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18 Feb

Training During Illinois Winters: Part 2

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By Craig Virgin, Guest Blog Writer Last week I discussed creative solutions to adapt your running training outside during the cold wintery months here in the Midwest. It can still be done on most days. However, there are times (like the recent Polar Vortex!) when either the outside temperature, wind chill, or road surface conditions […]

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12 Feb

Training During Illinois Winters: Part 1

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By Craig Virgin, Guest Blog Writer In my nearly 50 years of distance running (more like a jog/hobble/walk nowadays!) I learned early on that my training progress and race performances had as much to do with the weather as they did with my fitness level! Except for my four years as a student-athlete at the University […]

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4 Feb

Going Against the Grain with Whole Grains: The Kodiak Cakes Story

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By Jeff Sorenson, Guest Blog Writer You might’ve met Kodiak Cakes’ friendly staff serving up delicious samples of protein-packed flapjacks at your last race or just noticed their distinct packaging on the shelf at your local grocery store and wondered what this small natural food company is all about. Well, with Kodiak Cakes being the […]

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28 Jan

Plogging: It’s Not Just for Sweden Anymore

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By Letitia L. Moffitt, Guest Blog Writer Something funny happens to people the second they finish a bottle of their favorite beverage. All of a sudden, that container that once held a refreshing drink is instantly disgustingand must be gotten rid of immediately. Some people feel this loathing so strongly, they’ll fling these containers out […]

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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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