Archive for the ‘ambassador blogging’ Category

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Community Makes the Runner

Running with KCTC has given me an entirely new appreciation for the running community. Prior to becoming a track club member, I ran. I ran for fun, for fitness, for myself. Once I joined KCTC, I started running for the community, the dedication of the members and the comradery among all runners of different abilities. Making friends thru this community READ MORE »

Monday, October 15, 2012

A DASH for a STACHE, A Recap of a local KC race

The Inaugural Mustache Dash Kansas City happened on October 13th, 2012 in Leawood, Kansas. I, Randy Harbin (One of the newest Ambassadors) was among the 1025 runners and walkers that took to the streets of Leawood, Hosted by The Gent’s Place and Michael Shae Salon and Day Spa, this event celebrates the art of fine grooming and encourages all participants to enjoy wearing a READ MORE »

Friday, October 12, 2012

Weights vs. Cardio: Which is truly more beneficial?

I am one of those individuals that always needs to have a new challenge and something to strive for. For a few months, training for a marathon definitely fulfilled that for me.  There is an incredible sense of accomplishment in finishing a 14, then an 18, then a 22, then finally a 26.2 mile run.  But when you are logging READ MORE »

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Keeping the Holidays Healthy

Fall is in the air. Soon the leaves will be changing, football season will be in full swing and it will be time to go apple picking in hoodies and sweaters. Halloween and Thanksgiving add to the magic of fall with the time to be child like again dressing up and eating candy and then the ability to gather with friends and family READ MORE »

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I said, “Good Morning!”

As you travel to different parts of the country, you’ll notice several culture differences among the various regions of the U.S. Some of the more obvious differences include fashion, food, and of course, accents.  One thing that’s always stood out to me is the general attitude differences of people towards strangers.   As a runner, I like to greet the people READ MORE »

Friday, September 14, 2012

Team KCTC gives back to the Community

As we close on the first year of Team KCTC ambassador program, donations are being made  to charities that have been chosen by each ambassador. Gabe Esteban, ambassador for Kansas City Track Club proudly gives back to the community with a donation to the local Cub Scouts, Pack 215. READ MORE »

Thursday, August 30, 2012

100 Mile Inspiration: Ashley Austin

Every once in a while life gives you a chance to do something epic.

Every year, during the last weekend of June all the eyes of ultra running descend upon the Western States 100. No, I didn’t run this but I was lucky enough to help crew a good friend of mine Brian Brooks attempt his first 100 miler.

Crewing READ MORE »

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Here and Now: David Bean

Around 2 years ago I packed up and moved back to Kansas City to work on my Masters with the idea of being there for just 2 years.  After being in KC for 2 years I had basically decided that I was happy to spend the rest of my life in the Midwest, a thought that had been completely foreign READ MORE »

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Running Journey: Gabe Esteban

Back in March, I had surgery in which I could not run for six weeks however; I knew after I started running again that I had to lose the extra pounds. The extra weight made it harder for my asthma and it is my understanding every extra pound adds 3 to 5 seconds on a person’s run. 3 to 5 READ MORE »

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Products to Help Get Me Out the Door: Courtney Foster

Sometimes all we need is a little motivation to get us going in the right direction. Maybe its seeing an old pic, some new shoes, maybe its a trip to lululemon, an inspirational quote or its a watch that keeps track of your training!

Running Gadgets

I recently purchased the Forerunner 610 and I love having the ability to see my heart READ MORE »

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My Hope For Runners: Dianna Villigan

I wish I could be all “technical” here about running, about form, times, splits, speed work, etc., etc., but I cannot. I’m not THAT type of runner. What I am is a visual runner. I see things differently in my runs each time. I hope that rings true for each runner and walker out there. When I really started running READ MORE »

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I Am a Fitness Runner: Scott McKiddy

I don’t really race (much), I’m not all that concerned about times or pace (except how they relate to my heart rate). I log miles, watch my heart rate and run/walk in intervals.

It started about 3 years ago, I was 38 years old and very out of shape, and a smoker. I quit smoking, started moving (most importantly, off the couch), READ MORE »

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Truth About Weight Loss and Reality TV/Brad McCleary

Reality television shows have taken over the TV and there seems to be no topic off limits. From watching a family struggle to raise a boat load of kids, to how much stuff people have and where they store it, to how many wives a person has, to how many dysfunctional people we can put into a house and watch READ MORE »

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hospital Hill – Reaching new personal milestones/Melissa West

When I first started running, I never thought that it would take over my life the way that it has.  I was just running to try to get over a weight loss plateau.  I never dreamed that it would help fill a void in my life and that I would start to feel like an “athlete”.   I was always the READ MORE »

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Have you been running so long that you’ve forgot how hard it was to start? Have you forgotten your first running steps, shuffling for 100 yards before stopping to pant and wheeze? While you can never regain your lost innocence, you can help a friend lose theirs! Just clip out this article and give it to them along with some old READ MORE »

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ditch the Weed For Speed: Alex Goblet Muesenfechter

Running speed, that is.  My younger sister recently sent me this article discussing what’s often referred to as the “runner’s high”: Wired To Run: Runner’s High May Have Been Evolutionary Advantage, by Christopher Joyce.  I can relate to the super-woman (a competitive runner/orthopedic surgeon) referenced in the article.  She compares endurance athletes’ need to exercise to a drug addict’s longing READ MORE »

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Running Partner: Joel Grimmett

Everyone is different when it comes to running.  Some enjoy running alone, while others want company. Over the past 6 years my running partner has been my Golden Retriever named Farley.

When we adopted him and took him to the vet for his initial check up, we found out that he was prone to hip dysplasia.  The veterinarian said that READ MORE »

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lessons in Running: Ammanda Warren

I think we have all been there at some point, we go for a run and we feel a twinge in our foot or our leg.  This past April, I ran FreeState 100K and after the run I felt a little rough but after a week of taking it relatively easy – it was time to get back to training. READ MORE »

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Running and Injury: David Bean

Ephemeral.  That is the only word I could think of to encapsulate the way I felt while driving home from the swope trails yesterday.  It was the first time in over six months that I had made it over 10 miles on a run and I was buzzing.  The last six months have been rather disappointing for myself as a READ MORE »

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone: Courtney Foster

life begins at the end of your comfort zone

If you have ever met me, you know that I am not shy at all. I can talk to anyone. Some might even say I talk too much! (I am one of those fill-in-awkward-gaps kind of person with rambling). Although I am not afraid of new people, I have always been afraid of trying new things!  Over the past three READ MORE »

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The inside and outside of Barefoot Running

A Growing Trend

Have you ever seen someone where those funny looking fivefinger shoes and wonder why they wear them? Well, it’s time to get with the barefoot running program! In recent years, barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes has become a popular trend. So what’s the hubbub over this barefoot running trend? Since this is a fairly new READ MORE »

Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to Love Running Hills: Paul Gorman

Sunset Running

Yes, that’s right it’s possible to love running hills in Kansas City. Everyone dreads the small hills, long hills, steep hills. Before races people are looking at maps, driving the course, asking other runners to spot the hills so they can prepare for them. Me? I look forward to the hills? Yes, I’m crazy, but not for a particular reason.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Training Tip for Hospital Hill Run: Jim Green

In preparation for Hospital Hill or if you are interested in improving one’s fitness level, I remembered a tip from a sports physiologist I learned while living in Northern New York at a Cross Country Ski Expo. After watching video of the Great Norwegian Bjorn Daeglie’s climbing technique, the physiologist stressed the importance of hill training since most cross country READ MORE »

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Running on Hard Days: Tom Cotter

We have all had them. Those days that you just do not feel like taking one step out the door. You know you should run. You know there is no reason not to run. You just do not want to run. Most of those runs, once I drag myself out there, end up being some of my best runs. I READ MORE »

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Memoirs of a Runner: Cameron Aly

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –the wise Ferris Bueller

Rarely when I run do I pay attention to the world around me. Most of the time I’m either thinking about my splits or replaying the latest Lady Gaga song over and over again in my head. READ MORE »

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Changes in Training to Improve Running: Bill Smith

My wife & I are both long time runners, me a marathoner and Holly the half, mostly.  At 64 years old we are looking for ways to keep from getting any slower (and slower).  We are really enthused about a couple of recent changes we have made to our training, and will try to keep you updated on how this READ MORE »

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Conquering the Atlanta Half Marathon: Melissa West

Over St Patrick’s Day weekend, I had the opportunity to run in my first out of town race.  It was the Publix Georgia Marathon/Half Marathon held in Atlanta, GA on March 18, 2012.  The race began and ended in historic Centennial Olympic Park.  This was the site of the 1996 Olympics – a place I dreamed of going when I READ MORE »

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Running Story: Erin Butler

Everybody has one.  When people hear that I average 60 miles a week (which I’m sure is on the low end of the KCTC Ambassadors!!), they always ask how I got into running.  This is my story.

I had lived in Wichita for a few months and didn’t know many people.  This was definitely my own fault- I woke up, READ MORE »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

KCTC Watch Party Recap: Gabe Esteban

For years I wanted to attend one of Kansas City’s elite running races however without knowing anyone that was participating in the races there was no connection for me to attend. Anna Wolfe, one of the Team KCTC Ambassadors made a suggestion to establish a “Watch Party” to invite all the Kansas City Track Club members and friends to READ MORE »

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Everyday Inspiration: Dianna Villigan

In my line of work I often hear, “You’re so inspiring.” I hear it being told to others and have it told to me. I find myself thinking, “I’m NO inspiration. I know so many others that are more inspiring to me.”

Being a part of the KCTC I’ve had the opportunity to see many types of runners and get READ MORE »

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Proper Running Form

To achieve proper running form, the goal is to run as smoothly and efficiently as you can. There are a few things that can be done help achieve that.

  • Run over you center of gravity.
  • Don’t lean too far forward or backward.
  • Try to keep your head up with your eyes on the horizontal.
  • Keep your arms bent at 90