Every runner has a story

These York-area runners are determined to cross the finish line this year at the Boston Marathon.

These York-area runners are determined to cross the finish line this year at the Boston Marathon.

I started interviewing local runners this January. I had known since last year I wanted to do a project that looked at athletes who ran the Boston Marathon last year. Specifically, I wanted to talk to runners who were going back again this year.

Over the past four months I spent hours talking to runners and hearing their stories. There were some common themes on what runners said, but I was surprised by how many differences I found too. Everyone has their own, highly personal reason to run. Each person sees it differently, trains differently, responds differently. It’s one of the great things about running. There’s no right or wrong way to be a runner. This project introduced me to some amazing people, all of whom are determined to cross the finish line at this year’s Boston Marathon.

If you’ve got a few minutes, visit the project site and meet a few of the people who make up the amazing running community we have.

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Eat dinner at Isaac’s and raise funds for Bring On Play!

You have to eat dinner on Thursday anyway, right? Why not take the family out to Isaac’s on White Street between 5:00 – 9:00 pm?  Isaac’s will donate 25% of the meal proceeds to BOP for the renovation of Penn Park.  Dine in or take out options are available.  Dinner fun will help BOP make another park fun for everyone!  Please print a copy of the BOP Isaac’s fundraiser form and remit with payment of your meal.  Thanks for your support to increase the playful activities within the city of York!

BOP isaacs fundraiser 4-2014

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No Sweat, Literally: A girl’s got to eat

Keeping track of my runs on the calendar helps me track my progress. It's great to look back and see all I've done.

Keeping track of my runs on the calendar helps me follow my progress. It’s great to look back and see all I’ve done.

I underestimate the power of my stomach.

It was a busy week for me. Throw in 5K training for the Race Against Racism/Splash of Color and I just felt like things weren’t slowing down. I’m getting married in a month, so between vendor meetings, picking up our marriage license and finishing up premarital counseling, there’s a lot going on.

I got up early Friday to fit in my 8:1 r:w interval before meeting with the catering company. I ran out the door without eating breakfast, something I hardly ever do, and I hit the back roads. Ten minute in and I felt a little sick. My tummy was not happy. Continue reading

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Give Blood for Boston

Looking for a positive way to honor the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings? Give blood with the York Road Runners and the American Red Cross for the first Boston Strong Memorial Blood drive. The drive runs 2-7:30 on Tuesday, April 15 (that’s tomorrow) at Heritage Hills. Donors are also invited to write messages on a canvas that will join others from around the country at Fenway Park in Boston.

Here’s the details:

Heritage Hills Golf Resort, The York Road Runners Club and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming special blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Continue reading

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, “Tri Tri” Again

I’m currently injured – swollen cartilage underneath my kneecap. Grumble! I’m in Physical Therapy, strengthening my hips, knees and glutes and hoping that this is the last time I’m in PT for a VERY long time!

So, right now, I’m not running and that is NOT fun. I haven’t run since my half marathon, as the pain started shortly after.


The only activity I’m cleared for is swimming, which is good – I’m doing my first triathlon this Summer. Swimming is my weakest of the three (swimming, biking, running) and I’m looking forward to getting better. And let’s just say, I’ve got a lot of work to do.

I've totally got the attire down though.

I’ve totally got the attire down though.

On Wednesday, my friend Marie and I gave it a shot! Marie is a seasoned triathlete, and I’m so happy to have her along with me on this journey. I put the swim cap on incorrectly first – Thank goodness I had Marie along to correct me. (Though I’m sure my strokes were enough to let the others in the pool know I’m a newbie!)

I always tell people, I know how to swim well enough not to drown, and that’s about it. I took swimming lessons as a kid, though I don’t really remember a lot of the strokes.

Marie taught me some of the strokes, and (tried) to teach me how to breathe while doing the strokes. Soon I will learn how to breathe correctly, though Wednesday was not that day. ;)

My swimming on Wednesday wasn’t perfect, but it was a start. I can be kind of a perfectionist, and I want to be good at everything right away. Obviously, that isn’t the case, and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. I’m ready to put that work in though!

When was the last time you tried something new?

Are you a good swimmer? 

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Healthy alternatives to sugar-filled Easter candy

It's tradition to get candy at Easter, but a few healthy swaps can make a big difference. FILE - DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS

It’s tradition to get candy at Easter, but a few healthy swaps can make a big difference. FILE – DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS

Children often wake up Easter morning to be treated to overflowing baskets of sugary treats. But most of those basket options lack nutritional value and will load your little ones up with sugar, saturated fat and little else.

Do you really want to get your kids that high on candy on such a beautiful spring day?

Many favorite candy options are deceiving when they come in small packages during the holidays. Below are some examples of what a single serving can throw at you: Continue reading

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You go girl . . .

I have always feared biking up hills.  When mapping out a new bike route, I would have to drive it before biking it, to make sure there weren’t any hills I didn’t think I could get up.  My friend Nixon, a pro cyclist for Cannondale, once told me: who cares if you have to walk your bike up?  Just get on your bike and go.

But walking my bike up a hill just seemed so lame.

Last summer I attacked my fear of hills with a vengeance and biked up Copenhaffer Road. Both sides.  Without walking my bike.  But hills still scare me a little bit – I think they always will.

So when I was out biking yesterday, and I saw this little girl who was probably about five years old, on her pink two wheeler, with training wheels, with pink streamers, with her pink helmet, standing on her pedals as she hammered up what had to be a 5% grade hill, I couldn’t stop myself from saying to her as I biked by:  Nice bike – don’t give up!


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Quinoa buffalo bites are a fun, meatless appetizer

Quinoa is a grain rich in fiber, iron and protein.

It’s commonly used as a meat substitute in vegetarian or vegan meals, but it can also be a great way to cut back on meat in your grocery bill as it’s filling and a little bit goes a long way.

Foods high in fiber are probably best known for relieving constipation. But foods containing fiber can also help maintain a healthy weight and lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

It’s recommended that women consume 25 grams of fiber each day, and men consume 38 grams.

One cup of cooked quinoa has 220 calories, but packs 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 15 percent of the daily recommended amount of iron.

It’s great as a substitute for rice or other grains.

But if you’re looking for a more creative way to eat this super food, try it smothered in buffalo sauce. Continue reading

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Blindsided: Healthy living advocate battles eye cancer

Cori poses for a photo Thursday evening from her hotel in Philadelphia where she's getting treatment . PHOTO SUBMITTED

Cori poses for a photo Thursday evening from her hotel in Philadelphia where she’s getting treatment . PHOTO SUBMITTED

I got an email Thursday evening from one of our regular No Sweat, York contributors, Cori Strathmeyer, with some bad news.

As the director of healthy living at YMCA of York County, Cori has shared with us her many tips for making good choices when it comes to diet and fitness. She works hard to practice what she teaches those around her.

But sometimes life hands us challenges we cannot control.

Cori found out recently that she has Choroidal Melanoma, or eye cancer. She’s in Philadelphia right now waiting a second surgery on Monday to remove a tumor. Despite struggling with some pain and dealing with this news on a personal level, Cori thought that maybe her story, even in its early stages, can help others. Continue reading

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Put safety first when riding bikes with family this spring

Dig your bike out of the garage, spring has almost sprung. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Dig your bike out of the garage, spring has almost sprung. Photo by Chris Dunn.

Two summers ago, Ed Brandt was coasting down the York County Heritage Rail Trail. Then he hit a stone wall head-on.

“It destroyed the helmet,” Brandt said, “but I got up and kept riding. That would not have been the experience if I wasn’t wearing a helmet.”

A safety tip as simple as wearing a helmet can prevent injuries — sometimes fatal — as bikers take to the trails and streets this summer.

Brandt, who owns Adventure Cycling & Fitness in West Manchester Township, compares putting on a helmet to putting on a seat belt. It should be a routine.
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