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Moji Motivation: Undiscovered Running Surfaces

Friday, October 23rd, 2009  •  1 Comment  •  Uncategorized

Last week we published an article about the pros and cons of various running surfaces, which included helpful hints about where to find and how to navigate each type of terrain.

One of our readers promptly noted that the article reminded him of the opening scene of Casino Royale, in which Sebastien Foucan displays Parkour stylings that are simply beyond compare.

For those who have yet to learn of this growing craze, Parkour and Free Running are the art and sport of moving from point A to point B in the most efficient and stylistically impressive manner possible.  In this literally mad dash across urban landscapes, Parkour runners use walls, buildings, lampposts, ladders, and garbage cans to propel themselves to…well, we’re not exactly sure where they go.

After watching many a Parkour video, we realized that although we did include trail running and aqua jogging in the article, we apparently left some key running surfaces off the list.  For this, we offer our sincerest apologies.

As to not short our community on their education about running surfaces, for this week’s motivational video, we have included the video that inspired it all.  Watch carefully for a brief tutorial into chain link fence hopping, sand dumping passage, crane training, and concrete table vaulting techniques.

Moji Break: 50 Songs for the New York City Marathon

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009  •  1 Comment  •  Moji Break  •  Uncategorized

The ING New York City Marathon is less than 2 weeks away and we at Moji want to help set the mood for the thousands of NYC runners and ten thousand local volunteers who are preparing for the 40th running of this incredible event.   So, we have racked our brains and scoured the internet for the greatest NYC songs of all time.  Though there are undoubtedly more Big Apple tunes than we’ve compiled, these represent 50 of the very best.

Photo couretsy of alanator on Flickr

Photo couretsy of alanator on Flickr

The blend of slower beats and blood-pumping rhythms should provide you with ample tunes to carry you all the way from taper to the finish line.   The playlist starts below but click through to see all 50 songs and enjoy what the city that doesn’t sleep has inspired.  If after all that, you can get enough, check out more race day music on Moji’s Ultimate Marathon Playlist.

Moji Motivation: Staying Active Year After Year, A Story of Marathon Streakers

Monday, October 19th, 2009  •  No Comments  •  Moji Motivation
Photo courtesy of Unlisted Sightings

Photo courtesy of Unlisted Sightings

For those of us still getting back to full gait after the Chicago Marathon two weekends ago, it is hard to imagine running another Windy City 26.2…let alone 31 more.  Yet, there is a group of men who did just that.  In this inspiring article about the Chicago Alumni Runners, Anne Stein captures how these dedicated athletes manage to consistently cross the finish line despite life, injury, and the occasional stray goose getting in the way.

Read this amazing tale and what keeps this group striving for 33 next year.

Moji Motivation: Salute to Treadmill Warriors

Thursday, October 15th, 2009  •  No Comments  •  Moji Motivation  •  Uncategorized

Over the past couple weeks, fall has…well…fallen on many regions of the US.  For some of us, however, it feels like winter is right on autumn’s heels.

Here, in Chicago, a wintery chill made for a very fast (and very cold) marathon last weekend and our ski and snowboarding friends out west are already enjoying the first granules of powder at A Basin.

While we will hopefully still have more beautiful crisp running days ahead, we know that treadmill season is not far away.  This week, for our Moji Motivation video, we want to share a classic video that speaks to those of us who have already turned indoors for our runner’s high.

Here’s to entertaining cold weather workouts and good tunes.  Who knows, after enough miles on the mill, maybe we’ll all look that good in bright red skinny jeans…or whatever slightly more dialed-down version of pants you choose to wear.

Moji Break: You Know You’re a DC Runner If

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009  •  No Comments  •  Moji Break

In honor of those competing in the Marine Corps Marathon on the 25th, here are the top 25 ways that you know you log your miles in the nation’s capital.

Good luck on Marathon Sunday and treat yourself to a nice Jumbo Slice in Adams Morgan after the race.

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You Know You’re a DC Runner If…

1.  You’ve had to change your running route because of a motorcade.
2.  You have made tourist-dodging on the Tidal Basin for the six days each year the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
3.  Your idea of a hill is the slope up towards the Washington monument.
4.  You’ve had to share the towpath with beavers, blue heron, snakes, and dogs.
5.  You’ve bought shoes from the mayor’s parents at their Fleet Feet store.
6. You’ve been beaten in a race by a member of every branch of the Armed Forces
7.  You set your Outlook to remind you when the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler opens for registration.
8.  You miss The Awakening.
9.  You race the donkeys pulling their barges up the canal.
10.  Gravelly Point’s more than a romantic destination.
11.  You know that the Capital Crescent Trail on the weekend is like the beltway at rush hour.
12.  Your Lawyers Have Heart.
13.  You can spot a lobbyist 100 ft. away by the blue glow of their earpieces.
14.  You’ve drafted off a Segway.
15.  You’ve experienced path-rage on the Capital Crescent Trail.
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