Archive | January, 2013

Banned Stimulant Found in Bottle of Dead London Marathoner

Claire Squires died during the last miles of last year’s London Marathon to the shock of many. She was just 30 years old. Now we know that she had a banned stimulant in her water bottle that might have contributed to her death.

Her boyfriend, Simon Van Herrewege, said that Squires started the race carrying a water bottle with a powder called Jack3d. The powder is one of many commercially available powders that contain methylhexanamine, which is commonly known as DMAA. DMAA was initially used as an ingredient in nasal decongestants, but is most often marketed as an energy-boosting stimulant.

Read more HERE at Runner’s World.

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Calico 30K Trail Run Medal (2013)

 

This is the medal for the Calico 30K Trail Run that was held on January 27, 2013 in Calico Ghost Town, California.

Instead of a traditional medal, the race gives each finisher an arrowhead shaped leather key chain. Very cool way to incorporate some of the history of the town into the medal.

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[Medal submitted by RIF #5 Lisa Gonzales. Follow her on on Twitter @runlikeacoyote]

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F3 Lake Half Marathon Medal 2013

F3 Lake Half Marathon Medal (2013)

This is the “medal” for the F3 Lake Half Marathon that was held on January 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

A cow bell medal is pretty cool. Your family can use it at your next race (Arturo’s plan for his wife at his next race)! Fun for the whole family. :)

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[medal photo submitted by Arturo Moreno. Follow Arturo on Twitter @marathonarturo]

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Mountain Mist 50K Medal 2013

Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run Medal (2013)

This is the finisher’s medal for the Mountain Mist 50K Trail Run that was held on January 26, 2013 in Hunstville, Alabama.

This is gorgeous! Definitely worth all the pain, I mean, fun of a 50k. :)

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[medal photo submitted by RIF #22 Wade Anderson. Follow him on Twitter @WadeAnderson50]

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Miami Half Marathon Medal 2013

Miami Marathon and Half Marathon Medals (2013)

This is the finisher’s medal for the ING Miami Marathon that was held on January 27, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Both the middle and the palm tree spin! Very cool, colorful, and sparkly medal! Here is a pic of the back of the medal:

And here is a pic of the half marathon medal which is also a spinner:

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[Medal photos submitted by ALWYSRUNNEN, follow her on Twitter @ALWYSRUNNEN and by Darius, follow him on Twitter @dzoid11]

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Rose Bowl Half Marathon Medal 2013

Rose Bowl Half Marathon Medal (2013)

This is the medal for the Rose Bowl Half Marathon that was held on January 27, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

Very cool that the medal is stadium shaped and of course, has the rose. Nice!

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[Medal submitted by Danny Medina – Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Danny_Medina]

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Snowman’s Half Marathon Medal 2013

The Snowmans Half Marathon Medal (2013)

This is the medal for The Snowmans Half Marathon that was held on January 26, 2013 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The Snowmans Half Marathon is part of the Winter Warrior Series. The snowman looks pretty warrior like, right? ;) You’d have to be to run a half marathon in the snow in Michigan in January!

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[Medal submitted by RIF #108 Mark Sikkila - follow him on Twitter @MarkSikkila]

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Swampstomper 25K50K Medal 2013

Swamp Stomper 50K Medal (2013)

 

Here is the finisher’s medal from the Swamp Stomper 50K that was held in Millington, Tennessee on January 20, 2013.

Gotta love a medal that advertises exactly what you’re in for!

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[medal submitted by RIF #116 Nicholas Norfolk. Follow him on Twitter @absolut_zer0]

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Where RUN IT FAST Runners Are Running This Weekend (January 26-27, 2013)

Where RUN IT FAST Runners Are Running This Weekend (January 26-27, 2013)

 

Here is a look at where everyone is running this weekend. We had just 25 responses this week. Good luck to everyone and Run It Fast!

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Where Run It Fast Runners Are Running This Weekend (Jan 26-27, 2013)

Storified by Joshua Holmes· Fri, Jan 25 2013 10:54:22

@runitfast Running from the ghosts at the Calico Trail 30K in Calico Ghost Town, CA. #runitfast #5 #dontlettheghostsgetyouLisa Gonzales
@runitfast I will be running 18 miles on Saturday in the wilds of Chikasaw very excited.C/T Sun Forked Deer river #runitfast #4Marjorie Mitchell
@runitfast Running trails at Pinnacle Mtn. & Gulpha Gorge. Volunteering at @DLTevents Scout Trail Run & cheering on @ArkansasRRCA runners.Nicholas L. Norfolk
@runitfast Gonna be rocking the shorts for the Snowman’s Half Marathon #letitsnow #RIF108Mark Sikkila
@runitfast I might try to get in a couple of training runs up in the Maui coffee fields if my big toe cooperates. #runitfast RIF #1Joshua Holmes
@runitfast Hypnotic Donut Dash 5K immediately followed by Big D Climb on saturday. #runitfast Orrrr #climbitfast !Christy Bowers
@runitfast Sixteen on paved Natchez Trace trial in a few, 9.5 on Ridgeland Mountain Bike trail tomorrow, and 5ish at Lake Caroline Sunday.Nathan Bass
@runitfast running in Anniston AL – Half Naked Marathon. I’m just doing 1/2 of the 1/2 :)Leigh Marsh
@runitfast 35-40k long run on snowpacked trails….Michelle Mitchell
@runitfast Remission Run 5KStephen G
@runitfast Running in Mtn Mist 50k this weekend at Monte Sano St Park near Huntsville AL Looking fwd to the challenge! http://www.huntsvilletrackclub.org/index2.htmMark Watson
@KarhuRunning running in the cold, never"mill" it! @runitfast @BurnRubber #sisuAlicia Eno
@runitfast Running in a cave! TLC Groundhog 10K in Kansas City MO Sunday.Travis Forbes
@runitfast we run in Cancun #UnidosPorLaPaz yeah!!!!!!rodrigo zarate
@RunItFast #RunItFast a pic from Half Marathon in Veracruz Mexico http://lockerz.com/s/279281668Val Prz
@runitfast Probably a park run.Lily
@runitfast Hoohaah are running @Wimpoleparkrun . Great fun last week hope to see lots there againhoohaah
@runitfast I’m doing the 50K at the Go Short, Go Long, Go Very Long race here in #Tulsa tomorrow. @FleetFeetTulsa is putting it on.RunGingerRunBlog
@runitfast Robbie Burns 8k, just for the after race oatmeal!Les Roy
@runitfast running in the rain around Brisbane river city :) #crazyclimate #QldFloods #guiltypleasurekissmeimIrish
@runitfast Running in Bath @WeLoveBathSpeedyBecsRun
@runitfast Long run from Station Road Bridge.WildBill100
@runitfast Long run at Stone Mountain Park tomorrow.Nolan P Holloway Jr
@runitfast Newy ParkrunDonna Murray
@runitfast hitting up the @roguerunning 10k on Sunday!Andrew Collins

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Run It Fast – The Club Profile Stewart Crouch #89

RIF #89 Stewart with his wife Robin RIF #208

This week’s Run It Fast – The Club Profile is #89 Stewart Crouch. Stewart is not only speedy but he has a LOT of self control. You’ll have to check out Stewart’s profile to see what I mean. Ha! :)

Meet Stewart

INFO

Name: Stewart Crouch
RIF #: 89
Twitter: @swcrunner
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ANGrunner

STATS

Years Running:    35
Favorite Race Distance:  Half Marathon
Favorite PR: 5K 
Favorite Race:    Houston Marathon / Half Marathon
Favorite Bling:    Boston Marathon
Next Race: Boston Marathon
What Makes You FEEL Fast?:   When I can hang with the young pups! : )

FUN RUNNING QUESTIONS

Why did you start running? 
Because I wasn’t growing fast enough to play football.

Who inspires your running and why?
Everyone,  People that I know set goals for themselves and I see them go through the ups and downs of training.   Seeing them accomplish their goals makes me want to push myself even harder and set new goals for myself.

If you could go for a run with any famous person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Sebastian Coe – He was my high school inspiration.

What is your favorite go-to pre-race meal?
Night before I eat Spaghetti and in the morning before a race a banana and oatmeal.

What is the thing you splurge on after a race?
Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream – From the little creamery in Brenham, Texas.

How many pairs of running shoes do you have and which pair are your favorites? 
10 pairs of shoes, 4 still in the box.  My favorite shoe is Saucony Fastwitch 4.

Why do you race?
I like to race to see where I stack up with other runners and I love to compete.

Big races or small races? And why?
Both – I like to do big 5K/10K races because there is more competition  and makes you push yourself harder.

With his kids and Robin (on his right) at a 5K

What was your biggest “don’t” of a race?
Don’t go out too fast.

What running moment are you most proud of? 
The first moment was in high school when  I broke the mile record that had been standing for over 10 years.  Recently, it was being able to run 51 miles in the Trail of Fears which is my longest run to date.

At the Houston Half Marathon

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I cannot believe he has four brand new pairs of shoes and they are still in the box! No way could I do that. I don’t have the self control for that! ;) Seriously though…I think it was interesting that Stewart started running because he couldn’t play football yet he’s been running for 35 years. He obviously found out he was good at it and he must enjoy it, right? It’s kind of funny how things work out that way. You can apply that to running itself. Maybe you are good at sprinting because you are Bolt fast (I wish!). Or maybe you excel at long distances because you have great endurance. Or maybe your running “thing” is trails or cross country because you’re fearless. There are so many options we have with running that we can continue to grow and not be bored for decades. If you aren’t having fun or you’re in a rut with your running, try something else. You never know what hidden talents you might have. I’m glad Stewart found out running was one of his talents!

Thank you for sharing Stewart! Good luck at Boston! Run It Fast!

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[All photos submitted by Stewart Crouch]

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