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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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Good Times at the Tune-up

September 15, 2013 by Coach Gail Kislevitz

The NYRR 18-mile tune up today was one of those days when everything came together. Starting with a perfect day for running, the team started to collect at the our TFK tune-up spot around 6:30, some huddled in blankets and extra layers to ward off the 50 degree chill in the air. After Sid’s stretch and warm up, which had everyone laughing and smiling as only Sid can do, we gathered in our corrals and Read More

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Storm Clouds Brewing

September 12, 2013 by Gail Kislevitz

I just went out to run an 8-miler at marathon pace. I knew there were severe thunderstorm warnings for the afternoon, but I didn’t expect the storm to swoop in so early. By mile 3, I was dodging fallen tree branches, pelting rain, thunder that shook my bones and lighting strikes that scared the *** out of me. Luckily I was doing a loop so I could high tail it home pretty darn quick. The Read More

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Top ten mantras for the long run

September 05, 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. Read More

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A Labored Day Run

September 03, 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 Chicago Marathon, Read More

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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 Read More

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