Thursday, June 21, 2012
The manager of Charm City Run in Annapolis demonstrates how to maintain your stride while staying hydrated.
Summer is finally here, and with it comes summer races. Whether you're running a 5k or a marathon, drinking water from the designated stations can prove to be tricky. I've run a few 5k races, and I'm always having to stop or slow down in order to stop myself from choking. Sometimes the water ends up all over me instead of in my mouth. So, Rich Moran, manager of Charm City Run in Annapolis, showed me how to properly pick up a cup from the water table and drink without slowing down or stopping. "I know people that are much faster than me that run like five and four minute miles, and they do this running at their pace," Moran said. "So, run for a slow pace like me it's a piece of cake."
Friday, June 1, 2012
The annual race will close roads downtown and around the Naval Academy.
It's time to lace up those running shoes. The ZOOMA Annapolis 10K and half-marathon takes place downtown Saturday morning at 7 a.m. "The thing about ZOOMA is this girls' weekend atmosphere where you feel like you're just with your girlfriends and there is wine at the end and shopping and massages," said Lara Mish, the coach for the ZOOMA Annapolis training group. She said although the race is advertised as a women-only run, there are a few men who participate. "You will see men and the joke with the men is: Well, hey, where else can you go where you have all these women chasing you?" Mish said. There will also be some male pacers. "All the pacers I know personally are active in Annapolis either in the triathlon club or Annapolis Striders…
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Looking for just the right gift for the athlete in your life? Check out Ann Brennan's wish list.
Runners, cyclists and triathletes may be the easiest people on the planet to shop for. We may tell you that we ride or run for our health and there is obviously some truth to that, but the real reason we run—our dirty little secret—is that we like gear. We like shiny new shoes, bikes and watches. We like the latest gadget and gizmo. And though we may have whole drawers full of gear, there is always room for one more thing. Our wish list grows throughout the year and even as we check items off the list, more must-have-gear appears in our local running and cycling stores. It is an endless cycle. Though most of us will give our list to almost anybody with an open wallet, not everybody does. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the top five …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Men running through the streets in high heels? All for a good cause.
Reena Parangot stood 100 feet from the finish line waiting for her daughter to cross the line. With her hair just beginning to come back in after chemotherapy, Parangot stood out in the crowd at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole on Sunday afternoon. She stood out as a fighter. She is fighting breast cancer and plans to beat it. At Charm City Run’s Healing in Heels 500 Yard Dash, Reena was not alone in her fight. More than 100 runners toed the line in everything from blue gingham wedges to 4 inch bondage pumps all in an effort to fight back against breast cancer. The race, co-hosted by Charm City Run and Save the Coconuts, was to benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Breast Center. Many of the runners at the event had been helped by the …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Rosie Kreiger and Carrye Massey had no idea how far they could go until they took that first step on the road to becoming a runner.
I am often approached by nonrunners who lament the fact that they don’t run. Whether it is the stress relief, the healthier lifestyle or just the opportunity to spend some time alone, they can see the benefits of being a runner. They tell me how much they wish they could run. They explain how they are just not built for it or how they are too old to start running now. For these nonrunners I have a story to share. It is a story of two local women who discovered the runners within. Rosie Kreiger and Carrye Massey were not runners. Massey had attempted a 5k in 2009 with her sister. Though she completed the distance she said she walked much more than she ran. Kreiger had not even done that. “I had never even run a mile,” she said. “I was not a…
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Charm City Run's Tom Mansfield runs his first Ultramarathon and becomes an ultrarunning convert.
“With friends like these…” I have to wonder how many times this phrase entered Tom Mansfield’s head on the morning of the HAT 50k. How many times as he was making his way through the 9,000 feet of elevation, the rough trails and the knee-high streams did he wonder what in the world his friend was thinking when he suggested running this race? What I do know is that by the time he crossed the finish line almost six and a half hours later, he understood. The feeling that comes with having completed something that most people, most runners even, will never even attempt is priceless. In some ways the ultramarathon was destined to be. As a partner at Charm City Run, Mansfield works with runners every day. From track and cross country students to…