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21 Jan

The Joys of Pacing

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By Tom Perri, Guest Blog Writer Soon after I completed my first race I decided I received more joy out of running withsomeone or helping someone achieve a goal than when running by myself. Running is basically an individual sport in that you are the only one that can actually accomplish your goal. You are […]

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15 Jan

The Holistic Approach to Running

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By Rachel Zubricky, Guest Blog Writer Greetings! I hope everyone’s training is going smoothly for their respective Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon race weekend event! As a runner and a physical therapist, I often get questions from runners regarding different pain complaints or injuries that occur during their training programs. Though in general running is a […]

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19 Sep

I Used to Hate Running. Now I’m Signed Up for a Marathon.

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By Leia Flure,  Guest Blog Writer People often assume that since I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist, I must have always been healthy and active. But I was far from athletic growing up. Pizza was at the top of my food pyramid, and I was allergic to any kind of exercise, especially running. I avoided it […]

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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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