I’m hardly a marathon newbie. In less than two weeks, I’ll run my 18th marathon.
But this one is different. For the first time, I’ll be running the Boston Marathon — the Holy Grail of marathoning.
Champaign-Urbana has an active summer swim league tradition. Those who participate in or support the Nadiators swim team are hoping it will have a new facility for swimmers to practice and compete at in a few years.
The team was based at Crystal Lake Pool until it closed in August 2008.
There are several interesting races out of town this weekend, if you want to run with Abe in Springfield, run a 5K then eat some donuts in Normal, or get in an 8-miler in Effingham.
Run in town the next weekend, when there are a couple of 5Ks scheduled.
Here’s the list:
Weekend of April 2-3:
— Lincoln Presidential Half-Marathon
The Savoy 16 theater is showing the documentary, “My Run,” at 7 p.m. this evening, joining theaters around the country in a one-night premiere of the film.
It tells the story of Terry Hitchcock, who ran 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days, from his home in St. Paul, Minn., to the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.
With three weeks to go until my marathon, the pre-marathon paranoia is thick.
My long runs are done, and I’m tapering. What that means is I’m running too little, eating too much, and fretting about whether my training has been sufficient.
It seems to be winter again, unfortunately, so maybe it’s appropriate that there’s a race named after “The Penguin” this weekend.
Here are the opportunities to race in the coming weekends, including lots of 5Ks and a half-marathon with Abe.
Weekend of March 26-27:
— Penguin in the Park 5K
This is the first in a series of profiles of runners training for one of the 2011 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races.
Name: Jean Korder
Occupation: Curriculum coordinator, Urbana school district.
Name: Cris Vowels
Hometown: St. Joseph
The students at Wiley Elementary School are walking a marathon this spring, one playground lap at a time.
Run some hills this weekend, at the 25th anniversary of Kennekuk Road Runner Club’s Mountain Goat races.
They say the 15K race is the toughest in Illinois and Indiana. I think they may be right.
The race is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kickapoo State Park. You can choose from a 5K walk, or a 10K or 15K run.
Run a race on campus this weekend, and then stick around to check out the many open houses and expos going on.
Running the Earth, Wind & Fire 5K will give you a shot at a really cool award that is a cast of a fossil.