Letter from a Runner

Hello! I cannot believe it has taken me a week to write this email, and for that, I apologize. I'm not sure where to begin so I will just speak from my heart and tell you how great each and every person involved in this race is! I have been overweight most of my life. In January of last year, I decided to change that. I began eating healthy and took up running, as that seemed to be the only exercise that I would see weight loss results in. April 2013 marked my first half marathon. In September, I took the … [Read more...]

Reflecting on SAMM 2014

julie (1 of 1)

Well, the pre-race anxiety finally came to an end at 7:07:56 AM on Sunday morning as I crossed the start line of my very first marathon…which by the end of the day I swore would also be my very last! We had a perfect day.  The temperatures were low but not too cool, and there was no wind.  My game plan was to average a 12 minute mile pace for the race, bringing me across the finish line in just less than 5 ½ hours.  My usual split times in a long run show me running faster than average in the first 3rd of the … [Read more...]

Setting a Running Record

prescottmedal

It was May 24th, 2013, my first day of summer vacation after graduating 8th grade, when my alarm rang at five thirty in the morning. I got up, got dressed, and I laced up my brand new shoes and prepared for my one shot at history. I had decided that I could attempt to break the Prescott Junior High School distance record and endurance time record which could not include any stopping or even walking at all and had to be done all on a quarter mile track. I was the first girl to even attempt to break the boy's record … [Read more...]

Twelve Days

juliestanley

Twelve days.  Twelve days to the big event.  I’ve been working toward this event for six months now.  Or a year.  Or a couple of years.  Or a lifetime.  It all depends on where you want to start counting, on what you want to mark as the starting point. If you use the logic that all past events in your life make you who you are today, then March 23rd will be just another point to where the events of my life have led me.  If you consider the starting point to an event as the moment where, if you had not taken a … [Read more...]

Stronger Than The Voices In My Mind

gabi

We all began our journey to run with many different and personal reasons. For me, it was to get healthy, but it has turned into so much more than that. When I began my running journey, I could not run 1 mile without stopping 20 times (and this is not an exaggeration). The weird thing was - I kept at it! And OMG, when I ran that mile for the first time, I felt like I just ran a marathon and I’m sure I looked like it too. I was dripping with sweat, huffing and puffing, and thought I would never be able to walk … [Read more...]

Dear 26.2-Mile Run

sampierstorff

Got this note and poem from a club member who is training to complete his first marathon at SAMM in March. Just wanted to share this poem. I have been flirting (literally) with the idea of my first marathon. First step: write a poem about it. Second step:start running. I am still stuck on step one. Thought I'd share. I am a new member to Shadowchase, but my IT Band and busy schedule don't allow me to see you guys very often. Hope that changes soon. --Sam Dear 26.2-Mile Run by Sam Pierstorff I have … [Read more...]

Our Biggest Fan

deegrandcanyon

If you’ve been around the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon (SAMM) Facebook or website much, you’ve most likely noticed there’s one name that creeps up, over and over again. So who is this Dee Cajiuat person who sings the praises of SAMM and KT Tape wherever she goes? If you ask her, Dee, a second grade teacher from Southern California, will tell you she dislikes running but loves her friends in Modesto so much, so she makes frequent trips north to participate in ShadowChase Running Club events as often as … [Read more...]

My Race

SAMM 2013 (131 of 343)

The SAMM 5k…this is my race. Not in the sense that I own it, or that I started it, or that I’m anything special in connection to it.  No, this is my race because it’s special to me, just like all races are special to someone.  So we lay claim to our race, along with everyone else who feels this is their special race, even though it doesn’t really belong to us. The 2012 SAMM 5k was the completion of a goal I had set for myself when I decided to do something about my weight.  I challenged myself to become fit … [Read more...]

A Runner Inspired to Write

shadowchase

We recently received this letter from a Modesto Marathon 5K participant. It was such a touching story that we had to share it with you.   “You RUN?  Why would you want to do that??”  “You should take up something that’s not so hard on you, like biking.”  “You know, roller blading is way easier on your knees and back.” These are all statements that friends (friends, mind you…not strangers) have made to me when they found out I’m a runner. Let me say that again; I’m a runner. First of all, it took … [Read more...]