Health and Fitness

Not the route they expected

These three runners found themselves sidelined by a medical emergency and injuries, but they will all be at the starting line for one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races this weekend. Their goals range from simply finishing to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Here are their stories of how they dealt with the setbacks and came back to running and racing.


Leia Kedem: Making the most of your farmers' market visit

By Leia Kedem

Farmers' market season is almost upon us, a sure sign that spring is finally here. After a seemingly endless winter, many people are ready to get outside and browse the stalls filled with colorful, fresh produce. But if you don't already frequent farmers' markets, you might want to consider a trip.


Jeff Kohmstedt - Boston Marathon 4-21-14

Jeff Kohmstedt - Boston Marathon 4-21-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with local runner Jeff Kohmstedt live from Boston after he finished his first Boston Marathon.

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The Fit List

Good luck to all the area runners heading to Monday’s Boston Marathon! For the rest of us, it should be a great weekend for a last training run before next weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. Here’s the list of upcoming races:

Weekend of April 19-20:
Kola 5K Bunny Run


The Fit List

My favorite weekend of the year! I’ll be running the River to River Relay in southern Illinois — it’s always a blast. If you aren’t headed south, consider running the trails at Forest Glen for a good cause. See “Miles for Murelle,” below. Here’s your list:

Thursday, April 10:
Five-O 5K


'I don't like to be defeated'

Cole Hendrix was several weeks into the training program for what was to be his first marathon, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 26.

He was running 15 miles on a cold mid-February day, with temperatures in the single digits, accompanied by the other runners in his training group.


To Your Health: Nutrition Facts label to change, but will it change the way we eat?

By Leia Kedem

As you may have heard, the Nutrition Facts panel is about to undergo renovations. Seems like the same old story. Just when you've gotten used to something, it up and changes.

But change isn't always bad, and we need it in order to move forward. To get a better idea of whether this one is good or bad, let's first recount the history of the Nutrition Facts label.


Enabled Abroad

I wrote about Rob Kozarek two years ago, when he was just getting started with wheelchair racing at the University of Illinois.


The Fit List

There are a couple of good opportunities to run trail races this weekend, with the Allerton Trail Half Marathon on Saturday and Run Wild for Wildlife on Sunday. Here’s the info on those two and more:

Weekend of April 5-6:
Allerton Trail Half Marathon


Smoking down in Illinois, but not evenly

CHAMPAIGN — Smoking has declined in Illinois, but not all counties are seeing the same kinds of reductions in the number of people lighting up, new research has found.

There were marked differences throughout the state in the numbers of people who smoke, with the rates in counties ranging from nearly 15 percent on the low end in DuPage County to nearly 28 percent in Alexander County.


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