Jodi Heckel, a writer for the University of Illinois News Bureau, is a runner and triathlete. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can follow her on twitter (@jodiheckel).
Many endurance athletes use commercial gels for energy during training and races, but potatoes are just as effective as a source of fuel, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.
While the elite runners were setting records, several local runners enjoyed good races as well. I talked with a few of them.
Nearly 500 people participated in the 10th Tri the Illini triathlon Sunday. The sprint triathlon brings both area residents and college triath…
The Monday Runday, launched three weeks ago, sees runners meet at Lodgic, 1807 S. Neil St., C., for a warmup at 6:15 p.m., led by Pursuit Fitness, which is located at Lodgic, followed by a 2-mile run mapped out by Second Wind Running Club while children are cared for by Lodgic for a discounted fee or join in themselves.
'It's kind of like the U.N. of bicycling,' Kelley Wegeng said of the 750-mile ride from Paris to Brest and back that she undertook in mid-August with about 6,500 other cyclists.
'My biggest reason for getting it is, I can't keep up as much anymore. Who wants to wait for somebody? I didn't get it to lead the pack,' said Richard Brannon of Champaign.
The course was recently recertified by marathon Co-Director Mike Lindemann and Doug Thurston, race director of the Big Sur International Marathon, using a Jones Counter, which attaches to the wheel of a bicycle and displays 'clicks' based on the number of rotations.
I got a glimpse of home base for some of the athletes training for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games when I visited the training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week.