The Little Rock Jingle Bell Run, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, was my first formal race, so it holds a special place in my heart. I ran it again this year with friends and got my best 5K time of the year; very pleased. Along the way, another runner told me that I was brave to run barefoot. I thanked her but told her that I had over 400 barefoot running miles this year so this was easy. I don't really know how many barefoot miles I've run but I do have over 400 miles for which I've kept track. I did a tally in my head and think I have 44 miles in races alone: four 5K, three 10K and one half. It's been a good year.
So this is a circuit in the UK that you only get access to as a runner once a year! -The Rockingham Motor Speedway Circuit.
Obviously I recognise that this event is primarily aimed at those of us at the shorter distance end of the running spectrum, but having run it for the first time this weekend I thought I'd give it a mention.
This was only my second 10k race (I'd enjoyed my first one a few weeks prior to this and very quickly then looked for a follow up that I thought would be ok to run barefoot).
The Rockingham racing circuit is apparently known for being a fast course (both for cars & runners I believe). Like most racing venues it occupies a vast expanse of land which means two things: firstly there's not too much lengthy undulation going on (although there are a couple of small inclines to deal with); and secondly it can get very cold & windy.
SLOW SUCCESS: Endurance guru to bring wisdom to Charles Town By Spirit of Jefferson
Dr. Mark Cucuzzella says heeding Phil Maffetone’s advice 17 years ago changed his running career and life. The internationally known health and running expert is set to speak in Charles Town Friday.
During the early years of Dr. Mark Cucuzzella’s running career, injuries were the norm. Punishing workouts through high school and college left him “hurting all the time” and then foot surgery sidelined him completely.
That’s when he came across the approach advocated by Dr. Phil Maffetone, then best known for his work helping Mark Allen win the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii six times straight.
“Before, it was all about training harder and harder,” said Cucuzzella, now 51 and still finishing marathons regularly under three hours. “Dr. Phil was the person out in front...