The Starting Line

My yoga challenge

So far, 2012 has been the year of trying new things.

I’ve wanted to try a cycling or spinning class for some time but always felt a little intimidated. I’ve been going once a week for a little over a month now, and I’m loving it.

I also took some ice skating lessons, and I can now stop without crashing into the boards.

This week, though, I’m returning to yoga class.


Going the distance for clean water

Rob Kanter had already decided to run the full marathon at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon this year, after completing the half-marathon in 2011.

Then he got an added incentive.

Prairie Rivers Network, an organization for which he’s a member and volunteer, is now affiliated with the Illinois Marathon as one of its eight official charities.


Decatur a "Runner Friendly Community"

Champaign-Urbana isn’t the only central Illinois community experiencing a running boom these days.

The number of runners in Decatur, and participation in training programs and races, has been increasing in the last several years.


The Fit List

You’ve got options this weekend — outdoors or indoors. If you’re OK with running in the cold, get to the Carle Resolution Run. If you’d rather exercise in a warmer environment, check out the Champaign Park District’s walk and fitness fair at Market Place Mall.
Here’s the (short) list of happenings.

Weekend of Jan. 14-15:
— Carle Resolution Run


More Midwestern ski resorts

I wrote a column published earlier this week about skiing. My husband and I got back on downhill skis after a long hiatus, and our daughter tried out snowboarding for the first time.
I included a short list of several Midwest ski resorts that offer skiing and snowboarding lessons for children.


Cool activity for kids

We may be living in the flatlands, and so far this winter, we’re experiencing way too little snow to suit me. Doesn’t matter. This time of year, I’m thinking skiing.

It’s been almost nine years — or prechild — since I was last on downhill skis. And I’ve been wanting to get my daughter on skis for several years now.


The Fit List

Here’s the rundown on New Year’s Eve races, and a few for upcoming weekends.

New Year’s Eve:
— Body N’ Sole Sports New Year’s Eve Fun Run
This is Body N’ Sole’s 13th year hosting a New Year’s Eve run. The run is three miles through Savoy. It starts at 4 p.m. at their store, 1317 Dunlap Ave., Savoy.


Get ready to race in 2012

The Top 10 list is a standard feature of year’s end, along with champagne and funny hats. Top 10 movies of the year. Top 10 news stories.

It’s no different at The Starting Line, except that I’m looking forward, rather than back, to tell you the Top 10 races you must run in 2012.


The Fit List

Not so many races this time of year, so The Fit List will appear sporadically during the winter months. There’s are several New Year’s Eve races to consider, and the Siberian Express in January.
I’ll be breaking out the Santa hat and string of battery-powered lights for an annual Christmas lights run to celebrate a friend’s birthday this weekend. Happy Holidays.

New Year’s Eve:


Exercise your eyes

Thinking about curling up with hot cocoa and a good book? (After your workout, of course.) Or do you need a gift for an athlete in your life? I asked some area athletes about their favorite books in their sports. Here are their recommendations:

— Letitia Moffitt is a marathon runner and Eastern Illinois University professor, teaching literature and creative writing.


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