In these long cold winter months when sometimes it is hard to get out and run I start thinking about good times running in the summer. I was just thinking about the Galva Independence day race. I don’t think I have missed that race in the last 20 years. It’s always in Wiley Park in Galva. Wiley Park is a small park in the middle of the city with a picnic shelter in the center. Huge beautiful old houses with neatly manicured lawns surround the park. There are big wide sidewalks for runners to finish on.
I have loved the US Race Calendar since I started doing it around 2000. It originally started it as a race calendar for our running club newsletter that I started doing sometime in the 1980's. I then became the webmaster http://www.grrc.net/ and learned web design. My wife Julie is still the newsletter editor and is club secretary and I am still the webmaster (the only one our club has had) I started a list for the race calendar but it got so big that people just wanted local races so I made a separate one for Illinois and one for up to 50 miles away.
I had for many years never ran a marathon because of the time it takes to train that much and the frequency of injuries among people training for a marathon. My wife (Julie) and her running friend (Kim) decided to, so I did also. This involved training all through the winter. They had some walk/run they found somewhere I did not want to do a walk run plan so I trained by myself. Unfortunately I was also busy with work at this time and did not train as much as I should of. My longest run was 18 miles, but I don’t think I did those long runs often enough.