Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Congratulation to our finishers of the Run Sac Race Series this year! We had some high ranked folks and did quite well in our first year of participation! Our series finishers (did all 8 required races) included:
- Leslie Gray 14th place woman
- Anne Casagrande 23rd place woman
- Melissa Gutzman 30th place woman
- Allen Reid 29th place man
Great job runners!!!
Next year, we get our whole team involved!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Please use the "Where is Everyone Running" log below to let folks know what you are doing and so we can see how many shuttle cars we need.
Monday, November 16, 2009
John Bingham, "Tools and Rules," Runner's World
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Congratulations to the many gO! runners who joined the mythical fraternity of runners whom have completed the always painful, yet satisfying, 20 mile training run/race! They do not label the 20 mile marker at marathons as "The Wall" for no reason! Some folks finished their longest run to date down at the Clarksburg county run, while several others completed it at the group run yesterday morning. In my personal opinion, the 20 mile training run can often be a much larger mental challenge than the actual completion of a full marathon! Take away the crowds, the medals, the hype, the respect a marathon brings, and the thousands of other runners in a marathon and you are left with only your thoughts and a whole lot of road while covering the 20 miles in training. GREAT JOB gO! Runners!
Joining the club....
Clarksburg 20 Mile Finishers
Joe Nason 19th 2:44
Allen R. 10th 3:44
Richard 6th 3:11
Dennis O. 43rd 2:54
Tim H. 29th 2:44
gO! Group Run 20 Mile Rookies
Also... we had some impressive finishers at the other Clarksburg races as well....
Leslie G. 2nd in age group 29:07
Alan L. 14th 29:40 PR
Candice 16th 35:18 PR
Toni G. 8th 27:03 PR
Nanci 49th 2:31
Terri 16th 2:09
GREAT JOB gO!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Inevitably, all competitive runners reach a point in a race where the body fatigues and the mind must take control. What you do at this time usually separates a moderate performance from an optimal performance.
The biggest defeater of mental performance is a negative thought process. When you fatigue, you must find a way to “live in the moment.” Do not allow negative thoughts.
There are two methods of thought processing: association or dissociation; internal or external; tune in or tune out. Some people like to analyze their comfort level: “How arm my legs feeling? How is my breathing?” Others like to checkout: look at their surroundings or sing a song in their head to avoid thinking about the discomfort. You must find something or things that work for you. No matter what, it must be a positive thought. Practice it. Have a plan before you reach the point when you need it.
Here then, is my Top 10 things to think about when you feel like giving in:
#10 “I feel good enough right now that I don’t have to start playing mind games yet”
#9 “I’ve earned this pace with consistent training and diligent workouts” (Try to think about all of times you ran when it would have been easier not to.)
#8 “If I had to accelerate right now, could I? Is there still some ‘snap’ in my legs? Yes. I’m O.K.”
#7 “I’m comfortable with being uncomfortable. I know this is temporary.”
#6 Look around. “I can run with these people near me.”
#5 “I know I can run this pace for another half mile” (or quarter mile or until the next mile marker). Focus only on that segment, then, repeat.
#4 “I am slowly going to close the gap on the runner’ in the red cap’ ahead of me.” (then, pick someone new)
#3 “I’m going to Boston!” (or other goal like sub 2 hour half)
#2 “I have invested a great deal of effort up to this point (think of the mileage you’ve already covered), and I going to continue this effort.”
And the ultimate…
#1 “Josh believes I can do this, so I know I can!”
Monday, November 2, 2009
Lisa V. fell down and skinned her knees.
Josh called the doctor and the doctor said,
“Midnight! Hills! Are you sick in the head?!”
11 little gO! Runners flying through the woods like a big bad buck,
Dennis fell down and said shit, damn, crap, and FUCK!
Josh called the Leslie, and Leslie yelled,
“I said you were crazy, you shouldn't have rebelled!”
10 little gO! Runners running in the dark,
Tim did a summersault without causing a mark.
Josh called Anne, and a sleepy Anne mumbled,
“Tim wouldn't risk his pearly whites with such a stupid stumble!”
9 little gO! Runners tromping down the trail with a tired looking stride,
Josh fell in a bush and hurt his pride.
Dave called to Isaac, and Isaac laughed and screamed,
“It’s about time he fell on his face, like I’ve always dreamed!”
8 little gO! Runners under the full moon,
Jesse crashed down with a sonic boom,
Josh called Joe, and Joe said stressed,
“please call back later, I am working on my chest!”
7 little gO! Runners almost to the car,
When Laurie did a superman that will leave a nasty scar!
Josh called Tim C., and Tim C. declared,
“I am glad I didn't go, good thing I was too scared.”
12 little gO! Runners causing a Denny’s squall,
The night was an amazing adventure that will be remembered by all!
And then Gary whispered over his Moons Over My Hammy,
“gO! is like a supportive and spirited, second little Family!”