Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Survey: New Years Fitness Goals

Take a minute to share your thoughts on setting New Years Fitness Goals. Results will be shared on this blog and at SpeedySneakers.com

New Years Fitness Goals

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Womens Health should Not be Rationed

A few weeks ago the U.S Preventitive Task Force, a government-backed physician group said women in their 40s are more likely to get false-positive tests that can lead to unnecessary biopsies and anxiety and therefore recommended that rather than receiving mamograms at 40, that women should start getting them at 50.

Hands up, anyone who would rather get a false positive at 40 than wait until 50 for a positive test result that could have been cured had the screening being taken at 40.

This type of article is not routinely something that Speedy Sneakers would get into, but when it comes to women's health and the quality of medical care that impacts women, we all have an obligation to pay attention to what is going on.

Unfortunately, I cannot believe that this type of report would lead to better health care for women but rather see it as partly what we are all fearing will come out of the current health care reform efforts, rationing of health care. We should not accept it.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Announcement: Speedy Sneakers Racing

Speedy Sneakers Racing a division of Speedy Sneakers Walking and Running Clubs for Women announces the luanch of it's new website at www.SpeedySneakers.com/Racing

Speedy Sneakers Racing offers race timing for running and walking events in Central Ohio.

Please visit the website for more information.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Commit Now for Success in the Spring

In the northern parts of the United States, the leaves have now fallen off the trees and the snow is about to come down. Winter is around the corner. As winter comes in the difficulty of training outdoors becomes apparent causing many runners and walkers to miss vital winter training.

Here are some tips to help you stay in shape, or at a minimum keep up some fitness activity through the winter:

Work on your core strength by doing back and abdominal exercises.

Though stretching may not increase your strength to run a 5k, it will increase your flexibility which will help you stave off injuries as you increase your mileage in the spring and summer.

Find sunny days through the winter when the snow is packed on the ground and you can get outside for a quick 20 minute run.

Try some rope skipping, you will be amazed at how tired you will become doing this workout.

These are some simple workouts and routines that will help you stay in shape through the winter. I would be interested to know what others have done. Please let us know.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Run as your feel

For many years I have heard runners talking about timing all their runs. This is a big mistake. Anytime you time yourself, you are putting yourself on the clock and with that you will for all intents and purposes probably end up running too fast. Now running fast is a good thing, but not all the time.

Running fast everyday will ultimately leave your body tired and run down. When training your body needs time to recover, which normally takes place at night when you are sleeping, but when you are training hard you need to give your body that little extra help by not running fast. That is why you will also hear runners talking about their “recovery runs”. These are runs where you run slower than normal or running as you feel.

My personal advice to better help you run as you feel is to leave your watch at home.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Building your Base

You might have heard elite runners talking about building a base in the winter training months and have wondered what they were talking about.

Base training serves as the foundation for what is to come later in the year. Much like building a foundation for a house, base training serves to provide the runner with a strong foundation to not only help train harder in the spring and summer months, but also will helps to make the runner stronger for the long slog through the summer.

Base training typically can include long slow runs and weight training. The base gets built up over the course of weeks, in terms of miles, no more than 10 percent increase each week until a maximum miles is reached. Periodic rest weeks can and should be taken to avoid becoming stale and the training can become boring. In fact, many good runners will also through in some light speed and streghtening work such as hill sprints to break up the training.

Base training is important for everyone, but is especially important for those who plan to run in half or full marathon. You will need to build your base before thinking about tackling the high mile weeks that will come later.

If you have any questions on training and building your base, please let me know through this blog and I will be happy to respond.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wearing Layers

To stay warm and comfortable during your winter runs, it will be important to wear layers.

I am sure if you are like me, less clothing is best, but when it get's cold you need to add clothing, and this causes other issues of comfort. Too much clothes and you feel like you are dragging, too little and you run chilly and stiff. So the happy medium is to have either just the right amount of clothing on, or have the correct clothing on.

The best approach is to dress in layers:

1. The first layer should be made of a wicking material to keep the sweat away from your body.
2. The second layer should be to keep you warm and can be a little heavier
3. The third layer should keep the wind or cold air away from you.

Happy running

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Start your own club

Speedy Sneakers Walking and Running clubs for women started on March 22 2008. Since that time, Speedy Sneakers has helped over 50 women in just one location meet many of their personal fitness goals.

Some of our members had goals to simply just get back to some general fitness while others wanted to run a 5k. By being a member of Speedy Sneakers, members were able to meet regularly and together they trained to meet their goals.

This coming year, Speedy Sneakers will be embarking on a new adventure - helping others start their own club. If you are interested in starting a club of your own in your neighborhood, the take a look at our website www.speedysneakers.com and give us a shout if you have any interest, we'd love to let you know how you too can start your own club.

Take care and happy running and walking

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Warm Fall Weather

What a beautiful morning we had. Our Speedy Sneakers group of walkers and runners met at Glacier Ridge and enjoyed the warm weather.

Throughout the fall and winter there will be some days that will provide you an opportunity to take advantage of the nice weather. If you are one who doesn't like to run or walk in cold weather then keep your eyes out for those windows of opportunity.

As a reminder: Speedy Sneakers Walking and Running Club for women will be meeting each Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. throughout the winter months.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Run for Kids - Marysville Ohio is July 18

The Run-for-Kids 5k will take place again this year in Marysville Ohio. sponsored by Honda of Marysville the race starts and finished in front of the dealership.

This year's race should be just as much fun as last year where there was plenty of food and good music to entertain the runners and walkers.

Registration for the race has started, if you are early you can get a littel discount and if you are a high school runner its even a little cheaper.

Come on out and enjoy a fun run and walk with the family.

Register at www.columbusrunning.com

Monday, May 25, 2009

Cross Training For Runners

Reminder, this Saturday May 30, 2009 starting at 7:45, Speedy Sneakers will host an informative talk titled "Cross Training For Runners."

Mindy Gargasz and Erica Mullins, two Orthopedic Physical Therapists will give the talk and gear it specifically to women runners and walkers.

If you have any questions, you can contact us through our website, at www.speedysneakers.com

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Congratulations - Race for the Cure

Congratulations to all Speedy Sneakers members who ran in the Race for the Cure in downtown Columbus.

This year's race drew more than 46,000 runners and walkers - what an awesome site.

Perhaps next year we'll break the 50,000 participant mark - won't that be something.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Willow Ridge 5k Run and Walk

Registration opens for the 2nd Annual Willow Ridge 5k Run and Walk which will take place at Glacier Ridge Metro Park on August 22, 2009.

It is important to register early and online as there will be no race day registrations.

The race will start at 8:00 a.m. and will include awards for runners and walkers.

For more details, go to Speedy Sneakers Racing

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Races added to TheYappers

I have just added a few more races to TheYappers which I think you will love to run.

Close to home is the Home Run 5k which takes place in Dublin Ohio on May 24, and a week before that warmup with the biggest race in Columbus as 40,000 runners and walkers take to the streets in Columbus for the Race for a Cure.

Also, dont' forget to checkout some of the other races and when you are done running and walking return back to "Open your Yap" by rating and reviewing the races.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dublin St. Patricks Day Results - now available

Two Dublin Ohio runners take top honors at the Dublin St. Patricks Day event held in Historic Dublin.

Congratulations to Michael Sawicki and Star Emmert.

If you participated in the race now you can rate and review the race.
Also checkout your race photos at RunPhotos

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Now you can rate and review running, walking, triathlon, duathlon and swimming races in Columbus with The Yappers

So, if you have something to say, "Open your Yap....and Share your experience with the rest of the Race Community."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dublin Ohio "Home Run 5k"

"Home Run 5k"
Sunday May 24, 2009 starting 5:00 p.m.
Historic Dublin

In partnership with the City of Dublin and Habitat for Humanity comes an awesome new 5k race to Dublin. This new event, the "Home Run 5k" will have a unique start time of 5:00 p.m. and will take in much of historic Dublin. There will be finish line activities for adults and kids alike, awards for runners using strollers, and much more. It promises to be unique, entertaining and mostly FUN.

The race committee has formed and plans are underway to get the race off the ground. The committee is dedicated to providing a unique racing experience for runners, walkers and sponsors alike. But we need your help.

Whether you are a runner, or walker, elite or recreational, we want to hear from you. We want to know what will make your race unique and fun. What have you seen work at other races that you want incorporated into this race? What would your kids love to have as finish line activities? What would you love to see for yourself?

Let us know and we will strive to incorporate them into our race planning, and then when all is said and done, we ask you to mark your calendars and come out to the run, or walk and enjoy the cool air of a springtime evening in Dublin.

The survey has only 6 questions. Shouldn't take you too much time. Thanks in advance.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Columbus Race for the Cure - May 16, 2009

It's not too late to start thinking about the Race for the Cure which will be held on May 16, 2009 in Columbus Ohio.

If you need a training group, then stop by Speedy Sneakers Walking and Running Club and join our club. We are currently training each Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. over at Glacier Ridge Metro Park. We will add another day (Tuesday) when there is more sunlight.

Visit our website Speedy Sneakers