The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Mount Runmore

A running foursome who will compete in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon relay will be looking not only very fit, but very presidential.

The Fit List

The Fit List is back, after a long hiatus. Now that it’s spring, there are lots of runs in the upcoming weekends.
Here’s this week’s list:

Weekend of March 31-April 1:
— Illini Mentor Program 5K and Fun Run

Nutrition training

Alex Hill was right at home in front of a stove in the Training Table kitchen in Memorial Stadium, cooking up some jambalaya recently.

The dish is his specialty.

Monster month

Runners are everywhere these days.

Running role model

When Lisa Krause first began running in the spring of 2010, she couldn’t even run one block.

One year later, in April 2011, she’d lost 65 pounds and she ran a half-marathon.

She’d never been a runner but decided to become one when “I hit a certain number on the scale and knew it was time to do something,” Krause said.

20,000 miles and counting

Not long after Duane Schlabach began running, he started keeping track of his miles in running log books.

He'd add up the weekly totals as he went along, and he got hooked on setting a yearly goal – often 1,000 miles – and trying to meet it.

After a few years, he began adding his yearly mileage totals together and recording his “career miles” each year.

Runner's symposium this weekend

Runners preparing for one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races this spring can hear information to help them in their training at the Christie Foundation’s Runner Symposium.

The symposium is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Christie on Windsor, 1801 W. Windsor Road, Champaign.

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.