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Don’t Let the Cold Freeze Out Your Running Routine

By Benjamin Hicks, Certified Athletic Trainer at Mercy Sports Medicine
The weather around St. Louis has been frigid and nasty of late, but that’s no reason to slow your training. If you’re interested in cold weather running, there are a few things you should know:

Weather Conditions to Avoid:

Avoid running in winter storms due to decreased visibility for you and for drivers, and slick roads or sidewalks.
If there is snow or ice on the ground, try running in an area that has been cleared of snow and ice and has little to no traffic.
Avoid training in temperatures below 25⁰F and wind speeds […]

February 23rd, 2015||

GO! for a Cause Featured Charity: Angels’ Arms

This week, we’re showcasing another incredible St. Louis nonprofit participating in the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend races. Angels’ Arms is a nonprofit organization that provides a house and many resources for foster parents, so they can create a loving home for their foster children.

The focus is to keep brothers and sisters together and find homes for hard to place foster kids. Angels’ Arms creates a loving atmosphere where foster kids experience what it’s like to be part of a happy family.  They thrive when given normal routines—doing their homework and chores, sitting down to family dinners. […]

February 19th, 2015||

GO! for a Cause Featured Charity: The National Children’s Cancer Society

This week, we’re introducing our third GO! for a Cause featured charity: The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), which is based here in St. Louis. The NCCS helps support children with cancer and their families, from diagnosis through survivorship.

The NCCS was formed in 1987 when a close friend of Mark Stolze, the organization’s founder and CEO, was fighting cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant. At the time, these procedures were still considered experimental and not covered by insurance plans. Stolze realized how devastating cancer could be on an entire family physically, emotionally and financially.

“The NCCS expanded its program services […]

February 9th, 2015||

Tip of the Week: Stay Hydrated!

Hydration is critical when it comes to running, especially long distances like half and full marathons. Here at GO! St. Louis, we want to make sure that our runners stay healthy while they train, and with the Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend coming up, we think it’s more important than ever to remind our runners how important hydration is during training!

While some runners stick to plain old water, there are plenty of sources of hydration available to fit and active people. Sports drinks and gels are very popular among runners, and can be very helpful! Smoothies, tea, juice and even […]

February 2nd, 2015||

Runners of St. Louis Featured Runner: Tara Cassidy

There’s nothing like some home-town inspiration to get us really excited about being healthy! We asked Tara Cassidy a few questions last week and are so proud to share her truly inspiring journey to confidence and health with all of you.

Where are you from?
Although I currently reside in St. Charles, I’m originally from Murphysboro, Illinois.
What do you do?
I’ve been an in-home daycare provider for 10 years.
Who are your biggest supporters?
Hands down, my biggest supporters are my husband John, my 15-year-old Dustin, my 13-year-old Dorothy, my 9-year-old Liam, my 6-year-old Maggie and my adult stepson John. I also have a large […]

January 28th, 2015||

GO! for a Cause Featured Charity: Isaac’s Rays of Hope

This week’s GO! for a Cause featured charity is Isaac’s Rays of Hope, a nonprofit with the mission of providing hope to children and families affected by childhood cancer.

Isaac’s Rays of Hope provides this hope in many forms. The organization provides children and teens undergoing cancer treatments with care packages and fun, positive distractions. Isaac’s Rays of Hope also works to ease the financial and emotional stress that childhood cancer imposes on entire families.

The path that led to Isaac’s Rays of Hope goes back eight years. When David and Lisa Wargo’s fourth son, Isaac, was diagnosed with Infantile Fibrosarcoma at […]

January 23rd, 2015||

12 Weeks to 13.1

If you can walk a mile, you can do a half marathon. We mean it.

We’re 12 weeks away from the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon in April, and we have the training plans to get you ready.

Participants must maintain at least a 14:52 per mile pace through nine miles, so even if you’re not an experienced racer, or prefer walking to running, you can still participate in the fun and excitement of this inspiring event!

Ready to get started? Check out the half marathon 12-week training plan for beginners below, which starts at — you guessed it — just one mile!

January 19th, 2015||