February 17, 2014 |
My favorite thing to wear for cold-weather running is a pair of violet capri-length tights that I bought for $10 at the Nike Outlet in Atlantic City. The material is sweat-wicking, and the bottom-leg elastic is snug but not so tight that I can't slip a pair of knee-high compression socks under them. This setup is more comfortable for me than ankle-length tights. They are perfect for running, but when I wear them I become a target. My rear end was smacked by a group of men passing me on my way to the gym; a cluster of teenage boys paused while shoveling snow to give me their opinions of my butt; and two men in a City of Philadelphia vehicle yelled out of their window how they thought I filled out my colorful pants.
February 14, 2014 |
A couple of years and 130 pounds ago, Andy Aubin had reached his tipping point. The 36-year-old Hatboro resident, known to friends as "Big Andy" for his 330-pound heft, knew he had to make a drastic lifestyle change. He decided to document his progress in that most public of venues: the Internet. He picked up two hobbies - running and blogging - and found a new, virtual fitness community along the way. "It played a huge part in keeping me motivated and on track," he said. So, when he wanted to raise money for the American Cancer Society - he was running the Broad Street Run for the nonprofit's DetermiNation program, which requires a minimum of $500 in pledges - it made sense to reach out to that community for support.
February 9, 2014 |
When she was 13, Elizabeth Welsh entered a road race in Norristown. When she saw the huge trophy for the top female finisher, she made a vow: "I'm going to get that. " Welsh kept that promise, passing, among others, a fortysomething man to win the overall title. That trophy is in the bedroom of the house where she grew up in Haverford, draped with the many ribbons and medals she has won since in rowing and running contests. Welsh, 27, now lives in Fairmount. In May, she will receive her nurse practitioner degree from Villanova University, where she has been studying hard, perfecting clinical skills, and teaching nursing undergrads to earn her tuition.
January 20, 2014 |
When I tell non-runners that I'm training for a marathon, one of the first things they say - aside from that I'm crazy - is that it must be nice to eat whatever I want. If only that were the case. "Runners can eat whatever they want, but they might perform better if they eat the right food at the time times," said dietitian Nancy Clark. "You can't out-train a bad diet. " Clark, who is based in Boston, will be giving a free seminar, "Nutrition for Runners," at the Center City location of the Philadelphia Runner at 7 p.m. Thursday.
January 20, 2014 |
Two of Bucks County's top distance runners edged it out on Saturday afternoon at the Track and Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia boys' meet at Haverford College. Ross Wilson, a senior from Council Rock North, pulled away from Central Bucks East's Jake Brophy to win the 1-mile run in 4 minutes, 31.55 seconds. Brophy, a sophomore, finished in 4:33.39. Both runners placed in the top eight in November's PIAA Class AAAA cross-country championships. Also at the meet: Jake Brophy's brother, Frank, captured the 800-meter run. The C.B. East senior finished in 1:58.84.
January 9, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin has emerged as the front-runner to fill the head football coaching vacancy at Penn State, CBSsports.com reported yesterday. Elsewhere, the website said that athletic director David Williams is likely to push to keep Franklin at Vanderbilt. Franklin, Vanderbilt's head coach, reportedly interviewed for the job Sunday. Franklin has become the apparent favorite for the job over former Penn State lineman and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Munchak, who was recently fired by the Tennessee Titans, and longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson, who was named interim coach after Bill O'Brien resigned to coach the Houston Texans last week.
January 6, 2014 |
Anyone who has run for some time has had the importance of strength training drilled into his or her head: If you don't hit the gym a few times a week, you're more prone to injury, which could lead to a layoff, which means no more running. But when I'm putting in 30, 40, 50 miles a week, the last thing I want to do is squats on legs that already feel like overcooked spaghetti. What I really want are some nachos and a hot shower. Jeff Horowitz has a solution. He's been a running coach for more than a decade and is the author of Quick Strength for Runners.
December 23, 2013 |
Still don't have a holiday gift for the runner on your list? Never fear. I'm here to help. Here are my 12 Gifts of Run-mas. (And no, none of these were provided to me for free. I based these recommendations on my experience using them.) Forgive me for not keeping with the meter of the original song. I was not the best student in poetry class. 12 sweat-wicking socks. No cotton allowed. Cotton, to runners, is the devil, especially on feet - the harbinger of blisters and pain. I prefer thinner sweat wicking socks, which makes the Nike Training Studio No-Show perfect.