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Survival Dash 8.18.12 race notes

I went out to take pictures for the Survival Dash race by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco today.  It was a small 10k race put on by Leila and her crew.  I love the small races because you get to be with the people who are racing and hosting the race.  We had people from all over the place joining us for today’s race.   It was fun hearing people talk about their goals for the race.  Some people planned on running the whole time, without stopping.  Other people wanted to win.  A common goal was to break a 10 minute per mile pace.

When you have a race with less than 100 people, there are no fancy amenities.  You have Ted taking pictures and posting them on Picasa.  You have Leila running the show and designating a volunteer to shout the ready, set, go command.  A lot of the snacks are made by the volunteers.  Who can say no to homemade brownies?  They also had beer, leis and grass skirts.

The pictures can be found here.  They are in two folders and posted in the order taken with edited pictures appearing at random.

Sports nutrition product Accelerade, from PacificHealth, is a very fine product that is excellent when used according to the directions.  Most of us are not going to follow the directions.  We are just going to go try the product and base our opinion on one trial.  I went the extra mile and followed the directions.

4:1 stands for the carbohydrate to protein ratio.  Carbs burn fast, giving you energy, and bind with the protein for faster recovery.  The protein helps the muscles rebuild and recover.

Generally speaking, cardio workouts should be followed with a 4:1 recovery drink while power or strength workouts should be followed with a 2:1 recovery drink.

This is the closest thing I have done to a clinical review.  I did before, during and after tests while maintaining a similar diet.  My base run is a 5.2 mile loop around the Coyote Hills regional park in Fremont, CA.  I always feel hot running in Fremont.  The temperature ranged from 80 to 95 degrees for my runs.  (Alameda temperatures range from 65 to 80 degrees.)

Day 1: A morning weight lifting session in the free weight room.  I did approximately 200 reps of various squats to really tear my legs up.  I mixed a generic recovery drink with 24 ounces of chocolate milk.

I drank half before the weights and half after I finished.  Then I went to work, drank 2 cups of coffee and went out for a lunch time run.  I did the base run at a pace of 8-9 minutes per mile with a heart rate of 140-150 bpm.

I was pretty miserable from the first step.  I felt sick to my stomach and I was thirsty.  I passed 3 water fountains and wanted to cry when I passed the third one.  When I finished the run, I did not want to drink any water or eat.  I was tired and sluggish for the rest of the afternoon.

More news after the jump.

Find Your Greatness ad by Nike

This commercial is what we have been telling our readers for a few years.  Go do it.  Find your greatness, do not worry about what other people are doing.  Go do your own thing.

I don’t really have a favorite company.  I have stuff from a lot of athletic companies and wear what is comfortable.  After I saw this ad, I broke out my Nike gear and wore it proudly for my daily run.  It was really hot in Fremont today.  When it was time to slow down for the last two miles, all I could think about was – shuffle, shuffle, shuffle; “find your greatness”.

I was moved when I saw that kid out running for the commercial.  He was working hard.  Good job Nike.

I will be out taking pictures at the Survival Dash 10K run along and around Crissy Field on Saturday, August 18th.  For my distance running friends, this is a nice short run for a change.

The run is put on to help support the Semper Fi Fund to provide financial support for injured members of the Armed Forces.  I hope our government does not forget about the service members who get injured in one way or another but I am sure every little bit of extra helps.

Join us for a small race with great volunteers and the proceeds go to a great cause.  Hopefully the sun will come out and I can get some good pictures.

Update from from the Survival Dash race director:

I’ve made a 15% discount code, “alamedarunners,” that you’re welcome to add to the site. It expires on 8/15 at 5pm.

Concerning the Semper Fi Fund, they work on covering costs that the military doesn’t (adaptive housing/transportation for those in wheelchairs, specialized and adaptive equipment at home like software programs and visual aids). The coolest part, in my opinion, is Team Semper Fi. They encourage teamwork and rapid rehabilitation by providing coaches, specialized sporting equipment, team uniforms, and travel expenses for recovering service members and their families.

Swimming is one of the most popular sports of the summer Olympics, and the athletes and technology behind swimming get a large amount of attention.

For regular people, swimming may be nothing more than a dip in the pool for relief from summer heat. Some athletes have coaches and work on swim form and time for swim meets, triathlons, and other athletic sports.

For Olympic swimmers, however, it’s a mix of hard work in the pool and cutting-edge technology that gives them the opportunity to smash world records every time they enter the pool.

To help out even further, researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a humanoid robot able to closely mimic a swimmer’s movement in the water. Ideally, the humanoid can help researchers learn how swimmers can glide through the water with a minimal amount of drag.

Take a look at the humanoid in action: