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CONTENTS

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TREK ACROSS MAINE

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SEACOAST CANCER 5K

16

features

11

FLOAT YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY THE SEASONAL RUNNER

10 THE SEASONAL RUNNER

Leaping into spring and summer running, check out these tips and yoga poses to get you ready.

16 THIS YEAR’S GEAR TRENDS

Geometric shoe designs, stretching tools, and new tech.

GEAR

19 TRAINING GROUPS

Social running groups who meet in Portland and Brunswick

20 FLOAT YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY

Used by Olympians and pro athletes, float tanks are an amazing tool for recovery.

24 LONGDISTANCE CYLCING

Finding the perfect fuel for you

86 TRAIN STRESS FREE

5 tips to keeping your training fun and focused

21 AVOIDING INJURY

Tips for a safe start to your running season

22 YOUR NEW OBSESSION

Obstacle Course Racing is gaining in popularity. Find out why.

TOUGH MUDDER

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BY JEFF MCANINCH

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MS RIDE

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2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek

Photos courtesy Bike MS

southern maine

Courtesy of Tour De Cure 6 spring 2017

Kittery 5K Run and Walk Photo: Steven Erhard


2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek

Southern maine & NH

events

RUN 11TH ANNUAL KITTERY FIRE ASSOCIATION 5K RUN & WALK

May 21: Sunday 9 AM start, Kids Run at 10 AM. Running and walking along the waterfront in beautiful Coastal Kittery. Awards, raffles, food, and fun for the whole family. All proceeds to benefit the Kittery Fire Association. For more information and to register: WWW.KITTERY5K.COM

YORK HOSPITAL 5K ROAD & CROSS COUNTRY RACE

June 3rd: Saturday 8:30 AM start at York Hospital. 3.1 miles of scenic York Harbor and York Village. Chip timing. T-shirts to the first 150 registered. Division winner awards. Age 14 and over: $20, Age 13 and Under: $10. Families $45. Questions: Call York Hospital’s Friendraising Office 207-351-2385 Register online at WWW.YORKHOSPITAL.COM/5K

SOUTH BERWICK STRAWBERRY RUN

June 25: Certified 5 mile run and 2 mile fun walk the morning of the Strawberry Festival. Race located at Marshwood Great Works School at 8 AM. GSRS chip timing. Fun raffles and awards. Benefits Rec Camp. Follow on Facebook at WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ STRAWBERRYRUNSOUTHBERWICK. Sign up online WWW.SOUTHBERWICKMAINE.ORG

sbrec@sbmaine.us

FOUR ON THE 4TH

July 4: Tuesday 8 AM start at York High School. 4 miles of Scenic York and York Beach. Professional bib chip timing. Pre-registration mail-in $25, Pre-registration on line $27 (including fees), Race Day registration $30 space permitting. Race limited to 1,200 runners. Overall cash prize and Division winner awards. Free fun run for kids immediately following. York Parks and Recreation Department for registration or information. WWW.YORKPARKSANDREC.ORG

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20TH EDITION ROAD RACE, KENNEBUNK. 5K RUN/ WALK July 14th: Friday 6 PM start. Certified race route through beautiful downtown Kennebunk. Preregister online for discounted rates. All proceeds benefit Kennebunk Free Library. T-shirt and fabulous goodie bag to first 250 registrants. Free dinner for all registered participants, small fee for others. Live music. Great raffles. Beer & wine garden. FMI: 207-985-2173 or WWW.KENNEBUNKLIBRARY.ORG

AMIDON FAMILY DENTISTRY 5K

July 30: A Seacoast Road Race Series Race. Sunday 8 AM start at York High School. Professional bib chip timing. 3.1 miles of scenic York and York Beach. Pre-registration mail in $25. Pre-registration on line $27 (includes fees), Race Day registration $30.00, space permitting. Limited to 1,200 runners. Overall cash prize and Division winner awards. Free fun run for kids immediately following. York Parks and

Recreation Department for registration or information WWW.YORKPARKSANDREC.ORG

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SEACOAST CANCER 5K

September 24: Run! Raise! Rally! Rock! Join more than 2,000 participants for a morning of family fun benefitting cancer care and services at WentworthDouglass Hospital. USATF Certified 5K Course starts at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital at 9 AM and winds through Dover, NH. Runners and walkers welcome. Professional chip timing for 5K course. New 1-mile option for walkers. Registration fee includes Drifit race shirt. Children 12 and under are free. Pre-and postrace festivities include food, entertainment, kid’s activities and more! Help us RAISE $250,000 for cancer patients right here on the Seacoast. RALLY your team and join us for one of the largest and best 5Ks in the region! We will ROCK the block! WWW.SEACOASTCANCER5K.ORG (603) 740-2687

OLD ORCHARD BEACH HALF MARATHON & 5K

October 8: 9 AM start at Jimmy The Greeks 250 runners. Includes chip timing, technical shirts, finisher medals, pint glass awards, post race festivities at Jimmy the Greeks. 20% of entries fees to local charities. Half Marathon $60, 5K $30. WWW.OLDORCHARDBEACHHM.COM

TURKEY TROT

November 25: Saturday 11 AM start at Village Elementary School in York. 3.1 miles of scenic York and York Village. Professional bib chip timing. Pre-registration mail in $20, Pre-registration online $22

(includes fees), Race Day Registration $25. Donations to York Food Pantry accepted. T-shirt given to first 200 registrants. Overall and Division Winner awards. York Parks and Recreation Department for registration or information WWW.YORKPARKSANDREC.ORG

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BIKE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION'S KENNEBUNKS TOUR DE CURE

June 11: A one-day cycling event along the beautiful coastline of Southern Maine. The Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, with route lengths options for cyclists of all ages and levels - 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, and 100 Mi. For more information or to register visit: WWW.DIABETES.ORG/ KENNEBUNKSTOURDECURE

BIKE MS: GREAT MAINE GETAWAY

August 12 & 13: University of New England, Biddeford, ME. Mileage options range from 25 miles to 100 miles. Hundreds escape to Maine for the Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway adventure in August. Getaway riders experience Maine when cycling along the southern coastline, sampling a variety of Maine craft beer, and feasting on lobster. Seasoned cyclists and novices will enjoy their choice of routes, from 25 to 100 miles. WWW.BIKEMSMAINE.ORG FACEBOOK.COM/ BIKEMSGREATMAINEGETAWAY

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SISTERS RIDE ON A MISSION TOGETHER August 12 and 13, 2017 will mark the 33rd year for Maine Bike MS, the ninth year since Donna McGrew first heard the words “you have multiple sclerosis” when her sister was diagnosed, and the seventh year since her own diagnosis of MS. Now as team co-captain for Cycling Friends and a passionate advocate for the National MS Society, it is Donna’s personal mission to motivate individuals and families affected by MS to get out there and do something about MS NOW…like riding a bike. Because she knows every dollar raised and the miles ridden brings her and her sister closer to the day when MS will stand for mystery solved. For more information about Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway please visit the website at WWW.BIKEMSMAINE.ORG or email BIKEMSGNE@NMSS.ORG

2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek

*Early and on-going treatment with FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contracting the National MS Society at MSNEWENGLAND.ORG or 1.800.344.4867.

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THE SEASONAL RUNNER Leaping into Spring & Summer

10 spring 2017

PHOTO by Kevin Morris


PHOTO by Mike Leonard

T

he sweetness of that very first spring-like run of the

GOAL SETTING

season is intoxicating. Runners shed their winter

Think about what you want to achieve.

layers and emerge from their treadmill lairs to drink in

Do you want to commit to running more days per week? Do you want to

the warm, earthy air. The roads and trails are clear, days grow

go longer or faster, or snag a race PR?

longer, and plant life gives birth to new leaves and buds.

Goals should have personal meaning,

We, too, are innately connected to this pattern of growth and

rather than meeting someone else’s expectations. By being specific and

renewal. Suddenly, a motivation that was once dormant,

realistic, you will be in a better position

breaks through. There is a palpable energy in the air, and that

to commit to the work required to meet

is especially apparent to anyone with a running mindset. The turn of the warmer weather is

JOIN A RUN GROUP

often met with a zeal and eagerness to

The social aspect of running with

train harder, achieve that PR, or even to

a group is incredibly motivating.

lace up a pair of running shoes for the

Structured workouts within a

very first time. Ideally, we are taking

group setting can improve your

cues from nature, and honoring these

performance while having fun, and the

natural cycles; not overdoing it to risk

accountability of the group will likely

injury and burnout, and training in

mean a stronger commitment on your

ways that improve our performance,

end. As you connect with like-minded

while allowing for sustainability and

individuals, you are sure to make

continued enjoyment in the sport of

lasting friendships.

running. Here are a few points to keep in mind as we enter this exciting time

whatever goal you set.

YOGA Yoga poses work the body in ways that can bring tremendous physical, energetic and mental benefits. Let your yoga practice work with your training, and not in opposition. On high mileage or active days, give in to a restful practice; and on lighter days, you can allow your yoga to focus more on strength and movement. The following short sequences highlight three poses for each purpose. Add them to your routine to create more balance and see how you feel.

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YOGA POSES

YANG / DYNAMIC CHAIR POSE With the feet together or hip width, draw the hips back and down like you’re reaching for a chair. Let the weight be heavy in the heels and light on the toes. Feel the outer hips compacting as the torso lifts off the thighs and the chest is upright. Keep the hands at the hips or raise the arms as shown.

HIGH LUNGE

CHAIR POSE

From Chair Pose, pour the weight on the right leg as you lift the left foot and draw it back behind you, so you land in a lunge. Through that transition, keep the outer right hip exactly as you had it in Chair Pose. In the High Lunge, you may experiment with a bent or straight back leg as you keep a tall spine and even explore a subtle backbend.

WARRIOR 3 From High Lunge, shift the upper body forward and bear the weight in the front leg, again keeping the right hip pinned in and drawing back, which engages the glute and hamstring. As you lean forward, keeping the chest searching forward, and spine long, lift the back leg. Work to keep the hips level - right and left hip bones facing the floor evenly. Keep the back leg lifted by engaging the quadricep and drawing the inner line of the leg toward the ceiling. Step to Chair Pose, and then to

HIGH LUNGE

a standing position. Flow through these three poses, alternating from right to left. xperiment with holding for 3-5 breaths in each pose, and then moving dynamically, holding for 1 breath per pose, and performing 5-10 times on each side.

WARRIOR 3 PHOTOS by Terry Cockburn

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THE SEASONAL RUNNER

SPHINX

YIN/PASSIVE SPHINX Place the elbows under the shoulders, keeping the legs relaxed. Head may be kept in a neutral position, fall forward, or rest on a block.

BUTTERFLY From a seated position, draw the soles of the feet together, allowing the knees to go wide. Let the feet be further away from the hips, and incline the body forward.

CAT TAIL Lie on your right side, supporting your head

BUTTERFLY

in your hand. Draw your left leg up, like you’re hanging out reading a magazine. Reach behind you with your left hand and catch ahold of your right foot, targeting the quadricep of the back leg. Stay on your side, or roll back (as shown in the photo), to invite a twist to the spine. Hold each pose with the muscles fully relaxed, allowing the body to become heavy. Go only to the point where you feel a mild amount of sensation - nothing sharp or painful. Set a timer and hold each posture for 3-5 minutes.

CAT TAIL

Terry Cockburn has been teaching yoga since 2006 and owns Freeport Yoga Company (Freeport, Maine) and Yarmouth Yoga Studio (Yarmouth, Maine). A marathon runner, mother to two boys (and one yellow dog), business owner and outdoor adventure seeker, she balances an active yang lifestyle with time on the meditation cushion and a contemplative yin practice. Terry teaches classes, workshops and retreats and has a passion for working with the athletic population. Check out her upcoming offerings at www.freeportyogaco.com.

PHOTOS by Cindy Giovagnoli

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rom beaches to breweries, Greater Portland area races serve up some of the best competition in Maine. Whether your event is in Portland or nearby, plan time to take in the sights, enjoy local businesses, and experience the outstanding food of this vibrant region.

Beach to Beacon Photos by Kevin Morris

greater

portland

2013 Pat’s PizzaClassic Photo: Mike Leonard 14 spring 2017

Photo: Kevin Morris


greater portland

events RUN PAT’S PIZZA CLAM FESTIVAL CLASSIC

July 22: Saturday 8 AM start for the 36th annual five-mile road race starting and ending on Main Street at Memorial Green in Yarmouth, Maine. Sponsored by Pat’s Pizza and managed by the Maine Track Club. Registrations received by 7/15/2015 are $25/ entry and $30/entry effective 7/16/2017. Great cash prizes! For more details on Pat’s Pizza Clam Festival Classic, as well as other Yarmouth Clam Festival road events, please visit CLAMFESTIVAL.COM

THE TD BEACH TO BEACON 10K

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K is the fulfillment of Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson’s dream to give back to her community by staging a world-class road race in her native Cape Elizabeth. This year (Aug. 5) marks the special 20th running of the iconic American road race, which debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners crossing the finish. In 2016, 6,336 runners from 15 countries, 43 states and 265+ Maine towns finished the spectacular winding, rolling, 6.2-mile coastal course that begins near Crescent Beach and ends in Fort Williams at the famed Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Each year, a spotlight is shined on a different Maine charity, which receives a direct donation from the TD Charitable Foundation, the haritable giving arm of title sponsor TD Bank. The 2017 race beneficiary is Let’s Go!, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

August 5: The TD Beach to Beacon 10K will take place along the shores of Cape Elizabeth. Founded by Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, 2017 marks the special 20th running of Maine’s largest road race, featuring top world-class and New England runners in a field of 6,500+. This year the race beneficiary is Let’s Go!, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, which will receive a direct donation from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of title sponsor TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit WWW.BEACH2BEACON.ORG or follow the race on Facebook WWW. FACEBOOK.COM/TDBANKBEACHTOBEACON10K, Twitter WWW.TWITTER.COM/ BEACH2BEACON10K and Instagram WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/TDBEACH2BEACON

THE MAINE MARATHON, HALF MARATHON AND RELAY PORTLAND October 1: Information and registration: WWW.MAINEMARATHON.COM.

THE FARM TO FARM ULTRA RUN

October 8: Information and registration: FARMTOFARM.WEEBLY.COM

POLAR BEAR DIP & DASH

December 31: 5k from Portland’s Back Cove parking lot at 11 AM and ending at East End Beach for dip at noon. Benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine’s work curbing climate change. 5k, polar dip, or both is $30 before November 15th, regular $35. WWW.NRCM.ORG

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K, located in picturesque Cape Elizabeth, celebrates 20 years running this year. We congratulate the 2017 beneficiary, Let’s Go!, a program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Let’s Go! is focused on increasing physical activity and healthy eating for children in Maine and New Hampshire. Let’s Go on August 5th — and every day! www.Beach2Beacon.org

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GEAR

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TRENDS ON CLOUD FLOW

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aceME spoke with John Rogers, owner of Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running in Portland Maine, and Erin Flatley the Social Media Marketing

Manager and Run Club Coach about the trends we can expect to see in running gear this year. What new shoe trends are you seeing for 2017? JOHN: I believe shoe companies will

build upon similar advances from 2016 in continuing with “Geometric” Designs, that use similar midsole materials and seamless upper designs. I see the future of shoe innovations will be aided by the

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Recovery seems to be the hot topic these days, what equipment is trending for pre- and post-run stretching and massage tools? JOHN: There is a greater emphasis on

injury prevention and recovery than ever before. Brands such as Addaday,

gait analysis and 3D

Moji, Pro-Tec and Trigger Point are

imaging and scanning.

scientifically designing sticks, foam

These advanced imaging

rollers, bodywork balls, and flexible

for measuring gait characteristics

$49

$130

latest technology in

tools give more accurate details

ADDADAY TYPE D UNIVERSAL ROLLER

HOKA AHAHI

from “heel strike” to “toe off” with

massage devices, which incorporate varied surface textures, materials and shapes to release muscle and tendon

significant information in real time.

adhesions, and realign joints. Many of

ERIN: I see designs trending toward how

these products are self massage tools

a shoe fits the foot as a whole rather

and mimic the techniques used by

than focusing on just stability.

physical therapists to speed recovery,


break down muscle and tendon scarring and help runners relieve IT band

R8 ROLLER BY ROLL RECOVERY

$119

syndrome, plantar fasciitis, hamstring strains, shin splints, low back tightness and glute pain. These advances are truly helping runners recover at greater speed, prevent injury, and run pain free.

What is new in the tech world? ERIN: Listen up runners!! Aftershokz

Head phones are a game changer that enhances the runner's music experience while adding the safety of hearing whats going on around you as well. The technology behind this revolutionary device is called “bone conduction.” Aftershokz Trekz Titanium have been a extremely popular item in which their

AFTERSHOKZ BONE CONDUCTING HEADPHONES

$130

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PHOTO Courtesy of Peaks Island 5 Miler

PEAKS ISLAND 5 MILER TURNS 30

T

his race features amenities for an amazing Maine experience! First,

CHARITY: In addition to

ferry service to a coastal Maine island, then a course surrounded by

contributing to the bottom

beautiful water views. A post race Lobster Bake with the following

line of the Maine Track Club, the race is proud to be able

options; lobster, steak, chicken, vegetarian and children’s meals. Plus

to contribute to the Peaks

Maine’s finest craft beer! There is a kids’ race where all finishers receive

Island Lions Club. Some of the

a medal at finish line. For the adults, awards given to the top 3 male and female finishers.

things the Lions do to help the community are, providing scholarships to islanders attending college, grants to

Founded in 1988, 2017 marks

Peaks Island Lions Club and

COMMUNITY/ECONOMIC IMPACT:

the island’s health center,

the 30th running of the

the non-profit Maine track

Between those running and

providing financial assistance

Peaks Island Road Race. The

club. To promote the sport of

family and friends who come

for heating costs and property

inaugural race was in early

running and with the addition

with them, the race brings

tax relief and hosting holiday

August, 1988 and had 180

of the Kid’s K in 1993 bring the

as many as 1,000 people to

parties for island youth. The

finishers and was a big success

sport to young children. To be

the island. These people are

race is also proud to be able to

for a first year event. Through

an event where people can

putting money into the local

make an annual contribution

the years the race has seen

experience Maine at its best

community from buying ferry

to the Peaks Island School in

steady growth and currently

including a ferry ride on Casco

tickets to get to and from the

memory of lifelong islander

has over 700 runners between

Bay, a road race that follows

island to people shopping at

A.J. Alves.

the 5 miler and Kid’s K.

the shoreline, a post race beer

the island store and shops on

garden sponsored by Maine

the island.

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: Casco Bay

MISSION: To raise funds for,

brewer Shipyard brewing and a

Lines, Peaks Island Lions Club,

The Peaks Island School, The

Maine Lobster Bake.

Shipyard Brewing and the Inn on Peaks.

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RUN CLUB

Check out this training group from Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running It doesn’t matter how fast

“Run Club” participants receive:

or slow you are, welcome

— A year long structured training

to run, learn, and train with the group! These fun, simple and social running groups meet in Portland and Brunswick.

PORTLAND LOCATION: 309 Marginal Way SCHEDULE: The Portland group

starts April 4th and meets Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm, Saturdays at 9am (after June 10th - 8am) COST: $75 includes a Maine

Track Club membership, or use promo code SKIP to register for just for Run Club at $50 COACHES: Erin Flatley, David

Dowling, Kathy Bowe & Michael Gaige

BRUNSWICK LOCATION: 9 Maine Street SCHEDULE: The Brunsick group

program. — Dedicated support and individual counseling from a “Run Club” coach. — 3 group training sessions during the week (option of 5 if you attend both Portland + Brunswick!) Each week will include one structured workout, one group run of 3-5 miles, and a Saturday long run. — Information clinics by coaches and vendors on proper footwear, gear, injury prevention, and nutrition featuring product try-ons and more! — Access to planned Pub Runs, Scavenger Hunts and many other fun runs! — Weekly Training Group Email and Group Facebook Run Club Training Page — Race Course Preview Training Runs

starts April 3rd and meets

— Winter Warrior Training - Winter

Mondays & Wednesdays

Workouts to maintain strength

at 6pm, Saturdays at 8am

and endurance....and brave the

(after June 10th - 7am) COST: $50 COACHES: Katrina White &

CeCe Camacho

Maine Winter elements! — The camaraderie of others like you with the same goal! — With the registration fee, each person will also receive one technical running shirt (one t-shirt or singlet) and one other custom FFSMR product.

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FLOAT YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY Floating is an amazing tool for recovery used by Olympians and professional athletes around world. From Aly Raisman the Gold Medal winning captain of the US Women’s Gymnastics team, to the NBA Finals winning Golden State Warriors, World Series Champs Chicago Cubs, and even The New England Patriots floating has been proven to help athletes get back to training harder, faster.

can leave a light on or listen

Sensory Deprivation rose

to music while you float. If

in popularity through the

you choose you can shut both

sixties and seventies amongst

off and allow your central

researchers, hippies, and

nervous system some much

athletes. It went through a bit

needed time free from external

of a lull in the eighties and

stimulation. During a float

nineties but has experienced

session your body experiences

a resurgence in the new

reduced cortisol production,

millennium with float centers

10" of water saturated with

reduced inflammation,

opening in major cities around

over 1,000 pounds of medical

increased blood flow and

the world.

grade Epsom salt, this allows

dopamine production. It is a

you to float effortlessly on

truly unique way to relax your

waking up to the importance

the surface of the water. The

body and your mind.

of a healthy active lifestyle

Inside a float tank there’s

water and air are heated to

Floating was developed in 1954 at the National Institute

used along with massage,

the outer layer of your skin

of Mental Health in hopes of

yoga, meditation, acupuncture

(about 94 degrees) with the

answering the question “If all

and the like. Incorporate it into

water, your skin, and the air

sensory input is removed, will

your wellness and recovery

all the same temperature after

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fter a long winter or an extended break from training, runners can feel the urge to pound the pavement. Although running and jogging are healthy activities, if not

done safely and properly injury can result. St. Mary’s Dr. Jeffrey

helpful especially for beginner level runners. Programs such as Couch to 5K can be helpful to review before you get moving. Getting used to new activities at a cellular level can take up to 6 weeks so it is important to follow a guide to avoid overuse injuries.

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OCR: Obstacle Course Racing

ready for your new obsession?

T

his season’s obstacle course racing (OCR) is going to be

without some of the advanced obstacles,

the best yet in New England. There are several events

a perfect way to start your Tough Mudder

for people who are just starting to get into this growing

career. You will find that even if you went alone to these events you will come

sport as well as professionals who are trying to make a name for

across the finish line with 20 new friends

themselves.

that are like family. In my opinion, it is an event that is truly life changing for most

By JEFF MCANINCH

of the participants. The next OCR series coming to New

If you’re new to OCR, there are a few

NH on May 20th. This is a 5k format with

England are the Spartan Races. These

upcoming events to check out. In Maine,

all the fun of the other races including

races are for all levels, but geared to

there are two great OCR events: Dynamic

plenty of mud.

competitive OCR athletes because races

Dirt Challenge and Tough Mountain

If you’re ready to tackle the next level

are timed with cash prizes. The first

Challenge. The Dynamic Dirt Challenge

of OCR, Tough Mudder offers “escape the

New England race is the Spartan Sprint,

is on June 4th at Pineland Farms in

ordinary events.” There will be two events

this 3 to 5-mile course features 20 to 23

Gray. This four-mile course is designed

in New England featuring Tough Mudder’s

obstacles in Rutland, MA on June 17th.

to challenge your all-around strength,

newest obstacles, that you won’t want to

The second event is the Spartan Super

stamina and mental grit. The second

miss. The first event is at Mt. Snow, VT on

and takes place on August 15th in Barre,

event is the OCR that I started with, the

June 24th – 25th, also known as the Beast

MA, mileage is increased to 8 – 10 miles

Tough Mountain Challenge in Newry

of the East. This 10 to 12-mile course has

with 24 to 29 obstacles. The third and

on July 29th. This four-mile adventure

more than 20 obstacles that will push

largest race is the Spartan Weekend on

obstacle race will test everything you

you beyond any point you have reached

September 16th in Killington, VT. This is

have with the challenging Sunday River

before. The second “escape the ordinary”

birthplace of Spartan racing and it offers

Resort as the setting for this twenty-four

event is at New Hampshire Motor

the Ultra Beast, Beast and Spartan Sprint.

obstacle event. If you are looking to get an

Speedway on August 19th – 20th and this

The Ultra Beast is a test for the most

earlier start on this new physical hobby,

will offer Full and Half Mudder both days.

advanced athlete with 26+ miles and 50+

then check out Thunder Run in Epping,

The Half Mudder is a 5-mile mud run

obstacles. There are strict time hacks as

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well and not all who start will finish this race. The Spartan Beast is a 12 to 14-mile course with 30 to 35 obstacles to push you to the next level. The last of the Spartan race series is at historic Fenway Park on November 4th. This Spartan Sprint will

central

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be the one every OCR athlete who loves the hometown Boston Red Sox circles on their calendar. Many New England OCR athletes will attempt to earn their Trifecta medal, by completing a Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast in the same year. I will round out this OCR report with some other upcoming race series dates and locations: May 13 T errain Race Thompson CT May 20 B oneFrog Challenge Charlemont, MA August 10-13 Shale Hill OCR Festival, Benson, VT August 19 Warrior Dash, Thompson, CT

ST. MARY'S COMMIT TO GET FIT CHALLENGE WALK/RUN May 6: Health and wellbeing of our

community are at the center of all we do at St. Mary's Health System. Join us for the 4th Annual 3K walk, 5K walk/ run, 10K and 15K run, starting from the St. Mary’s Medical Building in Auburn. Proceeds from the event benefit the Marguerite d'Youville Fund for the Needy. Register online today and learn more at WWW.STMARYSMAINE.COM/COMMITSIGNUP.

EIGHTH ANNUAL EMMC CHAMPION THE CURE CHALLENGE August 19: All proceeds from this eighth annual event benefit local cancer research at Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care. There’s something for people of all ages: 1K, 5K or 10K

walk/run, a 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile bike ride or a 58.9 mile motorcycle ride. You can even be a Virtual Participant! Participants are asked to meet minimum fundraising goals. And remember, every penny raised stays right here in our community to support local cancer research! WWW.CTCCHALLENGE.ORG

SAVE YOUR BREATH 5K RUN/ WALK November 5th Doors open at 7am race at 8am. Timed run along scenic Kennebec Rail Trail from Augusta to Hallowell and return. Capitol Park is reserved for the walkers. A children fun run is also available. Prizes for the first 3 men and women. For more information contact Deb@freemefromlungcancer.org 207-215-9035

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Long-distance cycling Food is the thought Text COLIN HICKEY Trek biking photos by Karsten Moran

A

s fuel for a 100-mile bike trek, the food choice was definitely questionable – if not downright gastronomically ghastly. But sometimes, according to veteran century rider Adam Rosenbaum of Falmouth, you have to go with your gut or, rather, what your

gut is telling you to eat. “They have a saying on the Trek,” Smith

So that’s how Rosenbaum came to down

pedaling at a moderate rate of between

a hot dog crammed with a hefty helping

12 and 14 miles per hour might consume

said, “and I follow it: Drink before you’re

of sauerkraut while pedaling his way

about 600 calories per hour. At that rate,

thirsty and eat before you’re hungry.”

through a century.

a 50-mile ride demands about 2,400

“Even though I knew it wasn’t the

calories. Given that huge caloric need,

For Smith, though, there’s no hot dogs piled with sauerkraut. “Fruit, peanut butter sandwiches,

best (food choice),” he said, “I’m riding a

organizers make sure they have an

long way, and I want a hot dog piled with

ample supply of food available before,

maybe a banana, and an energy drink –

sauerkraut.”

during, and after each leg of the event.

and that’s it,” he said. “But that’s just me.

Take the 2015 Trek for example. That year

It’s kind of like a formula.”

For people in the long-distance cycling

Jim Merrick of the Kennebec Valley

community, food is a must, and while

organizers supplied 200 pounds of carrots,

some are quite discriminating about

350 pounds of granola, 2,300 oranges,

Bicycle Club is a veteran long-distance

what food they choose to consume, most

3,500 apples, 5,000 bananas, and 10,000

cyclist, one who has completed numerous

simply are concerned about preventing

energy and granola bars. Seem like a

bike centuries as well as the Trek Across

their energy gauge from falling to empty.

lot? Think again. More than 2,000 people

Maine. He said when it comes to staying

pedaled the Trek that year, which comes

sufficiently hydrated and energized for

estimate the average 150-pound person

down to fewer than three bananas per

long rides, people need to use common

expends between 500 and 800 calories per

cyclist over the three-day endurance test.

sense. For example, he said, cyclists

hour when cycling. Of course a variety

So, no, there can never be too much food

should drink water on a regular basis in

of factors- head wind, hills, intensity of

– not when you’re pushing pedals for as

the course of a long ride. But that doesn’t

the riding- weigh into determining the

many as 10 hours a day.

mean guzzling water by the gallons.

Most authorities on food and fitness

actually number, but what’s indisputable

Gary Smith, school superintendent

“I think a lot of people usually say

is a cyclist riding 50 miles or more is going

of RSU 18, a school system covering

drink plenty of water,” he said, “but

to burn a lot of fuel.

five communities in central Maine, has

people can also overdo it. I know people

completed the Trek Across Maine for 21

who have done the Trek who have been

annual three-day 180-mile fundraising

consecutive years. He credits his success

hospitalized because they drank too

ride hosted by the American Lung

in part to adhering to the advice of Trek

much.”

Association of Maine. Even a cyclist

organizers on nourishment.

Consider the Trek Across Maine, the

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maine events

RUN HARRISON PARKS AND RECREATION - 15TH ANNUAL 5K RUN BY THE LAKE July 5: 7 PM rain or shine. Enjoy a beautiful evening run in our friendly village beside Long Lake. Ribbons and prizes to winners in seven age divisions, our famous Whoopie pies at the finish line, and a raffle for everyone!! FMI visit us at WWW.HARRISONMAINE.ORG and click on events.

THE 33RD ANNUAL TREK ACROSS MAINE June 16-18: Ride from the western mountains to the beautiful coast of Maine for the full 3 days and 180 miles, or try our new 2-day option for the weekend only (June 17-18 & 97 miles). Join 2,000 cyclists and 700 volunteers in this fully supported charity ride. Join the American Lung Association as we save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease! For more information or to register, please visit BIKETREKNEWENGLAND.ORG or email TREKACROSSMAINE@LUNGNE.ORG. Use code RACEME for $20 off your registration.

RUN AROUND THE PONDS FUGITIVE 5K October 15: Standish, Maine. Sunday. Kids Fun Run 9 am, 5K

Run/Walk 10 am. Running and walking on the Portland Water District’s Otter Ponds Trails in Standish. All proceeds to benefit the Cumberland County Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and is in cooperation with the Standish Parks & Recreation Department. More information available at WWW.STANDISHREC.COM

MOOSE POND HALF MARATHON AND 5K November 4: Scenic country loop around Moose Pond in

the shadows of Shawnee Peak. The 5K is out and back on Mountain Rd. This race benefits the Shawnee Peak Adaptive Program. All half marathon finishers receive medals. MOOSEPONDHALF.COM

TRI MAINE STATE TRIATHLON August 6: Aquabike & Duathlon too. 8am start at The Bethel

Inn Lake House on Route 5/35 in Bethel. 750m swim, 24k bike, 5.8k run. Individuals $72, teams $124 if registered by July 24. Kids' Triathlon August 5th. FMI WWW.MAINESTATETRIATHLON.COM

GREAT ADVENTURE CHALLENGE August 19: Shawnee Peak Bridgton, Maine. 9 AM start. A unique off-road triathlon. 2.5 mile kayak on closed course, 16.5 mile mountain bike, 2.0 mile run/trek up and down Shawnee Peak. Single competitors $60 Teams $150. Post race: great food, a drawing for $1000 kayak package, awards, and lots of family fun. Benefits Adults with Developmental Challenges. Rob @ 207-647-5298 WWW.MAINEADVENTURERACING.COM

[ “DISTANCE” FROM PAGE 24]

Rosenbaum is most certainly not a water guzzler. “I ride centuries with one water bottle,” he said. “They say ride with two, but I find that one never gets used.” Instead, Rosenbaum said he simply refills his bottle when he reaches the next aid station. Most organized centuries and longdistance cycling events provide multiple rest stops with food and water for participants. Merrick, like Smith, heads for the tables featuring bananas and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches although in recent years energy bars have become extremely popular. “They have all these energy bars (at rest stops),” Smith acknowledged, “and I usually grab one or two to put in my bike shirt and more often than not, I have about a dozen left at the end of the Trek.” And that goes back to Smith’s belief in the formula. “I think the magic sandwich,” he said, “is peanut butter with banana on whole grain bread.” Some, though, see room for a bit of indulgence during a long ride. Take again Rosenbaum, the hot dog and sauerkraut fan. On a bike century he did last summer in New York, Rosenbaum ate much of the usual fare: energy bars, peanut-butter sandwiches, bananas, and the like. But he also saved room for dessert. “I couldn’t help myself,” he said. “I also had a couple of chocolate-chip cookies that looked really good.”

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PHOTO by Karsten Moran

The Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program is a non-profit 501c. It was started in 1990 as an outlet for the local school system and their special needs children. Today, it has grown to serve more than 125 children and adults weekly from Cumberland and Oxford Counties. We have 17 groups coming in during the week, 5 adult groups and 12 school groups. Participants learn to ski, snowshoe and interact with other groups, thus getting the full experience of the winter world. Volunteers are the mainstay of the program, each group has a group leader with their staff and volunteers. The number of Adaptive programs has grown to a present day average of 25 volunteers spread out during the week. The Shawnee Peak Adaptive Program is a pre-registered, multiweek group program for children and adults with disabilities. Their groups consist of local schools and adult agencies. Many of our groups practice for the Special Olympics games, which are held annually at Sugarloaf. The program is in operation every weekday morning for 7 weeks, starting in early January. Many of these groups have been training with us for a number of years. They include but are not limited to: Jordan Small MS, Windham HS, Windham HS Autism, CafĂŠ, Landmark, Good Neighbors, Progress Center, Sacopee Valley, Momentum, Lake Region HS, Elm Street School, Poland Regional HS, Poland Community School, Molly Ockett MS, Fryeburg Academy and Oxford Hills HS. The program is run by Ross Graham and Charlie Scribner. For more information contact Charles Scribner, Adaptive Program Co-Director, 207-329-4384.

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2 Don’t wait for others. Many people say that they need to be motivated by others to go train, but do you really? You might talk while you are warming up and when you are done, but that is about it. If you are really training, you can’t talk because you are breathing too hard. Taking time for yourself is not a bad thing! Embrace the peace and quiet as well as focusing just on you!

3 Have a route mapped out. If you have a certain amount time to run, map out a route. 30min, 45 min, 1hr, or 1hr+ this is a great way to take the time constraints out of the equation and enjoy the experience. Just go!

4 Have a purpose. Each run should have a purpose. Is it a recovery day? Do you need to do speed work? Are you going for endurance? Make sure you

5 KEYS TO TRAINING STRESS-FREE

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have a purpose for your run. PHOTO Courtesy of XXXXX

5 Reward yourself. Most of us aren’t going to the World Championship or Olympics any time soon, so don’t be afraid to reward yourself for a job well done or finishing a week of accomplishing your running goals.

unning and training shouldn’t be stressful. It is very

Have a beer, an extra glass of wine

easy to say that you don’t have time, you will go

or dessert. If you don’t allow yourself

tomorrow, or you will start next week, but that is not a

way to achieve your goals. Over the years, I have tried different

these types of indulgences you will go crazy! Life is all about balance.

ways to make going for a run highly efficient and focused, all

As a busy traveling executive with

while getting the results that I want. I have put together 5 easy

kids, I compete with the top guys in

ways to make going for a run simple:

multisport events, and using these tactics have worked extremely well for

Text and Photo KEN LUBIN

1 Prep your gear the night before.

Founder, Executive Athletes

Make sure you have your shoes,

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shorts, tights, jackets, water and other

me. Efficiency, focus and purpose are the keys to being a top athlete.

necessary gear lined up so that you can walk out the door without spending time looking for your one sock, or watch. This is the ultimate time suck, especially when you don’t have time.

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downeast events

mid coast events RUN COASTAL PERFORMANCE RUN FOR CHARITY June 3: 14 Thomas Point Road Brunswick Maine Pre reg $20 or race day $30. Sponsored by Shaws & Byrnes Irish Pub. 5K road race starts at 8 AM, loop from Coastal Performance to/ from Thomas Point Beach. Benefits Bath Food Bank, all proceeds allow distribution of clothing and food to people in need. WWW.COASTALORTHO.COM

36TH ANNUAL ROCKY COAST ROAD RACE July 1: 8 AM and consists of a 5K run/walk, 10K run. It is one of Maine's most enjoyable and scenic courses with unequaled panoramic views of the rocky coast traversing a wooden footbridge across the inner harbor. This coincides with the Boothbay Harbor Region’s Annual Windjammer Days. Contact Andy Hamblett at ahamblett@brymca.org 207-633-2855

RUN BIKE / PADDLE EAST GRAND ADVENTURE RACE May 13: Danforth, 1.5-mile compass run, 10-mile mountain bike, 8-mile paddle (canoe or kayak). Climbing wall and other challenges along course route. Divisions: High School, Adult, Family, Open (Open division can be a relay team, solo, teams of any size). Contact: Dave Conley 207-551-8729 email: dave@canoethewild.com Registration fee $20 includes t-shirt, lunch, & awards. CANOETHEWILD.COM/EAST-GRAND-ADVENTURE-RACE/

RUN BAY OF FUNDY INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 52K ULTRAMARATHON AND 10K RACES June 25th: The most easterly races in the USA. The only ultramarathon to cross the Canada-USA border (twice). Marathon and Half-marathon races also cross the border. Non-profit event with medals and awards hand crafted by local artists. Certified courses, chip timing, Boston Qualifier. Now in our 5th year. Ocean, islands, lighthouses, fishing villages, lobsters, whales and other wildlife, together with warm, welcoming communities and local organic post race food. BAYOFFUNDYMARATHON.COM

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