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WHY IS THE HALF MARATHON SO POPULAR?

By Jeff Galloway

From Jeff Galloway’s Blog, “Running and Walking Until You’re 100–Injury Free!

• Even after a difficult 13.1 mile (21K) race, runners can usually celebrate that evening

• Beginners who yearn to run a marathon see this distance as the first big step

• Marathoners find that the “half” keeps them in shape for their next “full”

• The distance is enough of a challenge to keep runners focused and energized

• Increasing long runs towards a half marathon race results in faster times at 5K, 10K, etc.

After studying findings of experts who specialize in ancient man, I’ve come to believe that training for long distances connects us directly to our roots. Primitive man had to walk and run for survival—thousands of miles a year. Through millions of years of evolution, the muscles, tendons, bones, energy systems and cardiovascular capacity adapted and expanded. A series of psychological rewards also developed, which make us feel good about ourselves when we run and walk at the correct pace in a consistent training program.

The primary goal of ancient migration was to reach the next destination. Likewise, the greatest joy for half marathoners comes in crossing the finish line.  Finishing 13.1 miles is an elite achievement: only four tenths of one percent of the population does this each year.  The satisfaction and accomplishment are similar to that experienced from the marathon.

Bristol Half Marathon, by Steve GregoryImage via Wikipedia

There are quite a few lessons to be learned as one extends one’s endurance limit beyond 13 miles or 21K: conservation of resources, pacing, fluid intake, blood sugar maintenance, etc. But making a mistake during “half” training does not incur the injury risk or the down time experienced after marathon errors. If you find a way to enjoy a part of every run, your half marathon training can bring joy, satisfaction, achievement, and a positive sense of focus. For many, the challenge teaches individuals that they have unused hidden resources that can be used to deal with other challenges in life. Much of the success and joy comes from a unique endurance blending of body, mind and spirit.

I salute all who put themselves to a realistic challenge, such as the half marathon. If you haven’t done this before, you have one of life’s great rewards waiting for you as you discover that you have much more strength inside than you envisioned.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Olympian Jeff Galloway has helped over a million runners and walkers achieve their endurance goals and has written the popular books HALF MARATHON and RUNNING UNTIL YOU’RE 100.  Sign up for his free e-newsletter at www.JeffGalloway.com

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Running on ZENERGO

Zenergo is a free activities-focused social manager for active adults networking through their real-life interests. On Zenergo you can create activities, groups and events around Running, Jogging, and Walking, and other sports and fitness activities — as well as health, social, group, family, civic, and hobbyist activities. Please visit the site at http://www.zenergo.com to learn how more about how Zenergo can Activate Your Life.

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An Easier Way to Manage Your Running Group

By Mac McCarthy, Zenergo 

Runners in Marathon

Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Coordinating your running group and keeping track of schedules and members  can get complicated. Emails, phone calls, text messages – and perhaps multiple bookmarks to group sites, picture sites, and each member’s calendar to update.

And things still get lost in the shuffle!

Try this, for a one-stop shop: a new site, Zenergo (pronounced ZEN-ergo) , a “Social Manager” that helps you keep your social and activity life organized, and all in one place.

Zenergo focuses on activities, not chatter — they’ve got 300 of them, including every kind of sport, hobby, craft, and social activity — and of course they have there’s a  Running/Jogging Activity.

The main advantage is that everything is in one spot — the Running/Jogging Activity; you can set up your running Group — it’s free — and running Events (also free). There’s  a calendar for each activity, shared among those you’ve friended on that activity — and a calendar shared among group members.

Zenergo has photo sharing, and also document sharing, like for signup sheets. And of course a chat ‘wall’ — but only for discussions among your activity friends or your activity group — about that group  or activity — not a general chat steam of everything and everybody!

You can bring your whole group on board — sign-up is free and simple. You can also recruit more members if you like — Use Zenergo to find other Zenergo members in your neighborhood who are interested in finding running partners or groups.

Here is an example of what you see when you’re looking for a running partner — they can check off details of their interests, so you know you’re both on the same  page, interests-wise.

An Example of a Zenergo Member's Running/Jogging Activity Page

It’s worth a try! — Free, easy to sign up, no spam, as private as you want to make it (each activity, group, and event has privacy levels right there when you set them up, not hidden somewhere). Take a look!

See you on Zenergo!

The Mom 2.0 Summit – 5 Reasons Why I’m Jazzed

Wow.  I'm really thrilled to have been invited to speak at the Mom 2.0 Summit this year, coming up later this week,  April 14-16.  This is one of the most innovative social media conferences around, where moms, bloggers, authors and even dads (!) can talk shop with social media influencers, industry leaders and leading brands to share best practices. I'm really looking forward to discussing ways to create smarter web-based marketing, and discovering new social media tools that help engage audiences  and build relationships (aside from Zenergo of course!).

Our session is entitled “Connected or Disconnected:  How Social Networking is Affecting Our Relationships.”  Not a light topic, but a subject as a mom and also a social media professional/entreprenuer, that I feel very strongly about.  I’m delighted to be sharing the stage with two amazing women mom bloggers deeply involved in social media, Kristen Howerton (www.rageagainsttheminivan.com) and Cecily Kellogg (www.uppercasewoman.com).  Check out their blogs.

What’s great about this trio is that we come from very different backgrounds and aspects of social media, so it ought to be a thoughtful and lively discussion! If you’re lucky enough to be attending, make sure to stop by our session on Friday afternoon at 1:15pm.

Even more exciting for me, I’ll be stepping outside of my home office for a few days and experiencing some cool things like:

  • Mingling with some really talented, clever, witty, engaging, fun, people who happen to be moms, dads, writers and bloggers immersed in social media.
  • Aside from our panel discussion, there are many, many other valuable and educational sessions that I’m looking forward to attending.
  • I’m running in the New Balance 5K run on Saturday morning to promote Zenergo and I’ll be sporting my new Zenergo running t-shirt and hat!
  • It’s in New Orleans.  78 degree weather. Awesome food and jazz. Enough said.
  • Oh yeah, the conference is at the Ritz. Moms don’t mess around :).

Cyndy Sandor, Co-founder, Zenergo

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