Longtime Run SMART client, Alex Gardner, set a huge PR this past weekend at the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon in Kansas City, MO. She finished 3rd out of 171 females in the 40-44 age group. Her official time was 1:41:21 (full results), which gives her an automatic qualifying time for the New York City Marathon!
By Heidi Peoples
Spring has finally arrived! For many runners, Spring is a great opportunity to test your fitness and see if you’ve worked hard enough throughout the dark and cold winter months to reach your racing goals for the year. If you haven’t run your first race post-winter yet, most likely you will within the next few weeks.
The first race of the season could have very different results. You may be pleasantly surprised with your present fitness level, or you could be discouraged by a disappointing result. Favorable results lead you looking forward to the upcoming season and excited to get out the door to run. However, what happens if the race you have been training for doesn’t go so well?
Run SMART client Erin Strout PR’d this weekend at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, DC. Strout ran 1:12:40 (7:16 pace) to edge out her previous PR of 1:12:58 from the same race in 2009.
Coach Mike Smith said, “Erin’s race was her first in six months. This past October she PR’d at the Chicago Marathon but then fought a nagging injury over the winter. We had been back to regular running for a few weeks but have only done two workouts, so really weren’t targeting a fast time this weekend. For her to run as fast as she did should be a huge confidence boost for her. She has great things in front of her in 2011.”
Delta Spirit has been getting a lot of play here at Run SMART headquarters. This is a fun little poppy tune off of their first album, Ode to Sunshine. Have fun, it’s Friday, again. And definitely put this album into your iPod rotation.
Join Miriam Rosetti, Sunday April 10th in New York City, for the first workshop ever on Yoga for Spinal Fusions!
It is estimated that somewhere between 200,000 – 300,000 spinal fusions are performed annually in the US. Surgeries to correct the spinal asymmetry and instability caused by scoliosis are as varied as each individual’s scoliosis. However, there are some basic principles that can be applied to make a yoga practice not only accessible, but essential to the health of the spine and overall well-being of the individual.