Thursday, June 11, 2009

Training Reminder and info on this weekend's run

I would like to make sure that you all fully realize at this point the challenges of the marathon and the work it will take to successfully finish the Race.

If you do not currently have a training program in place, please contact me at 312-907-6213 or You can also click here for Nike's Official Bank of America Chicago Marathon Training Program.

For those of you heading out for the run this weekend, I ran the course yesterday. It's half single track trails with various mud, roots and rocks along the way. If you have a pair of trail running shoes I would wear those. If you don't, it shouldn't be a big deal to just wear your road shoes. Just be aware that they may get muddy.

The other half is a very nice, wide, and scenic crushed gravel path. It's a total of about 8.5 miles. I would like to try to stick together so nobody gets lost, but if someone does get lost, we will be following the YELLOW trail markers. If you click here you can see the feedback from my Garmin from my run on the course yesterday. Click on the Player button on the top right for more details.

If you want to see the middle section of my 100 mile race (Garmin battery only lasts 8 hours), click here. Pretty interesting... Again, click on the Player button on the top right for more details.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

National Running Day!

Today is National Running Day! Celebrate by - RUNNING today! Click HERE for a cool story from Time magazine. I'm currently reading this guy's book - Born to Run. I figured it would be good to read and get my mind focused on the Kettle Moraine 100 miler this weekend. Enjoy....

Monday, June 1, 2009

Team Runs

Attention Charity Athletes!

Below is the schedule for fun runs with the UPS for DownS Endurance Teams. Please join us for as many as you can. We will send out reminders prior to each run, but want you to get these on your calendars as we know they fill up fast!

We hope to see as many of you as possible. We will have some of our kids, teens and adults with their family and friends at each run to stretch with you at the start, man a water station along the route, or keep you company for a cool-down walk.

RSVP so we know who to expect. We'd like to know:

1. name
2. race (marathon, half marathon, triathlon)
3. current average pace
4. current running distance

All runs begin at 2 p.m. and should be finished by 4 p.m.
Links are provided with maps.

Saturday, June 13, 2009: Palos Forest Preserve in Willow Springs
Distance – 8.3 mile loop
MEET: at the end of the cul-de-sac between Maple Lake and Long John Slough.

Saturday, July 11, 2009: Busse Woods in Schaumburg
Distance – 7.7 mile loops
MEET: at the Busse Lake Boating Center

Saturday, August 8, 2009: Springbrook Prairie in Naperville
Distance – 5.5 mile loops
MEET: Parking lot on North side of 83rd Street

Saturday, September 19, 2009: Waterfall Glen (Argonne in Darien)
Distance – 9.8 mile loops
MEET: at the trailhead on the north side of the park, immediately south of 55 on Cass Ave.

Saturday, October 3, 2009: Busse Woods in Schaumburg
Distance – 7.7 mile loops
MEET: at the Busse Lake Boating Center

For specific details about the runs, email me, Nolan Ming at