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Take a walk in their shoes

In the interest of trying new things (as I wrote about in my last column), I tried snowshoeing for the first time last week.

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The Siberian Express should live up to its name this weekend. The temps look like they’ll be pleasant, but it will be a snowy trail! See you there.
The Fit List will appear sporadically during the next month or so, depending on the race calendar. I’ll update for February races. In the meantime, here’s the list for January weekends:

Weekend of Jan. 4-5:

Sky's the limit: Four new things to try in 2014

Try something new in the New Year.

You might love your regular runs or bike rides or Crossfit sessions, but trying something a little different can help keep you from getting bored and challenge you by building your fitness in a different way. And you may end up falling in love with a new sport or activity.

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I’m sure it’s not a surprise that I think the appropriate way to end one year and start another one is with a run. Here are some races/runs coming up on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day, and in early January.
Happy New Year!

Weekend of Dec. 28-29:
First Night 5K

So many stocking caps ...

Temperatures dipped below zero earlier this month, we’ve had our first snowfall and it might be tempting to hibernate for the rest of the winter, bundling up and heading outside only to drive to and from the gym for your workout.

But the cold is no reason to resort to running on the “dreadmill.” Embrace the season!

Here are my top 10 reasons to run outside during the winter:

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Not so many races right now, so The Fit List will take a Christmas vacation. Back in two weeks to remind of you of area New Year’s Eve runs. Here’s your list through the first weekend in January:

Weekend of Dec. 14-15:
Mike Walsh Memorial 5K

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Races are getting fewer at this time of year, so take advantage of the opportunity to race when you can. Here’s your list:

Weekend of Dec. 7-8:
Run Run Santa

The pain, the pleasure

If you want to try cyclocross, be warned:

— You will get cold and muddy.

— You’ll have to get off your bike and carry it over barriers — or up a muddy hill or set of stairs.

— Spectators will heckle you.

But they also might hand you candy, money or a beer. You’ll talk with other cyclists afterward about how hard it was. You’ll have fun.

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Yes, it’s cold out, but there are still races to run. Here’s your list for the next few weekends:

Weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1:
Stuff ‘N Puff 5K
This is a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday in Sullivan. It benefits the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cross country program.

NCAA XC championships

I’m headed to Terre Haute Saturday to watch the best college runners in the country at the NCAA Division I cross country championships.