What Was My Time?

June 4, 2016



    No matter your level of fitness, what degree you view a 5K or any distance, there is one common thread among runners; the need to know what time you just ran. More serious runners will make a point to catch a glimpse of the clock at the finish line while also checking their splits on a GPS watch. But a lot of runners simply forget to check it, stop their watch and simply miss the time at the finish line. 

   The natural reaction to this is to immediately approach the race timer and get your time. However, that can be the wrong move in many cases. Depending on the stage of the race, the race timer can be super busy getting the times for those who came after you. So you can wait till the awards to get your time unless you have to leave early. The best way to get the full report of your time and all those who participated is to look up the timer's website, facebook page or the race organizer's website/facebook page.

   Social media has had a deep reaching impact on races and results. Most Mississippi race timers have a functional website and are really good about getting the results posted within hours of the event. 

   When you get to the race, if you aren't familiar with the race timer, introduce yourself and make sure you know their website. Most of them also keep information and photos from the event on their facebook pages so you'll want to like their page too. Some race timers put their logo on the race bib, so you may see who it is that way. Of course the actual finish line can be a good indication of who is handling the time too.

   So what do you do if you pull up the results and you are not in them? Race timers are human and can make a mistake from time to time. Most all run backup video and can find your time. just shoot them an email and chances are, they'll have your time in a revised release of the results before the email makes it back to you.

   If you run enough races with a particular timer you'll get to know them a little more. Most of the timers you'll encounter are also runners, so they truly care to make sure it's right each time. So go easy on them if they missed you, they will get you in.

   Remember why we do this, for fun. So stressing about something that can easily be recovered is counterproductive. Take a deep breath and enjoy the company, and keep running.  
 

Race Day Etiquette

May 30, 2016


     
For someone who has been around or involved in running and road racing for most of my life, I have seen a lot of things that have completely mystified me; but none so much as seeing people who are either arriving at their first ever race, or have yet to shed the newbie habits that make them, well, "newbies".

   You know the type. The guy or girl who shows up 5 minutes before the race begins to register. They aren't sure of what to do and from their perspective, "it's not a big deal". Only...

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Racing The Watch

May 13, 2016
      Like many people who have a passion for running, I started at a pretty young age. I remember the day exactly that I wanted to start running. It wasn't because I ran and liked it; it was because I saw someone my age doing it and decided I could do it too. 
Competitive juices bubbled over that day and thus another runner was born. It took me a while to figure a few things out, after all, there were not a lot of people around my hometown for me to ask advice, so many things I had to figure ...

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Vo2 Max

April 29, 2016
     If you have been running long enough, you may have heard the term and weren't really sure what the heck it was. If you've been lucky enough to have your Vo2 Max measured, you likely have a firm grasp on the concept. 

    OK, let's go nerd for a minute. Vo2 Max is the volume of oxygen your body utilizes in a given time. By measuring this stat, you can design a training plan to help maximize the benefit you hope to achieve from the plan you are on. Most casual runners are not familiar with ...

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Being Boston Strong

April 19, 2016
    The Boston Marathon was held today and as always provided championship level competition. Chances are if you have been running for any length of time, you knew someone fortunate enough to be there taking on road racing's grand prize. For many of us, Boston is the finish line, reach it and you've achieved the ultimate goal. That doesn't mean you should run Boston and stop running, but to hear some of the first timers describe the overwhelming elation they feel just being there and you begi...

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Planning Your Race Calendar

April 12, 2016
    Each runner and walker chooses a race on any particular weekend for a wide variety of reasons that can range from a distance that fits into the specific training schedule they are trying to be loyal to, a race type they have never run before or simply a race they have been eyeing for some time. With more and more races popping up in the magnolia state; on any given weekend, the options are plenty. So how do you choose what race to do?

   Many people will run a race close to home. They fit ...

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Why Fun Runs Matter

March 29, 2016

    Before you had kids, if you have them, you ran races on any given weekend and always looked for another one to go run. We've all been there. But once you started to expand the family; planning your races became a little more strategic. Once the kids graduated from the stroller, then it almost got a little harder. That is until you started to understand the Kids Run event than most races have. 


    Before that; you'd warm up or cool down depending on the placement of the race in relation to...


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Road Running Safety

March 22, 2016

                          Getting your run on is pretty important. A lot of runners venture to the park and walking trails and tracks. For the rest of us, we like the open road. I remember as a kid I ran like I was bullet proof and had no fear of being run over. Wisdom comes with age and like many runners, I woke up to the realities that await us on the open road. Over the last 30 years, we've seen a rise in the amount of vehicles on the roads. But technology has also become one of the pitfal...


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All Weather Running

March 18, 2016

    Runners are very determined if nothing else. We like our runs. We rarely like to miss a day and when we do, there is this since of missing out we feel. I have know runners who would venture out in freezing cold temps just to have the peace of mind of having run that day. You see runners our getting in their miles often in the pouring rain, and in the blazing mid day sun of summer. So what is it about running that makes us take on the elements? Perhaps it's the intangible benefits of telli...


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GPS Watches

March 10, 2016

      Running has come a long way over the last 30 years. Leaps and bounds. In just the last 10 years, we've seen the popularity of trail runner soar, minimalist craze come and all but go away, and huge strides in what we eat during a race. But one of the biggest markets has been the evolution of the watch. I remember as a kid, if you had a Timex Triathlon, you were set. Many of my runs long ago were timed this way and GPS watches simply weren't available. Which normally mean the miles in my ...


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