The Starting Line

The Starting Line

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.

Western States 100 film screening tonight

A new film on the Western States 100 race — “Unbreakable: The Western States 100” — will be screened tonight at The Vineyard Church in Urbana.

The Western States 100 is a 100-mile ultramarathon in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The film follows the four top male runners in the 2010 race.

The Fit List

Hey, it’s December and still supposed to reach into the low 50s this weekend. Get out there and race!

Weekend of Dec. 3-4:
— Tuscola 5K Santa Chase
This 5K run and walk is Saturday in Tuscola. You can register on race day from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Here’s a link to the entry form.

Spectator sport

It’s become a fall tradition for me to attend the NCAA Cross-Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. (known as Cross-Country Town USA).

The Division I championships are the Monday before Thanksgiving. I first went several years ago with a group of friends.

The Fit List

As the weather gets colder, the races get fewer, so get out there and run before it’s really cold. The Fit List will help you find a race.

Weekend of Nov. 26-27:
— FOLEPI River Trail Classic

The Fit List

Race at Lake of the Woods in the Run for the Mahomet Library this weekend, or get an early start on Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trot in Decatur. Don’t forget Urbana’s fun run on Thanksgiving Day.
Here’s the list of races for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Nov. 19-20:
— Run for the Mahomet Library

Finally: Daylight in the morning

We recently passed a milestone on my running calendar: the end of daylight saving time.

I’ve been counting the days, looking forward to the time change. I know I’m in the minority here. Most people hate to see it get dark so early in the evening.

But I can’t stand waking up when it’s still dark out. I’m a morning exerciser, and I’d rather not run in the dark.

The Fit List

Make your plans for a Turkey Trot before the holiday stuffing begins! Or ride Cranksgiving this weekend and give back by helping provide food for those less fortunate. Check out the races in The Fit List.

Weekend of Nov. 12-13:
— Schumacher Shuffle
This is an inaugural race at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo on Saturday. There’s a 5K race and 1K kids fun run/walk.

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone running the half or full marathon at the Monumental Marathon in Indy this weekend.
For everyone else, here’s a list of more local races:

Weekend of Nov. 5-6:
— Rattlesnake Master