The Starting Line
I wrote a story last week about Mariah Burt, a Champaign teacher who missed the Illinois Half-Marathon due to food poisoning.
She ran a half-marathon a week later on her own, and the PE teacher and kids at her school made her a medal to recognize her accomplishment.
She didn’t finish her run on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium.
She didn’t get an official Illinois Half-Marathon finisher’s medal.
But Mariah Burt couldn’t be more proud of the half-marathon run she did through Champaign and Urbana last weekend.
Yes, last weekend. A week after the Illinois Marathon races.
C-U Bike to Work Day on Tuesday brought out both novice and veteran bike commuters.
I was definitely in the novice category. I rode the 4 1/2 miles from my house to downtown Champaign Tuesday, the first time I’ve ridden to work. What a great way to get to work on such a beautiful day.
Alma Mater is ready for her race.
Check out the iconic statue at Wright and Green, and you’ll see she’s wearing a bib number – No. 1867, appropriately, the year the University of Illinois was founded – and an orange and blue sweatband, in recognition of this weekend’s Illinois Marathon.
I don’t listen to music while I run.
I never have, so it’s not a habit I’ve developed. And I prefer to focus on my running, and on my surroundings, whether it’s enjoying nature, the neighborhood I’m running in, or talking with friends.