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By Carrie Luger Slayback | August 14, 2013
Back in the day, before I knew the running terms "hill repeats" or "pace," I'd take Harbor Boulevard home from work and stop at the Big 5. Inside the rubbery-smelling sporting goods store, I'd head for the sale aisle, buy the cheapest running shoes, tie the laces and run. I'd be chagrined at how fast the heels wore down. Then I joined Corona del Mar track coach Bill Sumner's marathon-preparation group and qualified for the Boston Marathon. Still disinterested in the technical points of shoes, I settled on $120 Asics because they accommodated the big orthotics propping up my fallen arches.
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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | August 4, 2007
In his very first marathon, the Boston Marathon in 1973, Bill Rodgers could not finish. "I dropped out after 21 miles," Rodgers said of the 26.2-mile race. "But the next year, I moved up to 14th." Then, the world took notice. Rodgers went on to win both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon four times each during the late 1970s, and won 21 marathons in his career. No other runner in history has ever done that. Today, Rodgers will be at the Corona del Mar High track at 8 a.m., leading a seminar for runners preparing for the Orange County Marathon.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 24, 2014
Twenty years ago, Nick Arciniaga, an elite marathoner, was a quiet kid in my fourth-grade class. Recently, Nick told me he remembered winning a relay race in physical education class that year and thinking, "I can do this. " At Monday's Boston Marathon, Nick crossed the finish line at two hours, 11 minutes, maintaining his place among the top 10 marathoners in the country. The OC Marathon children's program, Kids Run the OC (KROC), offers 6,500 children the opportunity to be the next Nick Arciniaga.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Virgen | May 4, 2014
Say what you will about the 1980s, but the decade known for its neon, leg-warmers and over-the-top pop music usually conjures fun memories for most. The music is usually described as cheesy, but it still turns to be favorites for many, including recently wed Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert. As a gift, Perry had Orange County's popular 80s cover band Flashback Heart Attack play at the celebrity wedding, and brought in special guests Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow), Martha Davis (The Motels)
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | April 26, 2013
Q: Would Joseph's brothers have asked for forgiveness if they were not about to starve to death? — R., Kenosha, Wis., via godsquadquestion@aol.com A: Gandhi once famously remarked, "To a starving man, God is bread. " His point is that our spiritual horizons are often defined by our physical circumstances. That may have been true of Joseph's brothers, but it's definitely true for all of us after the Boston Marathon bombings. To me, now, God is safety for my family and friends and nation.
NEWS
December 20, 2004
Chris Yemma In 67 years, Corona del Mar resident Don Watson has traveled many miles on foot. Call him Forrest Gump if you will, but Watson just likes to run. "I want to die with my boots on," said Watson, borrowing an old Marine saying. "I don't want to die in bed, I want to die running." Fighting the rain, bad knees, wind, cold weather, and 3,133 other runners in the half-marathon event of the recent OC Marathon Dec. 5, Watson finished first in the age 65-69 division and 241st overall.
NEWS
December 16, 2001
Young Chang If you're wondering why Peggy Fort flew all the way to Chicago to run a marathon, just picture her nearing the finish line with 26.2 miles behind her. Family members and friends waved, cheered, flashed her the high-five and rooted from the sidelines until she crossed the coveted end and they could engulf her without boundaries. Fort, a Newport Beach resident who grew up in Chicago, visited her hometown for a long weekend in early October to run the marathon among friends and family.
NEWS
By: Matt Lewis | October 3, 2005
John Woolley knows a thing or two about running. The 69-year-old Newport Beach resident is a veteran of 48 marathons. After Jan. 8, Woolley will have 49 marathons under his belt. In the 2004 Orange County Marathon, Woolley finished in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 28 seconds, good for seventh in his age group. The retired California Superior Court judge has been running competitively for 12 years. His first marathon was the 1993 Los Angeles Marathon.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | May 29, 2013
On May 11 I received a compliment that, until now, I've kept secret. Reminds me of a wrapped present handed to me at a 1948 kindergarten gift exchange. All around me, 5-year-olds ripped into their bounty. I took mine home, wrapped. At 69 1/2, I still keep precious gifts to myself for private contemplation. Now I'll unwrap the compliment for this commentary. Last Saturday, Jake, Elizabeth, Catherine, Jim and I jogged along the Upper Bay path at an easy pace. Elizabeth asked, "Carrie, are you thrilled with your time at the OC Half?"
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | July 5, 2013
The alarm rips me out of sleep, 5:30a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. My eyes open to the thought: "It's long-run-day, 12 to 16 miles. " Running alone midweek, I search for a new street or friendly dog on a leash trying to relieve boredom. Mostly, I long for weekends when miles fly by, chatting with Saturday runners. Last Saturday, I gave it all up. It happened in the first two miles. I often start out in pain but this was different: My pesky left knee hurt. An injured right knee postponed my participation in the Boston Marathon in 2007 (I ran it in 2008)
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