The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Ready to roll

Many runners use a foam roller to increase flexibility or relieve the tension of tight muscles. But when and how you use a foam roller makes a difference in how effective it can be.

The Fit List

Happy New Year! Ready to run? Here’s what I’ve got for the next several weeks:

Weekend of Jan. 10-11:

Illinois’ Version Fat Ass 50

Getting cold feet

Cross-country season has been over for two months, but many runners from Urbana’s middle school team are still running together. Since the end of the season, they’ve met for weekly runs on Sunday afternoons at the Urbana home of Marty and Becky Williams.

Let it snow, let it snow, LET IT SNOW!

I'm waiting for snow. Rather impatiently, as I'm desperate to cross-country ski.

I enjoy cross-country skiing, but I'm pretty inexperienced at it. So, I really have no business attempting a 23-kilometer ski race. But I've entered it, and now I need to train.

The Fit List

The Fit List will appear sporadically during the winter, depending on the number of upcoming races. Here’s what I’ve got through the New Year:

Weekend of Dec. 13-14:

Gifts fit for an athlete

Black Friday has come and gone, and I have yet to purchase a single Christmas gift. This is nothing new, and I'm not panicking. Yet.

If you also have a lot of shopping to do and an athlete to buy for, you're in luck. I talked with several endurance athletes about what they hope to find under the tree and gift ideas for other athletes in their sports.

Here are their suggestions:

The Fit List

Looking for a way to burn off all those calories you consumed on Thanksgiving? Me too. Here are some options:

Weekend of Nov. 29-30:

Stuff ‘N Puff 5K

The Fit List

Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Nov. 22-23:

Run for the Library

The Fit List

Yes, it’s cold out. Dress in layers, and keep running. Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Nov. 15-16:
Abe’s Trail Trek