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1st, 2nd, and 358th place for the USA – Woody Harrell (April 16, 1973)

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 in 1973, Harrell - Woody, M 18 - 34, Maryland

1st, 2nd, and 358th place for the USA – Woody Harrell (April 16, 1973)

First, a little background: My so-called road racing career began in fits and starts; but the initial date is easy to pin down: the day I read an article in the June 01, 1964, issue of Sports Illustrated about American expatriate Buddy Edelen. Unnoticed by most Americans, Edelen had run the first- and third-fastest marathons of all time, and had just returned from England to win the US Olympic marathon trial at Yonkers, New York, by over 20 minutes. I was fascinated! I was amazed. I was inspired! So much so  I put on my tennis shoes (literally my tennis shoes; who had a pair of running shoes...

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A Fast Marathon Needs More than Fitness – Jason Fitzgerald (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in 2014, Fitzgerald - Jason, M 18 - 34, Maryland

A Fast Marathon Needs More than Fitness – Jason Fitzgerald (April 21, 2014)

How do you run a fast marathon? It’s one of the most interesting questions I can think of as a runner, training geek, and coach. It’s also incredibly complex. With a race as long as the marathon, there are more opportunities for something to go wrong. Quite often, your finish time is more strongly influenced by outside factors than your fitness level. Frustrating, isn’t it? You could be in the best shape of your life, but temperature, stress levels, sun exposure, pace execution, course conditions, or fueling could completely derail your race. On April 21, 2014, I ran the 118th Boston...

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Warm Race; Secret Strategy – Jack Mahurin (April 21, 1973)

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in 1973, M 18 - 34, Mahurin - Jack, Maryland

Warm Race; Secret Strategy –  Jack Mahurin (April 21, 1973)

Running marathons, I never had a great day on a good course in good weather. Of my two fastest races, one was plagued by heat and the other by rain and a sloppy track. But certainly of these two races, Boston 1973 was my best marathon effort. In the late 1960s, I was in the Air Force stationed at Pope Air Force Base. Wanting to continue running competitively, I had written to several nearby North Carolina universities looking for possible running contacts. I thus met up with a small group of fellow post-collegiate runners who trained and raced under the banner of the “North Carolina Track...

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