The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Hit the trails

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.

The Fit List

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

The Fit List

Today is Run@Work Day! I’ll be stuck in a car driving all day, but I hope you can find time to run, either before or after work, or during a break in your work day.

Stretching: The point

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.

The Fit List

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

Crazy K donations

Nearly 1,500 runners got muddy last weekend at the Car-X Crazy K race at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

The Fit List

Have fun, all you Crazy K runners. Should be a great event.
Here’s the list of other runs and rides this weekend and next:

Weekend of Sept. 8-9:
Car-X Crazy K

A muddy good time

What to expect for the second Car-X Crazy K Saturday? More mud!

The organizers of the race say they will provide a bigger, better, muddier experience this year for race participants.

Not your average Joe

Joe Seeley has been an ambassador for running and youth soccer in Champaign-Urbana. He’s encouraged new runners, provided vital behind-the-scenes assistance with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon and shown kids how fun soccer can be — all in his laid-back, unassuming kind of way.