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2013 Turkey Trots

I mean, what else are you gonna do? Watch the freakin’ parade?? Well of course you are, it’s a goshdarn American tradition after all! But that starts at 9 AM, so before then why not take the opportunity to keep up your training, burn off a few calories in anticipation of ingesting roughly 10 times that amount later that evening, and enjoy the holiday festivity outdoors first thing in the morning?

Anyway, listed below are links to several Turkey Trots in the area, if you’re so inclined. Run early, then watch the parade, slave in the kitchen, enjoy Thanksgiving, football, or even Channukah if that’s your thing. Has anyone ever run a marathon dressed as a giant dreidel? I’m curious…

It's got potential...

It’s got potential…

2013 Turkey Trots

I’m sure there are plenty others so feel free to share any I haven’t listed in the Comments section. Happy running and feasting and latkes to everybody!

FIT Runner Profile: Kristi W!

Welcome back everyone, to the second of our ongoing series of FIT Runner Profiles!

Aristotle once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Today’s profilee hails from everywhere around the country, really, but is a born Texan, a settled Floridian, and our very own representative Ladybug at the Miami Beach Halloween Half. Yes, I’m talking about our good buddy Kristi, who ever so generously agreed to bare her soul for our burgeoning blog! So please give a warm welcome to Kristi as she clues us in to her Secret Origins as a runner and FIT member!



Finisher Photo at the 2013 WDW Marathon

Full Name: Kristi Williams

Age: 43

Hometown: Born on a military base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Was an Air Force brat so I lived in many places while growing up.

Current Town: Sunrise, FL

Occupation: Web/Marketing & Property Manager

FIT Group: B

Years Running: Consistently – 2. This is my second season with FIT.

Races Completed

  • 2004 Toyota Prius Miami Tropical Full Marathon
  • 2012 Halloween Half Marathon
  • 2012 13.1 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon
  • 2012 Palm Beaches Half Marathon
  • 2013 ING Miami Half Marathon
  • 2013 Disney Full Marathon
  • 2013 A1A Full Marathon
  • 2013 13.1 Miami Beach Half Marathon
  • 2013 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon
  • 2013 Halloween Half Marathon
  • 2013 13.1 Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon

Upcoming Races this Season

  • 2013 Space Coast Full Marathon
  • 2014 Disney Dopey Challenge
  • 2014 Miami Full Marathon
  • 2014 13.1 Miami Beach Half Marathon

Favorite race (so far) and why
My favorite race of all time……they all hold a special place in my heart for different reasons, but I would have to say the 2013 Disney Marathon. It was my first Disney run and I got to experience it with the best running friends in the world and the medal is beautiful. It was a truly magical day.

Favorite cartoon OF ALL TIME!
I am a huge fan of animated comedy [South Park, Beavis & Butthead, The Simpsons , Family Guy – you get the picture] but I would have to say the original Looney Toons I used to watch every Saturday Morning is what started it. Tex Avery = good stuff.

10 Random Songs from your Running Playlist
I do not run with an iPod so I can’t really answer this. However, I do sing songs to myself to push myself and keep me entertained along the way so here are 10 random songs from my mental jukebox:

  • “Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) (who doesn’t think of this!!)
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (which always morphs into Rye or the Kaiser by “Weird” Al Yankovich)
  • “Born 2 Run” by 7Lions
  • “Now or Never” by Zebrahead
  • “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
  • “Don’t Stop Runnin’” by Y&T
  • “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond (They played this at the Disney marathon- EVERYONE sang it)
  • “Paul Revere” by the Beastie Boys
  • “Little Fighter” by White Lion
  • “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane
Ines, Vivian, Kristi, and Sandra at the WDW Marathon

Ines, Vivian, Kristi, and Sandra at the WDW Marathon

Reason for Joining FIT
Not a lot of people know this but my reason for joining FIT is both personal and painful. Back in 1998 I joined a running group (not FIT) and enjoyed it but dropped out before running a full marathon. Then in 2003 I decided I was going to redeem myself and see this thing through and I did reach my goal of completing a full marathon in 2004. Again, I enjoyed it but didn’t continue. In February 2012 I lost my dad to a brain tumor and had (and still have) a hard time coping. I miss him so much. Rather than continue down the road of drinking myself blind every night I decided to take up running again to help my mental and emotional well-being. Best decision I have made. I started running on my own in May and joined FIT in July. Not only has this been good therapy for my head, I’ve met so many awesome people and have made some amazing lifelong friends. And I have no intention of stopping this time so FIT is stuck with me :)

Favorite 80s Movie
Hmmmmm……this is virtually impossible to answer, Matt!!!! There are SO many to choose from. Not sure if this is my absolute favorite because I have so many (and not sure it counts as a “classic” 80s movie) but one I watched over & over back in the day was The Lost Boys. It has some action, comedy, gore, and Kiefer Sutherland. Ah, I miss 24…..

Running goals for the near future (distance, time, specific race, travel, etc.)
Race-cations!! I have many destinations on my wish list: Las Vegas, Hawaii, Niagara Falls, Amsterdam, Paris, Athens, and one day to complete a 50K. I would love to experience a new race-cation every year. Also I’m planning on earning the 5-year Big Bang Series from the Space Coast Marathon.

Favorite Post-Run Meal/Snack/Restaurant
Everything I can get my paws on!! LOL – I’m usually ravenous afterwards and devour all the goodies they hand out. I love any run that has a beer tent afterwards! I crave salt and junk food so I want fries, pizza & beer for dinner as a reward for my hard work! Um, did I mention beer?

Finally, tell us anything (or everything!) about yourself!
I live with my fiancé Eric and our 6 kids — Tortoiseshell cat: Bean, Chihuahua dog: Ginger, Red-tail boa constrictor: Wilson, Hogg Island boa constrictor: Gracie, Red-eared slider turtle: Gamera, and finally our little Betta fish: Taz. Besides running I enjoy all the usual stuff: reading – especially Stephen King and horror novels, watching movies, listening to music and shopping for fantastic running outfits. I love all things Disney and Disney World, WWE Wrestling and NFL. We are season ticket holders to the Miami Dolphins and one of these years we are going to be good again!! I love food and trying new beers. I have an obsession with the color pink. I love lamp. Random fact: frogs scare the bejeezus out of me.

Let’s Get Social (Media, that is)
You can connect with me at speed training on Tuesdays, Runner’s Depot Fort Lauderdale Run Club on Thursdays, and of course Saturday mornings with FIT.

And there you have it! Much thanks to Kristi for taking the time to fill out her profile data for our blog. And as always, if you would like to be featured (and why WOULDN’T you? You automatically become THAT MUCH COOLER!) you can either email me your answers at hokeyboy (at) gmail (dot) com, OR (even easier!) fill out our Runner Profile Questionnaire, and you can submit your profile online! Remember, you don’t have to answer any question you don’t feel comfortable about, and if you want to volunteer more information about yourself that I didn’t ask, feel free to do so! There are no rules here, except please try to limit your F-bombs to about a dozen, OK? We’re a family blog here!

Ali on the Run: NYC Marathon Recap

Hi all.

I wanted to share a link to a recap of the 2013 NYC Marathon as well as a personal response to it. When I was diagnosed with UC last summer and consequently sidelined from running and exercising for nearly six weeks, I became really glum and despondent. While doing some research on UC/Crohn’s and running, I came across Ali’s blog Ali on the Run, all about a runner and athlete who is living with Crohn’s Disease. I found her story to be absolutely inspiring, and I furthermore realized two rather crucial observations: (1) that there are people out there with much, much worse symptoms than mine (by far), and (2) their condition might sideline their physical bodies, impact their moods, or make them apprehensive about their future, but in the long-run may never affect their overall spirit of determination.

We all know what excuses are like (SPOILER ALERT: elbows). I whined incessantly during my six weeks “off”, but because of Crohn’s, Ali was forced to spend seven months “sick and sedentary”. During that time there were moments when she wasn’t sure exactly when she was going to be able to leave the house for long periods of time, let alone able to run again. Then, starting last August, she was slowly able to get back to running again — and it was like having to begin at Day One all over again. Cut to three months later, she ran and completed the NYC Marathon — in less than four hours. Victory.

I wrote a whole bunch of further commentary but in the end it all sounded trite and insipid, so I’ll let her story speak for itself. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. You can find her blog here:

FIT Runner Profile: Cassandra S!

Howdy gang! Welcome to the first of what I hope will be many FIT Runner Profiles, where we celebrate YOU, our members and friends and fellow running enthusiasts and what-not. Today’s profilee (is that a word?) is our very own Jersey Girl Cassandra Siegfried, in her first season with FIT but running for several years now and an accomplished racer. She willingly agreed to be the first FIT Profilee (there’s that word again) so let’s all get acquainted, shall we?



Cass with her Main Man!

Full name: Cassandra Siegfried

Age: 27

Hometown: Oceanport, New Jersey

Current Town: Sunrise, Florida

Occupation: Environmental Specialist

FIT Group: Group C

Years running: 3

Races completed
Providence RI Rock and Roll Half, Newport Half, Tons of 5k’s and 10k’s, Long Branch Half, 50 Mile Old Route Relay VT, NJ Marathon 2013, Miami Halloween Half

Upcoming races this season
Disney’s Wine and Dine Half, Palm Beach Full Marathon, Disney Full Marathon, ING Miami Half, A1A Publix Half, Disney Princess Half, Allstate Miami Half, Either Boston or the NJ Marathon in April

Favorite race (so far) and why
The NJ Marathon so far has been my favorite and I think only because it was my first Full Marathon. Also, since I am from the Jersey Shore it was an honor to run it this past year after Hurricane Sandy wiped it all away. The coast of NJ is a beautiful place to run and I look forward to doing it again next year!

Favorite cartoon OF ALL TIME
Now since I grew up in the early 90’s lol I loved Doug!!

10 Random Songs from your Running Playlist

  • Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road
  • Katy Perry – Roar
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Sugarland – We Run
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  • Tom Petty – Running Down A Dream
  • Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
  • Bob Seger – Fire Inside
  • Florida Georgia Line – Cruise
  • Pitbull – Give Me Everything

Reason for joining FIT
I recently moved to Florida in February and was looking to meet new people. I was searching races in South Florida and came across Marcela on one of the race websites and the FIT website was there so I checked it out and thought, “This is an awesome way to meet people who share the same interest as me! Awesome!”

Favorite 80s Movie
Okay so since I was only born in the late 80’s, I would have to say The Breakfast Club


“Dont you… forget about me…”

Running goals for the near future (distance, time, specific race, travel, etc.)
I would love to run the Boston and NYC Marathon. I also have one my list the Nike Woman’s Marathon, a marathon cruise, and would love to run a different marathon in a different place every year! I also hope to get faster over time but most of all enjoy it!

Favorite Post-Run Meal/Snack/Restaurant
After morning runs I love scrambled eggs and bacon! If it is a mid-day or a night time run it really depends on my mood and cravings…. Haha I sound like such a girl huh? But for some reason I crave bad things nothing ever good for me like pizza and salty chips and dip!!

Finally, tell us anything (or everything!) about yourself!
I was born and raised in NJ and then went to College 40 minutes outside Boston where I lived from 2004 until this past February before moving here. I hold a degree in Geo-Chemistry and I am not your typical female! I love to be outside as much as I can, running, at the beach, playing sports anything! As I don’t mind getting dirty….I work for an environmental company which is up and down the east coast dealing with Hazmat Materials/Chemicals. Fun fact is I wear a female size 12 shoe and a males 11 sneaker and I am not ashamed of it! I have a 2 year old Beagle named Ollie who is my sidekick. His only downside is he will NOT run with me! When I am not working or running I can be found either skydiving as I hold a class A license or kayaking, watching football or basketball, and doing anything else adventurous! I love to travel on my free time as I have been to some amazing places like the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, and all over the Caribbean. I have long hair but you would never know or guess since it is always up for work and I get lazy! I love to meet new people, see new things, and I am just trying to live a fun and happy life!

Let’s Get Social (Media, that is)
Cass’s Facebook Profile


Thanks Cass for being our first brave Profile volunteer! And if you would like to be profiled, send your responses (as well as a picture you would like to use) to me at Please remember that all questions are optional — you don’t have to answer anything you don’t want to! Furthermore, if you want to answer a question I didn’t ask, include both the question and answer in your response and we’ll publish those too. And finally, keep it clean :) I have the worst problem remembering that…

Packet Pick-Up for the 13.1 Fort Lauderdale: Thursday 11/07 – Saturday 11/9/2013

Well it’s just about that time again… the 2013 13.1 Fort Lauderdale is upon us. We hit the asphalt this Sunday November 10th at 6:35 in the AM. The Start Line is located at 163 SW 1st Avenue, on the corner of 1st Ave and SW 2nd St in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

Right now it’s looking like a windy, overcast, possibly wet morning. According to Weather Underground:

Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 82F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible

Hopefully we won’t have a wet morning, but plan accordingly! We all know this is South Florida and weather can change in a heartbeat.

Packet pick-up for the race will be at Runner’s Depot in Davie, located conveniently just south of I-595 and University.

Runner’s Depot
2233 S. University Drive
Davie, FL 33324

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You can pick up your registration between Noon and 7PM on Thursday and Friday, and between 10AM and 6PM on Saturday.

For those of you running this race for the first time, it’s on very familiar territory! Plus the Pollo Tropical at the Finish Line is ever so welcome… and great cookies, too! Darn now I’m getting hungry… anyway, if you want to check out a first-hand account of last year’s race, click to check out my write-up from last year. I try not to get too wordy, but often fail…

I’ll also try to keep the self-promotion to a minimum, promise. Anyway, see everyone on Sunday

Running Violations :)


Speed Training #1 on Tuesday, November 5th: Should you attend?

Short answer: HECK YES!

Last season's Speed Racers!

Last season’s Speed Racers!

Here’s a lucky seven good reasons why you should attend Speed Training at Central Park in Plantation:

1) The coaches! Coach Bob and Coach Veronica have between them a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you kick your running skills into overdrive. Bob Dozoretz is a certified ASEP and RRCA coach, has been working with FIT for years, and is a super cool guy. Veronica Ghoghos is our resident Group E bad-ass coach, also RRCA and USA Track and field certified, and is also a super cool gal (she was only the messenger when I got laid off in 2007). There is so much expertise to learn from Bob and Veronica, so taking advantage of it can only help your running form!

2) Even if you don’t think of yourself as a Speedy Gonzalez but more of a slow, steady performer, you can see tangible results by incorporating speed work into your training. A lot of us start with a goal of “I just want to finish, period”. And then we do, in fact, finish — strong, upright, and proud. The next challenge for many is to do it again, a little bit faster, a little bit stronger. Speed work will help you attain this.

3) If you time or position your warm-up or cool-down jog just right, you can see some really cool owl nesting areas.

4) Speaking from personal experience, within a few weeks of attending Speed Training last season, I took six minutes off of my Half Marathon PR! I went from 2:13 at the 2012 Disneyland Half to 2:07 at the 2012 13.1 Fort Lauderdale. During the latter run I threw in two minutes of speed intervals during every 18 minutes of running, and I really saw (and felt) the difference.

5) I promise not to talk about myself anymore for the remainder of this list. Or rip off any gags from Monty Python.

6) There is no #6!! (Couldn’t help myself…)

7) You get to see, hang out, have fun, and run with your FIT buddies midweek, without having to wait for Saturday morning at the buttcrack of dawn to enjoy each other’s company!

So come join the Cool Kids this Tuesday, November 5th, at Central Park in Plantation. The seminar begins at 6:30 PM, the speed training around 7:00. We’ll be at the 400m track in the center of the park. I generally like to park on the West side, by turning onto Central Park Dr. off of Cleary. Here’s a map listing for you:

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See everyone at the Park! Here’s a video to get you in the right frame of mind:

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