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Where Run It Fast Runners Are Running This Weekend (Dec 31-Jan 1, 2011)

Where Run It Fast Runners Are Running This Weekend (Dec 31-Jan 1, 2011)


We asked on Twitter (@runitfast) where you were running this weekend and 22 of you responded!

Joshua Holmes – Recover from the Holidays 50k in Alabama and Downtown Dash 5k that night in Tennessee.

Kristen Jones – new years eve race in Rehoboth De and new years day race in Bethany beach! Racing in to the new year!!

Stanley Peyton – Harrisonburg Va #FirstNight 5k

Anwen Edwards – Running tomorrow morning with the girls around Llogerheads and Cilcain in North Wales. Hope the rain holes off.

Naresh Kumar – Recover from holidays 50K 🙂

Jeanie Olinger – doing my first New Year’s Run!

Lisa Ford – a 6mile new years day race x

Monkey Trent – Dirk’s FA 50k!

Jason Buike – to the liquor store : )

MAXIMILIAN – Deployed AF new years 10K, Kuwait

Lisa Hamilton – Halifax NS

Susan Eastman – 7.5-mile run tomorrow in Centerville MA; 5-miler on Sunday in Barnstable Village; next race Jan. 8 – winter Grand Prix series

Jaim – New Years Resolution Race, Rochester, MN! Supposed to be really windy….

RMP – at viveros México city

Lisa Gonzales – I’m running in San Francisco at the New Years One Day 12HR!!! Woo!!! Sorry, I’m just a little bit excited. 😉

Evan Gilead – I had the #needforspeed but my jet plane is in the shop. Second alternative, I went running.

Lionel Garcia – no races this week but #rundisney next weekend!

Ian Richards – Running from home probably 8 miles steady on Sunday.

Jared Friesen – 2 double digit back to back runs this weekend for a total of 32 miles in cold Alaska winter weather!

Erin Donovan – Albany, ny! Hangover half marathon

Aaron Johnstone – 14 mile training run tomorrow for the @austinmarathon! Just hit 1000 mi. for the year this morning!!!

Kiwi – Knoxville, TN

Steve Carleton – South Mills Recreational Trail, South Mills, NC

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Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey – Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! is Motivating African-American Women to Take Their Health Seriously by Running

Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey created Black Girls RUN! (website) in 2009 to tackle obesity, disease, and workout apathy in the African-American community for women.

Black Girls RUN! Mission Statement:

The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle.

The group has now grown to over 60 local clubs across the United States in a relatively short amount of time.

The ladies told the The Tennessean some of the obstacles African-American women face when it comes to wanting to run:

The message faces multiple obstacles: cultural perceptions, ingrained food and beauty customs, lack of a receptive environment or safe place to be active, and the belief that recreational running is simply not something black people do.

Carey even told the newspaper a reason her mom told her she was scared to run that is actually pretty funny.

“She told me black women don’t run,” Carey recalls. “And then she told me all the reasons why, including my uterus was going to fall out, which happens to be this myth that prevails. It’s crazy.”

Often though we are told myths or reasons why we can’t or shouldn’t run or do something we are curious about doing.  Often that excuse or reason is planted within us by someone who is afraid, scared, or sometimes even jealous that we want to do something so ‘foreign’ or ‘extreme’ to them.

Carey didn’t hold back in telling the newspaper another reason African-American women are sometimes timid to try running is their ‘hair.’

And though they often feel strange saying it, hair also impacts activity. Because of the products black women use to style their hair, they often don’t wash it every day. Sweating and then having to re-do their hair is a deterrent.

“As silly as it may sound, it really is a huge issue for black women,” Carey says. “Hair is supposed to look a certain way, you are supposed to fit in this certain stereotype. There’s a lot of apprehension going natural.”

Another reason Carey listed was that it’s not always safe to run through some of the neighborhoods that some women live in.

She concluded though that the biggest reason African-American women often don’t run is lack of an example or positive role model when it comes to athletics and running.

Every community of every ethnicity needs strong women like Ashley and Toni to lead, inspire, and motivate women and men alike to take better care of their health through education and being active.

Congrats to Ashley and Toni on what they’ve been able to accomplish in the African-American community in the past couple of years.

Black Girls RUN! Website

[image: Black Girls RUN!]

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Run It Fast is Most Popular in These Cities

Run It Fast is Most Popular in These Cities

Here is a quick look at the cities and largest markets where Run It Fast was viewed the most in 2011.

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Jackson, TN
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. Nashville, TN
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. London, England
  11. Houston, TX
  12. Murfreesboro, TN
  13. Seattle, WA
  14. Boston, MA
  15. Denver, CO
  16. Austin, TX
  17. Toronto, Canada
  18. San Diego, CA
  19. Charlotte, NC
  20. Las Vegas, NV
  21. Huntsville, AL
  22. Phoenix, AZ
  23. Philadelphia, PA
  24. Memphis, TN
  25. Portland, ME
No real surprises here! Jackson might surprise some of you, but it’s my hometown. I know many runners in the area.

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New Balance Minimus Amp MT1010

New Balance Minimus Amp (MT1010) Trail Shoes Will Light You Up

Bryon Powell over at got his hands on a preview pair of the upcoming New Balance Minimus Amp MT1010 trail shoes earlier this week and wrote an impressive and detailed review of the minimal trail running shoe.  The shoe will be a descendent of the New Balance Minimus MT10 that was released in 2011.

The quick lowdown on the New Balance MT1010:

I see the New Balance MT1010 as a low-to-the-ground, lightweight (at 7.7 ounces for a US men’s 9, it’s the exact same weight at the MT110) trail shoe that’s protective and supportive enough for everyday trail running shoe for those of us who aren’t waifish, who don’t run like a gazelle, and who don’t always run on buffed out, rock-free trails. In other words, it’s a trail running shoe for most of us whether we’re training (20 or) 100 miles per week or running a 100-mile race over rugged terrain.

READ’s Full Descriptive Review + Many Photos of the MT1010

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Newton Gravity Blue Running Shoes

Santa Really Seems to Like Runners…

So it seems that Santa was good to many of my fellow running addicts!

Here is what you said you received for Christmas:

Casey – Got a @lululemon run jacket & winter run tights + a stocking full of GU!

Jonathan Bobbitt – NewtonGravity, calf sleeves, Nuun, Electrolyte Caps, shorts, compres’n arm sleeves and 365 days of potential runs in 2012…

Monkey Trent – none 🙂

iluv4kds – we got a lot here..several new tech shirts, Yaktrax, running gloves, hand held water bottle, high tech ear buds(if those count).

Gerard Pescatore – awesome @newbalance technical shirt!

Mindy M – a Garmin405! and FitDeck cards for cross-training days. and a stocking full of gels, fuel and bars!

Simon R – garmin forerunner 205

Karen French – I got shoes!

PA Dutch Dude Abroad – Two Nike Dri Fit running tops

Caitlin – a new HRM, running gloves and a @lululemon gift card!

Lisa Gonzales – Sadly, none. 🙁 But got gift cards to REI fr my staff & bought Merrell Trail Gloves. Used them on Fri & they were great fun.

Joshua Holmes – NB MT101 trail shoes and Brooks Puregrid trail shoes.

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Fabrizio Colella (Santa Running)

Merry Christmas from Run It Fast!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Run It Fast family to you and yours this weekend and holiday season.

(Pictured above is Kiki at the Santa Hustle 5K in Indianapolis last weekend. You can follow Kiki on Twitter @CapnKeeks)

Fabrizio Colella running the Christmas Trail at River po Park ,trail di Natale nel parco del po di trino( italy ). Follow him on Twitter @CollellaFabrizio

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Where Run It Fast Runners Are Running Christmas Weekend (Dec 24-25, 2011)

Where Run It Fast Runners Are Running Christmas Weekend (Dec 24-25, 2011)

We asked on Twitter (@runitfast) where you were running this weekend and 9 of you responded!

Slow weekend of races due to Christmas, but many of you are still going to get out there and get some training miles in.  Best of luck and Merry Christmas to you all!

Joshua Holmes – Hopefully more and more and more trail miles this weekend.

Lisa Gonzales – Hey @runitfast! Heading 4 some sweet single track today & chasing Santa on Sun. IF you were wondering where I’ll be running this wkend. 🙂

Jared Friesen – Multi-use trails by my house, 24 miles in fresh snow!

Christina Kaighen – The gorgeous Gulf beaches of Okaloosa Island. Training for #Destin50BeachUltra!

Gerard Pescatore – Wilkes-Barre / Scranton area. Down time.

Nolan Holloway – Do my running at Stone Mountain Park in GA.

Cousin Eddie – I’m working on a new route: south out of Birmingham (England) along the Grand Union Canal and back.

Jonathan Bobbitt – a little road and a bunch’a single track/sloppy trails

Christine W. – Running at least 8 miles tmrw on the “dreadmill”. 🙂

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Tim Nelson

Seattle Police Call Runner Hit by Semi-Truck a ‘Dumbf**k’

Seattle runner Tim Nelson was hit by a semi-truck while running to work back in late October. He suffered a fractured skull in two places, broken back, punctured lung, and broken arm.

Nelson’s lawyer demanded to see the dash cam from the police car.  Nelson quickly discovered that the Seattle Police Department had added insult(s) to his extensive injuries at the scene of the accident.

Via Q13 Fox in Seattle:

“It ain’t my problem,” one officer said about Nelson’s injuries.

“Why don’t you drive a car?”

“Yeah, don’t try to jog to work, dumbf—.”

One officer was identified as Doug Jorgensen.

Nelson, as we all would be, isn’t too happy about the officer’s comments:

“As citizens, we pay their salaries and we are going to hold them to a higher degree of responsibility because they are public servants. In a situation like this, when you have someone lying on the ground near death, I don’t see any reason to excuse that,” said Nelson.

Some reports state that Nelson ran against a red crossing light.  No mater the case, he should have been treated with more respect from the SPD even if he was unconscious.

Watch the video above from the police dash cam.

To make it even worse the local news kept referring to Tim as a ‘jogger’ and ‘jogging’ to work.

See -> Does Being Called a Jogger Offend You?

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President Bill Clinton and Al Gore Running/Jogging During the 90’s

Does Being Called a ‘Jogger’ Offend You?

We asked on Twitter earlier today if the term ‘jog’ or ‘jogger’ offends you as a runner.

Here are some of the harsh, funny, and interesting responses we received from our followers:


Ana Murray – Yes! ‘Jogger’ classifies runners as slow but running has no predetermined speed – speed is relative to the person. Run on!

Troy Bratton – yes because I’ve worked my butt off to improve. Jogging is closer to walking than running…

Christian Hiteshew – b, just proves who runs and who doesn’t

Melissa – I don’t care what anyone calls me. All I care about is getting my miles in 🙂

jason candy – A…because I don’t jog…my pace is more to a runner…gray line???

Kat – I don’t even know what jogging looks like. Something you do in place? I think you run or you don’t run. There’s no middle ground.

Eddie Wooten – Either is good for you. Running, to me, suggests more effort.

Gerard Pescatore – no because, as a runner, I’m laid back

Stuart Clayton – Yes, very much so.

Kristy – I’m not offended. There are different types of people. If someone wants to go out for a jog, it’s still a great form of exercise.

BMonty – Yes, but only when it’s used in a derogatory manner. “They’re not a real runner, they’re just a lazy jogger.” That riles me.

Sebaskid:p – No, somedays you have to jog to rest from running

baxterimahounduknow – mmmmm nah… But I’m no jogger lol !

Vic Arvizu – Does it matter? It’s still faster than walking

JeremyAntonAnderson – it totally offends me to be called a jogger when I can run a sub 6 minute mile for 7 miles

Jo – No ‘runs’ are for training ‘jogs’ are for recovery. Although used to hate polar software classifying my hard efforts ‘light jogs’

elizabeth v rehmer – b)no because people that use that term do not know what they are talking about… no active person says that.

HaroldShaw – A and here is my post on it 🙂

Yvonne Dehn – A. Because I’ve worked hard for my ‘runner’ status. Jogging is what u do as recovery between intervals

Stewart Crouch – I jog 4 days a week and run 3 days a week.

Lisa Gonzales – No. As long as it isn’t in a news story. Bad things happen to “joggers” in the news.

More Lisa Gonzales: Oh, forgot to say it’s because I don’t give a rat’s backside about what anyone else thinks. I know what I am! #badass 😉

Frank S#runners train for something specific. Joggers jog w/no specific race goals typically. I’ll say this, no one calls me a jogger 🙂

(Everyone tweet Frank S and tell him what a good jogger he is!!! ;))

Jonathan Bobbitt – A. But only when another “runner” asks “how far did you jog” while looking down nose condescendingly. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

(Bobbitt refuses to disclose how far he jogged this morning!!!)

Brad Dulay – Only if someone called me a jogger. If you’ve run more than a 5k you shouldnt be called a jogger

Euan Jardine – Yes!! Joggers are not runners.

Paul Nottoli – A. Jogging is what middle aged Mom’s with to much money do to look cool.

dunlapa – Nope not at all. Jogging/running same thing to me 🙂

NaomiPipes – Not offended. But I use the term runner and disclaim that I am not fast.

Sarah – No, because those that call me a jogger are non runners and they just dont understand

Stevie Ferguson™ – A because in a race, I guarantee we are *not jogging! 🙂

angela dively – yes, it does. Jogger connotates someone who has a hobby. Runner is someone who competes, even if it’s against oneself.

John Shepard – Confused as to why this would offend anyone.

Rebecca Rene – Have a marathoner friend who gets INFURIATED when called a jogger. Maybe it’s a dedication/hobbyist/purist thing? IDK

More Rebecca Rene – Hell, run, jog call it whatever as far as I care. For me, it’s about getting my butt across the finish.

Pavement Runner – “offend” is a strong word. But there is a difference, right? I would never refer to myself as a jogger

thomas ransome – jogging implies a definite lack of effort, also makes it sound pleasant, its not pleasant running hurts…in a good way!

Versa Dave – I don’t take it offense since my 11 min pace is kind of a jog anyways.

Lee Price – No, as somedays I ‘jog’ somedays I ‘run’.

John Shepard – Kind of like Underwear/Underpants. I don’t care so long as I feel good. F it.

CYU#runners train 4something specific. Joggers jog w/no spcific race goals…..No one calls me a jogger :)” <3 this!

Crystal – yes only cause I work on my running everyday I didn’t get in Boston by jogging

Richard Lima – Those who say “jog” or “jogger don’t run at all.

Cazz Singson – Honestly?? YES!!! 🙂

TJ – YES because we all should have higher self-esteem aka confidence and believe in the power of our runs #RWRunStreak#Running #run


Francis L. – YES. Joggers wear matching sweatsuits & are more concerned w looks than fitness. And runners don’t find dead bodies. Joggers do.

With that said, here is first article I saw a friend had posted on Facebook this morning, Jogger hit by Semi discovers police ridiculed him at the scene

If you want to play it safe you shouldn’t call another runner a ‘jogger’ or mention they are ‘jogging.’  However, I say if you know the runner then have fun and be sure to compliment him or her on their ‘jogging.’

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Lookout Mountain Waterfall

Johnny Clemons Wins 2011 Lookout Mountain 50 Miler (Results)

Johnny Clemons won the 2011 Lookout Mountain 50 Miler on Saturday with a finishing time of 7:23:04 (8:52 pace).

Clemons completed the challenging course nearly 10 minutes faster than the second placer finisher, Troy Shellhammer, who finished in 7:32:52.  Third place went to Nick Lewis in 7:42:56.

The overall female winner was Deborah Livingston with a winning time of 9:16:20.

Second place female went to Lora Liu (10:05:44) and third place was Molly Freeman (10:15:22)

Lookout 50 Mile Ultra Full Results Below Continue Reading

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