The Starting Line

The Starting Line

The Fit List

Good luck to all the St. Jude runners this weekend who are heading to Peoria. Here’s the other runs going on:

Weekend of July 21-22:
Run for the Bagel

The Fit List

Check out the Fisher Fair 5K on Saturday if you’re looking for a fun race to run. It always gets a good crowd. I’m waiting to race again until the following weekend and the Bagelfest in Mattoon.
Here’s the list of races for the next couple of weekends:

Weekend of July 14-15:
Fisher Fair 5K

Safety begins with being smart

Finally! A day when temperatures stay in the 80s.

It seems strange to look forward to 80 degrees for running, biking, tennis or softball. After the past couple of weeks, though, it is such a relief.

The Fit List

Temperatures are still going to be pretty brutal on Saturday, but after that we’ll get a bit of a cool-down. Can’t wait!
Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of July 6-8:
Main Street Mile

The Fit List

If you’re racing this weekend, don’t push it too hard in this heat and drink a lot of water. I’m hoping it starts cooling down some before Saturday evening’s race in Rantoul. Have fun, and have a happy Fourth!
Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 30-July 1:
Rockin the Runway

Le Grand Tour

If watching the Tour de France inspires you to get out on your bike, there’s a series of rides in Champaign-Urbana that might appeal to you.

OK, so we've got no Alpe d'Huez here, but there are plenty of nice, flat roads to ride on. Le Grand Tour de Champaign is a series of local rides that coincide with the Tour de France schedule.

Each dog has its day

Every other weekend, this group of runners meets on a Sunday morning for a romp on a trail through a prairie meadow.

For the two-legged participants — all dog lovers — it’s a run with man’s best friend.

For their four-legged friends, it’s an opportunity for some exercise, a change of scenery and a chance to get to know some new humans.

The Fit List

So many runs this weekend, and a ride in Decatur. If you run a race you really like, I’d like to hear about it.
Here’s the list for this weekend, as well as the next weekend and upcoming Fourth of July races.

Weekend of June 23-24:
Walldog Jog

The Fit List

Have fun if you are running Steamboat in Peoria this weekend. There are lots of 5Ks coming up in the next couple of weekends to choose from. Here’s the list:

Weekend of June 16-17:
Steamboat Classic

One step at a time

It was 10 days after spinal surgery when Van Hartman first ventured outside his Savoy home for a walk. He went from his front porch to the mailbox and back, and felt “pretty shaky.”

“It blew me away that I’d gone from marathons to stepping off the front porch of my house being a challenge,” Hartman said.