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Illinois Marathon Blog

8 Apr

Going “Green”

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From the Desk of Jan Seeley, Co-Director & Guest Blog Writer As our Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Race Weekend turns the page and starts its second decade, one of our goals is earning certification for meeting the industry standard for responsible event production. There’s a fabulous organization called the Council for Responsible Sports that works […]

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2 Apr

7 Tips to Transition Back to Outdoor Running

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By Athletico Physical Therapy, Guest Blog Writer As the weather starts to warm up, you might be itching to get back outdoors for a run. Outdoor workouts offer both physical and psychological benefits, such as helping with depression, anxiety, and fatigue.1 Running outdoors is different than running indoors on a treadmill. As such, there are considerations […]

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25 Mar

The Importance of Warm-Up and Cool-Down

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By Olivia Martin, Guest Blog Writer When training for any race, it is important to train like you want to race. Being race ready includes having a comprehensive warm-up and cool-down.  Sandwiching your race in between a warm-up and cool-down helps to decrease risk of injury and prepares your body for a hard effort. It’s […]

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12 Mar

Runners to the Rescue

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By Jen Wilson, Guest Blog Writer I love to run, but I’ll never run a marathon. I know this about myself and I’m okay with it. Because I run, I have the utmost respect for anybody else that runs, regardless of the distance or the frequency. I’m more of a 5K kind of girl myself, […]

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4 Mar

The Power of the Back of the Pack

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By Jeff Matlow, Guest Blog Writer I remember the first organized race I ever competed in. It was the Minute Man 10K in Westport, Connecticut. I was all of about 11 years old, and this was the furthest I had ever run in my life. I did the race with my mother. It was only […]

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25 Feb

5 Ways to Stop Knee Pain in Runners

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By Athletico Physical Therapy, Guest Blog Writer When knee pain occurs, one of the treatment options is physical therapy. Physical therapists are trained to examine, diagnose, and treat knee pain to help patients return to the activities they love. The majority of knee pain associated with running is not caused by direct trauma but rather […]

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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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