Team for Kids Blog

Hail the Under Dog

March 09, 2014 by Coach Gail

As you head into your last week before the NYC Half, do yourself a favor and watch the You Tube of Olympian Billy Mills winning the 1964 Olympic Games 10K.  (billy mills 10000 meter gold medal final). It will have you up on your feet cheering for this underdog.

Mills, an Oglala Lakota Sioux, was born in 1938 and grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His father had a vision when Read More

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Goal Setting: Just Believe in Yourself

October 09, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

Last night at our Marathon Mental Prep Clinic, we had some questions about setting finish time goals for the marathon. Throughout the training season, your TFK coaches have stressed that first timers should just enjoy the event, learn from it, and then set a time goal at the next one (and there will be a next one!). That being said, we do have just a few competitive types who want to make a certain time Read More

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Chicago Bound

October 07, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

Six days from now I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon. I’m getting so excited, nervous, and anxious that you’d think this was my first marathon! I feel over-trained, no, under-trained; I’m’ eating too much, no, not enough; I should get more sleep, but I can’t.  And to make it more interesting, as a destination marathon I need to pack and I pack everything. What if it gets cold? What if it gets hot (which Chicago Read More

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The Great Grete Waitz

October 04, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

If you are running Grete’s Great Gallop Half Marathon on Sunday, you should know something about the legendary woman it is named for. Grete Waitz was a young track star in her home of Oslo, Norway, as well as a national champion in many events throughout Europe but unknown in the United States. In 1978, when she planning on retiring from competing, her husband and coach, Jack Waitz, suggested she apply to run the NYC Read More

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Let the Run Come to You

October 03, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

These next two weeks, many of our TFK family will be running their first 20-miler.  What a milestone! You have all come such a long way since June, when all this started for most of you. I hope that many of you share TFK member Laura Howell’s feeling that it has all been worth it.

Here’s a piece of advice for when you run the marathon: Let the race come to you. What do I mean Read More

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Love the Long Run

September 23, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

Let’s face it - we have to do them so we might as well learn to like them. As TFK mentor and alumni Norm Solomon says, “The long run is the heart of any marathon training program, and the one most runners face with dread.” Running 20+ miles may not be everyone’s cup of tea but to run the marathon, it’s part of the process. It certainly helps to have TFK by your side when Read More

Categories: Human Interest