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SEACOAST CANCER 5K
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 YEARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GEAR TRENDS
Geometric shoe designs, stretching tools, and new tech.
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.
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2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek
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2016 Seascoast Cancer 5K Photo: Virgil Mehalek
Southern maine & NH
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
he sweetness of that very first spring-like run of the
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
2013 Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PizzaClassic Photo: Mike Leonard 14 spring 2017
Photo: Kevin Morris
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
SAUCONY FREEDOME ISO
TRENDS ON CLOUD FLOW
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
latest technology in
tools give more accurate details
ADDADAY TYPE D UNIVERSAL ROLLER
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
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
Portland store has sold out 4 times since Christmas! Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running is located at is located at 309 Marginal Way in Portland & 89 Main Street in Brunswick.
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PHOTO Courtesy of Peaks Island 5 Miler
PEAKS ISLAND 5 MILER TURNS 30
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
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
the 5 miler and Kid’s K.
the shoreline, a post race beer
the island store and shops on
garden sponsored by Maine
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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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 &
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.
We hope to see you there! Happy Running! raceme.us 19
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
opening in major cities around
over 1,000 pounds of medical
increased blood flow and
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
the brain go to sleep?” That
plan and see how much
a short while the boundary
answer was found, along with
sooner you can be training
between them is nearly
many others, and even more
again and pushing yourself to
indiscernible. Some float tanks
questions. Floating, R.E.S.T.
are equipped with colored
lights and speakers, so you
Stimulation Therapy) or
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Relieve aching muscles and clear your mind! Floating in warm, Epsom salt saturated water reduces inﬂammation, cortisol production and can help you to reach a deep meditative state.
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floating is another tool to be
the same temperature as
MUSCLE RECOVERY - PAIN MANAGEMENT - STRESS RELIEF
As people all over are
1 HAPPY FEET Appropriately fit shoes can play a major role in injury prevention and personal performance. Visiting a local running shoe store or local athletic trainer can help find a correct fit and style shoe for you.
2 HAVE A PLAN AND STICK TO IT Having an organized split, or schedule, for your running program can be very
Tips for a safe start
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. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.
3 KEEP SOME FUEL IN THE TANK Cardiopulmonary based exercises such as running can overly tax the organs if you are not fueling your body correctly. Eating well and drinking enough water will help
Davila, MD and David Enos, ATC share a few tips on how to safely
you feel good running and help your body
partake, avoid injury and increase performance.
recover after a workout. We recommend checking in with an athletic trainer or physician for specific guidelines to help with your unique goals.
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OCR: Obstacle Course Racing
ready for your new obsession?
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
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
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
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 –
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
Association of Maine. Even a cyclist
organizers on nourishment.
Consider the Trek Across Maine, the
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Ready for long distance? THE 33RD ANNUAL TREK ACROSS MAINE will take place on
Father’s Day Weekend - June 16 - 18, 2017. Over the course of 3 days and 180 miles, you will travel from the remarkable western mountain region to the beautiful coast of Maine. You’ll be accompanied by 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!
2 DAY OPTION AVAILABLE - JUNE 17 & 18, 2017
Enjoy shorter mileage (97 miles) and a lower fundraising minimum without losing out on the experience of the Trek Across Maine!
For more information or to register, please visit BIKETREKNEWENGLAND.ORG or email TrekAcrossMaine@LungNE.org. Use code RACEME for $20 off your registration. Each individual participant is required to fundraise $550 and ages 7-17 must raise $400. Check out our Facebook page for promotions, discount codes and updates all year long: FACEBOOK.COM/MAINETREK.
CYCLE OR VOLUNTEER WITH US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST LUNG DISEASE!
CROSS M AI KA E R
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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
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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.
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
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,
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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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 Regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Windjammer Days. Contact Andy Hamblett at firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.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
PHOTO by Kim Sixberry
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