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May 3, 2007
As far as TeWinkle Middle School Principal Dan Diehl is concerned, a student who can run 26.2 miles can achieve just about anything. Tuesday night, then, was a proud one for Diehl, as the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board honored the TeWinkle students who completed this year's Los Angeles Marathon. The 25 students on TeWinkle's marathon team — most of them from TeWinkle, but a few from Newport-Mesa district high schools — began practicing for the marathon in September and fit in extra training on the weekends.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | February 11, 2014
Remember thinking your teacher lived at school? You couldn't imagine that he or she ate, shopped or washed clothes. Sometimes I think people see runners as one-dimensional people. That's all we do, run. Friends I haven't seen in a while ask, "How's your running?" "Running?" I think, mystified. "Oh, that. " Perhaps I've been lost in thought regarding family, a book I'm reading, dinner. Running is rarely on my mind, even though I'm putting in four-hour mornings on the road.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | January 24, 2014
Had a sobering experience the other day. Fellow runners Jill and Tony put me in the back seat of their big Suburban and wore me out driving the Los Angeles Marathon course. Tony drove, Jill's an excellent navigator, so I did nothing but sit on my posterior and peer out the window. Starting with the downslope and two big hills out of Dodger Stadium, through the adjacent neighborhoods toward Echo Park, marathoners navigate about nine turns. That only gets us to Mile 5. I worked so hard peering out the window at this labyrinth, it felt as if I'd run 10 miles.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | March 7, 2014
Editor's note: Newport Beach resident Carrie Luger Slayback has spent the last several months writing about her training to run the Los Angeles Marathon at age 70. The big race is Sunday. Here is my prediction for the morning of the L.A. Marathon. I am running in Bib No. 12549. I'll awaken about 4 a.m. and spend five minutes pulling on well-worn marathon clothes. No fashionable new duds, which may irritate. •Fanny pack, containing Shot Blocks (gummy, Gatorade-like race "food.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | February 24, 2014
Here's the good, bad and unruly in my Los Angeles Marathon preparation. Sometime in distant memory, Jake mentioned that running 50-mile weeks built endurance. I've run several of them, proving I can stay upright on the road for 50 miles over six days. While accumulating miles turned out to be easy, maintaining the 10-minute pace I need to finish the marathon under 4.5 hours seemed unreachable. I developed an intense dislike for my Garmin timing watch, which read 12- to 13-minute miles.
NEWS
By: Chris Yemma | September 19, 2005
Marshall Fisher has a legacy going. For 20 straight years, he has bettered the odds while pushing himself to the limit. For two decades, he has sweated out every mile, churning his legs and persevering. And once a year since 1985, Fisher has held fast to his goal of running the Los Angeles Marathon, a 26.2-mile winding course. Fisher, of Newport Coast, is a Legacy Runner, having competed in the race every year since its inception nearly 21 years ago. But it's not just the L.A. Marathon where Fisher's legacy lives.
NEWS
February 23, 2003
Lolita Harper His small frame can be seen on any given day, trotting along the picturesque streets of Spy Glass Hill. From a distance, he is perfectly conditioned, moving forward at a steady pace, with toned calves and runner's body. Close up, one detail about Salvador Avila strikes an observer like a sledge hammer: The man is an 80-year-old grandfather. The patriarch of the successful Avila's El Ranchito restaurants is no stranger to unbelievable feats.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | October 31, 2013
The nasty alarm screamed 5:30 a.m. "I'm not getting up tomorrow," I growled. I pulled on workout clothes, met Ken, my Tuesday-Wednesday running partner, and before I could change my mind, told him, "I'm sleeping in Wednesday. " "You deserve it; you just ran a half-marathon," Ken said. Truth is, I'm sick of jogging miles along the road, running in circles around the track, accumulating tiresome mileage. Oct. 13's Long Beach Half Marathon was a disaster. I made it to the finish at 2:05, my slowest half-marathon in years.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 2, 2013
Re. "The L.A. Marathon at 70?," March 24: I opened Jake's email congratulating me on my Daily Pilot commentary: "Nice article! You've made your public proclamation; thrown down the gauntlet; taken a stand; called out the competition; gone eye to eye with the gods of fate ... "We should talk about your training. It is not too early to start building your base. :-) "Jake" I emailed back, "Let's talk about my base," which means Jake will coach me to run the Los Angeles Marathon, all 26.2 miles, in 2014, after I turn 70. Jake coached me for the Portland Marathon of October 2012.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | March 21, 2013
The morning after the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon, I picked up The Times and turned to the race results. Scanning the age-group finishers, I formed a secret plan. Being a marathon runner assigns me to the category of "weird," but even more peculiar is the fact that I'm thrilled about turning 70 in November. That birthday will make me the kid in the 70 to 74 age group for the March 2014 L.A. Marathon. That's where the secret plan came from. When I read that the top three runners in the female 70 to 75 age group finished in over five hours, I saw opportunity.
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NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | May 1, 2014
"You're not going to like it, but here's what you should do," said my husband. "Don't hike Monday, don't run the rest of the week, don't race. " I'd just returned from my Saturday morning run to tell him, "Catherine kicked me off the trail when I said the words 'shin splints.'" Earlier that morning, runners met in Corona del Mar, exchanged hellos and took off. I lagged behind, way behind. My friend Catherine looked back, stopped, waited. As she joined my snail-like gait, I confessed that the reason for my 12-minute-mile pace was shin splints.
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NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | March 7, 2014
Editor's note: Newport Beach resident Carrie Luger Slayback has spent the last several months writing about her training to run the Los Angeles Marathon at age 70. The big race is Sunday. Here is my prediction for the morning of the L.A. Marathon. I am running in Bib No. 12549. I'll awaken about 4 a.m. and spend five minutes pulling on well-worn marathon clothes. No fashionable new duds, which may irritate. •Fanny pack, containing Shot Blocks (gummy, Gatorade-like race "food.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | February 24, 2014
Here's the good, bad and unruly in my Los Angeles Marathon preparation. Sometime in distant memory, Jake mentioned that running 50-mile weeks built endurance. I've run several of them, proving I can stay upright on the road for 50 miles over six days. While accumulating miles turned out to be easy, maintaining the 10-minute pace I need to finish the marathon under 4.5 hours seemed unreachable. I developed an intense dislike for my Garmin timing watch, which read 12- to 13-minute miles.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | February 11, 2014
Remember thinking your teacher lived at school? You couldn't imagine that he or she ate, shopped or washed clothes. Sometimes I think people see runners as one-dimensional people. That's all we do, run. Friends I haven't seen in a while ask, "How's your running?" "Running?" I think, mystified. "Oh, that. " Perhaps I've been lost in thought regarding family, a book I'm reading, dinner. Running is rarely on my mind, even though I'm putting in four-hour mornings on the road.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | January 24, 2014
Had a sobering experience the other day. Fellow runners Jill and Tony put me in the back seat of their big Suburban and wore me out driving the Los Angeles Marathon course. Tony drove, Jill's an excellent navigator, so I did nothing but sit on my posterior and peer out the window. Starting with the downslope and two big hills out of Dodger Stadium, through the adjacent neighborhoods toward Echo Park, marathoners navigate about nine turns. That only gets us to Mile 5. I worked so hard peering out the window at this labyrinth, it felt as if I'd run 10 miles.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | October 31, 2013
The nasty alarm screamed 5:30 a.m. "I'm not getting up tomorrow," I growled. I pulled on workout clothes, met Ken, my Tuesday-Wednesday running partner, and before I could change my mind, told him, "I'm sleeping in Wednesday. " "You deserve it; you just ran a half-marathon," Ken said. Truth is, I'm sick of jogging miles along the road, running in circles around the track, accumulating tiresome mileage. Oct. 13's Long Beach Half Marathon was a disaster. I made it to the finish at 2:05, my slowest half-marathon in years.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 2, 2013
Re. "The L.A. Marathon at 70?," March 24: I opened Jake's email congratulating me on my Daily Pilot commentary: "Nice article! You've made your public proclamation; thrown down the gauntlet; taken a stand; called out the competition; gone eye to eye with the gods of fate ... "We should talk about your training. It is not too early to start building your base. :-) "Jake" I emailed back, "Let's talk about my base," which means Jake will coach me to run the Los Angeles Marathon, all 26.2 miles, in 2014, after I turn 70. Jake coached me for the Portland Marathon of October 2012.
NEWS
By Carrie Luger Slayback | March 21, 2013
The morning after the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon, I picked up The Times and turned to the race results. Scanning the age-group finishers, I formed a secret plan. Being a marathon runner assigns me to the category of "weird," but even more peculiar is the fact that I'm thrilled about turning 70 in November. That birthday will make me the kid in the 70 to 74 age group for the March 2014 L.A. Marathon. That's where the secret plan came from. When I read that the top three runners in the female 70 to 75 age group finished in over five hours, I saw opportunity.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
There will be many people competing in Sunday's OC Marathon, hundreds from the running community coming together to take part in the marathon, half-marathon and 5K race. Within all the groups and individuals, there will be a family that has united to run for Julius Viana, a longtime Newport Beach resident affectionately known as, "Uncle Jay," in the family. In July of 2005, Uncle Jay suffered a stroke and has not been the same since, as he's confined to a wheelchair and cannot speak.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | January 28, 2009
Their goal of crossing the finish line may be the same, but they all participate for different reasons. Newport Beach Fire Capt. Jeff Boyles and his colleagues will join 17,000 Surf City USA Marathon-goers Sunday to honor a fallen friend, Kevin Pryor. Pryor died of a stroke the day after returning from fighting a wildfire in Northern California last summer. He was 31 years old. Boyles said Pryor’s death made his colleagues take a look at their own lives and decisions.
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