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Kay McVey (far left) with Pacer Ron

Local Marathoner Kay McVey Had a Great Race – April 6

by Kay McVey

In recent years, the GO! St. Louis Marathon had been plagued with hot weather that wilted many of even the best runners on the challenging course.  We had had an unusually cold and long winter in St. Louis, however, and spring was late.  In the days prior to the marathon, I was excited to see a very moderate temperature forecast for race day.  Usually the lilacs were blooming and I would take them to the Expo (Kay’s a key GO! volunteer at the Expo) , but this year I took bouquets of my daffodils.

I rode to the […]

May 2nd, 2014||
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Help Us Expand the Read, Right & Run Marathon – Donate on May 6

On May 6, 2014 we are thrilled to be taking part in #GiveSTLDay for the first time! Thousands from around the region will support local non-profits and we are looking for your support as we try to raise enough funds to bring the GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon® to 250 more kids in the St. Louis area.

Our Read, Right & Run Marathon® program challenges kids to READ 26 books, RIGHT the community with 26 good deeds, and RUN 26.2 miles over a 6-month period. Your support will expand the reach of this powerful program. This program is […]

April 28th, 2014||
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Nutrition is like Training. You need to Start Early

You’ve trained hard for months to run your race. A little bit of attention to what you eat and drink before the race can make sure all that hard training pays off.

Prepare
During the week leading up to the race, slowly increase the amount of carbohydrates you eat and drink. You should peak in the last two days prior to the race. Drink plenty of water and electrolytes before race day. If you start the race behind on hydration, you likely won’t perform at your peak, and your chances of having a medical issue go up significantly. This is also […]

April 2nd, 2014||
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Race day is inching closer every day, and that decision (you know the one you made on a whim to sign up for your first half or full marathon) is about to come to fruition.  Just a few more weeks and you’ll be standing at the starting line anxiously awaiting the sound of the gun.

Sometimes, this late in the game getting out for your scheduled runs can be laborious and downright miserable.  However, those particular training runs are what separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls. Those training runs are the ones that allow you […]

March 20th, 2014||
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Proper Gait Starts During Your First Stride

By Mike Aiello – Lionheart Fitness

Whether you’re training or racing, the start is the most important part of your run. Several kinesthetic aspects must be paid attention to as you take your first stride. Always remember, that your first stride will set the standard for stride and proper foot placement throughout the run.  One of the big problems I see regularly when coaching runners is that they run with the engine behind them. What I mean by this is simple, and something that you might have done or have seen others do. Often runners who start poorly, will begin to […]

March 11th, 2014||
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Take Advantage of Local Resources

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet today. I am a very independent person. However, I think that can be a weakness if one does not know when to compromise. I have learned that when it comes to something that you may not know too much about, but are diving in head first, that’s a GREAT time to set your pride aside and compromise. Ask for help. Marathon running is not just an accomplishment, it’s a sport. Both men and women have been accomplishing and competing in distance running for decades, if not centuries. As you know, […]

March 4th, 2014||
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New Guest Blogger Lionheart Fitness to Offer Training Tips

Hi, my name is Michael Aiello with Lionheart Personal Training, and a new guest blogger on Finish Line Feeling.  Lionheart is a family-owned  strength and conditioning training center, serving the St. Louis running community. Our staff has been coaching runners, racers and athletes of all ages for over 23 years. As a life-long coach with a Master’s Degree in Athletic Development, I have created a system to strengthen the hips and core that will build speed and a stronger, safer run. Look for our first blog “the power of the start” coming Monday March 10th. Feel free to visit Lionheart’s […]

March 3rd, 2014||