The Road to Marathon Weekend Update 3: Overcoming Obstacles

Somewhere along the road to marathon weekend, you’ll hit a roadblock.  It might be physical (injury, illness) or it might be mental – but during a training season, it’s bound to happen.  And then what?  How do you deal with the setbacks or even just the tough parts of training and fatigue?  We polled a few of the veterans around the GO! St. Louis office and then checked in with our PNC blog stars to see how they’ve handed roadblocks along the way…here’s what we found:

Advice from some of the veteran runners on the GO! St. Louis team…

Mona Langenberg […]

March 24th, 2017||

The Road to Marathon Weekend: Update #2: Working with a Coach

It’s true, and we talked about it in our last blog entry: you don’t need more than a pair of shoes and your own two feet to walk out your door and begin training. It’s what we love about running and walking, and it’s what makes this sport accessible, approachable and (no, we’re not biased) GREAT!

And often, this is enough. If you’re a morning runner like many are, it goes like this: wake up, drink a cup of coffee, check your phone’s weather app (don’t forget the windchill on these winter mornings!), make those important clothing choices, lace up your […]

February 14th, 2017||

The Road to Marathon Weekend – Update #1: First things first: buying the right shoes!

One of the first things that we did with David and Kolleen was to head over to our favorite local running retailer and partner – Big River Running Company – to get them started off on the right foot – literally!  We often talk in our office about how lucky we are, as runners, to need so little equipment to do our sport.  But, that means that the *one* piece of equipment we do need should be a good one. 


Mark Spewak, David and Kolleen’s coach, sees a lot of new runners in his business, and knows how important it is […]

January 27th, 2017||

The Road to Marathon Weekend

It’s January.  There are 12 weeks to go before the annual GO! St. Louis Marathon Weekend.

It’s the start of a new training season.  January means kicking your training plans into high gear, finding motivation in winter months, and focusing on your goals.  

This year, we’re going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get there.  We’ll be following two new runners training for their first races.  

You’ll get an inside look at their training plans (they’ll both be working with awesome coach Mark Spewak of Spewak Training), picking the right gear, stretching/injury prevention, nutrition – […]

January 19th, 2017||

My Introduction to Run/Walking: Another Path to Racing

Running at any distance can be intimidating. Kristen, one of the GO! St. Louis Ambassadors, never thought she would be a “runner” or even ever run a race before she started run/walking. Below is the story of how she went from serial shopper to race addict.

If you would have asked me several years ago if I would ever be a runner, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Running? Heck no. I was the type of person to do anything that was the opposite of athletic. Watch TV, shopping, reading, shopping…yes I said shopping more […]

September 15th, 2016||

Three Recovery Strategies You Probably Need To Be Reminded to Do

By Ian Fagala

If you’ve spent any appreciable time running or exercising in general you’ve experienced days when you feel like you just don’t have it.  Inevitably your body will have those days when each step or rep is a chore and part of the reason might be that you aren’t fully recovered from your last training session.

We have a multitude of stressors that we deal with each and every day and training regularly is one of those stressors that is typically positive, but if you are not recovering well it can quickly turn negative.  So be sure and get back to […]

June 8th, 2015||

How You Can Support Your GO! St. Louis Runners

There are lots of great places for you to cheer on your GO! St. Louis runners. We urge spectators to visit the PNC Bank Cheer Zone at Tucker & Market at Mile 7. PNC is providing spectators with rally towels, cheer cares and complimentary coffee and bagels.
A great way to see your runner’s progress is to watch at the starting line, then walk over to the PNC Cheer Zone before returning to the start/finish line to watch them complete the race!
At the end of the race, PNC will also present their Family Reunion Area, where your runner can easily find […]

April 10th, 2015||