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This is what spring looks like to me!

This is what spring looks like to me!

Hey there, Adventurers!

Can you feel it?  Spring is in the air and it’s time to ramp up the activity level!   I’m just so excited I can’t hardly take it!

Personally, I’m gearing up for TWO half marathons in the next 3 weeks.   I’m going to Run The Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky on Easter weekend and then the Allerton Trails Half Marathon on April 6th in Monticello, IL (near Decatur, IL).  If you’re looking for some last minute running plans, you can still get in on either of these events.  The Allerton event is especially nice because, even at this late date, sign up is only $40 for the half marathon or $30 for the 10K.

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How am I going to get through 2 half marathons on back-to-back weekends, you ask?  With help from my Adventure Foot Sponsors, of course!  You have probably heard the news by now that I’m an ambassador for Nuun Hydration, but I’m also adding a second sponsor to the blog roll this week!  I’m pleased to bring you the very best energy gel on the market:  V-Fuel Endurance Gel!

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V-Fuel is a Colorado based company, and they’re flipping the script on regular old Gu and have created a true endurance fuel that tastes good and keeps my tummy feeling good too (regular users of Gu will catch my meaning).  I’m going to write a full product review on both Nuun and V-Fuel in the near future- so stay tuned.  Even better: I’m planning a CONTEST for April where you could win product or gear from my sponsors! Woo hoo!

Heartland Road Runners Club is in full swing right now, but there’s still plenty of time to start running for Spring.   Come check out “Road Runners After Dark” if you want a taste of how lovely running with the club can be.  RRAD meets at a restaurant every Tuesday night for a fun, social run.  No runner left behind, we promise!  For the month of March, we will be meeting at Kelly’s Restaurant in Quincy.  Running starts promptly at 6:15.

I simply do not get tired of this photo of Jackie Joyner Kersee  handing me a medal at Bridge The Gap.

I simply do not get tired of this photo of Jackie Joyner Kersee handing me a medal at Bridge The Gap.

And as long as you’re running, you should plan on signing up for Quincy’s biggest running event, Bridge the Gap to Health Race!  This race, now in its 13th year, supports the MedAssist program.  MedAssist helps low income patients afford prescription medications.  The race will once again be marshaled by Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  If you’ve never been handed a medal by an Olympian, now is your chance!  There are a ton of options for this race including a walking or running half marathon, walking or running 10K and a running 5K.  There will also be a 5K Leisure Walk which starts an hour after the other races start.

Best day ever?!! Greg Davis of Madison Davis Bicycles and I pose by my brand new Trek Madone!

Best day ever?!! Greg Davis of Madison Davis Bicycles and I pose by my brand new Trek Madone!

And, saving perhaps the best for last: It’s BIKE SEASON!  I’m so darned excited about starting to really rack up the miles on my bike, I can’t even contain myself.  If you’re new to cycling, I suggest you try out the Quincy Bike Club’s Thursday night group.  This group will start meeting on April 4th.  The park which it meets at is TBD- I’ll keep you posted.   Once again this year I’ll be leading “Wednesday Night B Group.”  B-Group for 2013 will B a medium to medium/fast paced ride and I’m going to work in some training exercises  for all of us.  Maybe one week we’ll work out on some hill repeats. Maybe one week  we’ll do some flat sprints.  I don’t know. We’re going to be better cyclists for our work on Wednesday B Group!   Wednesday A and B group (A Group= really fast and experienced riders) will both leave from Madison Park Shelter House at 6 pm.  The first B group will meet April 3.  I will bring Easter candy as a bribe.

OH! And don’t forget to attend the Grand Opening celebration at Madison Davis Bicycles.  It’s April 11th at 6 pm.  The new shop is absolutely gorgeous and Greg is planning some great sales to kick it off.  You won’t want to miss it.

And Adventure Foot Readers- don’t miss this great spring sale from my blog sponsor, Nuun Hydration! $18 for a 4 pack of Nuun plus a water bottle (most of the 4 packs are normally $24 without a water bottle, so yeah. Stock up now.). It’s a great deal!

Click here for an awesome sale on Nuun!

Click here for an awesome sale on Nuun!

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I haven’t blogged in a few days, but I feel weeks behind on the news!  I’m going to make like the top-of-the-hour headlines and give you the Blog in Brief!

Christmas Trail Run

Trail Running at Argyle Lake

All of my family events around Christmas were over by the 24th, so my husband and I headed out to Lake Argyle State Park in Colchester, IL (1 hour from Quincy) to run some trails for Christmas Day.  Here’s what I learned: I love that park but it needs a lot of work.  The stairs and small bridges on portions of the trail are broken, slippery and dangerous.  The lake is beautiful but the trails surrounding it are difficult to follow due to poor markings at intersections.  They’re also full of stumps and roots that make trying to run ill-advised.  It’s still a nice place for a hike, but you’re going to want to watch your feet.  The highlight of the day came courtesy of the skies surrounding the park, where we spotted and photographed some immature bald eagles and a few red tailed hawks.  In related news: I need to buy a pair of trail running shoes, as my old road shoes have no grip at all on wet leaves.

NuFit to Offer Winter Cycling Fusion

If you’re like me, you worked hard to become a better cyclist all summer and fall, but this winter weather has you already wondering what kind of shape you’ll be in when spring rolls around.  NuFit for You of Quincy is offering a 12 Week Winter Cycling Fusion course beginning January 7th that’s sure to have you in better shape this spring than ever before!  The class meets from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and includes professional instruction, cross-training in Pilates and yoga, an education component, guest speakers and strength conditioning.   The class also includes VO2 Max testing before and after the 12 weeks to help you find your optimal training zones and also to see how much you’ve improved over the course of the class.  For more information, contact NuFit for you at nufit@nufitforyou.com, http://www.cyclingfusion.com/winter-training/ or call 217-779-5053

RAGBRAI

Speaking of cycling, I’ve got big news! I’ve signed up for the Register’s Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI.  I’ll be riding with team #42: The Keokuk Bike Club.  There’s still time to join up with the Keokuk Club if you’re interested in making the 6-day, 500 mile trip across the great state of Iowa for the traditional tire-dip in the Mississippi with me this July.  I’ll write a full blog about RAGBRAI in the next week or two, but there’s no time like the present to start thinking about this ride.  It’s the oldest bike tour in the country and draws participants from all over the world.  The number of participants is limited and you must enter a lottery to get a spot on the ride unless you sign up with a team.  Contact Jim Vincent, President of the Keokuk Club, jjvincent (at) iowatelecom (dot) net for more information on joining the team.

Winter Running Events

There are two fun running events that have made my calendar for the beginning of 2012.  The first is the Frozen Buns Run 5K and 10K in St. Louis on January 14th.  The event starts and ends at Blueberry Hill on the Delmar Loop (near the Pageant Theater) and funds will benefit the St. Louis Triathlon Club.  Sign up is $20 ($30 on the day of the event) and includes the after party with live music at Blueberry Hill!

The second event is the Catch Cupid if You Can 5K in Hannibal, MO.  This 5K fun run/walk is 10 a.m. Feb. 11, 2012; at Riverview Park in Hannibal, MO. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the “Kids in Motion” program. Register by Jan. 27, 2012, to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Every female participant will receive a rose at the end of the course!

January Roadrunners After Dark

The Roadrunners After Dark have chosen Jimbeana’s Restaurant at 130 South 10th Street in Quincy as a meeting location for January.  The informal group welcomes new runners.  We’ll be running from the parking lot at 6:45 each Tuesday night and then meeting back at Jimbeana’s 45 minutes or so later for food and laughs.  Most nights there are several routes ranging from 3 miles to 6 miles in length to choose from.

Adventure Foot Contest Announced

Your Adventure Foot could be Blog Famous! Upload a picture of your foot having an adventure to the Adventure Foot Facebook Page before February 12th, 2012 you could win a $20 Visa Gift Card!! I’ll choose one winner via random number generator from all of the entries.  The only rule is that you must click “like” on the Adventure Foot Facebook page! See the Photo Gallery for more info.

Disk Golf Tournament

Hannibal Parks and Rec will be holding an Ice Bowl Disk Golf Tournament on Feburary 18th at Huckleberry Park.  The $10 sign-up fee will benefit the Douglas Food Pantry.

Young Bald Eagle over Colchester, IL

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