CRR Diane Kukich, a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America, will again be getting UD employees “up and running” this spring through a Couch to 5K running program, a nine-week training program for beginner runners, offered by the University of Delaware Employee Health and Wellbeing.
Figured we could start out the new year with a cautionary tale. The following first-person account was shared by CRR Rachel Strickland, whose foot, yes, still hurts after having run two shorter races in lieu of one longer one.
Probably not the best decision I have ever made, but…
My foot hurt so bad on my last training run the previous Sunday that I could only do five miles and had to walk a lot of that. The race organizers let me transfer to the 5K/10K Challenge. Still 9.3 miles, but I saved nearly four miles of pounding on my foot.
I did the 10K at 7 a.m. then the 5K at 9:00. I got a medal for each event and a third for having done the combo. It hurt every single step, so probably not the best decision (hence the meme about being in denial). This is the same injury that kept me from doing the Wring Out the Old [at the end of 2018], but it seemed like it had been getting better.
I like to practice medicine without a license and know a little about anatomy, but I’m seeing a podiatrist this week to find out what the problem is, and, hopefully, I’ll have a real diagnosis. Likely a long time away from running in order to rehab. Just as well, because cycling season is just around the corner, and I can start training (I have the bike hooked to a trainer in the basement) for the Monkey Knife Fight on April 6—a 30-mile hilly ride in Emmaus, Pa.
Oh well, you just can’t keep some runners down. But, as a general rule, we don’t recommend running injured. Stay healthy in 2019 everyone!
New Year’s Eve day is less than three weeks away. That means it’s time to start planning for the 19th annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run, to take place at 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 31, at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, just over the state line in Maryland.
We’d kind of like to know ahead of time who will be participating this year, to help us better plan for the numbers. No, there won’t be a giveaway T-shirt this year, but we will do some kind of random giveaway to a lucky first-timer. Not familiar with the run? Check it out!
New start time this year: 12 noon! (So, don’t show up at 9 a.m., unless you want to wait three hours out in the cold or warm up with a rather quick marathon.) Woo-hoo! Should be warmer by noon.
So, shoot Mark Deshon an email to let him know you’re interested in the run, and he’ll be in touch.
The annual Caffé Gelato Waffle Cone 10 Miler and 5K run/walk (new this year) will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. The 10 Miler is the quintessential Creek Road run, as the course takes you out Creek Road along White Clay Creek all the way up into Pennsylvania’s White Clay Preserve before reversing course and heading back to Newark. The event includes a buffet brunch afterward.
You can register online for the ten miler at a pre-registration cost of $40 (by noon on Thursday, Oct. 26) or day-of cost of $50, but Caffé Gelato owner and CRR Ryan German is offering a special price of $20 to all official Creek Road Runners. Simply email Ryan and say “I’m a Creek Road Runner and I want to register for the event.” Then bring $20 with you to the registration table during the day of the event and indicate when you register that you are an official “Creek Road Runner.”
Creek Road Runners thank Ryan for this generous offer!
When CRR Diane Kukich commits to something, she seriously commits. For much of her adult life she has kept fit by working out, by exercising in one form or another—either walking, running, swimming, or biking. Now she’s approaching an impressive, and somewhat unimaginable, milestone. Kukich is closing in on 10,000 consecutive days of exercise—that’s about 27 years and 4 months, day in and day out. See video / read full story (including quotes from CRR Steve Goodwin and an inspirational nod to CRR Cole Galloway).
Kukich still holds the Delaware state resident record for the 50-54 age group at the 20K distance (set in 2002 – see state records held by Creek Road Runners).
You go, girl!