The Starting Line

The Starting Line

The Fit List

Happy weekend! Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of March 14-15:

Pi Run

Raising a racquet

Melissa Edwards of Champaign is an athlete with a strong competitive streak. She played basketball and volleyball in school, but when she was approaching 30, she was looking for another outlet to compete.

She noticed the tennis players on the courts around town spanned the age range from kids to senior citizens. This was a sport she could play for decades to come.

The Fit List

It’s time for the Fit List to come out of hibernation. Here are the first of the spring races:

Weekend of March 7-8:

A new adventure

The American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race is sometimes described as a marathon on skis. And as with the marathon, it's the people you meet along the way that is a huge part of the fun.


You need to get in your long training run for this spring's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, but the roads and sidewalks are covered with snow that has become packed and icy. You can't bear to run 16 miles on a treadmill or around a small indoor track.

How to stay safe on the roads in bad weather conditions? Screw shoes.

Let's get tracking

Want to know not just how fast you ran your last run, but also how your pace compared to last week's or last month's run? Whether your heart rate was higher or lower than when you ran that distance last year?

The Fit List

Last week's Fit List had races through the weekend of Feb. 7-8, but I've got one addition for you swimmers: an upcoming master's swim meet in Danville. Here it is:

Ready to roll

Many runners use a foam roller to increase flexibility or relieve the tension of tight muscles. But when and how you use a foam roller makes a difference in how effective it can be.

The Fit List

Happy New Year! Ready to run? Here’s what I’ve got for the next several weeks:

Weekend of Jan. 10-11:

Illinois’ Version Fat Ass 50

Getting cold feet

Cross-country season has been over for two months, but many runners from Urbana’s middle school team are still running together. Since the end of the season, they’ve met for weekly runs on Sunday afternoons at the Urbana home of Marty and Becky Williams.