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Runners, Learn From Steelers' Loss

November 13, 2007 - Erik Brown

What can runners learn from the Steelers loss to the Jets?


I am not a Steelers fan, but I have a take on their most recent loss – this time at the hands of the hapless New York Jets.


I don’t know how much time the Steelers’ coaching staff will spend dissecting film from Sunday’s game, but I believe they might save some time and get better answers about the team’s performance from a different piece of videotape – from the security camera at the entrance to the team’s hotel in New York. Its only a hunch, but I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that the Black and Gold went home feeling “blue” because they spent a little too much time the night before their game  “painting the town red” in the City That Never Sleeps. The Steelers, like all NFL players, are well paid. But maybe their approach to Sunday's game with the Jets wasn't what you'd call "professional". 


So, what does that have to do with running? As any of the Bishop Guilfoyle runners that I’ve coached will attest, I have always preached that a runner needs at least two nights of good sleep before a race. The same is true for any serious athlete. Dedicated training is critical to success. So are a healthy diet and plenty of rest. It also helps if you’re not foolish enough to punt the ball to your opponent’s kick return specialist!


Footlocker Northeast Regional


Carly Seymour and her Central Cambria teammates, coached by Randy Wislon, will be in New York City this Saturday to compete in the Footlocker Northeast Regional Cross Country Meet. Last year Carly finished third in this event behind Neely Spence of Shippensburg and Hannah Davidson of Saratoga Springs, NY. Neely and Carly went on to finish 8th and 9th respectively at last year’s Footlocker National Championship Meet in San Diego, CA in which both ladies posted a finishing time of 18:13. Carly has made no secret of her goal to improve on last year’s incredible performances. 


Other runners from the Mirror coverage area who will be racing in the Footlocker Northeast Regional include: Annie Cekada, Kelsey Seymour, Kendall Seymour, Ashley Stump, Emily Wright, Corey Sheehan, and Phil Steinberg - all from Central Cambria, Sarah Strayer and Leah Anne Wirfel - both from Forest Hills, and Jordan Liberman and Ryan Trexler - both from Altoona. 


Best wishes for a great race to all!


Kudos Corner


David Clary from Hollidaysburg, PA finished 263rd out of 734 finishers at the Harrisburg Marathon on November 11th. Clary completed the 26.2 mile course in 3:50:47. Congratulations Dave!

Race Calendar 


November 24 – Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Turkey Trot. 8:30 AM. Your choice of a 5 mile run, a 2 mile run, a Spirit walk, and a Kids Gobbler Run. The races begin simultaneously on Hewitt Street in front of the YMCA and wind their way through the borough of Hollidaysburg. There is plenty of parking at the starting area and runners will appreciate the comfort of the YMCA facilities before and after their race. You can pick up an application at the "Y" or click here to register online.


December 1 – Blair County Youth League and Lakemont Park 5K. 9:00 AM. Race proceeds will benefit the Blair County Youth League. Start and finish at Forever Broadcasting, One Forever Drive, Hollidaysburg, PA. Race day registration begins at 8:00 AM, or you can click here for an application.


December 2 – 24th Annual Nittany Valley Half-Marathon. 10:00 AM. The race headquarters will be the Penn State Ag Arena, which is on the north side of Park Avenue near the corner of Porter / Fox Hollow roads. Race proceeds will benefit the Centre Volunteers in Medicine. Click here to download an application form, or here to register online. More information can be found on the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon web pages.








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