The Starting Line
Good luck to everyone running the Chicago Marathon this weekend! If you want a shorter and more local race, check out the list.
Weekend of Oct. 6-7:
— Wooly Worm 5K
This is a 5K and a family fun run/walk on Saturday in Camargo. The race benefits the Playtime Cooperative Nursery School. You can register on race day beginning at 6 a.m.
Most of my training and races are on the roads. But a couple of weekends ago, I ran a half-marathon on wide, grassy, hilly trails in northern Wisconsin. It was a beautiful fall day, the trees were turning colors and I was running through woods the entire way.
Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, but one is that it is such great weather for running and there are so many races! Check out this list — lots of options for the next two weekends. Happy racing!
Weekend of Sept. 29-30:
— Wild Wild Wilderness
When it comes to stretching, I think I’m pretty typical of many runners. If I’m feeling good, I either don’t stretch or do only minimal stretching. When I have a nagging injury or sore muscles, I’m suddenly much more committed to a stretching routine.
Given the many runners you see stretching before a race, though, the topic is surprisingly controversial.
Here’s an abbreviated version of The Fit List, with just this weekend’s races. (Busy week.) I’ll be at Shoreline in Decatur on Sunday. If you’re not already registered, it’s too late, but consider it for next year. It’s a good race.
Here’s this weekend’s races:
Weekend of Sept. 15-16:
— Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour