The two most common feelings I feel before a race are enthusiasm and nerves. My enthusiasm stems from the hope that the race will go as planned. My nerves stem from the anxiety that it might not. The only thing I know for sure before a race is when the starting gun will go off.
In a lucky world, the race will go exactly as planned. I will be able to carry out the exact race plan I meticulously crafted with my coach or in my head. The sun or shade will be agreeable too, and shine or not shine at just the right angles and quantities. My race bib number will be my favorite number.
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympians and returning champions for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18, two days prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon®. Defending women’s champion Molly Huddle will return to the streets of Boston, while two-time winner Ben True comes back seeking to be the first athlete to earn three B.A.A. 5K titles.
The 2015 B.A.A. 5K will have a field size of 10,000 entrants and will start and finish at Boston Common. A prize purse of $39,900 (USD) will be awarded equally to the top male and female finishers. In addition, professional runners are eligible for a $5,000 (USD) bonus for event record times established at the B.A.A. 5K. Bonus incentives will also be available for professional runners for multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2015.
photo courtesy USA Today--One of the perks of attending a large university with an illustrious list of alumni, is the ability to hear a legend speak. In the late 1990’s, I had the privilege of attending a rare speaking engagement on campus featuring Olympic star Billy Mills.
The Pepsi Florida Relays is annually one of the best early season outdoor meets in the United States. Not only do scores of the top collegiate stars head to Gainesville to square off, but many of the top sprint and hurdle pros use the event as their outdoor season launching point. This year's edition is no different, with stacked races and big stars across the board. Here are a few of the top events and athletes to keep an eye on
In eighth grade, Nadia Eke decided to teach herself how to triple jump.
“I thought it would probably be the easiest thing, since I didn’t actually want to do track,” the Columbia senior said.
Cole Christman of Wenatchee (WA) had a breakthrough race to defeat 2014 NXN champ Tanner Anderson (North Central WA) with a personal best time of 4:09.94 to take over as US #1 in the 1600 and knock 3 seconds off his previous PR. (Photo by Gary Paulson)
A 400m runner will work hard on extremely painful training sessions to develop their lactic system, both the efficiency, the time it takes before the lactic system breaks down and their pain threshold to run through the fatigue.
Lee Emanuel, who won 3000m silver at the European Indoor Championships in Prague, is one of athletics’ running missionaries. The Albuquerque-based Brit tells SPIKES how his American adventure nearly pushed him away from the sport, but ultimately led him to success. Moving to America was something of an impulsive decision for Lee Emanuel.
It’s a given that runners—no matter their ability or age–have to be tough. Let’s face it: this beloved sport of ours is a demanding one that requires Herculean levels of determination and just pure grit in order to keep on putting one foot in front of the other.
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