Running Circles

“For me, like so many others, running is the answer. Out on the road it is just you, the pavement, and your will.” — John Bingham

There’s been a lot of news in running circles across the region. It’s time to catch up.

The Fargo Marathon announced Deena Kastor will be its keynote speaker May 8. She is the standard for greatness among American women marathoners. Deena is an Olympic medalist and American record holder, and still runs competitively.

In addition, several training groups have started for the Fargo Marathon, which held a kickoff event last month in the Fargodome. Beyond the indoor start, this year’s marathon again features a revamped course.

Meanwhile, the Wild Hog Half Marathon donated $10,000 to two groups. Here are details of the announcement during the race’s registration kickoff on Saturday.

For those looking forward to a Grand Forks marathon, you’ll have to wait another year. The 2015 race will again feature the half marathon as its longest distance, but look for the full marathon to debut in fall 2016.

Congratulations to Rachel Utecht for her finish at the Arrowhead 135 — it’s an amazing accomplishment and a goal she’s been chasing for some time. I’ve been lucky enough to go on a few runs over the years with Rachel, who is an amazing runner. There were other finishers from the region, and I don’t mean to overlook their accomplishment, either. So, congratulations to all of the finishers — the results can be found here.

On a personal note, the 2014 Official Results Magazine arrived from the New York City Marathon, which I wasn’t expecting. Perfect timing since registration for the 2015 race opened Jan. 15. Most of my serious plans are contingent on what happens with the fall race lotteries and then I can determine what my spring and summer plans might look like.

In the meantime, I’ve started a food log to keep tabs on my daily nutritional intake. I’ve been tracking miles for years, so why not food. In addition, I keep struggling but committing myself to cross-training and strength training, both of which are important but get set aside when time gets compressed and I feel like I need to choose between running or a supporting habit.

On my recent vacation, I decided to download Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance. If you’re serious about running your best, Fitzgerald’s book is accessible and informative. As runners, we can put in miles and miles, but if we don’t consider how other factors impact our running, we’ll never reach our full potential. Visit the Racing Weight website for more information and tools to help. The book, which I haven’t finished reading, was an eye-opener for me, especially once I realized how much I underestimated my calorie intake.

Are you looking for more advice? Check out 12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners.


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