Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Trail Mix

Mountain bikers who ride at Kickapoo State Recreation Area will find some significant changes this spring to one well-used section of trail.

The trail has been changed to make it easier for riders of different abilities to negotiate, and it is now more sustainable — it was rebuilt to minimize soil erosion and will need less maintenance in the future.

The Fit List

Are you recovered yet from last weekend’s Illinois Marathon races? I hope so, ‘cause there are a lot of fun races coming up. Here’s your list:

Weekend of May 3-4:
Moonlight Marathon

Comebacks complete

I wrote last week about three runners who had overcome setbacks to run in Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races this past weekend.
All three completed their races. Here are their race reports:

The Fit List

Good luck to everyone in this weekend’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon races! Here’s your list:

Weekend of April 25-27:
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

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.

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.