Why run Athens? A look behind the marathon and its 50 years of success

This year the Athens half and full marathon celebrated 50 years of success, with over 700 runners competing. The annual event attracted all types of athletes, those running for speed and those just hoping to finish.

“Being a college student and training for a half marathon made for a pretty busy schedule,” Ohio University freshman Sean Collins said. “But I didn’t put any pressure on myself to beat some crazy time. I just wanted to say I finished and I worked hard.”

The Athens full marathon is a Boston qualifier, therefore runners from across Southern Ohio and West Virginia traveled in hopes of achieving a quick time. The majority of the course runs along the flat bike path towards Nelsonville, making for a smooth and quick race for seasoned runners. For a complete list of results, and to see who qualified for Boston, click here.

With encouragement from locals, friends and family, runners were cheered from start to finish. Though the marathon is one of the smallest in Ohio, energy and positivity were in abundance, pushing participants towards personal records. The race is a great opportunity for first-time marathoners who need an extra push, and for serious racers who thrive in an upbeat environment.

Looking to tackle a half or full marathon next year? Check out registration.

Want to get an inside look on the race? Check out this video:

 

 

Fit Chick’s Quick Check

Starting a plan:


The easiest way to stay on track is to have a S.M.A.R.T. Goal:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely

Competitors and bodybuilders have figured this out and that is how the standard competition prep is set up. So, even if you aren’t planning to compete you can “Train like a bikini competitor” to get great results and stay motivated! This article gives you Specific instructions and your success can be Measured on how well you stick to it. Every competitor uses this model (and they are no better than you) so it’s Attainable and Realistic. Lastly, it’s Timely at only lasting 12 weeks (Which is 84 hours in the gym, or 4 seasons of your favorite show on Netflix).

Find new exercises:

The second you let yourself get bored or stop seeing results in the gym is the exact same second you will lose all motivation. The best way to keep things interesting and keep making improvements is to look for new exercises. Since you can look at any magazine rack and see new “Booty Busting Moves” here is a simple way to mix things up for Back and Bi’s:

Meal Prep:

Protein, Protein, Protein. Simple enough…but sometime’s that is too simple. If you are getting tired of the egg whites and plain oatmeal every morning here are some delicious but equally as protein packed alternatives:

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Check you form:

The most common type of cardio, running, has gotten a lot of attention in recent years from Sports Medicine specialists. A team of musculoskeletal researchers recently decided to tackle the bare-foot/rear-foot/front-foot/how-the-heck-do-I-know running style debate.

Every active person can agree that lower-body injuries and acute pains are the most impactful once they occur because it hinders both exercise and everyday life. I know, we are ALL tired of hearing random people in the gym try to critique each other’s squat form… Unfortunately, that debate hasn’t ended yet BUT we do have an answer to the striking style debate:
What part of your foot hits DOESN’T matter in injury rates, what does matter is your tibia angle. For the least amount of harmful force on your joints and bones you want a larger angle of your foot to shin on impact. Typically, this would correlate with running on the balls of your feet (fore-front strikers) but if you are a heel striker (rear-foot) then simply making sure your foot it hitting the ground infront of you instead of directly under you will reduce your risk of injury in the same way.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170206084901.htm

Quick Reference Guide:

It’s not as if us girls need to prove ourselves in the gym any more than we already do when we show up and throw more 45’s up than the guy trying to spot us in the squat rack, but in case some macho head tries to make you feel dumb for not knowing his urban dictionary Brolanguage here is a quick guide to all the gym slang currently in circulation:
http://www.muscleandfitness.com/muscle-fitness-hers/hers-features/beginners-guide-weightlifting-terms

Fit Chick’s Quick Check is a weekly newsletter aimed at female fitness freaks. There is too much Broscience out there that makes it hard enough to figure out what is true or not but it’s even trickier finding FEMALE focused fitness advice. This weekly newsletter will help you in every area from your workout regimen, diet, to staying up-to-date on new findings.

Run, rest, repeat: the latest in women’s running

 

Rise and shine runners! Here’s what you need to know to get your day started on the right foot (pun intended):

Bad Ass of the Day: Alyson Felix

Felix is an Olympic medalist who competes in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m. She also models for Nike women’s track and field line AND works alongside ACTS College Summit, a program that encourages high school juniors and seniors to work towards their goals.

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Look good, run good.

Nike just released their new LunarEpic low flyknit, a shoe that is designed to fit like a comfortable sock. It’s light weight, but offers ample support for your longer runs. The foam at the heel absorbs impact and helps you achieve the desired ‘heel-to-toe’ running motion. Plus, it comes in tons of cute colors AND gives you the option to design your own. What more can a girl want?

Order your Nike LunarEpic’s here !!

 

Daily Fitspo

For those of us who need an extra push to make it to the gym (or trail) today…

 

Recipe of the Day

Check out these ‘piña colada’ stove top oats- easy, filling, and restoring after a long morning run. Don’t have all the toppings pictured below? Not a problem. You can substitute any fruit for the bananas, and regular peanut butter works in place of the almond butter. To keep it super simple, just sprinkle some granola on top and enjoy!

Need a break from running today? We’ve got you covered.

Though you may love running, forcing yourself to hit the trails seven days a week is dangerous and damaging. Your body needs time to recover (at least a day) and restore to help build muscle. Even better, try taking 2 days off and using one of them to tackle a new workout. Don’t be concerned about burning the calories or staying in shape- with the right type of exercise, this won’t be a problem.

Don’t know where to get started? Check out these three alternate workouts that burn more calories than a 3 mile run!

 

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