Manchester Road Race

                This year’s Manchester Road Race was the culmination of a weeks worth of events and 79 previous races leading up to the 80th Manchester Road Race.

                80 years, let that sink in for a minute.  The first race was held in 1927 with a few years off during the Depression and WWII.  Think of how much has changed since then.  Life was different in 1927, the year of the first MRR.  The construction on the four presidents on Mount Rushmore began.  Calvin Coolidge was president.  We know from Back to The Future part I that TV’s didn’t show up until the mid 1950’s so there wasn’t any Net Flix and chill.  There was however big clunky floor model  AM radio and chill and 12 guys got together on Main Street in Manchester to run on Thanksgiving!

                Today the MRR is capped is at 15,000 runners, and it’s a world class event with a small town feel.  They had to cap the race because otherwise there would still be people waiting to cross the start line while the wheel chair wave and elite runners would be coming in to finish.  The course is 4.748 miles and run very efficiently.

                The week leading up to the event is packed with activities.  The Saturday before the race is Road Race Saturday.  It begins with the “know your pace race” put on by the Silk City Striders.  This race follows the course of the MRR with a twist.  The winner isn’t the person who crosses the finish line first, it’s the one who most accurately predicts their finish time.  No watches, phones, or any other time keeping device.  The winner of the Know Your Pace Race is usually within a second or two of their predicted time! This race is capped at 100 runners.  The Silk City Striders have been around for 38 years and have been putting on this race for about the last 20 years. They are a running club out of Manchester with all fitness levels from walkers to elite runners.  So be sure to watch Silk City Striders for info to run next year or meet up with them to run.

                Following the “KYPR” there was a health and fitness expo and an in person registration for the Manchester Road Race. The fitness expo consists of Manchester Road Race Sponsors and local business in the health and fitness industry. The Little Manchester Road Race begins at 10 am for the 1000 pre registered kids.  That’s right, 1000!

               All this leads up to one of the biggest events in CT. This race has become a CT institution and everyone should experience it! Watch our Run/Walk Events page for more events like this. 
To see pictures of this great event and all the awesome costumes people ran in please check out our Facebook page

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-Keith

Faith RX'D In Connecticut

                CT is now the newest recipient of a chapter of Faith Rx’d.  While it has no affiliation with CrossFit, it was founded in the community of CrossFit by Jim and Becky Conzelman and Chip Pugh. 

                Faith Rx’d is a growing community with almost 60 chapters in and outside the US that meet to strengthen “faith and fitness” and to serve their communities.  Monthly meetings are held in CrossFit affiliate boxes or gyms designed for a group style WOD workout (work out of the day).

                Faith Rx’d Hartford/Springfield is led by Joe Fisher who is a director/chaplin of the chapter.  Joe is active in the CrossFit community and pastor of Trinity Grace Church in Suffield.  Like so many others, the sport of CrossFit was appealing to him because of the community aspect involved.  When talking with him, he had a great point that I want to share.  Joe said "you could go to a regular gym with a fully packed parking lot, but that doesn’t mean you will experience community on the inside". Faith RX'D is all about community within the larger community of Corssfit.

                I have found that one of the reasons CrossFit boxes and gyms like them have members that are so successful physically is because of the accountability and community support you will find there.  Being a pastor and knowing the importance of physical fitness, Joe had a desire to combine those two passions to help encourage people.  A friend suggested that he look into Faith Rx’d and here we are with another great addition to a state that has so many options for health and fitness.

                I had the privilege to attend the inaugural meeting on 11-11 that was held at Land Warrior CrossFit, Joe’s home CF.  The meeting started with a partner WOD.  There were 25 of us total.  Dave Tripp, owner of Land Warrior as on scene to explain the warm up and WOD.  Since many of those in attendance had never done a CrossFit style workout, Dave explained everything perfectly, to bring everyone up to speed. 

                The WOD was a ten minute As Many Reps As Possible:

·         50 calories to burn on the rowing machine (25 per partner)

·         50 wall balls (back and forth partner to partner over a bar)

·         50 step ups or box jumps

That was one rep, AMRAP for ten minutes (harder than it sounds!)

                Following the workout was a cool down and the message of the day, MOD (my term, not theirs).  The message was based on the tattoo Rich Fronning has on his side.  Rich is a superstar in the CrossFit world.  He was a runner up at the CrossFit games in 2010 and won first place 2011-2015.  The tattoo along his side is visible when he raises his arms in victory, which he does often.  It is the Bible passage Galations 6:14.  “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

                After the meeting, most people hung around for a little while and had some snacks and talked a bit.  I got a chance to talk with Joe then and he expressed his interest in growing the Faith Rx’d chapter and bringing the event to other CrossFit boxes or gyms that can handle this type of WOD. Contact him if you or someone you know would be interested in providing a facility.

                Even though it’s a faith based event, it’s open to all and run in a way where most people who don’t identify as religious would still feel comfortable.    The next meet with be 12-16 again at Land Warrior.  We will be listing the meets on our CrossFit Events Page and to contact Joe email him at  hartford-springfield@faithrxd.org

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LiveFit CT
- Keith

How To Cure A Post Election Hangover

 

                Has this long and drawn out election season made you feel tired, weak, nauseous, maybe even a little sleazy for having voted?  Are you glad it’s over but still in a fog that you can’t see your way out of?  If so, you might have election hangover or Post Election Fatigue.  In the US, in 2016  Post Election Fatigue or PEF as it is commonly referred to is a very common ailment but don’t lose hope, we will talk about some really effective remedies, but first lets take a better look at PEF.

                Here’s a list of common signs of PEF. Having these symptoms might be an indication that you are or could be Pre PEF:      

   -Irritability
   -Fatigue
   -Loss of appetite
   -Loss of hair from sides of head (due to manual hair pulling)
   -Using the phrase “please please please don’t talk about politics” (under breath)
   -The desire to grab a stuffed suit “journalist” on TV and scream in their face…”Do you even journalism Bro?”
   -Unfriending people on Facebook or the desire to every time you see one of their posts.
   -A twinge in one eye whenever you hear political speech.  WARNING: A twinge in one eye is the last warning sign before you experience a twinge in both eyes which is the body’s natural defense mechanism designed so you can’t clearly witness yourself commit a felony.                                                                     On a side note, am I the only one who tip toes through the facebook feed like walking through a mine field?  It’s like  
                         * BOOM- opposing canidate                                                                                                                                    * BOOM memes making fun of your Canidate                                                                                                        *  “Oh Look I didn’t know the Jones’s were in North Carolina this week.  I thought they were going next month"                                                                                                                                                                           * BOOM-Political nonsense                                                                                                                                     * “Oh look a kitty and he is stuck in a box, how cute!"
                        * BOOM                                                                                                                                                After 11-9-2016 any of these symptoms mixed with fatigue may indicate full blown PEF.
The good news is if you are a CT resident, you are well equipped to handle this condition .  PEF thrives in a contentious environment but so do we.  Take me for example; I live in central CT which should be a Demilitarized Zone for sports teams, but it's not, it’s the front lines for battle. To the North and East are Red Sox Fans, to the South and West Yankee fans.  Those lines also pretty much divide the Patriots and Giants Fans as well.  We have been ground zero for sports rivalries for decades or longer. So we are more than capable handling a little political drama.
                There’s hope!  After a little R & R you will start feeling better.  Some of the symptoms will naturally start clearing up.  Over the next couple days...
                -your blood pressure will start to drop down to what will be only abnormally high levels (it’s a start)
                -you will come to the realization you only voted for “so and so” to keep “so and so” from winning and that little bit of guilt will help soften some of that anger.
                -your fists will slowly start to unclench revealing the remains of crushed objects left in the creases of your palms. 
                -Facebook will show you all the people you unfriended as "People You May Know" and you can begin to heal the relationships with those you unfriended, that you were never really sure of how you knew in the first place.                                                                                                                                                                   Getting past PEF is a conscious effort, fueled by healthy food, exercise and a temporary avoidance of trigger people.  We here in CT are in a unique position to lead the way battling PEF.  While PEF is highly contagious so is the cure, and like everything in life worth while, it is a choice.  I made the decision months ago, regardless of the outcome, life will go on and I will get up, most likely add another layer of foil to my tin foil helmet, and go out and tackle life as usual.  I hope you do the same (foil optional).  Please remember we are all Americans and we all want whats best for our families but may disagree on the path to get there! Please share this with a friend or someone you know who is suffering from PEF.

 

 

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-Keith