Thursday, October 29, 2009

Saturday's Route

So I had a few people Tuesday evening demanding that I come up with a flat route for Saturday. That means one thing--we have to go west of Veterans and south of Lawrence. Click here for a map of the route.

Saturday is also the Trick or Eat Social for the Springfield Road Runners Club. Here's a flyer about the event. Basically, bring canned or non-perishable food to donate to the Central Illinois Foodbank. Then run with the Toes. Please note: Donations are completely voluntary; you are not required to donate in order to run with the Frost Toes.

Saturday is also Halloween, so if you absolutely want to run in costume, feel free. Keep in mind that you'll be wearing that costume for NINE MILES, which may be a pain if you haven't run that distance before.

See you Saturday at 7 am!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hard Core

A night like Tuesday shows who is the hard core Frost Toe. We ran a hill workout in the rain, proving that it's never too wet to run, just like it's never too cold to run.

Everyone did a great job. I picked up a lot of confidence by being able to run up those hills.

If you're looking for a Thursday night group, remember that Cassie Pollard has a route planned out that you can see here: Meet at Lincoln Park at 5:15 for that one.

Mary Tuttle will run Washington Park with anyone who is interested in meeting at the shelter at 5:30.

Remember that Saturday we will run nine miles. I've already been threatened with possible death if I map out a hilly route ... so we'll just see what happens. I'll get that route posted as soon as I can.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Did ya love the hills?

The Frost Toes who love running hills -- you know who you are -- had a good time Saturday morning. The rest of us, well, we finished the six miles. I know I wasn't the only one who had to walk up a part of two hills.

Next week we bump the distance up to nine miles. I'm going to try to find something a little flatter.

But Tuesday night we're doing hill work again. We'll warm up by jogging to the Park street entrance and then past the pavilion, down the hill. and then over to the base of the Carillon hill. We'll go up that hill, then down the hill, then up the hill to the shelter where we meet, then back down and back up the Carillon hill. So the circuit is up the Carillon hill, down, up the shelter hill and down. We'll do that circuit four times and see if anyone wants more.

Thursday night Cassie Pollard has a Lincoln Park route ready to go for anyone who can show up at 5:15. Here's her email:
Thursday night, 10/29/09 at 5:15 PM sharp, Lincoln Park, I have put a route together that is about 5.5 miles. There will be a water stop at my house at mile 3. Route has wide roads and sidewalks mostly. Hope a lot can make it. See route here:

If anyone has a plan for Thursday night at Washington Park or any other location, send me the details.

A personal note: A HUGE thank you to all the Frost Toes who kicked in money for a new cooler. You really didn't need to do that. Now the challenge is going to be finding a replacement. The only coolers Sam's Club has are the ones big enough to hide a body in. LOL! Thanks, everyone.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Quarters and Cutting Back

Well, I was certainly stiff Wednesday morning after the quarters we ran Tuesday night. How did you feel?

This is our first cutback week; Saturday we will run a little more than six miles on the actual Frostbite Festival course. Click here to see a map of the route, and notice that we're starting from CMT again instead of FitClub.

We'll go west on Washington across Veteran's Parkway past Bradfordton Road all the way to the T intersection with Old Covered Bridge Lane. We turn around and come back on Washington to Koke Mill, which is just past the railroad viaduct. Turn right onto Koke Mill and then left onto Victoria Lane. Stay on Victoria as she curves to the right, then turn left onto Lawrence. We'll cross Veterans and then take a left onto Durkin Drive back to CMT.

Please note that Washington is essentially a narrow country road between Bradfordton and Old Covered Bridge. Keep an eye out for cars and pickup trucks. If you insist on wearing headphones, turn the volume down so you can hear if someone is yelling that a car or truck is on the way.

I'll set out water near the intersection of Washington and Bradfordton and hope that nobody steals it this time.

We might do some tailgatin' again if anyone is interested!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

8 Miles? No Problem

So everybody did a great job on a hilly eight-mile course. At least you all appeared to--we didn't lose any runners.

I know that several people I talked to were just a bit worried about the distance and the hills. All that worry for nothing! You found out you could do it!

Sorry about the loss of one hydration stop. I had set out a cooler with water and Gatorade at the bottom between the North Grand hills, but it was apparently stolen before the first Frost Toe got there. When you consider that we all did an eight mile run with a single water stop, we did really well.

Next Saturday we cut back to six miles on the course. Remember when six miles was your running goal?

Also, we'll meet at the CMT parking lot instead of FitClub. The CMT thing is working out quite well.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tailgate Time!

How about a little post-run tailgating tomorrow?

I'm bringing along a crock pot of beef vegetable soup for any and all to consume (my wife made the soup so there's no need to worry).

Feel free to bring your favorite snacks or foods to share. If everyone enjoys this, we could make it a weekly event.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hills & Chills

Great group of Frost Toes came to Washington Park Tuesday evening to dodge a couple of rain drops and put in a little bit of hill training. Thanks, everyone!

Don't forget to run on Thursday. Run on your own or take advantage of Cassie Pollard's 5k in Lincoln Park at 5:15 pm. See the post below for details.

Saturday we've got 8 miles to cover and I've found some more hills for us to practice on. Here's a link to the route. We're basically heading to Chatham Road, then north to North Grand, then east to Monument Avenue to the entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery and then back. We'll take Monroe on the way back to CMT.

Be aware that there's quite a bit of construction at the intersection of Washington and Chatham, so use the NORTH side of Washington street. And keep an eye on the weather so you dress appropriately. We'll get started at 7 am.

After all, it's NEVER too cold to run!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thursday Night Group Run

Frost Toe Cassie Pollard is offering the following option for Thursday night:

I have a 5K planned at Lincoln Park, meet where we meet for Abe's at Pavillion, it will take a loop of park out to 5th north to Ridley, over to 8th, north on 8th to Fair Grounds entrance west on Sangamon, south back down 5th street, back into park past the water up short hill to Pavillion and finish at Nelson Parking lot, this should be about 3.08 - 3.1 miles.

If anyone is interested. There will be Cassie, Amanda, and Jim there around 5:15.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Frost Toes 2009 Group Shot

How 'bout that group of Frost Toes in front of our new Saturday morning gathering place?

Good job completing 6 miles in frosty but clear conditions, everyone. For everyone who complained about the temperature, remember our motto: NEVER Too Cold To Run!

Tuesday at 5:45 we'll meet at Washington Park for another hill workout. Some folks are talking about a Thursday night run as well. I can't make Thursday nights, but if someone wants to plan a route and be the one who says "Go!" for Thursday workouts, let me know at and I will post it here.

Friday, October 9, 2009


This is why we're called the Frost Toes.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Saturday Plan

Saturday morning we meet at 7 sharp to take the second step toward the Frostbite Festival!

This week we'll run an easy 6 miles from the CMT office at Washington and Durkin Drive to Washington Park and back. There will be a water stop in the park that you'll pass twice, so take advantage of the hydration opportunity.

If you need a restroom, use the Shell station across Durkin from CMT. Next week we may have access to the CMT office itself.

Click here to see a map of the route.

There's one tricky part on the way back from the park. Lawrence takes a left turn at one point; if you go straight, you're suddenly on Oxford. So be watching the street signs and turn left when Lawrence does.

Keep an eye on the temperature. There's a chance it might dip into the 30's before we start running, so it might be time to break out the running pants.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Great First Run!

There were LOTS of Frost Toes running the Heroes Run for Hope, and everybody did a GREAT job out there!

Welcome to Frost Toes 2009. Now that we've had our first group run, it's time for our first Tuesday night session. We'll meet at Washington Park around 5:45 pm. Meet at the shelter next to the playground area--this is the shelter used for the Women's Distance Festival and the AMA run.

We'll warm up by running from the shelter to the pavilion and then down to the carillon. From the base of the hill, we'll do 4 hill repeats--run up the hill almost to Fayette Avenue and then walk or jog back down. Then we'll cool down by running back the way we came down to the carillon.

By the way, if you filled out a Frost Toes form on Saturday and have NOT received an email from me yet, shoot me an email at and please include your emergency contact information.