Runners Notes

If you want to know anything about the local running scene, ask Heather Cass. A member of the Erie Runners Club for 10-plus years, she is immersed in the local fitness culture, and she's taking your questions.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014

Save the date – IBRD – May 4

I recently received this note from Tom Madura, Erie’s original barefoot runner (Tom was doing it wayyyy before it became trendy!). It’s that time again! The Barefoot Runners Society is once again promoting International Barefoot Running Day on May 4th, 2014! Their website describes it this way: The Barefoot Runners Society (BRS) is proud to [...]


Posted: April 21st, 2014

Meb wins Boston! (Erie’s top male finishes in just 32 minutes behind)

I’m sure you’ve heard, but….Meb won the Boston Marathon, making him the first American to win the prestigious race since 1983! His finish time was 2:08:37, which is nothing short of amazing when you consider that’s a pretty respectable HALF marathon finish time for many recreational runners. Unfortunately Shalane fell short, finishing 7th overall with [...]


Posted: April 21st, 2014

Erie loves Boston

Lots of great running-related stories in yesterday’s newspaper. Chris Jiuliante (Erie Times-News/GregWohlford) This story–about a McDowell senior who qualified for Boston by running  a 2:53 in his first marathon ever at Erie last fall–was particularly interesting. Can’t wait to see how Chris Jiuliante does at Boston today! (No surprise to learn he is John Trucilla’s [...]


Posted: April 21st, 2014

Monday Motivation: Soul searching


Posted: April 19th, 2014

ERC Poker Run 5K results

Saturday was a spectacular day for a race and…the dedication of the new Erie Runners Club pavilion at Beach No. 1 at Presque Isle State Park! More than 200 participated with top honors going to: Male 1.  Alec Raynor, 21, 17:14 2. Steve Strelick, 31, 17:34 3. Adam Rowe, 33, 17:54 Female 1. Christie Foster, [...]


Posted: April 17th, 2014

Things I found — 4/17/14

Worth reading: Dr. George Sheehan wrote this essay in 1976. He was a man who was way ahead of his time: You Let a Girl Beat You? According to this article, what you eat the week of a marathon can make or break you. Meh…I don’t know. I suppose it probably matters, but “make or [...]


Posted: April 16th, 2014

Try Team Adrenaline for free

As you know, I joined an outdoor workout group this winter organized and run by Dr. Steven Krauza. Team Adrenaline is an “organic fitness” group, which means we use no “equipment” beyond our own bodies or some cones on a football field or curbs or playground equipment, etc. I wrote all about Team Adrenaline here. [...]


Posted: April 16th, 2014

Kids invited to Run-A-Muck at the Eastside Y

The Eastside YMCA is hosting a mud run for kids. The Run-A-Muck obstacle event is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. Three levels of participation—hard, moderate, and easy—will make it challenging for kids from ages 4 to 13. The 1.5 mile course includes 15 obstacles. Don’t forget your camera: Spectators will be able [...]


Posted: April 16th, 2014

Know the lingo: Junk miles

When you’re just getting started in a sport, it’s hard to learn all the lingo. Running and walking, like any sport, has it’s own special language and local phrases. Each week, I’ll define a term or phrase that will help you not only walk the walk (or run the run), but talk the talk. junk [...]


Posted: April 15th, 2014

Random news and notes

Shalane Flanagan Featured on 60 Minutes From Runner’s World magazine: On Sunday evening, CBS’s “60 Minutes” followed American hopeful and local favorite Shalane Flanagan throughout her training for this year’s Boston Marathon. It was the first time in the show’s history that it featured a professional runner. “Maybe it’s just a Bostonian thing, but I was really, [...]