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Next stop on the BLB adventure: Stow

By Paula Schleis Published: April 23, 2017
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On Saturday we bid farewell to Firestone Metro Park, which many of us will remember as being the birthplace of our Akron Marathon Race Series adventure. It was a fantastic three weeks, great weather every time and I think we all made some new friends.

Gosh, remember that first week when we all walked the 1.2 mile loop? Well yesterday, on week 3, our runners ran for 3 miles, our run/walkers logged a good 2.5 miles at a 15 minute pace, and our walkers - well, they were all over the place, some of them telling me they covered more than 3 miles! And we've still got 9 weeks till our first race on June 24. Imagine how much we can do between now and then.

Now it's time for a change of scenery. This Saturday at 9 a.m., we'll give our northern Summit County members a driving break and take our group meetup to Stow's Silver Springs Park. That will be our home for the next three weeks.

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Bet you didn't know this about stretching

By Paula Schleis Published: April 22, 2017
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Did you know it's important to stretch AFTER a workout? I had no idea. Even yesterday, I was doing all my stretching before my run. When my C25K app program ended, I simply hopped in my car and drove home.

Then I read this by today's guest blogger, Laura McElrath from the Akron Marathon. Read it carefully and save yourself a whole lot of pain and disappointment later. Most of us are hoping to run all three Akron Marathon Race Series events this year, so we've got to take good care of our bodies so we can make it through September!

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Before you work out...

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BLB correspondent reports on tips from the experts

By Paula Schleis Published: April 21, 2017
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Housekeeping: The weekly group meetup will again be 9 a.m. Saturday at Firestone Metro Park's Warner Road parking lot. We will move our meetup to a new location  next week, so keep watching the blog for details!

Todays guest blogger is BLB teammate Leslie Meadows, who attended Wednesday's Akron Marathon community meeting aimed at brand new runners. Here's her report:

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Shoe lace techniques for different feet

By Paula Schleis Published: April 20, 2017
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When I was growing up in the 60s, I remember a cousin showing off his new shoes, along with a very funny lacing technique. The laces went over the eyelets, not under. It was totally radical. Those of us who had always laced our sneakers the same as our parents' generation immediately saw the value in breaking new cultural and fashion ground. I still remember sitting on the grass with my brother, fumbling with the laces and reassuring each other that we were doing it right. Then we strutted over to the park to meet with our friends, waiting for them to notice the rebellion on our feet and be in awe of our coolness.

I had no idea until this very week that there are actually very practical reasons for nontraditional lacing. Check out this article our Blue Line Beginner teammate Jim Mitchell found: https://runrepeat.com/top-10-running-shoe-lacing-techniques

Last Saturday, he, I and a few other BLBers were talking about our new shoes, and I mentioned that my shoe salesman told me not to be surprised if I have to stop during a run to adjust my laces. It's natural for feet to expand when they are getting a good workout. Sure enough, my first day in my new shoes I had to let some lacing out when my feet started to tingle.

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Walkers are walking, apps are talking

By Paula Schleis Published: April 19, 2017
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"Walkers are walking...."

The inaugural meeting of Downtown Walkers couldn’t have asked for a better day: A baby blue sky and a perfect 62 degrees. You can see from our photo we were very happy to be away from our desks and couches.

“We” included Mary Jo, Joanne, Jen and Penny, fitness friends from the Green Y whose names I turned into a song so I don’t forget them; Yu-Ling, who had the brilliant idea to start the twice-weekly lunchtime walks and got to break in her new Brooks Glycerins; Abigail, who brought along husband Jeff (thanks for taking the photo, Jeff!); and Nina and Cindy, who I learned a lot more about as they kept pace with me. Being a journalist, I love hearing personal stories, so don’t be surprised if I saddle up next to you during one of our training sessions and start getting nosey.

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BLB's Downtown Walkers step off today

By Paula Schleis Published: April 18, 2017
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Any Blue Line Beginners who work or live in downtown Akron or are available to drive in to join us, we will begin meeting twice a week for a brisk lunchtime walk. Whether you are a walker or runner, these walks might fit into your "walk" or "cross training" days on your 1 Mile or 8K Training Plans.

We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays - beginning today - behind Spaghetti Warehouse, 510 S Main St., where we'll pick up the Towpath Trail. Look for us by the picnic tables off the parking lot. There is plenty of free parking.

The walk will begin promptly at 12:15 p.m., we'll dodge some construction along the trail on the way to the Akron Civic Theatre, and we'll return around 12:45 p.m. If you're not in a hurry to return to work, you can stay on the trail and stretch out your program. If you want to run or do the alternating walk/run, we won't hold you back. Feel free to come on out and socialize for a few minutes before setting off. You might even find a training partner at your speed.

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Mugshot Monday

By Paula Schleis Published: April 17, 2017
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Meet four more or your teammates today!


 

"About five or six years ago I was diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetic. I was 365 pounds and have always struggled with weight issues. I began to cut back on food and to walk. I am down almost 130 pounds and now complete three miles a day, five days a week. The idea of stepping up to greater distances with more endurance has been at the back of my mind for some time... I turned 50 last year and it has felt good (both physically and mentally) to be in better shape at this age then I was in my younger years. I have been married for 30 years and have three children. I am the Senior Minister of The Bath Church, United Church of Christ. I am also a classical trained opera singer and still sing when I can. I'll be making my Carnegie Hall debut this May!

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New to running? Check out Wednesday event.

By Paula Schleis Published: April 16, 2017
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We had 87 Blue Line Beginners at Saturday’s meetup. This time, Akron Marathon Executive Director Anne Bitong broke us up into three groups based on whether we were walking, running, or doing the walk/run style. You are free to change groups every week depending on your training level and ultimate goal. I wanted to extend a huge thanks to our coaches for the day. Anne led the run/walk group. Akron Police Capt. Sylvia Trundle and Danielle DeAngelis, a longtime marathon volunteer and racer, led our group of runners. And Akron Marathon staffer Katie Riley set the pace for the walkers. (Sylvia, Danielle and Katie pictured above.)

Next week: Same time, same place. 9 a.m., Saturday, at Firestone Metro Park’s 200 E. Warner Road parking lot.

If you are a beginning runner, the Akron Marathon is hosting a special community meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, at the Acme Freshmarket in Green, 3875 Massillon Road. I went to the walkers community meeting last month and it was very helpful! I know you’ll pick up some new tips.

Here’s the Facebook page on that event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1856140177976881
And if you're not on Facebook, here’s a website with more details: http://www.akronmarathon.org/training/partners-places.aspx

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Rules of the Road

By Paula Schleis Published: April 15, 2017
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Did you know most runners and walkers love a friendly wave or shout out? For me, training is usually a very solitary experience, and I feel camaraderie and even a little bit of motivation when someone else out there running or getting their 10,000 daily steps in sends a nod in my direction.

Today's Guest Blogger Laura McElrath, operations director for the Akron Marathon, notes that among a list of helpful etiquette points:

For those new to training and attending races there are a few rules of the road. Whether you are running or walking, training or participating in a race, the following tips will help everyone have a smooth experience.

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