Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday Raceday & Monday Night Adventure Run

Happy Monday!
Now don't act like you are so excited to be entering the 8th week of the semester?!? CRAZY.
Okay down the businessessess. (This is how I type/think after caffeine and past 11pm)

Monday Night Adventure Run
Greg, Jake? (ahh I am sorry I cannot quite remember your name) and myself went on quite the 'adventure' run today. I decided to guide them on the river run. Well-the river is flooded. I mean FLOOOOODED. We detoured a few times and when we came to the covered bridge traveling West bound on the hike n' bike trail it then became dangerous so we made our way back to Kent State. I am sure Greg is cursing me out for getting his Newton running shoes wet...The run was at a moderate pace with Greg putting in a BEASTLY 14 MILES...He said he felt squirrely. Rest of us stopped at a solid 4-miler run for the night. Great run guys. I enjoyed it. I was able to get in another 3. Very successful day indeed!

Sunday Race day
The Kent State Running Club is going to represent at the NCN Racing Catch a Leprechaun 5k/15k/30k running road race this Sunday with races beginning at 8 am. 5 racers from what I hear will be participating in a combination of all three events. I will be there cheering, snapping some sweet race pictures in support and/or running. TBD Saturday afternoon for me, but I will be there! On the fence? C'mon out and be apart of it! A link is posted on the previous post.

Link of the Day:
The 'pain in the arse' subject that is never really discussed...Glute Strength and the importance of working this key muscle group.,7120,s6-238-263-266-13852-0,00.html

Lastly, if you are interested in being added to the Kent State Running Club Email List-send all inquiries to Sara Harper at Only myself, Sara, has access to this list and it is kept private. After writing up a new post-once a week I send the link and any other important information out in a short email to the list recipients. You may also request to be taken off the list at anytime. I do it to help you-the runners-get the information you need.

Happy Running!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Races Coming Up!

Sunday, March 6: Shamrock 5k-15k *starts at noon* in Cuyahoga Falls,Ohio
Link for online registration:

Sunday, March 6: Catch a Leprechaun 5k-15k-30k in Elyria, Ohio
Link for more information:

Race Update
Saturday, April 2: Black Squirrel 5k Race
Pre-registration deadline is March 3. After that, the fees go up $5 until March 25th.
Link for more information:

Monday @ 9 AM
Monday @ 6 PM
*Always meeting at the Student Center*

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Post!

As you all know about now-when Kent State cancels-group runs are cancelled.
The next group run is tomorrow morning in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at the Pine Hollow trail head tomorrow

Saturday, Feb. 26
10:15 am –  Pine Hollow water available.  Multiple loops, choose your distance, 3-5 miles and up.
Sunday, Feb. 27
8 am-Happy Days trail in CVNP. This will also act as a familiarization run for those who plan on running the Fools 25k/50k.  It will be a big group. Come on out and join the fun!
Black Squirrel 5k Race
Just an FYI to you and the running club, the pre-registration deadline for the BS5K is March 3. After that, the fees go up $5 until the deadline March 25th. Look forward to seeing you and the club at the race

Kent State Running Club Shirts
2-small shirts still available
1-medium shirt still available

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Interclub Social Event

Hi Kent State Runners!
Want to mingle with other people in Northeast Ohio who run, bike, and tri? Then come to the Interclub social hosted by CAMBA (Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association), CWRRC (Cleveland West Road Runners) and several other clubs for a night of Bowling and Socializing at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood on March 4 at 6pm. There's bowling too! For more information visit,
There will be having Appetizers, drinks, and bowling in the basement! This was a great event the last two years. Hope to see everyone there! Attendees are being asked to donate a fe dollars to Girls With Sole-a Cleveland-based non-profit. Visit,
P.S. I will be trying to drag Greg with me to Lakewood-if anyone is interested and needs a ride, let me know. PEACE OUT

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Icy Sidewalks-Wed Night Group Run at the Rec Center

Due to less than great conditions out there-I am moving this Wednesday's group run to the KSU Rec Center Track. Feel free to run outside if you wish. Ice is not exactly my 'BFF'.

I plan on a moderate run and a conversational pace. If you know me, you know I talk too much for own good. It does come in handy when trying to pass the time however.

February 23 Wednesday Night Run 6pm-REC TRACK

Remember get moving and RUN!

Running Shirts Are IN!

There are 2-extra small and 1-extra medium shirts up for grabs. $16-let me know if your interested!
Have you had a race recently?!? SEND ME PICTURES! I want to highlight them in the blog-shotout to Carly!! She races her first 5k road race this past Saturday in the Chili Bowl in Cleveland. Congrats!!!

Link of the Day:
When planning your training-do not cram all your key training runs into one week. Think of the bigger picture.,7120,s6-238-267--13781-0,00.html?cm_mmc=training-_-2011_02_22-_-training-_-TRAINING%3a%20A%20Bigger%20Week

Let's get motivated:,7124,s6-243-297--13848-0,00.html?cm_mmc=training-_-2011_02_22-_-training-_-MOTIVATION%3a%20Running%20in%20Circles

Nutrition Question: Are you consuming too much high fructose corn syrup?? I know I did today. I am about to bounce of the walls and cannot sit still...That's the last time I eat a whole bag a watermelon twists in one sitting...Oh like you haven't done the very same thing!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Running Shirts Are IN!

Yes-I got an email today and the shirts are in! I will pick them up this Wednesday and you can pick up your shirts NEXT Tuesday evening-February 22-from 7-8pm in the lobby of Nixson. If you are in class or something of that nature, email me at so we can find another time meet.

Shirt PICK UP:
Tuesday, February 22
Nixson building, 7-8pm

If you have questions or if you are interested in one of the extra shirts-email me. The price is $16. Most of you put down an deposit. Full pay is due at time of pick-up. No Exceptions. If you are not sure how much you still owe-again-email me.

The weather report for this upcoming week is very promising!!! Tues-Thurs will be in the 40's
It's time to bust out the sun block, shorts, and flippy floppies!

I bring you
 Spring Break is coming up...33 days NOT like I am countin'
Do you and your friend want to get in shape??? Well..How about joining running club for a group run!

Link of the DAY:
The Magic of Running Mantras!
Are you in need of something to help push farther? Mantras are where its at!! No lie-I found myself telling myself today in my 15k trail race "Just Keep Runninn"-Sang it like Dori from Finding Nemo-Laugh I dare ya, but I ran pretty darn well today! For more helpful tools, view the story through the link below.,7120,s6-238-244--13819-0,00.html

Happy Running for ALL!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Myth Busters Edition: Run Club Style

Myth Busters Edition: Run Club Style

1) Is Running in the Cold Bad for Your Lungs?
Myth: Busted. If you have a pre-existing condition such as asthma or a respiratory infection, you could be more susceptible. BUT to the normal runner-if you use common sense and dress appropriately, you will be fine. Check out this link above for more details.

2) Not Just Anyone Can Complete a Marathon (26.2mi)
Myth: Busted. There are some great beginner training plans out there to help get from start to finish. There is also a walker's division in most races. Don't let the the number scare you. Start smaller at a half-marathon and build your confidence! You would be surprised of what you are capable of accomplishing.

Other News
Shirts-The artwork for the shirts was approved this morning so they are going to print. I will send out updates as soon as I know. Thanks for being patient.

Monday Track Workout-This past Monday at 6pm-Greg, myself, Miranda, and Louis did a modified track workout in the Kent rec center. If blizzard like conditions are taking place..Maybe this should be the alternative? Thoughts??

Today's run is at 6pm-meeting at the student center as usual.
If you want to help distribute flyers-let me know, we have lots printed!

I do apologize I personally will not be able to run at 6pm this evening-I will be at Ohio Indoor Cycling and Friday 3pm I will be out of town at that time. If anyone would like to fun Friday morning-let me know. Probably an easy 6 or so miles.

Saturday's Trail Run-the info and location is a post or two back. I will be there on Saturday and running easy for a 15k trail race this Sunday.

Happy Running!

If you need to contact

Friday, February 4, 2011

Updated Blog!

So I took some time to give the blog page a face lift-
The side bar is a quick reference to the group run times and the tentative race calendar.

Please leave me suggestions for the play list :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Group Runs Today Cancelled

Hi gang-

The only time group runs are cancelled is when Kent State-main campus closes. Run at your own risk-be careful.

If you are still interested in a shirt-I have 2-small shirts left. Email me:

Upcoming Runs: Saturday/Sunday trail runs
**Please note I will not be able to attend on Saturday but I do reccommend it!
If you would like to run with this group-here is the information:
Saturday, Feb. 5 10:15 a -Oakhill Trailhead, multiple loops in the same area, choose your own distance and time, 1-2 hours. Bathrooms but no running water.
Sunday, Feb. 6
8 am Ledges Shelter.  Multiple loops available, choose your own distance. Restrooms and running water.

The next group run is scheduled for Friday-3pm. Remember we are meeting at the main doors at the Student Center-We will wait till 3:10 (10mins late-if we know to expect you).

Keep spreading the word about the Kent State Running Club! I love getting emails from people who are interested in joining!

Okay so now it's time for the random link of the day-it's a good one!
Billy Joel's-Running on ICE!!!! YES

Want more traction on uneven surfaces? Check out YakTRAX:
The Yaktrax Pro-
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The Yaktrax Pro will instantly give you better traction, confidence and safety on packed snow or ice. Move about naturally with the same solid grip that you are accustomerd to on dry surfaces. Walk or run as you normally would and experience stability on ice and snow like you have never felt before.
Made with high strength, abrasion resistant 1.4mm steel coils and heavy duty natural rubber material, the Yaktrax Pro easily conforms to the shape of your boot or shoe. With its patented SkidLock coil design, the Yaktrax Pro provides 360 degrees of traction on packed snow and ice and can be worn in temperatures as low as -41° Fahrenheit.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Running Club-The Takeover

So it begins. The plan is to have a flyer on every board on Kent State-main campus of course. Let's see those numbers at group runs continue to grow!

Greg was nice enough to offer modifying the current flyer to add those handy-nandy tear-off tabs to the bottom of the flyers. I am asking the officers in particular to hang up flyers. Once it's approved-100 Copies hopefully will be posted on boards across the Kent campus. Running Club is takin' over. If you too would like a few copies to hang up-let me know and I get you a few!

I hope everyone enjoys their snowday today. Sleep in (I was just too excited and woke up at 6:30am anyway), enjoy the day off, and be safe! Remember it is indeed icy today. I would not suggest running outside, if you do, wait till midday. This is just one of the those days where the recreation center might be a better option. You can have serious injury falling on ice-use precautions!

Article of the Day!
Fully Fit-Improve your form and avoid injury with this elite coach's FAST head-to-toe workout.
Runner's World:,7120,s6-238-263-266-13823-0,00.html?cm_mmc=training-_-2011_02_01-_-training-_-Training%3a%20Full%20Fit