Your Motivation


It's been about six weeks since we started this journey! We have enjoyed sunshine, beautiful weather, new knowledge, new running shoes, and new friends. Some of you are beginning to adjust to this new path you're on; you take steps daily toward a healthier active lifestyle. It's not training just for today; it's training for a lifetime. As the weather starts to turn cold and the sky is sometimes gray, the mileage starts to increase, rain drops may be falling on your head, the busy holiday season is upon us and … [Read more...]

Create Your Own Marathon Pace Wristband

Marathon Pace Wristband

One of the keys to achieving your best marathon time is to keep an even pace throughout the race. Go out too fast and you'll hit the wall, go out too slow and you won't be able to make up the time later (but you may feel more rested at the end). Determine the pace that you believe you can honestly achieve and stick to it. Use these wristbands to guide you through those miles (or kilometers) when your mind can't do the math anymore (or you want to save your concentration for your race). Of course you may need to … [Read more...]

Here We Are, Ready For Race Day Information…..

This week, stay hydrated, be cautious about what you eat (think healthy), and stay healthy with lots of hand washing and avoiding sick people. Later in the week, lay out every item you need for race morning (shoes, shorts, socks, gels, hydration pack, etc. etc). Pin your bib to the front of your shirt after visiting the Expo. RACE DAY!! The half and full marathon start at 7am. Arrive at least one hour prior to the race. Wake up early enough to take care of everything you must do (eat and drink, visit the … [Read more...]

Congratulations! And, What’s Next?

Congratulations! Whether you realize it or not, you have inspired people with your commitment to you marathon goal! What's next for you? We hope your commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle is just beginning. First, you get to rest for a bit. By Wednesday or Thursday, you can start with light, easy running--about 1-3 miles.  Walking and stretching are great too. You can gradually increase the amount of miles you run as the days go by.  Generally speaking, your body needs one day for every mile you ran … [Read more...]

It’s Taper Time!!!

With just 20 days until the Modesto Marathon, it's finally time to "taper."  I want to share the following article with you so that you'd understand just exactly what tapering means. (source:  The final 3 weeks are the most important in any marathon-training program. Here's everything you need to know and do leading up to race day. By Bob Cooper    Published 12/09/2003 Every good marathon-training plan should "taper" during those final 21 days. That means you run less and rest more. For … [Read more...]

Proper Clothing & Shoes

Clothing... There's a saying..."Cotton is rotten." It applies to your running clothes (even your socks)! No cotton! For your clothing, look for items that are marked "dri-fit," or "moisture wicking." The fabric is NOT cotton. These types of fabric pull moisture away from your body and then it dries quickly. While you won't be absolutely dry you will be much more comfortable and less likely to chafe. Chaffing is a condition that some people deal with, and it's painful. The right fabric can help. If you find … [Read more...]