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Abe's log

14 Aug

Finding Motivation in the Back-to-School Season

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By Lynn Kincaid, Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Social Media Director How was motivation to aspire and achieve goals shaped during your childhood? Did you see a new box of crayons, a packet of unsharpened pencils, or a new favorite pen as a fresh start with lots of new possibilities? Who saw your potential and encouraged […]

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4 Apr

Final Countdown – Abe’s Log

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We’re less than a month away from this year’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (CCIM), and the behind the scenes work of putting on your marathon is in high gear. The medal reveal should happen any day now. Expo preparations by vendors and groups are in the works. And the pasta feed menu is set. All […]

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13 Mar

Finding Inspiration: Feathers from Nana

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I only started running 17 weeks ago. To understand where I draw my inspiration for this new journey, you need to understand my maternal grandmother, Nana. She was a matriarch. I am the eldest daughter of her eldest daughter and in a family where she left 70 direct descendants to carry her coffin when she […]

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6 Mar

Race to Get Fit! Abe’s Log

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Race to Get Fit While spring doesn’t officially begin for another couple of weeks, here in east-central Illinois, the past week and a half have harkened the coming season. It feels like it’s been a long time coming. “Winter” came early in terms of sub-freezing temperatures in November, and a couple of weeks around the […]

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21 Feb

4 Lessons Learned on the Road

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By Katherine Wuestenfeld, Guest Blog Writer Over the 10 years that I have been a runner, I have learned a lot of great lessons about this sport that I love. Perhaps one of these lessons can help you as you tackle your own training for the 2018 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon race weekend. Be flexible. […]

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5 Feb

Hometown Races, or How to Avoid Stealing Silverware

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The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (CCIM) is our hometown race. Of the 18,000 runners who participated in the any of the races last year, the vast majority of them live within 75 miles of Champaign-Urbana. Of the 3,100 volunteers who stuffed race bags, worked the expo, provided aid along the course, handed you a finishers […]

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11 Jan

10 Years Running – Abe’s Log

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For those of you who are new to the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (CCIM) and all its races, you’re in for a treat. This year is the 10th running, and each year the races get better and more fun. It is among the very best marathon weekends in the country. You don’t have to take […]

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3 Apr

Race Medals 2017 – Abe’s Log

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For the 2016 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (CCIM) medal reveal last year, I wrote about how race medals remind a runner of a time and place. This time around, I want to talk about having fun, because that’s what this year’s race medals are. I ran two races this past Saturday, no fooling: the Run […]

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12 Mar

Alma Mater Still Going Strong at 88!

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From the Desk of Co-Race Director, Jan Seeley No Illini is more famous than Alma Mater, the bronze grand dame whose presence graces the corner of Green & Wright streets. American sculptor and University of Illinois graduate Lorado Taft cast Alma in 1929—her official birthday is June 11, 1929, the day she was dedicated—and she’s […]

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6 Feb

Run For Charity – Abe’s Log

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Us runners, we’re a caring sort. Each year, thousands of us raise millions for charities in events around the country. For this year’s Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon (CCIM), I’m raising funds for my most favorite cause: the Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS) I owe a tremendous debt to the CCHS. Without them I would never […]

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