the course? Are there any other runners with whom you’re looking forward to racing?
Hawker: It will be a privilege to be part of such a deep and talented women’s field, but for me the important thing is to focus on the race rather than to think about the competition. I hope just to run the best that I can at each moment of the race, to give ‘all’ that I can, to feel joy in my run, and to share an incredible experience with so many people.Helen Cospolich
We last saw you when you finished the Western States 100 in 20:44 back in June. After that, you went on to win the Silver Rush 50 in July. Have we missed any other summer races for you?
Helen Cospolich: This year I did most of my racing in the spring as preparation for WS100 in June, so my schedule was intentionally heavy then. I raced Way Too Cool 50K in March, Spring Desert 50 Mile in April, Miwok 100K in May, and then Dirty Thirty 50K in June leading up to Western. Because Western was a focus for me, I spent much of my training time on flat ground working on speed, and I think it paid off in my early season races as I PR’d in all of them.
iRF: How has your training been this summer? We imagine UTMB is a goal race. That said, how have you structured your training to lead up to this race?
Cospolich: UTMB is a goal race for sure, but it’s been an interesting season leading up to it this year. I think I’ve found that racing two 100s in one summer pushes my limit for training. Last year I focused solely on UTMB by running the mountains all summer, starting in June. This summer I was still training for WS100 in June, and there was too much snow up high to run the peaks until mid-July. So I feel a bit like I’ve had to cram my vertical training into a month or two. I’m not sure how it will work out for the race, but I do keep telling myself that the altitude shouldn’t be a problem because I live at about 10,000 feet. I’ve spent the last few weekends running 14ers and ski areas. On the weekdays, since I’m working, I’ve been leaving the house as early as 4:30 a.m. to put in some mountain trail running before work. I’ve seen a ton of bears this summer, too.
iRF: You’ve raced in Europe before, and you placed seventh at the 2010 UTMB. Is course knowledge and experience with the abroad racing culture important? That is, is this an advantage for you?
Cospolich: Yes, absolutely! While we didn’t see all of the course last year with the mudslide and reroute, I got a really good sense of the culture and the “scene” of the race, as well as the trails. I went into it last year expecting a course as technically difficult as the Hardrock 100, and was kindof shocked that it wasn’t at all like that. Yes, there’s a ton of vertical, but the trails are so well-used over hundreds of years that they are easily distinguishable, and pretty runable in most places. Last year I was so intimidated by the whole scene of the race, but this year I’m happy to be returning knowing what it’s like. And I think in some regards it’s easier to run your own race when there are so many people around you. I enjoyed being relatively anonymous last year and hope it will be that way again this year.
iRF: You must have a few goals for the race. Can you let us in on perhaps one of those goals?
Cospolich: Honestly, I haven’t yet pieced together my goals for this year’s race. I’m working on that now and should have a good sense of it after I study the other competitors and the course more. There are a lot of very fast American women running this year, but to my knowledge, few of them have done this event before. I’m actually more concerned about the Americans than the Europeans. I think we will have a great American showing there for both men and women! I came off of Western States a little burnt out, raced the Leadville Silver Rush 50, and then I got the stomach flu and spent a family vacation at the beach. When I returned to Colorado I jammed my leg pretty good on a scree face at 13,000 feet, but I’m feeling pretty good now and trying to enjoy the taper leading up to the race and gain motivation over this time. I figure maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve been really busy with work and getting my daughter ready for school and extracurricular activities, which start the week I’m away. But overall, I’m excited to run in the Alps and really looking forward to racing UTMB again.Call for Comments
Which ladies do you think will run to the front of the pack at this year’s The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc? Who are the possible contenders other than women we named?
Digital meets the trail at UTMB...
While running 3,000 miles across the country, I suffered only one small blister along the way. This may lead you to conclude that I know volumes about blister prevention. I don't, and fortunately, I don't need to. Some people, it seems, are just more prone to blisters than others. I am not one of those people. I could run in sandpaper socks and probably not chafe. Lucky me.
But this article is not about me. It’s about strategies for those people who do get blisters. Given my lack of practical experience, I am probably the least qualified person of all to write this piece. So if any of you readers can offer some suggestions, please leave your comments below.
Okay, here goes.
Blister Prevention 101 involves keeping your feet as dry as possible. Wet feet are a surefire recipe for blisters. A pair of good moisture-wicking socks is essential in keeping your feet dry. Some runners also find it useful to sprinkle some talcum powder in their socks to help absorb excess moisture. Blister Shield and Gold Bond are two popular options.
One product you may not have heard of is a blister prevention spray called Blisstop. I know some blister-prone runners who swear by the stuff.
An African proverb reads: “Life is short and full of blisters.” Hopefully these tips can help your running be long and blister-free!
Okay, my fellow blister-savvy comrades, now it’s up to you. Any additional thoughts, suggestions, insights, or recommendations? Take it away…
Drumming and Running, Revisited
Almost exactly three years ago in this space, we asked, Are you fit as a drummmer?
The inspiration for this question came from an article in the Sunday Times of London, which said:
After an eight-year study of Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, sports scientists have concluded drummers are comparable in their physical prowess with world-class sportsmen.
To which we responded, in our post:
Now, it's a little hard to take seriously any scientific study that has a sample size of a single person—particularly when that person is named Clem.
Still, as we noted, at least one sports scientist maintained that Mr. Burke "is no different to the Olympic athletes I have worked with."
And today we learn that Neil Peart would back him up on that claim.
Neil Peart, as I'm sure you know, is drummer for the rock band Rush, which is as awesome as it is Canadian. In a profile from yesterday's L.A. Times, in which Mr. Peart discusses his fitness regimen and the rigors of drumming onstage, he says:
"Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon while solving equations. My mind is as busy as it can be, and so is my body; full output all the time."
Sadly, he also admits, later, that he "doesn't like running."
Will that stop me from saluting Neil Peart here, and sharing a Rush video? Oh, I think not.
Rock on, Mr. Peart.
And come on… give running a try sometime. It bears a gift beyond price. Almost free.
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Is Paddleboard Yoga the Next Big Trend?
From Seattle to Syracuse, classes combining yoga and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are catching on with both yoga and water sports enthusiasts. News stories are popping up all over about the combination, which promises to offer a challenging twist on the practice of yoga. From what we can tell, it's exactly what it sounds like: Yoga poses on a giant surf board.
It looks like fun, but can it enhance your yoga practice?
According to Austin, Texas yoga teacher Stphany Heeren, yes. Doing yoga on the water works your core in a different way as you try and keep your balance with challenging poses like Side Plank or even Headstand, she told NBC affiliate KXAN. It challenges your balance, forces you to be present, and gives you a chance to be enjoy nature.
It sounds like a winning combo us. Not to mention, it would give you a great answer to the question, "Where's the craziest place you've ever practiced yoga?"
What do you think? Would you be willing to practice yoga on a stand up paddle board? If you have tried it, what did you think?
The Most Beautiful Distance in the World: 0.2 Mile
After yesterday's post, , I felt a follow-up was in order. For two reasons:
1. To say just how much I love you guys. Some of your nominations were awesome. (Free pie? Cold beer? FREE BEER? Yes please.) And
2. To expand just a bit on my own "most beautiful two words," which as you'll recall were: Mile 26.
Several commenters argued that finish or finish line were, logically, more beautiful. After all, noted one reader, finish "applies to all races including the marathon and it's when a good amount of the pain stops."
Fair point. And in fact I almost chose finish as the most beautiful word in the English language. But I didn't. It just seemed too predictable, too easy.
The more I thought about it, though, I realized that there's more to it than that. I really do believe that seeing the Mile 26 sign in a marathon is better than actually finishing.
The finish line is the goal, of course. It's what you've been working toward for months. It's also, as that reader noted, where much of the pain stops. But it represents an ending — a finality that can seem bittersweet, that can almost leave us feeling a little sad.
The Mile 26 sign, on the other hand, says, "Congrats! You've made it… practically." With very few, very rare exceptions, if the Mile 26 sign is in sight, you're golden and you know it. And you've got 2/10 of a mile to bask in that knowledge while you're still running.
It's 0.2 mile of pain and bliss.
For a short while, emotionally, you've got a foot in two incredible and very different worlds: You're still racing, and suffering. But at the same time, you're feeling those first waves of euphoria wash over you — the euphoria of knowing that you did it, and that relief is imminent.
It's this contrast — the pain and bliss — that imbues Mile 26 with its beauty. It's uniquely powerful. And impossible to convey, fully, to anyone who hasn't experienced it.
That's why, for me, Mile 26 are the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Especially when there's free beer at the end.
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San Juan Mountain Trail Running Photos
Hey All, While the iRunFar team traveled to Colorado’s San Juan Mountians to cover the Hardrock 100, we’re also enjoying many a good mile on the trails. Below are a couple of our favorite shots (not including Hardrock photos). Many more photos can be found in our San Juan Mountain Facebook album. We’ll keep adding photos to that album throughout the remainder of our visit to these spectacular mountains.
Call for Comments What do you think?!
Related articles:2011 Hardrock 100 Results and Roundup Leadville 100 Photos and Post-TransRockies Run Update The 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc in Pictures
The Most Beautiful 2 Words in the English Language
What’s the Most Beautiful Word in the English Language?
Since both of the blogs in question are run by editorial types, their lists include words like ephemeral and lagoon and onomatopoeia.
All nice words, no question. Evocative, mellifluent, packed with meaning. But we runners know better. We know that the most beautiful word in the English language is actually two words:
If there's a more glorious phrase in this world, I have yet to see it.
And yeah, technically one of those words is a number. I stand by my vote.
MTA5K to ACH
Is Blogging Revolutionizing Yoga?
Carol Horton of the Think Body Electric blog, It's All Yoga, Baby blogger Roseanne Harvey, and Elephant Journal yoga editor Bob Weisenberg will talk about what blogging about yoga means to each of them and discuss what it could mean for the yoga community as a whole. We're all spending more time online these days and social media gives us an easy avenue to share meaningful information (often in the form of blog posts) and debate important issues.
In a recent blog post, Horton suggested that the yoga blogging community could be adding a more spiritual element to a practice that in the West has largely been focused on the physical practice. "I believe the yoga blogosphere's already proved itself to be an important development in the evolution of contemporary yoga, and that it has tremendous potential to become even more so," she writes.
If you read Yoga Buzz regularly, you are a part of this evolution she's talking about. So, we'd love to hear what you think: Why do you choose to participate in reading/commenting/writing yoga blogs? Do you view it as entertainment, a way to socialize, or a meaningful way to express your views on yoga? Could be changing the way we think about yoga?
Last, check out Roseanne's video below as she demonstrates (with cutting edge technology!) how the Yogging Heads panel discussion might go.
Toddlers + Track = Cuteness
More than 10 years ago, the Blazers running group got their start with a few moms, their children and a few friends. Now, close to 450 children run in this program designed for kids ages 3 to 16. The moms that started it all are still coaching, along with a few of their own children who have graduated to the role of coach.
Another former runner who serves as coach, Cody Schatz, has two children participating. Her youngest, Lily, is the youngest in the 3 to 6-year-old group.
"It's never a challenge to bring her, she wants to come. She wants to be here. I think when parents see her and see how small she is, how little she is, they think to themselves if they have a younger child, that they could do this next year," Schatz said.
You can see Lily in action starting around 1:05 into this video:
My favorite line: "Her spunky stride inspires those on the track, and off."
Go, Lily! Run fast!
Kendall Mountain Marathon and UTMB Training
Yes, I owe of all you a Western States race report. That time will come. In the mean time, I jumped into a race over the weekend and thought I’d fill you in on my post-Western States training for Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc.
To start, I’ve been on the road for a day short of four weeks with two one-nights stays at home in Park City. This past Thursday, I traveled from Silverton, Colorado home to mail out items from the iRunFar store and run some errands. As always, things took much longer than expected. Arriving late Thursday and leaving again Friday afternoon just wasn’t going to happen. I accepted that fact and consoled myself with the prospect of two Grandeur Peak repeats (3,300′ or so per climb) in Salt Lake City on my way out of town Saturday morning. Then, at 9:07 Friday night, I received the following email from Meghan, “Look what you’re missing tomorrow! http://www..”
Kendall Mountain Marathon Silverton’s Kendall Mountain Run and Marathon were being held the next morning. I’d heard of the Kendall Mountain Run, a 3,800′ climb from 9,350′ in Silverton to the top of Kendall and back to town in 12 miles. I didn’t know of the two lap “marathon” nor the fact that the race was run the week after Hardrock. Needless to say, I quickly finished up the errands I was on, packed up things at home, and started the seven and a half hour drive to Silverton at 10:40 Friday night. One harrowing drive later (and, yes, driving the Million Dollar Highway over Red Mountain at 5 a.m. on no sleep is harrowing), I arrived at our campground at 5:40 a.m. I was in bed five minutes later and, after some tossing and turning, fell asleep for 45 or 50 minutes.
When I woke at 6:45, I quickly packed a some supplies in a backpack and walked the 3/4 of a mile to town for signup before dropping the bag at the nearby finish line, which also doubled as the marathon turn around point. When the gun went off, we ran a flat mile across town before starting the looooong climb. On a whim, I’d run Kendall for the first time just two days before (although I took a late fork that led me to a 12,800′ mine adit rather than the peak), but I ended up running much more of this climb even though I kept my heart rate in around 155 beats per minute, well under my 160 bpm effort I use for 50 milers. As we climbed higher, the pitch was tougher and the oxygen rarer, so I walked much more. Still, I was psyched to be run some shallower pitches above 12,400′ without too much effort. On the other hand, the final 250′ scramble to the peak left me breathless … repeatedly. The view from the top, however, was breathtakingly worth it.
The scramble back down? Well, I held my breath for that. I wore New Balance 890 road shoes as they’re light and supportive and all but 1 mile of the race was on dirt roads. I’m glad I wore them, but they’re not meant for 45-degree tractionless slopes! Once back on the road, I settled into a comfortable downhill rhythm. It was fun watching as my downhill pace continuously decreased as I dropped in altitude. I’d never seen that before, as it’d be much harder to gauge on trails.
I cruised back into Silverton and to the finish-line turn around where I resupplied. I went super minimal on the first lap with only the 4 “S”es – shorts, shirt (actually, a 2012 Mountain Hardwear Way2Cool singlet that’s the best running shirt I’ve ever worn), shoes, and socks, along with four GUs. That’s it. I didn’t want to carry water up that climb if I didn’t need to and the seven aid stations in 14 miles meant I didn’t need to. For the second lap, I picked up my iPod shuffle, Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles, cycling gloves, and four more gels (I popped one at the turn around, too). I probably spent two minutes in the aid station.
Heading back out of town, I got a nice boost from seeing Meghan on Main Street and it was appreciated. While this was a training run, I couldn’t help but think, wasn’t once enough, as I headed out for another 3,800′ climb when the vast majority of runners called it a day with one summit.
To save you from the gory details, I made fine, if slower, progress to the second summit. Having music was nice (one ear bud only, so I could hear and cheer on runners headed down the mountains) and having trekking poles was even better. One marathoner passed me a bit over half way up the climb. He was running far more than I was, but I kept him close until the summit. I took my second scrambling descent quite easy as a couple hundred passages had left the mountainside treadless, I wasn’t as confident in my turnover, and I had nothing to gain. After all, this was a substitute training run for my planned Grandeur Peak double and I was running on less than an hour sleep.
I’ll be honest, I was disappointed with the rest of my descent. I ran fine down it, but was probably 40 seconds per miles slower than the first time. That’d be fine, but I’d purposefully contained myself the first descent to have something for the second go around. I did make one surprising discovery on that descent – I can use trekking poles to speed myself up on shallow-to-moderate declines. I love my trekking poles and worked them shamelessly for the final mile across town. I was glad to have finished.
On the upside, I’d logged 7,600′ of climbing at an average elevation of 11,200′. Yes, I’d be climbing faster and perhaps training “better” if I were closer to see level, but there’ve got to be advantageous adaptations to such workouts at two miles and more above sea level. I was also psyched that I had an average heart rate of 152 to 154 beats per minute for all four of my town-to-peak or back splits. Plus, I figure a “marathon” with 7,600′ of climbing on next to no sleep was perfect training for the final two climbs of UTMB. I sure hope it was!
On the downside, I degraded a good deal on both the second climb and descent despite trying to hold back a bit the first lap. I was 1:26 for the first climb and 48:30 for the descent, although I think that includes 2 or so minutes in the turn around aid station. On the second lap, I climbed to the peak in 1:39 and came back to town in 53. At no point did I fade or feel bad, I simply wasn’t as quick the second lap. It’s quite possible that my lack of sleep and/or the cumulative effect of effort at altitude contributed to the slow down.
UTMB Training All the advice I’ve received regarding training for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is to give up running for the summer and, instead, focus on hiking. I’m doing that in spades and doing so in one heck of a spot to do so – Silverton, Colorado.
It’s only three weeks since Western States, I’ve already logged 17 runs for 132 miles, and I feel great. In the week after States, I logged three short, easy (ok, hard, but slow) runs of 2-3.5 miles midweek before an 8 miler the Sunday after the race. I logged at total of 16.5 miles of mostly active recovery type work. None of this felt like “training.”
That Sunday 8 miler was the start of my “San Juan Sessions.” Have you ever seen photos of the Hardrock 100 course or heard people talk about it? Well, that’s what I’m doing every day. A typical day involves a 3,000′ climb up to 13,000′ or so followed by a run back down to where we started. Some days are quite a bit more than that.
In week two, I hit 58 miles in 6 runs (one double the day of the Hardrock 100) and two days off – Saturday and Sunday – while I concentrated on reporting on Hardrock.
In this past week – week three – I hit 73.5 miles in seven runs and one day off. There were two anomalous days last week. On Thursday, I climbed Kendall in the morning, drove home to Park City, and blasted out 8 miles on the trails and roads. The “hills” now seemed flat and I could crank out 6 minute pace on the roads. 7,000′ elevation seemed like sea level. That was fun! The other out-of-the-ordinary run was the marathon.
The day after the marathon I was flat and we cut back our planned outing to the spectacular Highland Mary Lakes. I was positively amazed that my legs were 100% fine. No soreness, stiffness, or fatigue at all. Two weeks of mountain training (and Western States) have really helped me in my quest to make my legs bombproof for UTMB. The two major detractors were core soreness, which greatly limited my desire to run, and limited lung capacity. After the marathon, I did a good deal of hacking from the altitude, dry air, and effort.
My totals for the past two weeks are:13 runs, with 2 doubles 131 miles 39 hours on trail (although you could probably cut 20% for picture taking!) 41,500′ of ascent 44,500′ of descent 3 off days A heck of a lot of fun
We’ve been having such a good time in Silverton and it’s such good UTMB training that we extended our trip an extra two weeks after our planned departure last Thursday. I’m not sure when, but I hope to put a bunch of pics up of our San Juan adventures once I get a chance.
I will admit that I’ve ramped up my training way more than I’d recommend to anyone else, especially so soon after Western States. It’s a calculated gamble. I’ve recovered quickly from States, am doing very low intensity work, having two decades of base, and had a very easy past year and a half. In addition, this will be a VERY short UTMB training season of maybe five weeks total. Going forward, I’ve got another week and a half of prime mountain training in the San Juans, Karl Meltzer’s Speedgoat 50k, and a week of pre-Outdoor Retailer show training in SLC with lots of UTMB and Wasatch 100 runners in town looking for a same sort of training. After OR, I’ll start tapering although I’ll keep some UTMB-focused sessions on the calendar until maybe 10 days pre-race.
Call for Comments As always, feel free to ask questions about my Kendall Mountain run or my UTMB training!
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Seeing Trail Running Through New Eyes
I’ve just spent the past two weeks in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains where we covered the Hardrock 100. Having seen many a mountain range, I’ve not seen any in the lower 48 that can come close to the beauty and scale of these mountains. These are mountains that beg to be seen … preferably during a multi-hour run with a few thousand feet of climbing to an amazing ridge-top vista. Thankfully, I could take in the full splendor of these mountains without glasses thanks to LASIK.
The Problem First a bit of background. I’ve not worn glasses for all that long. In fact, my first 10 years of trail running were glasses free. It wasn’t until sometime a short while into my law school days that the need for vision correct came into view. For the better part of two years, I either ran in my standard prescription glasses or in non-prescription sunglasses. It was only for my first 100, the 2004 Western States 100 the I indulged in pricey prescription sunglasses. For the next 6 years, every run included one of these pairs of glasses. This was not ideal.
Needing glasses to run was a drag and I had no desire to futz with contacts. Rain or snow would bead up on the lenses and make it hard to see. Likewise, steep climbs (i.e., powerhikes) led to the glasses fogging up. In either situation, I’d be left with the decision whether to run with the obscured glasses on or to take my glasses off and keep running. The latter option was fine when road running, but not cool when trail running on technical trail.
Plenty a long trail run started before sunrise or ended after sundown. A transition either way between day and night required a change of glasses. On training runs, it was only a slight inconvenience to carry a second pair. The need for a second pair was more than an inconvenience when a trail run would unexpectedly take me from daylight into twilight and beyond … when I wasn’t carrying my regular prescription glasses. In such situations I’d have to choose between trail running in low or no light with no vision correction or with sunglasses. Races with day/night transitions required preplanning and unwelcome compromises.
Needing two sets of prescription glasses could lead to big problems. Take, for instance, my run at the 2009 Marathon des Sables, a 7-day self-supported stage race in the Moroccan Sahara. Mid-race I began a 56-mile cross country stage at noon. As twilight approached, I hit the first walk-worthy climb of the day and decided to trade in my sunglasses for standard glasses. As I pulled the glasses from my pack’s hip-pocket my heart sank. My glasses were split in two! I had no tape or other way to repair them, so my choice was to go glasses-less, wear my sunglasses at night, or use half my broken glasses as a spotting monocle. With no glow sticks visible in the twilight, I relied on the spotting monocle and following footprints in the sand through the twilight before blindly traveling from glow stick to glow stick in the desert’s deep darkness. It was NOT a fun night. Fortunately, the remainder of the race had no more night running, but it was still a hassle to take in another week in Morocco with only sunglasses.
The Solution I thought I was beholden to these problems for the remainder of my trail running days. Thankfully, Dr. Todd Nickel, one of my coaching students, shook things up last February. He suggested that I think about LASIK. He remarked that if I were interested and a good candidate, he’d love to perform LASIK on me at Heaton Eye Associates in Tyler, Texas.
Well, one thing led to another and I found myself in Dallas, Texas in early last June. As I’d had my screening and measurement examination done at a local California eye center, I visited Heaton Eye Associates for the first time the day before the surgery. I was blown away by their facilities. I took it as a great sign when I walked into the huge waiting room to see it full. I was further reassured by the fact that Heaton does enough LASIK work to own their LASIK equipment (many facilities rent the equipment a few times a month) and Heathon ophthalmologists such as Dr. Nickel specialize in LASIK and other laser surgeries.
The Heaton staff were pleasant and familiar during my pre-op examination the day before surgery. I felt at peace with my decision to have LASIK done and looked forward to going under the laser the following afternoon.
On the “See-Day,” I showed up ahead of my surgery time and was taken to a tranquil pre-op room. There, I waited in a comfy leather massaging chair in calm, dim lights. I once again had the risks and actual steps of the procedure explained with plenty of time for questions. I was also briefed in full on my follow up care. Then, there was a small dose of anti-anxiety meds. I should add that while I waited, (but before the anti-anxiety drugs) I filmed some material regarding my less than pleasant experiences with trail running and prescription eyewear noted above.
While the surgery was never scary and not painful, it was unlike anything I’d ever experienced, so the meds were appreciated. I’ll spare the squeamish the details, but “odd” and “uncomfortable” would be the worst descriptors I’d attach to any part of the procedure. Both would be associated with pressure and unfamiliarity with having one’s eyeball held steady. There was no blood or pain and the uncomfortable sensation dissipated as soon as each eye was released.
After the surgery, I got a lift back to Dr. Nickel’s house, where I was staying and went down for the advised couple hour nap. Upon waking, it was odd to have to take glasses off to go about my business. You see, for a few weeks after surgery you were protective goggles while you sleep so that you don’t run your eyes. By the next morning, my vision was drastically improved. That improvement continued in the following days and weeks. Recovery was quick and painless. The only downsides during the post-surgery phase was the need for eye drops (I never used contacts, so this was quite weird), dry (sometimes, irritatingly so) eyes, and some starbursts when looking at lights at night. Those negative symptoms resolved in that order.
The Present Within a month or two, my improved vision and quick recovery left me with only reminder of my glassed-past, every once in awhile, I’d find myself pushing up my non-existent glasses. Actually, that lasted at least half a year, but I’m glad to say that I’ve now broken the habit.
I could list all the awesome places I’ve trail run in the past year without the need for glasses, but that’d seem an awful lot like bragging so I’m not going there. Suffice to say, I LOVE not having to wear glasses. Sure, I often wear sunglasses, but it’s nice to be able to throw them up on my hat if it’s rainy, foggy, or my evening run turns into a night run without the worry of not having my clear prescription glasses with me. I can’t tell you how many times in the past I needed to make the tough choice of uncorrected sight or prescription sunglasses in situations where it would be better not to have them on.
Only two days ago, I was out in Boulder Gulch in the San Juan Mountains when we heard a small rock fall. As the conditions weren’t right for a fall caused by freeze/thaw cycles, we suspected an animal. After just a few seconds of searching, I spotted a marmot 500′ above on a cliff top a quarter mile away. I couldn’t believe that I saw it so quickly. It’s moments like these (and there are many of them) that I’m truly grateful to Dr. Nickel and Heaton Eye Associates for giving me spectacular vision without spectacles.
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Nick Clark Post-2011 Hardrock 100 Interview
Just two weeks after finishing third at the Western States 100, Nick Clark finished third at the 2011 Hardrock 100 in 27:43:21. In this interview, he talks about the race, his Westen States/Hardrock 100 double interview, and his upcoming races – Sierre Zinal and Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, where he’ll have a rematch against second place finisher Dakota Jones. For more on Nick, check out our pre-Hardrock interview with him.
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Dakota Jones Post-2011 Hardrock 100 Interview
Dakota Jones’ introduction to ultrarunning came watching the Hardrock 100. This year, he finally got to run the race … and run he did. Dakota finished second in 27:10. For more on Dakota’s take on his inaugural Hardrock 100, you can also check out our pre-race interview with him and Matt Hart.
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Julien Chorier Post-2011 Hardrock 100 Interview
We interviewed Julien Chorier after his 2011 Hardrock 100. In his American ultra debut, Chorier ran a 25:17, for the third fastest time in Hardrock history. For more, you can also check out our pre-race interview with Julien.
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The Right Tools for the Job
How many shoes are in your regular rotation? A lot of beginner runners typically own one pair of running shoes but quickly find one pair isn’t enough. More experienced runners usually have several shoes in their quiver, but sometimes those of us who have been running for a long time don’t have the right tool for the job. Running in a variety of shoes can help avoid overuse injuries because they all stress and strengthen muscles and soft tissue differently. (You don’t run with the exact same gait in a lightweight racing flat as you do in a cushioned high-mileage trainer.)
Even though running shoes aren’t cheap, it makes sense to have a shoe specific to every type of running you do. Generally, most of the best training and racing shoes are in the $85-$105 range; a lot of the shoes — but not all — in the $120-$140 range are trumped up with “technology” and flashy elements that don’t add to the performance value of shoes. (That said, we’ve seen the rise of boutique running shoe brands that only have performance-oriented models priced in the $130-$180 range.) However, if you value running, you should consider your shoes an investment in your health and well-being, and having the right pair of the job can help you avoid injuries. Besides, if you have five to seven pairs of shoes in your quiver, you’re not likely wear out any very often.
Don’t think you need more than a half dozen pairs of running shoes? Here’s a checklist of possibilities with specific uses. If you have two pair of several of these categories, it might mean you have 12-15 pairs of shoes in your regular rotation.
1 — Lightweight, cushioned shoe for long, slow distance runs — hopefully neutral or at most, depending on your running gait, maybe a shoe that adds a little stability through firmer form or a wider outsole surface area; (If you’re running in gait-controlling stability or motion control shoes, quit running and instead work on strength and form.)
2 — Lightweight flats for tempo, fartlek and speed sessions;
3 — Lightweight racers for short distances;
4 — Lightweight but slightly more cushioned racers for longer distances;
5 — Lightweight trail shoes for trail training and longer races; (Yes, you can use your road running shoes on smooth trails without any technical features, but even trails that are slightly rugged, wet, muddy or steep will reduce the shelf life or your road shoes.)
6 — Lightweight trail racers for short-distance racing; (Depends on the terrain and the distance, but there are distinct advantages to having a trail racer matched to a specific race.)
7 — Durable, protective and optimally cushioned mountain-oriented trail shoes for jagged, technical trails; (Yes, there is a time and a place for slightly heavier, more built-up shoes.)
8 — Spikes for speed work, track races and cross country races;
9 — Barefoot-style shoes for after-workout drills; (And if you’re very lightweight, nimble on your feet and do a lot of drills and general strength work, then perhaps you can use these for more than just drills.)
10 — And not to be overlooked is a good pair of softly cushioned recovery shoes, slides or mocs that give your feet a break immediately after races and during recovery days.
Of course, barefoot running zealots will say that a runner doesn’t need shoes at all, thus saving what could be $200 to $500 per year. I suppose that works for some, just as running in the same pair of shoes every day works for some, too. To each their own. But I can’t name a single good runner who runs barefoot most of the time or one that owns just one pair of shoes.
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If you prefer something with a higher SPF, the SPF 45 Sport Formula (4 oz., $11.49) is another good option. With a noticably different ingredient list than the Mineral formula, the Sport formula still contains several of the brand’s signature organic ingredients, for what that’s worth. It is also supposed to be slightly more sweat/water resistant though this claim is notoriously difficult to test! At any rate, it is more pleasant than many other brands I’ve tried and does it’s job with aplomb.
Are Your Toes Correct?
Made from medical-grade silicone, Correct Toes is a device that allows the toes and transverse arch to properly splay when the forefoot is loaded just before the start of a new stride and maximize propulsion. It’s available in three sizes but works best in training shoes with a wide toe box.
2011 Comrades Marathon Preview
Sunday will see the world’s most competitive ultramarathon. It won’t be held in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains nor Europe’s Alps. Nope. It’s the 86th Comrades Marathon and will be run in the 52 miles that stretch between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. Not only is it the world’s most competitive ultra, it’s also the world’s largest with more than 10,000 finishers in recent years and an incredible 19,617 entries this year! Almost as shocking is the fact that only 4,882 of those runners will be “novices” as Comrades first-timers are known.
While the race has received scant attention in the US, that might be changing. This year 179 Americans signed up for the race, the third most of any nationality. The vast majority of racers are, not surprisingly, South African, but there are also 253 UK residents, 152 Australians, and 115 Brazilians signed up for the race. As suggested, these ranks include a number of the world’s best ultrarunners. We’ll highlight a few familiar runners who’ll take part in this year’s race.
Leading the American men is Michael Wardian. In case you’ve not been paying attention, Wardian was the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 2010 Ultraraunner of the Year, has placed third at the past two IAU 50k World Cups, and was also third at the 2010 IAU 100k World Championship. He’s also got no fewer than five USATF ultra-distance national championships. Last year at in his Comrades debut, Wardian placed 26th in 6:02 coming through 50 miles with a PR split of 5:21. He’ll be looking to move into the top 10 for a “gold medal” this year. (We interviewed Wardian before last year’s Comrades.)
Wardian, a runner with The North Face, will be joined by teammate Ian Sharman. Sharman, a British national living in the States, bested Wardian by mere seconds at last year’s race, where he placed 24th in 6:01:13… just 73 seconds off his sub-6 hour goal. (Read his in-depth 2010 race report.) Since then, he’s run the fastest trail 100 mile time on American soil with a 12:44 at Rocky Raccoon this past February. (iRF post-Rocky Raccoon interview) This will be Sharman’s fifth Comrades.
Wardian and Sharman will be challenged by a bunch of studs … that we know nothing about such runners as the defending champ, Stephen Muzhingi, along with Jaroslaw Janicki, Ludwick Mamabolo, Lucas Nonyana, Oleg Kharitonov; Bongmusa Mthembu, Peter Molapo, Fusi Nhlapo, and Peter Muthubi.
Wardian and Sharman are damn good ultrarunners, but the household names among this year’s women’s competitors may be even more impressive. We think that’s fair when talking about the likes of Lizzy Hawker, Ellie Greenwood, and Kami Semick!
Hawker’s won the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc more times than anyone else with three victories (iRF post-2010 UTMB interview), but her skills aren’t reserved to the mountains. She’s also a speed demon on the roads. For example, in 2006 she won the 100k road world championship in 7:28:46. Last year, Hawker returned to the 100k world championships and battled for the lead all day before finishing third in 7:33:26.
It was Greenwood who locked with Hawker in epic battle at last year’s 100k World Champs (the race is worth a read) and ended the victor in 7:29:05. That victory should come as no surprise as Greenwood has won at least eights ultras in the past year with no losses that we can think of offhand. Those wins includes a second overall finish and women’s course record at last August’s Canadian Death Race and seventh overall at the American River 50 mile in 6:25:43 in April.
Another past world 100k champion (2009 in 7:37:24), Kami Semick was fourth woman at last year’s Comrades Marathon. She just published her race recap. Last August, Semick won the Vermont 100 in 16:42 and this spring finished second to Greenwood at the American River 50 with a time of 6:34:37.
While Amy Sproston might not have a 100k world championship to her credit, she’s quickly gaining the recognition she deserves in the ultrarunning world. For example, she joined the Montrail Trail Running Team this year and backed that up with a fourth place finish at the Miwok 100k in 10:02:41 earlier this month on the heals of a five week injury hiatus. Last November, she won the JFK 50 mile in 6:57:16, the eighth fastest women’s time in the race’s long history.
All that said, the twins Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva will be hard to beat. Joining them up front among the women will be Marina Myshlyanova, Farwa Mentoor, Tatyana Zhirkova, Lindsay van Aswegen, and Adinda Kurger.
Call for Comments Who will you be rooting for this weekend? Who else of note is running?
Do you have any interest in running Comrades? Why or why not?
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Terra Nova Ultra 1 Bottle Pack Review
Terra Nova’s Ultra 1 is the most incredible waist bottle pack I’ve ever seen or used. Why? It weighs in at just 1 ounce/30 grams and is easily trimmed down to 26 grams (.95 ounces). To put that in perspective, the next lightest single bottle pack in my gear collection is a simple Nathan pack that weights in at 5.40 ounces/154 grams. In other words, the Ultra 1 will be my race day bottle pack going forward.
What is the Ultra 1? A single bottle pack made out of a crazy-light material called “Ultra.” Thin strips of Ultra hug your hips before transitioning into a 3/4 front strap. There’s a small, rear key pocket (you’re brave if you use it as such) that holds up to 3 GUs.
How best to use the Ultra 1? As with most bottle packs, the Ultra 1 takes some adjusting to get the fit right and eliminate bounce. I find that keeping the pack low and tight is key. When I first put the pack on I’ll often tighten it, then take it off to shorten the strap another inch or two, then reattach it below the points of my hips. If, after a few hours, I’ve found it’s ridden up above the points of my hips, I unclip it for a second and reattach it lower. After many hours, I do get a bit sore on the front of each hip, but the minimal weight of the pack and its limited contents prevent this from being too much of a bother. For me, the race-day weight savings are worth the trade off in comfort.
Is the Ultra 1 the most comfortable pack you’ll ever use? Heck no! There are plenty of comfortable single bottle packs out there. This is a light-as-possible, no-frills, race-day pack. If ounces and grams matter to you, this is your pack. They do to me and that’s why I would strongly consider wearing the Ultra 1 for all races up to 100 miles.
Will this pack last forever? Um, no. I’ve not found its breaking point, but it is made from ultralight fabric. If you want to prolong its life, I’d use a few times it to see if it works for you and then use it only on race day. Or, if you’re like me, you will use this incredible product as often as you want and enjoy carrying one less weighty item.
Can I make the Ultra 1 even lighter? Yes! I was able to make the pack 10% lighter in less than five minutes, including tool finding time. The only way to significantly lighten the pack (if 3-4 grams is significant) is to cut off some of the pack’s excess strap. I would not do this until you’ve logged a few runs and know how much strap you need… then loosen it and still be generous with leaving strap. You don’t want to be left with too little! I would lightly singe the cut end of the strap to prevent fraying and, if possible, sew a doubled-over end onto the strap to keep it from easily slipping out of the buckle.
I also cut out the small tag found inside the bottle holder and used tin snips to cut off the mouth piece of the whistle included in the waist buckle. While the whistle still works, you’d be as well off cutting your finger nails as making these latter two changes.
How can I get my hands on the Ultra 1? You can get the Terra Nova Ultra 1 ($45) and other game changing running products in the iRunFar Store. To make things easy, you can also order the pack directly from this review. Flat rate shipping in the US is $6, while it’s $11 to Canada and Mexico and $12 to the rest of the world.Questions and Comments As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have. I’ll do my best to answer them. Disclosure Yes, I’m reviewing a product that is sold in the iRunFar Store. You’ll see more of that and with good reason. It’s because I will only include a product in the iRunFar store if I think it’s the very best at what it’s intended to do. These are products that get me genuinely excited. These are products I fully believe will help you perform at your best. For example, the Ultra 1 stopped me in my tracks at last summer’s Outdoor Retailer show. I waited anxiously to get one… and then for my runs to become long enough to warrant using it. As soon as I’d run 32 miles with the Ultra 1 at the Antelope Island Buffalo Run, I knew I needed to share it with all of you by way of the iRunFar Store, a place where products carry the weight of my personal and professional endorsement.
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Have You Ever Hit a Car?
In Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice finds herself exploring a fantasy world that is a mirror image of the one she's used to.
After today's run, I can relate.
Three of us were out for an easy 4-miler around town, mid-afternoon. We were chatting and shuffling down a quiet street around 1 mile in, when one of us — let's call him, oh, Peter — lightly clipped the driver-side mirror of a parked car. That's right: A runner hit a car.
Here was Peter's reaction, word for word:
The other two of us — let's call them, oh, me and Warren — chuckled. Talk about a hit-and-run! Ha ha! Then we continued our run and forgot about the whole thing. (The car was fine, in case you're wondering, you bunch of worrywarts.)
But later, in the shower, I got to thinking: How common is this? And should I have this mole checked out?
So I put it to you, the running public:
Have any of you actually hit a car during a run? If so, under what circumstances?
Also: Does this mole look funny to you?
NYC's Outdoor Smoking Ban: A Minor Victory for Runners
CNN.com explains the new law thusly:
The law, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed in February after it was passed by the New York City Council, will make smoking illegal in New York City's 1,700 parks and on the city's 14 miles of public beaches. Smoking will also be prohibited in pedestrian plazas like Times Square.
The ban is designed to help curb exposure to secondhand smoke as well as reduce litter.
And also notes that:
New York City follows in the footsteps of 105 municipalities (in states including California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New Jersey) that have banned smoking on public beaches, according to data from the advocacy group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Major cities include Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Seattle.
I've been following this story pretty closely, because I happen to be:a former resident of New York City (and still an occasional visitor); a runner; and one of those persnickety people who finds cigarette smoke not just annoying, but vile.
Most of the reaction to NYC's new law has been predictable: Anti-smoking advocates applaud it as an overdue step toward better health for all; some smokers shrug and move on; others sputter about Nazi Germany.
I won't surprise you to hear that I'm a supporter of the ban. I'm also waiting for a similar law to trickle down to Allentown, Pa., my current hometown — a fantasy that I indulged Saturday morning during a long run in the Lehigh River Parkway, which happened to be hosting a fishing tournament that day. (Do they hand out cartons of smokes along with those hip waders and foam coolers? Jeez.)
At the same time, I am curious to see where exactly the smokers will go next. When smoking was banned in workplaces, commercial aircraft, and movie theaters, smokers flocked outside. Now — some places in some cities, anyway — they can't smoke there, either.
Maybe we can limit public smoking to specially outfitted cherry picker trucks that would drive around like taxis and pick smokers up (literally) to puff away 30 or 40 feet above the ground?
Hey, it could happen. And my local government could prohibit camo-clad folks from standing shoulder-to-shoulder along the Parkway running path and belching smoke all morning.
I'm not holding my breath.
'What We Learned About Runner's World,' by Some Awesome South Mountain Middle School Students
Note from Mark: This post comes courtesy of several students from South Mountain Middle School, Allentown, Pa., who visited the Runner's World offices recently to learn what goes into making a magazine and a web site. For the online portion of the visit, I spoke about the web site in general and RW Daily in particular, and asked the students to help me write a blog post. (First they helped me write the headline, above.) The theme: "What We Learned About Runner's World."See? Told you we had class.
Here's what they had to say…
"RW mag opened my mind to new ideas and it was a great experience." – Nataly, 13
"I didn't really know that this much work went into making a magazine — how complicated the process is, and doing it three months in advance." – Esmeralda, 13
"I thought that magazines were boring but they can teach you a lot." – Yasim, 13
"Today I learned about the process of making magazines and what people do to make the cover and to make the articles." – Savannah, 12
"I learned that it's not all about advertisement. It's about what's going on in the runners' lives." – Leilany, 13
“The amount of work that is put into a magazine is extraordinary, and it’s amazing how people don’t notice how much work is put into it!” – Lisa, 13
“I learned how hard the staff works to make the magazine. I also appreciate how the staff took their own time to explain how they do their jobs.” – Brooke, 13
“Runner’s World is a wonderful magazine run by a creative and innovative staff. They have insightfully influenced me and sparked an interest in media and advertising. I will use this experience for future campaigning and writing. I have learned what art directors look at when deciding which photos to use. This experience will influence me very much in the next few decades to come.” – Nathaniel, 13
“I learned that it takes a lot of effort to make a successful magazine.” – Jhon, 13
“When I went to Runner’s World it was so much fun. I thought making a magazine was easy, but I learned that it was a lot of hard work. Runner’s World rocks!” – Edwin, 13
“I never knew how much work went into making a magazine. Also I never knew how big the magazine was.” – Nick, 13
“The experience was amazing and fun! All the time that is needed to put into a single magazine is amazing. The trip was just breathtaking.” – Kristen, 13
“After visiting Runner’s World magazine it really opened my eyes to all the hard work placed into making a magazine. This experience was so influential that I even want to be a journalist! So, thank you Runner’s World for this awesome opportunity.” – Savannah, 13
“This was an amazing experience that really showed me how to make a magazine and how much dedication it takes just to make one issue. It was really awesome visiting Runner’s World!” – Jocsan, 13
“I thought that making a magazine was easy, but now I realize that the process is time consuming and challenging.” – Cole, 13
“I learned how much it costs to make a magazine and that they have to work three months early in order to make the magazine in time.” – Yosmar
“I never knew that making a magazine took so much work. It takes about a month. Coming to Runner’s World was amazing. It was so crazy!” – Kamila, age 12
“I learned that it takes a lot of work to make an amazing magazine, and it costs a lot of money to make just one magazine.” – Alison
“I enjoyed the field trip! I learned so much about how magazines are created, and I enjoyed the activities.” – Rachel, 12
“The field trip was very interesting and exciting! I would like to do it again and again!” – Vanessa, 13
“It was really fun. Wow! It is a long process to make a magazine!” – Kristal, 13
"I learned that Mark Remy is an astonishing person, and also very smart and handsome." – Joe, 13
…Okay, I made that last one up. Everything else came straight from the kids, though.
And you know what? They're right: Making a magazine (and a web site) is a lot of work. And a long process. And so crazy.
I would like to do it again and again. And so I — and all of us here at Runner's World — will do just that.
Take care, kids, and come back anytime.