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What Was My Time?

Posted by Tim Irvine on Saturday, June 4, 2016, In : Miles To Go 



    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 you...

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Race Day Etiquette

Posted by Tim Irvine on Monday, May 30, 2016, In : Miles To Go 


     
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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Friday, May 13, 2016, In : Miles To Go 
      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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Friday, April 29, 2016, In : Miles To Go 
     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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, In : Miles To Go 
    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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, In : Miles To Go 
    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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

    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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

                          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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Friday, March 18, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

    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

Posted by Tim Irvine on Thursday, March 10, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

      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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The Race Within The Race

Posted by Tim Irvine on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

          Ever notice the mother or dad pushing a stroller at a race? That's dedication. Dedication to being there, and dedication to bringing your new child or children to meet your passion. Once I was in a race and I was on the 2nd row behind the "fast people". I couldn't help but notice a woman with a stroller next to me, and my initial reaction was, "right". That quickly changed over to, "I can't let her beat me" after a mile into the race. I was impressed that she was running a pretty go...


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Dallas Stricker

Posted by Tim Irvine on Monday, February 22, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

     Dallas Stricker is one of Mississippi's future high profile runners who is actually a high profile runner now. Dallas Stricker has been running since he was able to from all accounts. His family who is loaded with athletic talent are fixtures in the running community in Hattiesburg and the coast. At 7 years old he broke the world record for his age in the half marathon twice. At age 8 he did it again for that age. There seems to be no distance he won't try and if he's in the race, my bet...


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Running Blogs

Posted by Tim Irvine on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

      The really cool thing about running and the discovery of running by people who are just coming to understand the benefits and passion, is that those of us who have been around for a while get to experience it again through another's perspective. Such is the case when I discover a running blog of someone who is still relatively new to running. They bring a breath of fresh air and excitement that renews the passion we all feel for our sport. If you attend races long enough on a regular ba...


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The Bling Thing

Posted by Tim Irvine on Monday, February 15, 2016, In : Miles To Go 

         Once upon a time, most runners gave little thought to awards outside the usual suspects of fierce competitors. These days, the awards have expanded to include... well a lot of competitors. No longer are the top spots the only sought after awards; or the places that are most intriguing. Now there are Masters, Grand Masters and age groups in 5 and 10 year spans. Once the awards were mostly trophies and the bigger the award, the higher you placed. But since the running boom of 2010 and ...


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