Health and Fitness
I'm waiting for snow. Rather impatiently, as I'm desperate to cross-country ski.
I enjoy cross-country skiing, but I'm pretty inexperienced at it. So, I really have no business attempting a 23-kilometer ski race. But I've entered it, and now I need to train.
Black Friday has come and gone, and I have yet to purchase a single Christmas gift. This is nothing new, and I'm not panicking. Yet.
If you also have a lot of shopping to do and an athlete to buy for, you're in luck. I talked with several endurance athletes about what they hope to find under the tree and gift ideas for other athletes in their sports.
Here are their suggestions:
Tiffany DeSpain - Savoy Recreation Center: Play now!
Brian Moline talks with the Director of the Savoy Recreation Center about some of their unique offerings, including pickle ball.
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URBANA — Judy Havlicek doesn't let much slow her down. She runs 7-minute miles in marathons. But Achilles tendinitis has prevented her from running since this summer. So she walks, at a fast clip, for an hour every day.
"I try to do it every day," she says. "The weather is fine if you dress correctly."
We are a sleep-deprived nation.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 percent of adults report sleeping less than six hours a day, rather than the seven or eight hours recommended. And just 31 percent of high school students report getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.