Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Publix Georgia Marathon-Registration Discount-Discount Code-Atlanta Hawks

Options To Run The Publix Georgia Marathon

In recent announcements it is clear you have many options with both registration and running the Publix Georgia Marathon or one of the other races that day.  Of course you have the option to run free by entering to win the current race entry giveaway right here on 26.2 Quest, but a very cool partnership with the Atlanta Hawks can give you a discount off of the current Publix Georgia Marathon Registration.When the Hawks win at home, runners benefit with a registration discount. Last night the Hawks won their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in a 92-89 victory which means that if you register today with discount code HAWKS you will get $3 off your registration since the point spread was 3 points.  Further information is available here about the Publix Georgia Marathon Sponsorship with the Atlanta Hawks.The third and final chance to get the Hawks point spread discount is following their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers this Saturday, January 21st, lets hope for a victory with a 110 point spread so EVERYONE can run the marathon for free!  Hey….. it could happen! (OK, so the discount is capped at $15 so no go)Another option that you have is to admit that you are not marathon ready and sign up instead for the Luckie 5k and Kids Fun Run sponsored by Cuties California Mandarins.  The family fun events will be run at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on St. Patrick’s Day, the day before the marathon and half marathon.  More information is available about the Cuties Luckie 5k and other events on March 17th, or you can register now.Don’t forget, if you can’t find any other better option, you can always use the 262QUEST discount code when visiting the Publix Georgia Marathon Registration for $10 off of your registration.  This discount is only available for the full and half marathon races. Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Barefoot Running Benefits-Barefoot Running Press

Barefoot Running with Michael Sandler

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about the 13.1 Atlanta race, I was lucky enough to meet up with Barefoot Runner Michael Sandler before the race.  Michael didn’t run the race because of some extensive traveling he is doing for his recent book launch, but he still ran up to me in his bare feet on Sunday morning in Town Brookhaven.It was fun to talk to Michael about barefoot running and some of the more interesting and difficult barefoot runs he has had.  One race he mentioned was one that he and a barefoot running group ran through some horrible road conditions.  Because the road was rough they all decided to hit the grass on the side of the road only to find that the grass was full of cactus and then so were their feet.Michael is currently traveling all over the country promoting his book Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free By Getting in Touch with the Earth which he wrote with his wife Jessica Lee, who is also a barefoot runner.Sandler explores every aspect of barefoot running in this comprehensive guide, including:Overcoming any inhibitions about running barefoot.The pros and cons of barefoot running and running in shoes.Maintaining your feet after the first few runs—tips and tools.Barefoot running for children—fitness benefits for children, dangers of footwear at a young age, ideas for playtime barefoot activities.Barefoot/minimalist shoes and other essential gear.Barefoot running benefits for seniors.Nutrition tips.Running in heat or the cold.Running on any surface.As mentioned in the Barefoot Running Press Release, Barefoot Running also chronicles Michael’s journey from a nearly fatal accident in 2006 that the doctors said would keep him from running again, to running 10 to 20 miles or more barefoot.More information about Michael, his wife Jessica, and their company Run Bare can be found at their website and you can also interact with them on Facebook at the Run Bare Fanpage, or on Twitter @RunBareCompany.Have you tried Barefoot Running or Minimalist Running? Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Knowledgeable Individuals

How Would You Rate Your Running Form?

Some people think they have near perfect running form and can be found talking about it all the time, while others haven’t even thought about it at all.  There is, however, a third group of runners that I like to think I can most closely relate to – those that think about running form and try to do the right thing, but are not quite sure if they are getting it completely right.This third group of runners may read books, magazines, and blogs and think they understand, but without a knowledgeable individual giving an honest assessment they can never be completely sure they are correctly implementing what they have understood from their research.  This is where I have found myself for so many years.  I am proud of what I do know, but truth be told I have a lot to learn.Kyle O’Day from Continuum Sports is one of those knowledgeable individuals I am talking about and this past Sunday night was our first of the “hands on” sessions in the sold out Running Form Clinic put on by West Stride in Atlanta.  What this meant was that my running form was starting to be put to the test so to speak.  I was a bit nervous, but excited at the same time to see what I was doing wrong and what I could do better.The evening started with a short run to a nearby track.  This was interesting given the busy roads that surround West Stride.  I am not used to dealing with that kind of traffic where I run most of the time, and so I was getting a little impatient having to wait for traffic lights.This first session was focused on posture and upper body form including arm and hand placement.  This brought back some memories of some techniques I learned while running Cross Country over 20 years ago, techniques that I still use today in my running.  We started working on some drills that we will incorporate in later lower body sessions.  It is a bit odd seeing adults doing drills.  I watch my daughter and her team as they do drills, however as far as adults go, I think too many of them don’t think about drills or chose to ignore them.  We are all so busy that we just head out the door and run – only to get upset and wonder why we get injured.Kyle watched us as we ran and worked on what we had been taught.  I was happy to be doing exactly what I was taught, but too bad that wasn’t because I have always had perfect form, but rather because I was really good at faking it while being critiqued. :)  It was good to hear that encouragement of a job well done, but I am still concerned on getting it right while I am out running on my own.  I guess that comes with time and lots of disciplined practice.How would you rate your running form?  Which group do you fall in?  Do you seek out knowledgeable individuals to help guide you in the right direction? Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Stress Hormone-Muscle Repair-Cortisol-Sports-Snack

Weight-Loss Tip: Upgrade Your Post-Workout Snack! Sports scientists have long ad...

Weight-Loss Tip: Upgrade Your Post-Workout Snack! Sports scientists have long advocated having a bite after exercising to help promote muscle repair. An even more compelling reason: less belly fat. Exercise activates cortisol, a stress hormone that gives you that extra surge to push until the end of spin class, says sims. But lingering in that state for too long can backfire; cortisol not only inhibits the muscle-repair process but also alters your metabolism so that your body stores more calories as fat (typically in the abdominal region) instead of burning them off. More weight-loss tips: read more..

Disappointment-Half Marathon

What Does it Feel Like to Not Run?

I am sure there are many ways to describe what it feels like to not run, but to a runner not many of the explanations are positive.  As runners we are always looking forward to the next run, sometimes even while we are running.  To our non-running friends we are talking as if we are from another planet we we stress about missing a run or when we long to run when something is keeping us from it.The year that just closed it’s doors is one that I will not miss when I think about running.  2011 was littered with pain, disappointment, and frustration when I discuss my year in running.  The year started off with disappointment, and never let up.When looking at my 2011 year in review on Daily Mile it tells the grim story.  In comparing it to my 2010 year in review on Daily Mile I noticed a few things.  My mileage wasn’t even half of what it was in 2010, and my higher mileage months were right around where my lowest mileage month was in 2010.The 12 month timeline tells a story, my story.  The story starts in March when things started to fall apart.  My mileage was looking good for the most part as I was training for my third marathon, the 2010 Publix Georgia Marathon.  I won’t revisit all the details, but an injury late in the marathon training forced me to take a couple weeks off leading up to race day, and ultimately dropping to the half marathon which was even run with some pain.I had an extremely hard time coming back from this thigh injury and the mileage never came back with consistent nagging from my thigh.  When I was finally getting past the injury I had trouble building the mileage back to where it needed to be because of fear of injury and just plain laziness. Summer was drawing to a close and the mornings were starting to cool off a bit, but August brought with it some extremely long hours at work which would prove to be one of the final blows to 2011 as a runner.  The long hours made it difficult to run, but one morning when I did make it out the door I was greeted with another even more crippling injury, my calf.  As the mileage shows I was lucky to run at all during the last quarter of the year, and in some cases went weeks without lacing up the running shoes.This year has taken it’s toll on my body and my spirit.  I have had a hard time writing about running when I wasn’t doing it, and felt like a hypocrite when I was eating unhealthy and putting on weight that I had not seen since starting this journey in 2007.  The clothes are tighter and the outlook is grim, but I am slowly trying to regain what I have lost, and lose what I have gained.  It has and will be a long road back, but I can only take one step and one day at a time.  It is amazing how hard it is to eat right when you are not being active.The latest on the running and injury is that I am slowly starting to run again.  Each time I tried to run before my calf would end up complaining and putting me on the sideline once again, but this time I am taking it much slower and using compression all along the way.  So far so good, but I am keeping conservative with my optimism.How do you describe your feelings when you cannot run? Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Foot Strike

West Stride Running Form Clinic

This past month I was given the opportunity to participate in a Running Form Clinic offered by West Stride in cooperation with running form expert Kyle O’Day of Continuum Sports Solutions.  I, like most runners, am aware of my form, but I am never absolutely sure if I am doing it right.If you read much about running form you know that a lot of emphasis is put on foot strike and what type of shoe you wear or maybe don’t wear.  Too many times people try to fix their form and bent toward injury with shoes or other gadgets instead of seeking professional help with tuning up their form. Many runners don’t even think about form and it’s affect on injury, but rather think of it as a way to speed up and stay fresh instead of the premature fatigue most of us experience.  If only I can fix my form I will finally be able to set that new PR, or go that new distance.  While correct form will help both speed you up and take you further, the method to fix the form is once again approached wrong – many times with the focus being on shoes and foot strike.If you read my three previous articles on this clinic you have seen how much I learned in the four weeks we met.  I previously thought I knew running form pretty well.  I taught my daughter what I learned when I was in high school and was proud to watch her run with what I viewed as pretty good form.  I rarely questioned if my running form had anything to do with my recent and numerous injuries.The first of the four sessions was a show and tell with videos showing both incorrect and correct form.  Kyle also explained what we would be doing in the coming weeks to analyze and fix any running form issues we had.The second session was the first time we took the short run to a local track.  We talked a lot about our posture and how it is the basis for good running form.  We worked on learning some drills that we would continue to use throughout the entire clinic.  The drills helped ready us for the lower body techniques we would be learning later in the clinic, but also was helping us “feel” the posture we were currently working on.The third session started to incorporate some lower body form.  Kyle did not let us down when he had previously warned us that lower body form would be much harder to feel, and that most of us would not pick it up as quickly.  I was a perfect example of this, and I even served as comic relief for some of the West Stride group that was helping watch and correct us as we worked on what we had been taught.The fourth and final session pulled all the different things we worked on together as a package.  We all had the weeks between the sessions to work on our form and practice what we had been taught.  This last week gave us the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on how far we had come.  We once again used the drills to drive home the posture and leg action.In addition to what we had already learned, we worked on maintaining form while running hills, as well as changing tempo.  The final piece to the puzzle was foot strike.  Don’t let me mislead you into thinking we didn’t talk about foot strike often, but this was the first time we actually worked on it.  We spent a lot of time talking throughout the four sessions on how foot strike is more of a result of good form, and yet trying to change foot strike will not, in most cases, help with form.Working on this foot strike at the end gave everyone a good chance to work on their form, and many foot strike problems took care of themselves as the form was corrected.  What helped further was when a slight problem was detected with foot strike Kyle could point to the issues with the form that caused it, and it was easy for each runner to understand what needed to be done to further correct the foot strike.When it was my turn to have my foot strike analyzed I intentionally didn’t think about anything and tried to run as I did normally.  I wanted to see what my foot strike looked like without any correc read more..

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Moderate Exercise-Misconception-Bedtime-Sleep

Do you think it's ok for me to exercise before I go to sleep? I don't have time in the afternoon (that's when my shift starts) since I rush to work and I get off late in the evening.

A misconception is that exercise before bedtime, even hours before is detrimental to your Sleep. While this may be true for some populations, for the most part, exercise before bed  even 30 minutes before you go to sleep is not bad for you.Relaxing or moderate exercise may not affect your sleep at all. But if you do exercise strenuously such as for an hour or more at one time and do so two to three hours before bedtime, you may find you sleep better and more deeply. read more..

I'm 5'7 ish, 17 years old "I weigh 117 lbs is that good? My parents keep telling me I need to lose weight .

I'm 5'7 ish, 17 years old "I weigh 117 lbs is that good? My parents keep telling me I need to lose weight .

Yes, that is good. When I was 15-16 and 5’7” (only 3 cm under 5’8” now), I weighed around that (bounced between 115-118), and my body was still thin. Don’t listen to your parents. That is so rude of them to say. If you are not comfortable with your body, all you need is to eat healthier and do some exercise. That will help tone your body out nicely. There is nothing to worry about though. You are in a good, healthy weight range. Next time they tell you something like that, speak up and tell them that it’s rude and your body is perfect the way it is. read more..

Angelina Jolie-Gorgeous Gams

Put Angelina Jolie's right leg to shame! Get gorgeous gams of your own with this...

Put Angelina Jolie's right leg to shame! Get gorgeous gams of your own with this toning and strengthening workout.Get Lean Legs and a Tight Tush | Fitbiefitbie.msn.comThis workout will have you sporting a tighter lower body in no time. Learn how to perform these moves and hundreds more with the Exercise and Workout Finder. read more..


Studies show you run better with a buddy. But how do you pick the right running...

Studies show you run better with a buddy. But how do you pick the right running partner? A few tips!How to Pick the Right Running Partner | Fitbiefitbie.msn.comThe best running buddy will help you go faster, farther, and more often read more..

Immune System-Exercise-Snuffly-Sweat

Think you're too snuffly to get in a sweat session? Exercise can boost your immu...

Think you're too snuffly to get in a Sweat session? Exercise can boost your Immune System, helping to beat colds!6 Exercise Excuses a Sweat Session Can Solve | Fitbiefitbie.msn.comComing up with reasons to skip the gym can feel like a workout in itself. We’re here to squelch a few old stand-bys to help get you up, out the door, and building a better body read more..

Monday, 27 February 2012

Exercise Requirements-Video Game Systems-Active Video-Nintendo Wii-Video Games

Active video games don't mean kids exercise more

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - All that virtual boxing, bowling and dancing along with video game systems might not be helping kids meet their daily exercise requirements, a new study suggests. In the report, kids who were given so-called active video games to play on a Nintendo Wii didn't end up logging any more moderate or vigorous physical activity than those given games they could play sitting on the couch. Researchers said that it's still possible playing active Wii games instead of other video games or simply watching TV could mean youngsters burn a few extra calories. ... read more..

Workout World-Exercise-Fitness

Fitness DVDs remain hale and hardly over the hill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite the brave new workout world of streaming videos and smart phone Exercise apps, the old-fangled Fitness DVD has never been in better shape. As people seek to live healthier, it remains the go-to workout aid for many who like their exercise accessible, inexpensive and private, according to a recent report. "Consumers are getting more and more advice from doctors to exercise," said Agata Kaczanowska, industry analyst for IBIS, which conducted a market research study of the $264 million-dollar fitness DVD industry. ... read more..

Chocolate Cravings-Healthday News

Want to Cut Chocolate Cravings? Take a Walk

TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (Healthday News) -- A short walk can cut the amount of chocolate and other snacks you eat while at work, a new study suggests. read more..

The North Face Endurance Challenge-Trail Runners

The North Face Endurance Challenge is in Atlanta

The much anticipated weekend for many Atlanta runners has arrived as The North Face Endurance Challenge arrives with it’s flurry of races.  Since this is only the second year the challenge will make it’s way to Atlanta I am sure there will be many who will be running it for the first time.  F.D Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain will no doubt be the place to be for Trail Runners and Ultra Distance Runners from more than just the surrounding area.This race was on my list for some time, but with my recent injury and lack of mileage lately I dropped it from my calendar.  A recent email prompted me to rethink that, but unfortunately I was not quick enough to get registered in time to join in the excitement. With races ranging from 5k to the elusive 50 miler there is a distance for everyone.  I have a lot of running friends who will be participating in different events this weekend.  One will be running his first 50k, two others running their first 50 milers, and one who is hopeful that she will be the one to break the tape after trudging through the woods for 50 miles.I am a bit bummed that I won’t be running, but there’s always next year.  Who knows maybe by this time next year I will be ready to battle the 50k or 50 mile distances….. we will see.Those that make it out this weekend will have the privilege of meeting  UltraMarathon Man, Dean Karnazes in person as he runs a little bit of each race.  I am wondering if he would have run all of the races in their entirety if they were not being run simultaneously. :)  Maybe he will chime in because I am sure he is a regular reader of 26.2 Quest. :)Will you be running the North Face Endurance Challenge in Atlanta this weekend?  If so, what distance are you running? Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Random Number Generator-Publix Georgia Marathon-Half Marathon-Winner

Look Who Is Running The Georgia Marathon For Free!

The Publix Georgia Marathon is quickly approaching and the winner best be already training.  The giveaway started just before Christmas, but the gift of being able to put yourself through torture for 26.2 miles is being given away now.March 18th will be here before you know it, and those running will be heading through the streets of Atlanta to once again claim victory in the battle against the hilly marathon and half marathon courses.  If you have not yet registered there is plenty of time and you can secure your spot for $10 less than the current rate by using the discount code 262QUEST when signing up.Too many people were thinking of others during the Christmas holidays (or were wondering how they could possibly run that far given the way they were currently eating) and so the entries stayed a bit lower with just 37 total entries.With 37 in the Random number generator the button was pushed and the lucky number 20 revealed double_jogger as the winner.  double_jogger is looking to run the Publix Georgia Marathon to get back into shape post baby, let’s all congratulate her!Please contact me at by Friday to claim your entry or I will need to pick a new winner.For those of you that didn’t win, thank you for reading & entering…………… and stay tuned!Happy Running! Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Yoga And Pilates-Videos On Demand-Youtube

should i do yoga and pilates on demand? or should i try it individually?

I’m not sure if they have it on demand anymore because Exercise Tv shut down but if they still have other videos up, go for it! You can always do some videos on demand and do videos on youtube. Either way works (: read more..

Food And Drug Administration-Appetite Suppressant-Poor Substitute-Anticonvulsant

Qnexa Anti-Obesity Drug a Poor Substitute for Diet, Exercise

COMMENTARY | The Food And Drug Administration has approved the anti-obesity drug Qnexa for Weight Loss. Qnexa, an anticonvulsant plus appetite suppressant cocktail, has risks, says the LA Times. The FDA says being fat is a bigger threat to health than those issues, though. read more..

Healthday News-Fitness Level

Tips to Start Running and Stay Motivated in 2012

FRIDAY, Dec. 30 (Healthday News) -- Taking up running is a good way to boost your Fitness Level in the year ahead, but one expert cautioned that anyone new to the sport -- or exercise in general -- should have realistic expectations about the commitment it takes to reach their goals. read more..

Training Schedule

Commitment Brings Dedicated Action

A lack of commitment with anything brings inaction and in most cases failure.  It would stand to reason that the opposite would be true as well, and time and time again I have proven it to be.  The problem comes with varying degrees of commitment, which lead to varying degrees of success.When it comes to running I so often find my self wavering, easily swayed, and in some cases lazy if I don’t have a goal or specific race on the horizon.  That lack of goals and specific races was one of the factors in my less than stellar recent months.  It is easy to skip a run when you don’t have a specific schedule, and it is easy to neglect having a schedule if you don’t have a race and goal which you have committed to.Commitment Brings Dedicated ActionWith my recent commitment to the Atlanta 13.1 Marathon I have found my running and dedication is finally starting to make the change in direction that it has needed for so long.  I would like to say that once I signed up I was immediately adhering to a strict running schedule and that my running mojo was once again in full force, but I am still lacking one piece – the commitment to a training schedule.This weekend I will be committing to that training schedule as well.  It won’t be too aggressive considering where I am now, but the key will be commitment so I can benefit from the dedicated action.Speaking of the 13.1 Atlanta, today is your last chance to enter to win a race entry.  The 13.1 Atlanta race entry giveaway ends tonight and the odds are really good.  Don’t forget to share the giveaway for even more chances to run the race courtesy of US Road Sports. Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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University Of Miami-Health Economics-Heavy Drinkers

A study from the University of Miami found that the more people exercise, the mo...

A study from the University of Miami found that the more people exercise, the more alcohol they drink—with the most active women consuming the highest amounts every month. "There's this misconception that heavy drinkers are exercise-averse couch potatoes," explains study author Michael T. French, Ph.D., a professor of health economics at the University of Miami. Read more: and Alcoholow.lyWomen's Health investigates the surprising reasons why the most dedicated exercisers are also some of the biggest drinkers read more..

Young Adulthood-Healthday News-Young Adults

Exercise Can Build Young Adults' Bones, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Feb. 17 (Healthday News) -- Exercising in young adulthood boosts bone density, new research suggests. read more..

Exercise Schedule-Exercise Routine-Healthday News-Health Tip

Health Tip: Set an Exercise Schedule

(Healthday News) -- Adhering to an exercise routine can be a challenge, but creating a schedule can help you stay on track. read more..

Healthday News-Cold Weather-Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Cold-Weather Exercise

SATURDAY, Jan. 7 (Healthday News) -- If you exercise outdoors in cold weather, you need to take certain steps to stay safe, an expert advises. read more..

Sunday, 26 February 2012

American Council On Exercise-Exercise Physiologist-Temperature Plummets-Chilly Workouts

Conquering the chilly workouts of winter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The short days, the weak sun, and the warm beds of winter can wreak havoc on your fitness routine. As the outside temperature plummets, so too can the will to brave the elements for outdoor exercise. Experts say as long as you layer up, drink up and tune into how cold is just too cold it shouldn't impact your fitness. "Come with a different game plan for the winter," advises Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). "Motivation tends to wane a bit, so explore different activities, including things you can do in your own home. ... read more..

The University Of Iowa-Resistance Training-Aerobic Exercise-Research Team

A research team from the University of Iowa recently evaluated more than 100 stu...

A research team from the University of Iowa recently evaluated more than 100 studies and found that resistance training and aerobic exercise both give your brain a boost—but in different ways. Learn more: Your Body, Sharpen Your Mindow.lyAfter just six months of exercise, brain scans show that gray and white matter in the prefrontal and temporal lobes of the brain actually grow read more..

Healthday News-Desk Jockeys-Essentials

Desk Jockeys Urged to Take Small Steps to Get Exercise

FRIDAY, Feb. 24 (Healthday News) -- Spending long hours at your desk may boost your work productivity, but it can harm your health, an expert warns. read more..

Don't hit the streets after sunset without these nighttime running essentials! (...

Don't hit the streets after sunset without these nighttime running essentials! (Our fave? Knuckle lights--brilliant!)Let it Shine | Fitbiefitbie.msn.comGet noticed with running and biking gear that's stylish and protective. read more..

Physical Activity-American Adults-Healthday News-Exercise

More Americans Exercise, but Arthritis Can Get in the Way

THURSDAY, Dec. 8 (Healthday News) -- Exercise is good medicine, and the number of American adults who did no physical activity in their leisure time decreased from 31 percent in 1989 to 25 percent in 2008, researchers have found. read more..

Back Pain

hey! I just had a question about back pain.. I tried yoga for the first time on Sunday and after class I had minor back pain and then the next day my back REALLY hurt. Is there something im doing wrong or is it just because I am a beginner? and do you reccomend me to stop? and last but not least I get tail bone pain too. thanks so much! :)

Hello! If it was a sore, over stretched kind of pain then you probably went further than your body was fully capable of. That’s happened to me before. If you have or have had back problems in the past, that could be the cause and you should take it more lightly and slow. You might be doing a few poses wrong, but I’ve never experienced back pain from doing a pose incorrectly. I looked it up and saw a few links that talked about back pain from forward bend, then I read Back pain after Yoga on Livestrong and it says the same thing there. So, that might be your problem. I suggest talking with the instructor about the pain and maybe asking them to watch you do the forward bend or any other poses that might cause that. Especially if they don’t walk around during the class helping people do the pose correctly. (: read more..

Side Planks-Reminder-Secs

Weekend Challenge! Hold it right there! This week we're focusing on Side Planks,...

Weekend Challenge! Hold it right there! This week we're focusing on Side Planks, a challenging and effective stability exercise. Before each meal this weekend, hold a side plank for 30 seconds (3 sets on EACH side). Are you in? read more..

Weekend Challenge Reminder! Side planks (for 30 secs, 3 times on EACH side) befo...

Weekend Challenge Reminder! Side planks (for 30 secs, 3 times on EACH side) before every meal. Why is this move awesome? It's a stability exercise, which is essential for lower-back health. Plus, it rocks your obliques! Challengeow.lyAre you in? read more..

Battle Of The Bulge-Miracle Diet-Drugmakers-Failure

Miracle diet pill? A safe drug is elusive

The battle of the bulge has been a big, fat failure for U.S. drugmakers. But that hasn't stopped them from trying. read more..

Medical Equipment-Accounting Fraud-Audit Firms-Olympus

Panel clears audit firms of Olympus scandal blame

TOKYO (Reuters) - An unofficial panel of experts cleared global accounting groups KPMG and Ernst & Young of any responsibility for a $1.7 billion accounting fraud at Japan's Olympus Corp, though the role of the firms remained under official review. The scandal, one of corporate Japan's worst, had raised questions over the role of the two audit firms, which signed off on the accounts of the maker of medical equipment and cameras before the 13-year fraud finally surfaced in October. ... read more..

Benefits Of Exercise-Healthday News-Muscle Cells-Mouse Study

Mouse Study Give Clues to Why Exercise Is Healthy

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11 (Healthday News) -- Researchers have identified a protein in muscle cells that triggers some of the health benefits of exercise in mice. read more..

Spinal Manipulation-Healthday News-Prior Research-Home Exercise

Spinal Manipulation, Home Exercise May Ease Neck Pain

MONDAY, Jan. 2 (Healthday News) -- Spinal manipulation and home exercise are more effective at relieving neck pain in the long term than medications, according to new research. read more..

Lots of Exercise May Boost Kids' Grades

MONDAY, Jan. 2 (Healthday News) -- A Dutch review of prior research reveals that the more physically active school-aged children are, the better they fare in the classroom. read more..

Cancer Treatment-Cancer Patients-Healthday News-Exercise

Exercise a Good Pick-Me-Up After Cancer Treatment: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1 (Healthday News) -- Exercise can improve the health, energy and well-being of cancer patients after they've completed their main cancer treatment, a new review finds. read more..

Vigorous Exercise-Prostate Cancer-Healthday News

Science Shows How Exercise Might Help in Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, Jan. 31 (Healthday News) -- Vigorous exercise causes changes in some 180 prostate genes among men with early stage prostate cancer, a new study suggests. read more..

Driving Schools-Healthday News-Expensive Cars-Osteoarthritis-Exercise

China driving schools teaching millions the art of war

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is rapidly becoming a country on wheels and its crowded driving schools are racing to churn out licensed drivers as fast as cars roll off the assembly lines. But judging by the daily smash-ups and blatant disregard for even basic traffic rules on China's roadways, quantity seems to have trumped quality at many schools. China surpassed the United States in 2009 to become the world's largest auto market, and just as newly affluent Chinese are snapping up expensive cars in staggering numbers, driving schools are bursting at the seams. ... read more..

Health Tip: Exercise for Healthier Bones

(Healthday News) -- Want to keep your bones strong and healthy? Make sure you get plenty of Exercise to help ward off problems such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and pain affecting the joints and lower back. read more..

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Physical Activity-Healthday News-Dementia-Defense

Exercise a Defense Against Dementia: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 13 (Healthday News) -- Here's another reason to get into shape: Physical activity may reduce the risk of Dementia-related death, according to a new study. read more..

American Adults-Healthday News-Exercise-Doctor

More U.S. Doctors Are Urging Patients to Exercise: CDC

THURSDAY, Feb. 9 (Healthday News) -- The number of American adults who received advice from their Doctor to engage in regular exercise has increased steadily over the past decade, according to new research from U.S. health officials. read more..

Physically Fit-Healthday News-Heart Disease-Exercise

Even for the Overweight, Exercise Helps the Heart

TUESDAY, Feb. 7 (Healthday News) -- Getting and staying physically fit might help fend off Heart Disease even if you've put on a few pounds, new research suggests. read more..

Exercise Program-Exercise Goals-Pregnant Women-Healthday News

Dogs Can Boost Exercise Rates for Moms-to-Be

SATURDAY, Feb. 18 (Healthday News) -- Pregnant Women who own a dog are 50 percent more likely to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day by going for brisk walks, a new study finds. read more..

Health Tip: Set Exercise Goals

(Healthday News) -- When you set goals for your exercise program, they can help you stay on track. But it's important to set goals that are realistic. read more..

Exercise Benefits-Physical Activity-Healthday News-Heart Health

Any Exercise Benefits Kids' Heart Health: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 14 (Healthday News) -- Even if kids spend the rest of their time sitting around, an hour of any physical activity a day will benefit their Heart Health, English researchers report. read more..

Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III-Trent Richardson-College Football-Tyrann Mathieu

Andrew Luck among five Heisman Trophy finalists

(Reuters)- Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck will be hoping to go one better after the Stanford quarterback was shortlisted again for college football's highest individual award. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball were also shortlisted on Monday for the prestigious award. The winner will be named at a ceremony in New York on Saturday. ... read more..

Publix Georgia Marathon

Publix Georgia Marathon Race Entry Winner #4

The fourth and final race entry giveaway for the Publix Georgia Marathon has finished and it is time to pick the winner.  This one drew the most entries so it could really be anyone’s entry.  If you are not the lucky winner there is still time to get registered with a $10 discount using the code: 262QUEST when checking out.With 113 entries there is obviously a lot of interest in running the 13.1 or 26.2 course this coming March 18th.  If you have not taken the time to read through the comments like I have, there are some good stories in there once again, and who knows you may even find yourself a new running friend.I plugged 113 in the number generator and the number 25 was returned.  The number 25 means that Russell Brown’s persistence paid off in these last two giveaways and his sharing on Pinterest will mean that he will run the Publix Georgia Marathon for free this year thanks to the US Road Sports Group.Russell, please contact me at so I can send you the code you will need for the Publix Georgia Marathon Registration checkout page.On a completely unrelated note, if you are one of the 360 people that follow this blog with Google Friend Connect, can I please ask you to follow using one of the other options?  You can subscribe to the RSS Feed which would be the closest to the way you are following now, but the 26.2 Quest Fanpage, @262quest Twitter feed, or the 26.2 Quest Google Plus Page are also available options.  Russell’s winning post reminds me that I need to find out how to get involved with Pinterest. If you have suggestions let me know. Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Healthday News-Pregnancy

Exercise in Pregnancy Safe for Baby, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 21 (Healthday News) -- Exercising at moderate or -- for very active women -- even high intensity during Pregnancy won't hurt your baby's health, a new study finds. read more..

National Championship-College Football

Column: A real chance for change in the BCS

LSU fans had all but disappeared into the New Orleans night by the final minutes of last month's dreary BCS title game, leaving en masse when they figured out a team that couldn't get past the 50-yard-line wasn't going to magically find a way to cross the goal line. They weren't alone, with people across the nation abandoning their TVs in hope of finding something even remotely more interesting. read more..

Menstruation Pain-Investigation

Study boosts use of Pill to ease period pain

An exceptionally long-running investigation has backed use of the Pill to ease menstruation pain, according to a study published Wednesday. read more..

Genetic Risk Factor-Active Lifestyle-Healthday News-Alzheimer

Exercise May Help Those at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 9 (Healthday News) -- A new study finds that an active lifestyle may help protect against Alzheimer's-related brain changes in people who have a well-known genetic risk factor. This factor is the e4 allele (version) of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene. read more..


Walk off weight and sculpt a better backside in just 6 weeks!

Walk off weight and sculpt a better backside in just 6 weeks!Leae Your Fat Behind! workout for weight loss read more..

Susan G. Komen For The Cure-Planned Parenthood-Breast Cancer-Charity Race

Turnout steady at Komen charity race despite controversy

El PASO, Texas (Reuters) - The decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut, and later restore, funding for Planned Parenthood did not seem to affect turnout on Sunday for the first Race for the Cure Breast Cancer fundraiser held since the controversy erupted this month. Organizers in El Paso, Texas, said 11,000 participants donned running shoes and signature pink T-shirts to race and walk for Komen, the world's largest breast cancer charity, a turnout close to the 11,500 or so who took part last year. ... read more..

Government Officials-Critical Condition-Heart Patients-Heart Drugs-Medicine

Faulty heart drugs toll nears 100 in Pakistan
Positive Reinforcement-Prescription Medicine-Unexpected Gifts-Healthday News-Health News
Most of the victims had received free drugs from the state run Punjab Institute of Cardiology

Around 100 Pakistani heart patients have died after taking faulty medicine made locally and dozens more are in a critical condition in hospital, government officials said Thursday. read more..

Hospital Officials-Vietnam

Doctors to remove Vietnamese man's 90kg tumour

A man left unable to walk by a tumour on his right leg that weighs more than the rest of his body went under the knife in Vietnam on Thursday to have the growth removed, hospital officials said. read more..

Friday, 24 February 2012

The Cold Weather

Sorry, guys. The cold weather isn’t an excuse for slacking off on your running r...

Sorry, guys. The Cold Weather isn’t an excuse for slacking off on your running routine. Get back on track with these tips: A Comeback Plan for Runners | Fitbiefitbie.msn.comNo more excuses! Here’s how to kick-start your running routine--and stick with it all year long read more..

Cadmium Discharge-Mining Company-Southern China-Authorities

China cadmium spill threatens drinking water for millions

BEIJING (Reuters) - A cancer-causing cadmium discharge from a mining company has polluted a long stretch of two rivers in southern China, and officials warned some 3.7 million people of Liuzhou in the Guangxi region to avoid drinking water from the river, state media reported on Friday. Pollution of waterways by toxic run-offs from factories and farms is a pressing issue in China, prompting Authorities to call for policy tightening, though the problem shows no sign of going away. ... read more..


Turkish hospital performs limb, face transplants

The state-run news agency says a hospital in southern Turkey is performing the world's first triple limb transplant. read more..

Healthday News

Need to Exercise More? Think How It Will Help You Now

FRIDAY, Jan. 13 (Healthday News) -- Health and fitness experts have for years tried to entice people to exercise more by flogging long-range benefits such as losing weight or avoiding long-term illness caused by chronic disease. read more..

Healthday News-Headphones-Cellphone-Texting

Injuries to Pedestrians Wearing Headphones Tripled Since 2004

MONDAY, Jan. 16 (Healthday News) -- Folks who walk to work or school while listening to music via headphones may want to unplug, with a new U.S. study finding injuries to this group of people tripling since 2004. read more..

Texting, Talking on Cellphone Slows Walking Pace: Study

SATURDAY, Jan. 21 (Healthday News) -- Talking on a cellphone or texting while walking slows you down and makes it difficult to walk in a straight line, researchers report. read more..

Ice Hockey Players-Hip Osteoarthritis-Handball Players-Elite Athletes

Elite athletes at greater risk for arthritis: study

(Reuters) - Elite male athletes who participate in high-contact sports such as football, soccer and rugby have a higher risk of developing knee and hip osteoarthritis than men who exercise little or not at all, a Swedish study found. There was a doubled risk in soccer and handball players, and a tripled risk in ice hockey players, added the researchers, whose study was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Osteoarthritis, also called "wear and tear" arthritis, occurs when the cartilage cushioning the joints wears down. ... read more..

40 Years On, the Triumphs and Challenges of America's 'War on Cancer'

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21 (Healthday News) -- Jack Whelan first knew something was wrong when it got harder and harder to walk from the train station in Boston to the financial district where he worked. read more..

Motor Impairments-Healthday News-Characteristic-Autism

Motor Impairments Appear to Be a Characteristic of Autism

FRIDAY, Feb. 17 (Healthday News) -- Autism itself seems to be responsible for the problems children with the disorder have in developing motor skills such as running, throwing a ball and learning to write, according to a new study. read more..

The Hong Kong Marathon-Oldest Marathoner-Marathon Runner

'Oldest marathon runner' competes in Hong Kong

A 100-year-old British Indian man who claims to be the world's oldest marathoner was all smiles after completing a 10-kilometre run at the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday. read more..

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant-Tokyo Electric Power-Tepco

No. 8 Oregon beats UCLA 49-31 for Pac-12 title

There's at least one more celebration running back LaMichael James would like to take part in as a Duck. That's a victory in a BCS bowl game. read more..

Tepco may dump decontaminated water into sea

TOKYO (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is considering dumping water it treated for radiation contamination into the ocean as early as March, the firm said on Thursday, prompting protests from fishing groups. Tokyo Electric Power, (Tepco) the utility operating Fukushima's Daiichi plant, hit by a powerful tsunami in March that caused the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years, said it was running out of space to store some of the water it treated at the plant, due to an inflow of groundwater. ... read more..

Michigan State University-Eukanuba Dog Food-Canine Companions-Research

Research from Michigan State University reports that people with canine companio...

Research from Michigan State University reports that people with canine companions are 34 percent more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than are folks with other pets (sorry, kitties) or none at all. Are you a proud and healthy dog owner? If so, enter our 28-Day Challenge Contest for a chance to win a one-year supply of Eukanuba dog food! 28 Day Challengerodale-eukanuba28days.comEukanuba 28 day challenge. Win a supply of dog food for your dog. read more..

Healthday News-Health Tip-Pregnancy-Exercise

Health Tip: Exercising During Pregnancy

(Healthday News) -- Exercise is a great way to manage the aches and pains of pregnancy, and help prepare your body for the birth of your child. read more..

National Championship-Bcs

BCS leaders in no rush to pick a postseason system

How many teams will be allowed to play for the national championship is just one of the many issues being considered by the guys who run the BCS. read more..

New Year's Resolution-Fitness Products

Fitness products galore at gadget show
Realistic Resolutions-New Year's Resolution-Fitness Level
Body monitor patch by BodyMedia

If your New Year's resolution was to get more exercise and you're slipping already how about a digital personal trainer? read more..

Cardiac Stress Test-Healthday News

Health Tip: Preparing for a Stress Test

(Healthday News) -- A cardiac Stress test gives doctors an idea of how your heart functions at rest and when it's under "stress" from activities such as treadmill exercise. read more..

Physical Exercise And Heart Disease-Heart Attacks-Global Study-Television

Owning car, TV linked to heart attacks: study
Normal Cholesterol Levels-Holiday Parties-Heart Attacks-Ldl Particles
Car owners with a television are 27 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than people who have neither

Car owners with a television are 27 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than people who have neither, according to a global study on physical exercise and heart disease published Wednesday. read more..

Food And Drug Administration-Hundreds Of Thousands-Health Authorities-Breast Implant

Insight: FDA warned PIP on breast implant safety
Health Authorities-Drug Shortages-Skin Cancer-Cancer Drug
Plastic surgeon Boucq displays a silicone gel breast implant manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) in a clinic in Nice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As early as 2000, U.S. health authorities raised concerns about the French breast implant maker at the heart of a scandal affecting hundreds of thousands of women worldwide. That was almost ten years before the company came under scrutiny from European regulators. The Food and Drug Administration sent an investigator to inspect a plant run by the manufacturer, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), at La Seyne Sur Mer in southeastern France in May 2000. ... read more..

Endurance Athletes-Healthday News-Damage-Heart

Marathons May Damage Part of Heart: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7 (Healthday News) -- Some endurance athletes may suffer damage to the Heart's right ventricle, research shows, but the findings do not suggest that this type of exercise is unhealthy, researchers say. read more..

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Harmful Side Effects-Muscle Soreness-Healthday News-Cold Baths

Cold Baths May Help Ease Muscle Soreness After Workouts

TUESDAY, Feb. 14 (Healthday News) -- Taking a cold-water or ice bath may reduce exercise-related muscle soreness but it's not clear whether it can cause harmful side effects, a new evidence review indicates. read more..

Strenuous Exercise-Healthday News-Muscles-Science

Science Shows How Massage Eases Sore Muscles

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1 (Healthday News) -- Having a massage after strenuous exercise not only feels good, it reduces inflammation in muscles at the cellular level, researchers have found. read more..

Being Fit Before Stroke May Aid Recovery

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (Healthday News) -- Doctors have long known that regular exercise can help lower the risk of Stroke, but a new study suggests that people who are physically fit also have better odds of recovery if they do suffer a stroke. read more..

Olympus Tells Lenders Cash Crunch-Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp-Cash And Deposits

Olympus tells lenders cash crunch looms: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's disgraced Olympus Corp, whose balance sheet took a massive hit after it admitted to a long-running accounting cover-up, told lenders its cash and deposits could run out in 2015, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Senior officials from the company met lenders on Friday, telling them they would come up with a new business plan in early May that could include equity tie-ups to bolster its balance sheet. The company's main lender, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, agreed at the meeting to continue its support for the company, a source told Reuters. ... read more..

Fitness Editor-Half Marathon

So how long do you need to train for a half marathon? Fitness Editor Jen Ator fi...

So how long do you need to train for a half marathon? Fitness Editor Jen Ator finds out, here: for a Half-Marathon in 30 Daysow.lyOver the next 30 days, I’ll be picking the brains of the country’s best running experts, and sharing their insights and advice... read more..

Flexible Benefits-Workout Routine

The flexible benefits of stretching

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Whether your Workout Routine involves running a marathon or playing a game of basketball, a sequence of stretching exercises is often the easiest thing to cut out of it. That's a shame, experts say, because stretching can help you sharpen your performance, stave off injury, perk up your posture and even boost your mood. "Essentially it's like trying to drive a car without first making sure all the tires are on it," said Los Angeles-based personal trainer Matt Berenc of the stretch-less routine. "Stretching is essentially preparing the body for movement. ... read more..

Breast Cancer

Big promise is seen in 2 new breast cancer drugs

Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse. read more..

SEC championship: 2 teams with nothing to lose?

SEC championship: 2 teams with nothing to lose?

Given little chance to knock off the nation's top-ranked team, Georgia doesn't have a lot to lose in the Southeastern Conference championship game. read more..

Breast Cancer-Cellphones-Hair Dyes

Report: We control many breast cancer risk factors

Women concerned about Breast Cancer should worry less about cellphones and hair dyes and worry more about weighing or drinking too much, exercising too little, using menopause hormones and getting too much radiation from medical tests. So says a new report on environmental risks by a respected panel of science advisers. read more..

Oklahoma State-Mike Gundy-Cowboys

West Virginia rallies for share of Big East title

West Virginia found a way to win again, clinching a share of the Big East title and remaining in the running for the league's automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series. read more..

No. 3 Okla St makes BCS case in 44-10 win over OU

Mike Gundy didn't feel comfortable campaigning for No. 3 Oklahoma State to play for the national title until his Cowboys had at least won a conference crown. read more..

Fitness Cabin Fever-Bleh

Anyone else dealing with a bad case of fitness cabin fever? (Bleh, we are.) This...

Anyone else dealing with a bad case of fitness cabin fever? (Bleh, we are.) This chilly weather is here to stay, but it's no reason to give up on winter workouts! Try these indoor options...10 Indoor Workouts to Carry You to Spring | Fitbiefitbie.msn.comWave good-bye to outdoor exercise! read more..

Susan G. Komen For The Cure-Komen Race For The Cure-Breast Cancer-Supporters

Some former Komen supporters can't forgive, forget
Health Benefits Of Carrot Juice-Cancer Prevention-Beta Carotene-Breast Cancer
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 file photo, some of an estimated 45,000 people participate in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure in Little Rock, Ark. After watching The Susan G. Komen for the Cure announce plans to cut funding to Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, then abandon those plans days later amid a public furor, many longtime Komen supporters were feeling conflicted at

When Dorothy Twinney first saw a Race for the Cure walk for breast cancer — "a sea of pink" traveling through her hometown of Plymouth, Mich. — she was so moved she sat in her car and wept. read more..

American Heart Association-Ohio State University-Heart Patients-Heart Disease

Sex poses surprisingly low risk to heart patients

Good news: Sex is safe for most heart patients. If you're healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, you can have a love life. read more..

California Institute Of Technology-Family Dog-Exercise-College

Fitness often not a priority for college students
American College Of Sports Medicine-Heart Rate Training Zone-The Chronic Diseases
Pizza is served before a California Institute of Technology cooking class to curb the students' appetite while they work in Pasadena

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Along with mother's cooking and the family dog, regular exercise is too often among the childish things young adults leave behind when they make the move from home to college. Attention should be paid to this drop off, experts say, because those inactive in youth tend to remain inactive over their lifetime. "The transition from late adolescence to early adulthood represents the most dramatic declines in physical activity across a person's life," according to Dr. Matthew Kwan, a researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. ... read more..


The 13.1 Atlanta is Almost Here–Run It For Free!
Weather Changes-Harsh Winter-Smooth Skin-Silky Skin

We are inside the last 30 days and the weather is starting to change to prepare for the cool morning temperatures that are sure to greet us as we line up on October 2nd in Town Brookhaven for the third running of the 13.1 Atlanta and the Karhu 5k.  The fall weather in Atlanta is some of the best when it comes to running weather, and the Atlanta stop to the 13.1 Marathon Series takes full advantage of it.If you haven’t heard yet, the course has changed slightly this year to encompass a new start and finish line.  I mentioned it a couple months ago when the new course was announced, but it is summarized nicely in this recent press release:The new start line has been improved and will feature wider lanes with less congestion allowing for a smoother transition to accommodate all the participants. For the finish line, Town Brookhaven will add a festive atmosphere for the runners who have completed their 13.1 mile journey and want to celebrate a personal victory.  Located in the Town Green, the new start/finish area will be adjacent to the recently opened hybrid Publix at 104 Town Boulevard in the Town Brookhaven development off Peachtree Road.  For more information and to read the full press release click hereIf you are planning on running the 13.1 Atlanta or if you are planning on running the Publix Georgia Marathon in the spring you need to take a look at the ATL Challenge.  The ATL Challenge rewards runners who complete both the 13.1 Atlanta and the Publix Georgia Marathon or Half Marathon.  Make sure you check out the details and get signed up for for the ATL Challenge, as well as the 13.1 Atlanta and Publix Georgia Marathon or Half Marathon.So, you want to run the 13.1 Atlanta and you haven’t signed up yet?  Or maybe you have signed up, but you are trying to talk someone into running it with you?  You still have time to register and it is not too late to build a few more miles into the schedule before race day if you have found your motivation lacking lately.Or….. Run the 13.1 Atlanta for free!Your other option is to take advantage of US Road Sports generosity and run the race for free!  One of you will be walking (or running) away with a free race entry for just taking a moment to enter below and sharing this giveaway with all your friends.The Giveaway:One lucky winner will receive a FREE entry into the 2001 13.1 Marathon Atlanta which will be run at 7:00 am on Sunday October 2nd.  Entries will be taken through September 20th and the winner will be chosen randomly on Wednesday the 21st.To Enter:Do any of the following, each will count as an entry:Leave a comment, any comment…. but this is so easy you could enter at least one other way.Share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Dailymile, your blog, or by telling your friends, neighbors, or everyone at your local running club.  Just send them back here: Follow the @131Marathon Twitter account, or Like the 13.1 Marathon Fanpage.If you decide to go crazy you can get a lot of entries, just leave a comment for each one to ensure no entries are missed.  To make sure you don’t miss the winner announcement make sure you join the 26.2 Quest Community at the 26.2 Quest Fanpage, follow the @262quest Twitter stream, and subscribe via RSS. There is always something going on and I would love to have you as part of the community! Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Half Marathon-Karhu

The Time Has Come For Many – But Not For Me

I have been talking a lot about the 13.1 Marathon Atlanta both so you could have a chance to win race entries and also because it has been one of my favorite races to run these past two years.  I won’t go into a lot of details today, but sadly I won’t be running it this year.  I waited this long because I was hoping that I would be able to somehow get ready for it, but I am not in the condition I need to be to run a half marathon.That won’t be the case for many runners though, and you still have time to join the group of runners calling Town Brookhaven by the beloved name – finish.  The online registration closes tonight, but you still have time to get registered online with a $13.10 discount by using the code: BROOKHAVEN131 Don’t delay because the only opportunity you will have to register after tonight will be by walk up on Friday and Saturday.You say you are not ready to run a half marathon yet? In case you were not aware, there is also a 5k distance race, the Karhu 5K, with a chance to win your very own pair of Karhu shoes by beating the Karhu bear in the “Beat the Karhu bear” challenge.  You have a pretty good chance of winning as I will not be competing with you (or getting in your way intentionally) This also means that I won’t be going home with an always colorful pair of Karhu’s, but my time will come.  You can get all the details about the Karhu 5K race and your chance at the shoes in the recent press release.If you are registered to run, or know someone that is, did you know that you can either be tracked or track those you are supporting?  It is easy, make sure you go and check out the Live Entrant Tracking and get registered.A lot of information is available for those running, watching, or living around the race course.  To stay up to speed and get your questions answered head over to the 13.1 Marathon Fanpage, but a few items of specific interest could be the Participant Sheet, Road Closing and Course Information, and of course information about packet pickup and other information can be found on the race website: www.131atlanta.comI won’t be running, but I plan on still showing up on race morning to help and cheer you all on.  If you have a moment try to look me up.  I know it would help if I tell you where you can find me so I will try to narrow it down a bit by telling you to look somewhere around Town Brookhaven……See you on race day!! Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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Christmas Giveaway-Georgia Marathon-Half Marathon-Publix

The Georgia Marathon – Christmas Giveaway

We are only a short time away from when we start to look at our physique and wonder what we should do about it.  Yes, it is the time of year when the New Years Resolution craze causes gym memberships, even with their high prices, to skyrocket.  Running, on the other hand, is one of the least expensive sports, but it can still offer many of the same benefits that are being sought out during this time of redirection.While many are looking at their bank accounts to try and figure out how they will pay the trainer next month, the Publix Georgia Marathon wants to give you a chance to focus more on your running and less on how you will pay for it. Yes, that is right, just in time for Christmas, the generous people over at US Road Sports, and the Awesome person behind the 26.2 Quest Fanpage (which would be me) are teaming up to offer you a chance to beat the down economy while running the Publix Georgia Marathon or Half Marathon for free!Many of you, I am sure, have started training for that spring marathon, but just haven’t decided which one you will run yet.  With the price increase coming up at the end of the year, there is no better time to sign up for the Publix Georgia Marathon then now.  While you head over to sign up make sure you don’t forget to use the $10 discount code: 262QUEST.  This code is good for $10 off either the full or half marathon.The Giveaway:One lucky winner will find themselves with a little extra cash in their pockets when they are given the opportunity to run the Publix Georgia Marathon on March 18th, 2012 for free.  Entries will be taken until January 6th with the winner announced shortly after.How to enter:Leave a comment and tell us why you want to run the Publix Georgia Marathon.Share the news! Get in the spirit of the season and share the opportunity with everyone you know.  You know the drill, share with all those social media tools, but don’t stop there!  (leave a comment for each way you share because each comment will count as an additional entry)Join the gang at the Publix Georgia Marathon Fanpage, on Twitter at @GeorgiaMarathon and leave a comment for each of these as well.Now since you are entered to win it is time to start training if you haven’t already.  Run a couple miles for me as I once again try to nurse my leg back to health.Merry Christmas! Time to update your feed reader to something that says 26.2 Quest even more - read more..

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