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Top ten mantras for the long run

September 5, 2013 by TFK guest blogger Joe Kolinsky

Everyone needs some mantras to get through the long runs. Here are mine, going in order from 10 to 1, just like David Letterman. These work for me, but try to come up with inspiring thoughts that work for you.

10. Getting closer- count down to 26.2: I use this one when I’m only 4-5 miles into a marathon.  It’s supposed to keep me positive.  Does it?  Usually not. I’m just lying to myself.

9. Keep Calm, Read More

Categories: Human Interest

A Labored Day Run

September 3, 2013 by Gail Kislevitz

I hope you all got in a nice, easy run this Labor Day, as a build-up to this week’s 18-20 miler.  I ran one of my favorite races, The New Haven 20K, which starts and ends by Yale University in downtown New haven.  It’s a hilly course and the weather is usually hot and humid. This past Monday was no exception. The humidity point was just about bursting. 

As I am training for the Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Tips from a TFK Mentor

August 23, 2013 by TFK Guest Blogger Norm Solomon

I have been running with Team for Kids for the past six years and have been a mentor to new TFK members for the last three. It has been a great experience both because I get to share my own (sometimes painful!) running lessons with like-minded folks but more importantly because I have learned so much from the people I have mentored. What have I learned?

1. Once you have made the commitment, find ways to Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Banana Man

August 20, 2013 by TFK Guest blogger Andrew Horn

Greetings from Banana Man... I’m the guy running around Cincinnati, Ohio in a banana suit for Team for Kids.  While it's just one part of my fundraising efforts, it's definitely the most fun! When I signed up to run the 2013 ING New York City Marathon with TFK, my first step was to create a blog that told my story of just how goofy I can be. Creating and managing has been an awesome Read More

Categories: Human Interest

My First Marathon

August 14, 2013 by Gail Kislevitz

As I run with our TFK members who are anxiously looking forward to their first marathon, I find myself reflecting on my first marathon and all the mistakes I made but had a ball doing it. It was 1992 and I trained and ran it with my best friend. We didn’t know a thing about training, but did our long runs religiously every weekend, talking our way through 10-milers, 15 milers, 18-milers and building up Read More

Categories: Human Interest

What men talk about on the run

August 9, 2013 by Gail Kislevitz

Guest Blogger Joe Kolinsky

I was once told that the marathon is a “long, tedious conversation with yourself.” I’ve found that to be true. I’ve been running since 2005, and I joined Team for Kids in 2007.  This is my 3rd year as a mentor, trying to help first time marathoners get to the finish line.  I’ve been to a large number of team practices of all different distances, and based on this experience Read More

Categories: Human Interest


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