LMC Governor’s Cup Road Race: only 119 days away

It has been seven months since the big announcement that the Governor’s Cup Road Race, one of the oldest, continuously conducted road race events in the Southeast, will now be a springtime event.  After 43 years in the fall, this year’s event is May 14, 2016, only 119 days, 17 weeks, away!  Now would be the time to join with one of our training partners to help you prepare for either your first half-marathon or improve on your past half-marathons.  Go to our training page to get a full list of participating training groups that include Strictly RunningTeam Utopia SouthBodyshop Athletics, Lexington Medical Center Health Directions, and  Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training.

In addition to the half-marathon, we have a 5k race, a 5k walk, a kid’s fun run, and a new and exciting Main Street Mile on Friday evening, May 13.  If you are looking for additional event information, to register, or to volunteer, please visit our web site. Please continue to check back often for updated information to include race course updates, charity information, and Kid’s Fun Run information. 


An Inspirational Story

Mike Lambert suffered a massive heart attack in 2013 at the age of 68.  Mike was severely overweight, had many health issues, and couldn't walk more than a few feet without having to rest.  Mike’s doctor encouraged him to eat healthier, quit drinking sodas and sugary drinks, quit drinking alcohol, and to begin EXERCISE.  Mike did not adhere to all these warnings at first, but through prodding from the doctor and self-examination he realized his days were short if he didn’t change his habits.  He joined Lexington Medical Center Health Directions in September of 2013, but the choice to change his habits did not kick in until the new year of 2015. 

Over the first seven months of 2015, Mike went from 200lbs to 134lbs and lost 9 “from his waist!   Mike quit all sodas and sugary drinks, he quit drinking alcohol, he began eating healthy, and he began a regular exercise program.   He worked with a Health Directions nutritionist to learn how to eat and shop for food, and began getting cardio exercise by using the treadmill, the elliptical, and recumbent exercise bike for an average of 5-6 hours of cardio a week.  After a few months, he added three days of strength training to mix with three days of cardio training.   The cardio days turned into running days and he averages 15-20 miles a week.

Mike complete change of lifestyle is an inspiration to all of us.  Mike says “the healthy diet and regular exercise becomes a habit”.  This is a habit that led him to become fit enough to run four 5ks, one 10k, and one half-marathon in the fall and winter of 2015.  For 2016, Mike has begun to add swimming into his regiment and plans to work with a coach to train for a sprint triathlon.   He also plans to participate in the LMC Governor’s Cup Road Race.  Mike is an inspiration to us all through his hard work and dedication.  After such an awesome 2015, we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store.

Winter Reading: Build a Better Athlete

Does the winter weather keep you indoors more than you like? Use some of that downtime to advance your training knowledge. Marilee Birchfield, a runner and University of South Carolina reference librarian, recommends catching up on the latest performance research. Here are five of her picks:
  • “Motivational differences between half, full and ultra-marathoners,” N. Hanson, L. Madaras, J. Dicke, and J. Buckworth. Journal of Sport Behavior, June 2015. Investigates the differences in motivation between half, full and ultra-marathoners. 
  • “Strategies to Improve Running Economy,” K.R. Barnes and A. Kilding. Sports Medicine, January 2015. Compares effectiveness of endurance training, resistance (including plyometric and explosive) training, altitude exposure, stretching and nutritional interventions.
  • “The power of auditory-motor synchronization in sports: enhancing running performance by coupling cadence with the right beats,” R.J. Bood, M. Nijssen, J. van der Kamp, and M. Roerdink, PloS One, August 2013. Investigates the effects of motivational music and music that matched a runner’s cadence. Music of either type improved length of performance time; Motivational music improved effort exerted and synchronized music improved running efficiency.
  • “Half-marathon and full-marathon runners’ hydration practices and perceptions,” E.K. O’Neal, J.E. Wingo, M.T. Richardson, J.D. Leeper, Y.H. Neggers, and P.A. Bishop. Journal of Athletic Training, November 2011. Found most participants did not monitor their hydration levels or have a plan for staying hydrated.
  • “Anthropometric and Training Variables Related to Half-Marathon Running Performance in Recreational Female Runners,” B. Knechtle, P. Knechtle, U. Barandun, and T. Rosemann. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, May 2011. Concludes that running faster during training versus extensive training may improve race performance.
Marilee Birchfield has a master’s degree in library science and has been a reference librarian at Thomas Cooper Library since 1993. Although currently sidelined by injuries, she likes the sense of accomplishment of being a regular runner and seeing improvement over time.

Governor’s Cup Road Race Trivia

Welcome to our third issue trivia question.  The first person who gets this correct will win a $25 Gift Card to Fleet Feet. In order to win, you must post on our FB page the correct answer(s).  Here is your question:

Who won the first Women's Olympic Marathon?