Thursday, July 30, 2009

3 Are We Friends Yet on Google Friend Connect?


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I'd like to invite you to become friends on Google Friend Connect. It's a great way to keep track of & publicly support each other's blogs. Just go to the "Followers" widget on the sidebar my blogs & either click the "Join This Site" or "Sign In" links, depending on whether or not you're already a Google account holder.

(To become friends at my other blog, please visit Cook. Eat. Drink. Blog.)

If you do befriend me, you might want to let me know in the comments section of this post, so I know about it. Google Friend Connect doesn't currently have a way of notifying others that this action has taken place. Thanks!

I look forward to connecting with you there!

Monday, July 27, 2009

0 Just for Fun: A Running Trivia Quiz For You


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Just for fun, here are some trivia questions to test your running-related knowledge. Let's see how well you can do. Questions will start out fairly easy & get progressively more challenging. Without looking these stats up on the internet or elsewhere, do you know the answers to following?

Metrics:
(1) Approximately how many miles is the 400 meter dash?
(2) Exactly how many miles is a 5K?
(3) Exactly how many miles is an 8K?
(4) Exactly how many miles is a 10K?
(5) Exactly how many kilometers are in a marathon distance?
(6) Exactly how many miles is a 50K distance?
(7) **Bonus question: Exactly how many kilometers are there in a mile?

History:
(1) Name the starting & ending location of the very first marathon.
(2) Who was the first person to complete the mile in under 4 minutes?
(3) Who was the first woman to unofficially run the Boston Marathon (without a bib number)?
(4) Where was the first triathlon held?
(5) What year did Kathrine Switzer run the Boston Marathon with a number, and then get thrown out of the AAU?
(6) When did the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series first begin?
(7) **Bonus question: Who is the Greek goddess of running? (Careful, it's not as obvious as you might think. :) )

World Records:
(1) Who are the current male & female world record holders for the fastest mile?
(2) Who are the current male & female world record holders for the fastest marathon?
(3) Who is currently the oldest person to ever have completed a marathon?
(4) Who is currently the youngest person to ever have completed a marathon?
(5) Who has the world record for the most marathons ever run in a lifetime?
(6) What's the record for the longest consecutive distance a person has ever run?
(7) **Bonus question: What's the the record for the longest, non-consecutive distance a person has ever run?

So how do you think you did on this quiz? The answers will appear in a later post. :)

0 Learn More About Running Hoosier Magazine


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Hello Everybody,

Below is a press release which I wrote about Running Hoosier magazine, for those who are interested in finding out more about the publication:


Who We Are:

Welcome to Running Hoosier Magazine! We're Indiana's only running magazine, and while we do feature the local running scene, our magazine is not just for runners, nor just for Hoosiers. We are also geared toward the entire fitness community.

Our publication is a refreshing, down-to-earth take on fitness and health-related topics for regular, everyday people. Running Hoosier will have something of interest and of use to all endurance, multi-sport athletes. We cover a diverse range of topics, including training, fitness, sports nutrition, health & healthy living, local runners and events, interviews, and other issues that we, as endurance athletes, face in our sports. Our magazine is for runners of all ages, shapes and sizes, and experience levels. So whether you are new to the sport or have run for years -- this publication is for you.

Our magazine team is composed of writers from all across the nation, with backgrounds in running, swimming, and cycling, etc.

We believe that there are many facets of fitness & well-being and will not shy from any of them. Three of them which are vitally important are the mental, physical and spiritual. Our magazine will provide useful information on all of these topics.

We at Running Hoosier magazine hope that you find our publication to be an invaluable resource for all your training needs.


How to Get Involved:

--There are several ways to connect and interact with our magazine: Visit our website, http://runninghoosier.com; join our Facebook group at http://bit.ly/rhmag and our social network at http://runninghoosier.ning.com.

--Get ready for the premiere issue of Indiana's ONLY running magazine, in September 2009! Magazine subscriptions are can be purchased online via the Running Hoosier website, http://www.runninghoosier.com/magazine-subscription/. Subscriptions are only $10.00 for six issues, or $1.67 per issue.

--Are you a writer? An endurance athlete? Do YOU picture yourself writing for our magazine? Running Hoosier is always looking for qualified writers who would like to contribute articles to the magazine. Please note that, while Running Hoosier does not pay for any article submissions at the current time, we do, however, send the writer a free copy of the issue in which their article appears, for their portfolio. If you'd like to write for us, please go to the Running Hoosier magazine website, http://runninghoosier.com, click on the "Freelance writers" link towards the top of the page, and fill out the contact form to indicate your interest in writing for the magazine. Please mention any previous writing and running-related experience, including published works and blogs.

--After a pre-screening process, the Managing Editor of Running Hoosier magazine will contact individuals and ask them to submit 3 writing samples which best represent the writer's work. Writers, please note that we accept only original content for publication. Content must not be published elsewhere, including verbatim content which has already been posted to blogs or submitted to other publications. We will, however, accept articles on topics which the writer has written about previously, provided it is not simply duplicate or paraphrased content.

--Advertisers interested in reserving ad space, as well as those interested in other, non-writing related career opportunities with the magazine, please contact us using the appropriate contact forms ( i.e., the "Advertising Information" & "Contact Us" links, respectively) on the Running Hoosier magazine website, http://www.runninghoosier.com/.

--Robert Overton, Editor-in-Chief, and Corey Irwin, Managing Editor, can also be contacted via Twitter at @runninghoosier & @cyberpenguin, and via Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/robert.overton & http://www.facebook.com/cyberpenguin, respectively. Please do not send any time-sensitive correspondence to Twitter or Facebook. Thanks!

Regards,
Corey Irwin
Managing Editor
Running Hoosier Magazine
http://www.runninghoosier.com

Saturday, July 25, 2009

1 Being A Running Coach Doesn't Mean You Have to Be Perfect :)


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It's been a while since I've written searingly honest prose here, so after chatting with one of my friends about the topic of the importance of balancing the concepts of "blogging with honesty & realness" with "putting one's best foot forward in the professional realm," I've decided that it was time to finally get some things off my chest here.

First of all, I would just like to say that one of the reasons I switched careers & became an entrepreneur is that, in addition to feeling the need to more readily control my destiny & make executive decisions, I wanted to work in a different & much healthier work environment, one that agreed with my constitution & frankly, with my soul. :)

I also felt that a need to resolve the internal conflict between the need to "be myself" (in a fuller & more meaningful way) & "being successful."

In both the running & writing worlds, the concept of these entities living in harmony is frankly, much more possible. In what I'm doing now professionally (with both running & writing), these two ideals aren't continually duking it out with one another. This is not always so in the realm of "behemoth corporate world."

I'm not saying that resolving the two has ever been easy. In fact, this blog has born some of that internal struggle over the past few years, whether or not people have realized it.

Indicators include some of the subtle & not-so-subtle changes to this blog. To those of you who've been long-time readers, witness how much this blog has changed, even over the past year or so.

Now, to be fair, some of the changes are only natural in the evolution of a blog. For example, a blogger typically develops a more specific & refined viewpoint as time goes on & is still free to develop or change the blog's scope as the blogger themselves develops as a person & as a writer. Hopefully that growth is a lifelong process. :)

It's not simply about getting to know one's own mind better; it's also about improving & fine-tuning the way in which one's thoughts are communicated.

So yes, this blog has probably changed in all of those ways.

And, "not that there's anything wrong with that," to quote the famous Seinfeld line, but it's probably obvious to readers who've been with me from the beginning that there's now "less of me" appearing here in this blog (& not just in a literal sense, after getting into shape! LOL!) & "more of other people." This blog, is now focused, to a much larger degree, on providing running-related tips & covering events in the running world, whether local, national, or global. It is less "journal" & more "resources & advice." There is no judgment either way in mentioning this fact; it just is.

It's not that I'm being any less honest in the process, but rather that, as I've transitioned my running-related activities into a professional sphere, I'm feeling a bit, well, more reserved. :)

Basically, it's the internal struggle between the need for "protection" & a sincere longing for "openness" & "communication."

This goes back to an earlier discussion I had with a friend. She told me that her running coach feels a lot of pressure to be perfect. It's as if somehow, in the act of becoming a running coach, that they appear "less human" to others. They are expected to somehow have all the answers, etc., etc.

Now laugh if you want, but I think there's some truth to this.

The pressure is both externally & internally imposed.

Without revealing a lot of details, let me just say that I recently had an interaction which more or less confirmed this expectation that some have of running coaches. :)

Of course, we are just as human as the next person, but somehow, in becoming a mentor & role model to others, we're expected to put forth a "veneer of perfection."

This is not only ridiculous, but dangerous as well. Why is it dangerous? Because then it means that the process of coaching & running becomes vastly oversimplified & somehow synonymous with "perfection." And what happens when we've supposedly attained "perfection"? There's no room to improve! Is that really what people want?! Why would we ever want to misrepresent ourselves this way? Another way to phrase that would be "stunted growth."

We must not forget that error & failure are part of the larger process of learning & growing, & that running itself is a process of struggling & overcoming, & persisting through it all, & becoming the better for it.

Failure is part of life, & instead of being fearful of it, I say, "Embrace it, learn from it, & then move on." That's what will make you a better athlete & a better person. It also keeps us humble, real, & connected to the process as well. :)

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Now I used to be in IT for several years, & one of the lessons you learn being in this profession is how to be resourceful & think on your feet. It's not so important that you (as a systems administrator or even as an IT manager) know all the answers, but rather, know how to find or figure out the answers. That requires quick, adaptive thinking, knowing how to ascertain the nature of a problem (troubleshooting), & leveraging one's resources to their best advantage.

In a profession that's all about learning & the application of practical knowledge, it's common for technical people to come into contact with people (i.e., whether they be part of the user community or upper tiers of management) who have absolutely zero cognizance of the processes required in order to arrive at these solutions. Now, of course, you could argue that it's not really their concern, which is probably, in most cases, a fairly accurate assessment.

However, the problem with others who are "peering from the outside in" is that, not only can they not understand or relate to the nature of the challenge, but that they often make incorrect snap judgments about the nature of the problem & the troubleshooting process itself, as well as the persons putting these processes in motion. :)

The reason I bring up all of the above is that there are a lot of parallels between the IT worlds & the worlds of training & coaching running. Also, more specifically, I think it's important that people recognize the true nature of what's required as part of the process of performing these activities, from the perspective of the one who's in the "driver's seat."

And yes, like troubleshooting a computer problem, both coaching people & getting into shape are processes. I say this, not to "cut myself any slack" as either a coach or an exerciser, but rather, to put the process of exercising & coaching into a larger perspective.

All of these processes share something in common. They require flexibility in one's approach, being able to think on one's feet, & the ability to make changes as other elements shift in one's situation. [And, with running & coaching, one's situation would, of course, include the personal/physical/mental constitution & overall training of the runner(s).]

In fact, many (although not all) of the same qualities that make a great IT professional -- "quick, adaptive thinking, knowing how to ascertain the nature of a problem (troubleshooting), & leveraging one's resources to their best advantage" (as previously mentioned above) -- are also the very same traits which make a good athlete & coach.

Likewise, in IT, a profession that's all about creative troubleshooting & the application of practical learning, you learn how to stay mentally agile & focused in the present. The same could be said of training & coaching. :)

And also just like IT, training & coaching are all about the process of getting there, whether the "getting there" part be a solution to a computer problem, getting into shape, or effectively motivating clientele based on who they are & how they respond as individuals. :)

And similarly, in all of the above activities, it's important to be constantly learning & keeping up with the latest cutting edge technology.

Additionally, those technical people who interface with the public are expected to have people skills, whether as part of the general workforce or on a managerial level. It's a seriously incorrect assumption to say that all "geeks" don't have people skills. :) OK, there are indeed some who could be placed in that category, but chances are, unless you're an IT person who spends all day in the network closet or working with servers, you're going to have to possess some interpersonal skills, or you won't be successful.

Likewise, there's both a technical & a personal side of coaching. While, on the one hand, I frankly don't want to spend all of my day being nothing more than a "human calorie calculator" for someone else because they are too lazy to do the calculations & the upkeep for themselves -- That's fairly low-level & uninteresting work, & is not the reason why I became a running coach -- I also recognize the importance of designing programs which factor in such calculations, so that people can reach their goals.

Again, it's all about balance & the specific individual with whom I'm working. There are some people for whom metrics are going to help them hold themselves accountable & further motivate them. And then again, there are others for whom this technique is completely inappropriate. In certain cases, focusing on calorie-counting or other metrics too heavily might actually be counterproductive. In this particular instance, it's my job to refocus these individuals on other positive progress markers which will spur them to reach their goals.

As a coach, I need to provide my clients with an overall balance between structure & variety, & also make sure that the exact amounts of both are appropriate to the specific individual I'm coaching.

Moreover, while I am there to provide motivation, I also realize that, unless a client really wants to make the necessary changes to reach their goals, & wants to make these changes for him or herself more than I want the changes for them, that any changes they make to their training & their lifestyle will only be temporary. Only when a desire for change is coupled with a readiness to see certain truths within oneself -- & these two elements are aligned in a person's mind, body, & soul -- is a person then ready to truly learn & do what's necessary to take them to the next level of their fitness & overall well-being.

I am a catalyst, but it's up to the individual clients to be the engine that starts the process.

And this is a concept which certainly isn't static. These are principles which I too must put to the test every day, not just as a coach but as a marathoner-in-training.

In both the personal & professional realms, it would be unfair to set others accountable to a standard to which I'm unable to hold myself. As a runner, professional running coaching, consultant, & the managing editor of a magazine, I'm continually testing myself -- to perform to the best of my abilities, & to be the kind of leader that embodies the kind of consistent internal strength, courage, vision, & ideals that both I & others will respect and believe in, without losing my humanity in the process.

Once again, the point is not to be perfect or to appear so. Rather, we need to find a way to exist in the present without precondition, & accept the process of growth, & help others to understand that its ever-changing nature is an opportunity & not a threat.

As a running coach, I hope that others can see the beauty in the noble struggle to continually improve one's fitness & well-being, & not just in the end result. Those who can understand, appreciate, & apply these big-picture concepts will continue to growth, & will hopefully also develop a newfound respect for those who both teach these precepts & perpetually go through the process themselves.

Each time we go through the process -- either of getting fit or getting fitter, we not only learn, but also rediscover who we are.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

4 Summer Running Tips: The Whys & Hows of Hydration, & A Review of Various Hydration Systems


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Hydration is really crucial, even for the shorter runs. Did you know that not hydrating properly for your runs -- even as little as 2% dehydration -- can adversely affect your running performance?

I've heard people say, "Well, I seem to be fine running without water. And so what if I get a little thirsty on my runs! I usually can make it through OK."

Well, first of all, if you're just starting to feel thirsty on your run, chances are you're already dehydrated. And secondly, hydration is an activity which is not done simply because one is starting to "feel thirsty." Hydration should be done continuously throughout the day, not just to provide you with adequate hydration for your runs, but for general health reasons as well.

Need more convincing? Click here to see specific reasons why it's so important to stay hydrated.

Proper hydration & fueling will also help you avoid fatigue & cramping on your runs.

With respect to your training, it's not just important to hydrate while you are running, but also before & after your runs.

Here's my strategy: In addition to hydrating throughout the day, I make sure to drink about 1 to 2 10 oz bottles at least 1.5-2 hours before I run. (I use the same time frame for fueling.) That allows for proper hydration in preparation for the run, & also gives enough time for it to work through my system before I actually hit the trails. :)

Of course, the exact amount I drink before a run can vary depending on various factors, but generally speaking, 1-2 bottles does the trick for me.

As for hydrating during & after a run, I use a hydration belt for the former & am sure to rehydrate immediately afterwards in the latter instance. Again, the specific amounts are determined by several factors -- run distance, current body weight, outside temperature, etc.

The amount of water I drink during my run is based upon my own individual perspiration rate. (See the below article, "Know Thy Sweat Rate," for how to calculate your own rate & figure out how much water you need to drink.)

Here are some excellent articles about hydration from RW:
"Know Thy Sweat Rate"
Revisionist Drinking
Drink This

The first article will help you determine how much water to take with you on runs, the second one provides an interesting discussion of how much water is enough, & the third one discusses the 8 rules of fluid replacement & how they'll benefit your running.

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I always take water with me on runs, even if it's just a short 3-5 mile run. And especially when it's hot. I just like the security of knowing that I've got water on me should I need it. :)

Hydration systems have improved immeasurably in recent years, so it's fairly easy to comfortably "suit up" with one. And with all the deals to be found on the web & in specialty running stores these days, it shouldn't leave a major hole in your wallet either. :)

If you're looking for a hydration system, I highly recommend the Nathan brand. I really like Nathan hydration systems a great deal & honestly think they're one of the best systems currently on the market. And believe me, I've checked out almost all of the different brands/kinds too!

Here are some brief comparisons to other brands:

--I've found that they are much more comfortable to wear than the Camelbak system. I have three words to say about the Camelbak system: Bounce, bounce, bounce. ;) Basically, wearing this unit for prolonged periods of time can lead to a different kind of "road rash," one in which you don't actually need to make contact with the road in order to acquire. :) Can we say uncomfortable/irritating/painful?! And when I say "irritating," I mean the sensation of being literally "irritated," & not just in the emotional sense of the word, although you could probably add that connotation to the list as well. ;) Think about it: Would that feel good, especially when you're running long distances?! Er, I think not. :) This system might be OK for hiking or cycling, but I definitely wouldn't use it for running.

--I like the water bottle holsters of my Nathan MUCH better than the FuelBelt system. The molded holsters of Nathan's Race/Speed series is of far superior construction, & this feature make it a LOT easier to access water bottles! This is especially important on those longer runs, when you & your hands start feeling tired on the road. In contrast, the FuelBelt system uses only elastic for its holsters, which is a far less structured material. That means more fiddling to get the bottles back into their holsters. :)

--I haven't tested or used the Amphipod system yet, but have heard mixed things about it. Some people don't like the clip detachment mechanism for securing/releasing water bottles, while other people seem to love it. Personally, my initial reaction is that I'd rather not fiddle with clips while I'm running, but who knows, it might actually be better than what I'm currently using. I'd be willing to give it a whirl.


As for specific Nathan models that I currently use & recommend, I've got the the Nathan Speed 4 Energy Belt, which I absolutely LOVE. My only suggestion to improve this particular model would be to get rid of the velcro attachment, which isn't adjustable, & instead switch to an adjustable belt-buckle like the ones in Nathan's Race/Elite series. I haven't found the system to stretch out that much, but there are times when I'm wearing different amounts of clothing underneath, depending on the season. :)

I typically use this system for runs 8 miles and under. If I hydrate properly beforehand & it's not too hot outside, I can sometimes use this system for up to 10-14 miles. I've also got a few 10 oz clip-on flasks which I can add onto the belt to help extend the amount of distance I can cover with this particular model by a few miles. One of the reasons I like this particular model so much is because it evenly distributes the weight of the water across the belt; in other words, no lower-back pain. :) There are also 2 different size pockets, which are perfect for accomodating gel packs, a mobile phone, an ID, a few dollars, & a house/car key.

Anything over that, & I've got various larger capacity Nathan hydration systems from the Race/Elite series which I use, depending on the amount of mileage I run & a host of other factors.

OK, well I hope you found this post useful. Good luck with your training this summer & feel free to share your thoughts on any of the above. Also, I'm open to hearing suggestions for new brands/types of hydration systems, so if you have a system that you particularly like or enjoy, it'd be great if you could share it with all of us. Thanks!

Monday, July 13, 2009

3 Fun in the Sun on That Run, or How I Ended Up with That Unusual Tan Line :)


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Let's face it, we runners have got some interesting tan lines. After all, how many non-runners can claim they have a "stop watch" tan, or the even lovelier "iPod sports armband" tan line? :)

Probably not too many, eh?!

And then there are the interesting tan lines caused by wearing criss-cross sports tops & capris. They certainly outdo the more traditional "farmer's tan" any day of the week. ;)

I would just like to know how many of you have experienced any or all of the above, & how many of you never need to waste time setting aside actual "sunning" time because you're too busy getting an "accidental tan" by just running in the sun. :)

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Since tanning is considered to be not such a great thing to do anymore, due to harmful radiation which can cause skin cancer & other nasty conditions, I'm not necessarily applauding the idea of baking in the sun like an egg frying on a Washington DC sidewalk in the middle of August. :) I'm probably the last person you'd find wasting money on tanning salons; yes, I know, they are rather unhealthy.

However, I've got mixed feelings about being outside in the sun. Basically, on the one hand, I realize it's probably no better than being in a tanning salon, save the vitamins A & D one is getting from the sun exposure, although the other things it gives you might be far more detrimental. ;)

And then there are the cosmetic issues to contend with, which, while clearly not as serious as the health concerns, are still something to consider, especially if you want to retain your youthful good looks. :) Frankly, I'd rather not shrivel into a piece of cracked leather, nor do I care to be mistaken for 80 when I'm only 40. ;)

However, I still feel the need to run & be active outside. So, my tack has been to make every effort to run very early in the morning or in the evening. Or if I'm going to hike in the middle of the day, then it's time to find a mountainous trail with lots of trees. :)

And when it's not possible to do either of these options, I take the necessary precautions when being active in the sun. Even on an overcast morning, it's important to apply sunblock/sunscreen. The rays are still there, peeking through the clouds. :)

So how many of you remember to put on sunblock or sunscreen before you workout outside? Do you have any special routines that help you remember to put it on before you walk out the door? Do you keep sunblock/sunscreen in the trunk of your car? Or perhaps leave the bottles in a visible location where you'll see it before you walk out the door to exercise?

If you forget to apply it & then walk out the door to run, would you go back inside to apply it once you remembered, even if you were just about to exercise? What about if you were en route to a workout destination? Would you turn around & go home or stop off at a store to buy a spare bottle of sunblock or sunscreen?

What level of awareness do you have about sun protection & how important is it to you?

OK enough questions.

And that's pretty much it for this public service message. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

0 Let's Here It For Erik!


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There's someone here whom I need to thank in a big way, who probably doesn't get nearly enough recognition for his efforts. And that person is Erik, a.k.a., my squeeze.

Some of you already know him personally, & others only know him vicariously, probably from me yammering on about him from time to time on this blog. :)

Those of you who know him already know what a great guy he is! Some of you have met him at road races -- And if you haven't, just be on the lookout for a laid-back blond guy in a baseball cap & athletic gear, taking photographs at various points around the race course. :)

I would post a picture of him here, so you could see who I'm talking about, but he's very camera-shy (even more so than me!) & probably wouldn't like that very much. :)

Anyhow, some of you have asked me how the heck I keep all those plates spinning in the air at once, & the answer is that I couldn't do it without the support of Erik. He's simply amazing.

As with most couples, there's usually the more extroverted one (that'd be me ;) ) & the calmer, slightly quieter one (that'd be Erik :) ). You could say that Erik is the guy operating "behind-the-scenes," but that doesn't really do him justice. He's certainly not shy, & has a lot to say. It's just that he choses not to say it publicly in the form of a blog. :)

He's also a runner, & has just finished Week 4 of the CT5K/C25K program, (though it's not his first time through -- This program's also great for getting back into shape after a hiatus from running. I've also used it this way as well on previous occasions). He's actually the one who got me into the CT5K/C25K program in the first place, & so, deserves the credit for that too. He's planning running the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler with me next year. He's doing well in his training, & of course I'm doing my best to support & encourage his efforts in that regard. (It also helps that we are both running, because that in & of itself, is a great reinforcement/motivational factor for each other.) He also lifts weights regularly, & frankly, at this point, could probably lift three of me above his head with his little pinky. :)

He comes to all my races without prompting, photographs all the events, & when I'm not running in races, he volunteers on weekends with me.

But it's not just the racing events either. Just this morning, he took care of a zillion things -- big & small -- just to give me more time to work on various running-related programs, writing/editing projects (i.e., "Running Hoosier" magazine, etc.), & other new business ventures.

Erik, I couldn't do all of this without you, so thank you for everything.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

3 Update: The Debut of Running Hoosier Magazine


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I'm very excited to announce my new position as Managing Editor of Running Hoosier magazine, an exciting new running magazine headed up by Editor-in-Chief, Robert Overton, a.k.a., "RunningHoosier."

Here's how it all came about:

About two weeks ago, Robert asked me to join the staff as a regular feature writer there, to which I accepted enthusiastically, & we've since discussed several ideas for the upcoming issue, which has a projected September release.

On June 26th, we officially announced the formation of the magazine. Robert posted this announcement on his website, & we both put out calls for writers on Twitter, Facebook, Craigslist, & elsewhere.

In the course of our discussions over the past few weeks, it became clear to both of us that there was a lot to plan out, & that Robert needed help in recruiting qualified writers. So I volunteered to help him in that regard. Then he asked to become lead writer & I accepted.

Next, we began talking about other aspects of the magazine's formation. And as our discussions evolved, I kept getting more & more involved in the planning of the magazine to the point where it was obvious to both of us that I was going to be participating even more than originally planned. My role grew from that of lead writer to managing editor. :)

As you can tell, I'm thrilled to be a part of the "Running Hoosier" team!

And frankly, we just can't wait to present the new magazine to the public! We're also really thrilled about the fantastic team of people who've gotten involved in this endeavor, as well as the enthusiastic reception we've been getting from people who've expressed interest in the magazine -- from those seeking career opportunities to potential advertisers & subscribers.

The great thing about the magazine is that it'll be a refreshing, down-to-earth take on fitness & health-related topics for regular, everyday people. Our publication will cover topics such as training, nutrition, health, local runners & events, interviews, and much, much more. So no matter what your experience level is -- whether you are new to the sport or have run for years -- this publication is for you.

You can become a fan of our magazine, by joining the "Running Hoosier" Facebook group. (Just click on the below graphic to join. You must be logged into Facebook first.):



You are also welcome to join the Running Hoosier social network, located at RunningHoosier.ning.com.

Be sure to tell your friends & family about the magazine, the website, the social network, and the Facebook fan page.

Get ready for the premiere issue of Indiana's ONLY running magazine, in September 2009!

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Writers interested in becoming involved in the magazine, (either as a part-time or full-time contributing writer), please contact us by going to the Running Hoosier magazine website, clicking on the "Freelance Writers" link at the top of the page, & filling out the comments form. Please be sure to provide a valid/current email address, so that we may contact you about the prospects of becoming a part of our team.

Advertisers interested in reserving ad space, please contact us at runninghoosier [at] gmail [dot] com.

Robert & I can also be contacted via Twitter. Our Twitter IDs:
Robert Overton, @runninghoosier
Corey Irwin, @cyberpenguin

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

0 Volunteers Needed For 24th Annual Twilighter 8K Next Weekend


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The 24th Annual Rockville Rotary Twilight 8K, (a.k.a."the Twilighter," as DC area locals call it), organized by our running club, the MCRRC, is one of the most fun & festive races of the summer. The turnout -- of runners, volunteers, & spectators alike -- is impressive. The race-day atmosphere is electric, filled with revelry & anticipation, which is not just reserved for the road race itself, but also for the post-race party. :)

The proceeds from this event go to support a good cause -- the Rockville Youth Recreation Fund, which makes it possible for Rockville youth to participate in fee-paid recreation programs that they might not otherwise be able to afford, as well as to other Rotary-supported charities. Additional tax-deductible contributions can also be made along with your entry fee during race registration.

Erik & I just signed up to volunteer for this race, & are now waiting to hear back from the volunteer coordinator. We are looking forward to participating in one of the biggest local area races of the summer!

Volunteering for races is lots of fun! And the "Twilighter 8K" is no exception. You get to have a good time hanging out with a great group of people (many of them fellow runners from the MCRRC), all the while supporting the community & participating in one of the most popular summer racing events in the region.

The MCRRC shows their appreciation to volunteers by providing them with special volunteer T-shirts, food before the race, & training for all volunteering jobs.

Over 400 volunteers are needed for this race in order for it to operate smoothly/successfully, so you'll be in town on that day (i.e., Saturday, July 18th), the race organizers would, in all likelihood, be most appreciative of the extra help!

The race starts at 8:45pm, but there are also volunteer jobs for people before & during race day.

BTW, if you run the race & then volunteer to help with equipment return after the race, they'll waive your race entry fee. :)

If you'd like to register &/or volunteer for the race, please visit the event website for more information. Please be sure to read the volunteer requirements & other information before filling out the online volunteer sign-up form.

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