Joe Boyle, Ashley Wise and Fiona Green join
Clines Running Corner
as a contributing columnists
Fiona tells of her unlikely journey to running
By Fiona Green.
Had anyone told me 40 years ago that I would not only be running for pleasure but also racing competitively when I was 50, I wouldn’t have believed them. For years I clung to the only athletic accomplishment I had ever achieved – a third place finish in the 3-legged race at age 7 when my partner, bound to me at the ankle by a pair of my mother’s beige stockings, had literally picked me up, run 100 meters and successfully crossed the finish line ahead of two less coordinated teams whose ankle tie had come loose. It was perhaps a victory by default but at the time, I felt like an Olympian. Read more.
Female runners should monitor monthly cycles
By Ashley Wise
When deciding on a nutrition plan to accompany a training plan, many things are taken into consideration; including frequency and duration of workouts, current and desired body weight, fluid intake and loss, and performance goals – and that is just to name a few. However, one of the core underlining differences of mankind, the hormonal differences between men and women, are hardly, if ever, considered. Read more.
Ol' Joe's Rants 'n Raves
The Stride is everything
By Joe Boyle
The stride is everything. That’s all there is to it; stride after stride. In light of this fact, it’s truly amazing how little attention has traditionally been given to stride development in the training of distance runners. Most coaches have few ideas about the characteristics that define good running form and do nothing to actively improve the stride of their runners other than prescribe a few technique drills that are justified by tradition more than by any sound biomechanical rationale. Read more.
Successful Cops for Kids Event Produces a Surprise Winner
By Fiona Green
The inaugural Cops For Kids 5K, held on the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion on March 28, was a huge success, attracting 412 runners. Race director Casey Mills (pictured top left), a Sergeant who has worked for the Fort Worth Police Department for 28 years, did an excellent job of organizing the event and didn't miss a beat when he was informed that the planned route needed to be changed to avoid runners colliding with participants in the MS Walk, taking place a little farther down the trail.
Mills serves as the board director for the Fort Worth Police Officers Association, which is the driving force behind the Fort Worth Cops for Kids charity, the conduit through which the police give back to the community they serve. Every year the charity receives requests to assist families or individuals in need. Mills explained "We have officers in the field who bring situations to our attention and make requests for funding. Last year, an officer proposed helping a family whose home had burned down. They had lost everything right before school started. We provided funding and transportation so the officer could take them shopping for clothes and school supplies. We have had requests for sponsorships for events. There was also a bowling tournament for a child with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. We also take kids from the Boys and Girls club to sporting events. One of our big events is making Build-a-Bears and taking them to Cook Children's Hospital for the holidays where they are given to children who can't leave for the holidays."
Runners were able to enjoy the delicious smell of barbecued meat while they ran as the race start and finish was also the site for a barbecue cook-off. Formerly held in the Stockyards, the cook-off has been one of the association's main fundraisers since 2006. This year's event attracted 123 culinary teams who were up at 4 a.m. seasoning and cooking their meat to perfection, competing for over $7,500 in prize money. The cook-off was followed later in the day by the Chisholm Trail music festival. All proceeds from yesterday's events go towards Cops for Kids.
Overall winner, 44-year-old Steve Sprowls (pictured), was so surprised at his overall win that he didn't know how to react. Because this was his first overall win, he admitted it was awesome but also felt a little weird. Looking at Sprowls, one might assume he has been active all his life. He is tall and lean and looks like an athlete. However 7 years ago, he was 50 pounds heavier and hardly the picture of health. In 2007, he left active duty in the Air Force and started work with Southwest Airlines. A year later, when his weight topped out at 230, he knew he needed to change his lifestyle but wasn't sure how. He was fortunate to end up on the same plane as flight attendant Vicki Daniel (mother of pro football QB Chase Daniel) who was in her fifties and looked amazing. She mentioned she worked out with a personal trainer who gave her someone to be accountable to besides herself. When he returned from the trip, Sprowls found a flyer on his door advertising a new strip mall gym that did personal training only. Inspired by Vicki he decided to give it a try and thus began his fitness journey.
In early 2014 his weight had dropped to 205, thanks to his half marathon training, but his eating habits needed to be improved. Last year, Beachbody released a new workout program called 21 Day Fix. Sprowls desribes the workouts as "30 minutes and a kick in the pants." However, it was Beachbody's portion controlled eating plan that changed his life. He now weighs 180 pounds and has since become a Beachbody coach. In his spare time he also coaches his daughter's volleyball team, which allows him a chance to share his love of the sport he enjoyed while growing up.
While Sprowls usually runs half marathons (he ran both the Cowtown Half and the Rock 'n' Roll Half), he will now be switching to obstacle courses and mud runs for the rest of the year. His current weekly mileage is between 20-25 miles and also includes strength training and yoga. Asked for some tips to runners struggling to stick with a program, he replied "Keep up the good work and have fun. For better success, find someone else to be accountable to; your spouse, your kids, your friends, your dog. Then pick a goal to work toward and stay focused on. Finally, put it out there on Facebook so the entire world knows...or at least your FB friends."
March 28 Highlights
* Some cheetah-like times were recorded at the Fort Worth Zoo Run on a nice, warming Saturday morning. Brandon Sotelo, 21, of Fort Worth led the pack, winning by about a minute with a 16:29. Following in a battle for second and third were Steve Thomock, 31, of Fort Worth (17:28) and Gabriel Zambrano, 21, of Fort Worth (17:42). Winning the female overall award, also by about a minute, was Tatum Castillo, 13, of Little Elm with a 19:31. The male masters winner, Mark Flanigan, 44, had a five-second faster chip time than Alfredo Quiroz, 48, of Mansfield but Quiroz had the fastest gun time 19:30 to 19:41. Cora Turner, 45, of Alvarado had no trouble winning the female masters award with a 20:31.
* And more fast times were posted at the First Dallas Easter Run, a 4-mile race that Benson Chesang of Irving won with a 19:41. Christian Zamora was next with a 20:01. The female winner was Laleh Mojtabaeezamani of Keller, crossing the finish line seven seconds in front of Lauren Versweyvel of Fort Worth with a time of 23:26.
* Clint Bell, 35, of Dallas has been a speedy force in area races for several years and he won again, taking the male prize at the Esperanza 5K in Plano by about a minute with a 16:34.
* And speaking of cheetahs, at the Run Cheetah Run 5K in Mansfield, the closest challengers to the overall male and female winners were the masters winners. Daryle Ryan, the male overall winner and also a master at age 47, finished with a 19:36.7, and masters winner Donovan Ross, 43, came in at 19:54.5. In the female division, Susan Yanni, 33, won with a 20:31.6 while masters winner Cathy Buchanan, 53, was next in at 20:56.8.
* Two masters runners were the first across the line at the Fort Worth Cops for Kids 5K as Steve Sprowls, 44, of Fort Worth beat everyone with a 21:33.8. Fiona Green, 50, of Keller followed with a 21:58.4.
* The closest race for female overall was at the Back to Night Moves 5K in McKinney as Karla Schumacher, 44, of McKinney and Carolyn Chaffin, 54, both had 22:17 chip times but Schumacher crossed the line one second in front with a gun time of 22:25.
* Matt Hall, 18, of Plano had to hold off 12-year-old Allie Lyda of Flower Mound to win the Firefly Run 5K in Plano. Matt ran a 19:04 to win the male overall award and Allie took the female award with a 19:11.
Pro age-graded runs scheduled
The Professional Age Graded Racing Association (PAGRA) has announced its tour event schedule for 2015. The four tour events are scheduled for April 25, June 6, September 6, and December 5.
Each event will feature a minimum purse of $5,000 that will be paid to the top 70 finishers. The PAGRA uses a payout schedule similar to professional golf in that each runner is paid a percentage of the purse based on his/her finishing position. First place will earn 18 percent of the purse, or a minimum of $900. The purse will be increased based on sponsor participation.
As the name implies, the participant times will be adjusted based on the World Masters Association Software Tables. This allows participants of all ages and abilities to compete head-to-head for the prize money. Rankings from 100 percent to 60 percent of the world record for each distance are available and each participant will be ranked based on their performance in the initial event.
Amateur athletes, such as high school or college students, can compete in the amateur division. This allows those athletes to test themselves against the region’s best runners while maintaining their amateur status. Amateur PAGRA Members are subject to UIL, NJCAA, AAU, USATF, USOC, IAAF, and NCAA participation and award rules and regulations. Their finishes will not be included in the purse payout calculations.
Annual membership is required to participate in any of the events. An entry fee of $15 per event is also required. The initial annual membership is set at $100, but will increase to $150 after April 5th.
Further information and a complete set of rules can be found at: www.texasrunningcenter.com