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A New Year's Resolution to Run
The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series Offers Various Courses,
Distances And Incentives To Keep Your 2012 Running Resolutions.
Atlantic City, N.J. (December 31, 2011) - What is the number one New Year's
Resolution? According to CNN.com, losing weight and getting in shape are at
the top of the list every year. Clinical psychologist Mark Crawford of
Roswell, Georgia, says however, that some people sabotage themselves by not
being clear on their goals. "Saying that you want to lose weight is way too
general," Crawford said. "You should set specific goals, like you want to
lose 5 to 10 pounds." Why don't you say to yourself, "I want to run a Half
Whether you have a three-month goal for the April Fools Half Marathon (7K,
11K or half marathon) or a 10-month goal for the Atlantic City
Marathon (5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon), the Atlantic City Marathon
Race Series, which manages these events, has a race to fit your resolution.
The April Fools 7K and 11K were launched in 2011 as a part of the Atlantic
City Marathon Race Series. This year the Atlantic City Marathon introduces
the Inaugural April Fools Half Marathon. The Half Marathon begins on the
Atlantic City Boardwalk and runs south into the beach communities of
Ventnor, Margate and Longport before returning to Bally's Dennis Court
Yard. The finish line includes finisher medals for all half marathon
runners, awards for top finishers, live entertainment and complementary
BEER for runners!
With 13 weeks until the April Fools Half Marathon and 28 weeks until the
54th Annual Atlantic City Marathon, (the third oldest marathon in the
country), there's time to plan but first-time runners need to train.
Take it from a person who actually succeeded at this goal. Kim Shipman, 31,
from Egg Harbor Township made a new year's resolution in 2010 to "run a
half marathon." She didn't start training for the Atlantic City Marathon
until eight weeks prior to the run in October. This proves that a late
resolution fulfilled, is better than never fulfilling it at all. 2012 will
mark Shipman's 3rd half marathon in the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series.
Kim Berk of Egg Harbor Township, NJ also had a positive sense of
accomplishment. "I ran my first marathon this year in Atlantic City and
crossed the finish line with my two sisters and my niece. I started crying
like a baby the minute I saw the finish line. I am a two time breast cancer
survivor and trained during chemotherapy and radiation. It was such an
accomplishment to finish, that I signed up for the full marathon again next
To register for these races, go to www.acmarathon.org or like the
organization on facebook to see contests and event updates.
Are you a first-timer marathoner? No problem.
The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series offers these "Top 10 Training Tips
in 2012" for first-time runners:
Just getting started?
1. Give yourself 8-9 weeks to train for a half marathon, 12 weeks to train
for a marathon.
2. "Start out by running and walking together and not to worry about how
far you run," says Steve Antzczk of NJShoreRun.com. "A lot of new runners
are fixated about the distance they are trying to cover and get
discouraged. I suggest starting out only running by time (number of
minutes) and build up to an hour of running"
3. Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and/or sports drink before, during
and after your workout.
4. Stride matters. Land mid-foot (as opposed to on your heal or toes). This
may require you to slow down and focus on your movement, but in the long
run, improves your speed and stamina.
5. Running isn't everything. Your training should include cross training,
such as yoga, weight training or cycling on non-running days. Visit
http://www.jccatlantic.org for more information on fitness classes that
will help make you a better runner.
6. Challenge yourself! Even beginners should push themselves a little
further or faster at least once a week.
7. Run safe. Make sure someone knows where you are running and carry
Training on the Atlantic City Boardwalk?
8. Lucky you! Not only are you getting to know the course, the boardwalk
offers give and less stress on the joints and muscles.
9. Take days to rest. And by rest, we mean don't run at all. Give your
muscles and joints a change to recover.
Number 10! "Be proud of your accomplishments" says personal running
trainer, Justin founder of personalrunningtrainer.com. "Each workout is an
achievement to be celebrated. Each second shaved off your time or pound off
your waistline is your victory. Relish being alive and having the ability
to run. Take pride in your progress as you complete each step."