The Starting Line
On occasion, when Rob Kanter was leaving for work on a not-so-nice day, his wife would ask, “You’re not going to ride to campus today, are you?”
Kanter would answer, “Only a lunatic would bike in this weather!”
Then he’d head out the door, hop on his bike and pedal to work.
It became a family joke.
Call it a birthday resolution.
When Tony Hillen turned 29 shortly before Christmas 2011, he resolved he would not be overweight when he hit 30. He weighed 295 pounds, and he set a goal of losing 100 pounds during the next year.
When he weighed in a couple of weeks ago, as he was about to turn 30, he’d lost more than 115 pounds.
Time for a new goal.
Happy New Year from The Fit List!
Here’s a rundown of New Year’s Eve races in the area, so you can end 2012 right, and a trail race the first weekend in January, to start your 2013 racing:
New Year’s Eve:
— Body n’ Sole Sports New Year’s Eve Fun Run
Last week I wrote about Kurt Austin, who ran 12 half marathons or marathons, one each month, in 2012.
He’s not the only local runner who had a big racing goal for 2012.
Joe and Kelly Bails of Mahomet marked their 40th birthdays this year by running 40 races.
The Fit List will be appearing less frequently in the next couple of months, as the races are getting fewer and farther between. But I’ll still have a list of winter races periodically.
Here’s the list through the first weekend in January:
Weekend of Dec. 8-9:
— Da Deer Run Run
At this time of year, I start to imagine myself flying down a ski hill, or cross-country skiing through the woods or skating gracefully around an ice rink.
I am always far more graceful and athletic in my imagination than in reality. But I’m working on the reality of those sports.
Looking for a race this weekend or next? Here’s the list:
Weekend of Nov. 24-25:
— Stuff ‘N Puff
This 5K race is on Saturday in Sullivan. This year the race starts and ends at Sullivan High School, and race proceeds will benefit the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cross country program. There’s also a 1-mile fun run.