The gO! Running Group is a Roseville based recreational running group that aims to provide group running opportunities for runners of all abilities. Although our focus is primarily on 5K to marathons, we have members who have completed triathlons (including Ironman events) and ultras. We train on both roads and trails. We currently meet three times per week - Sunday mornings and Tuesday/Thursday evenings.

Monday, August 31, 2009

gO! Runner of the Day- Troy Christensen

I am 36 and I am currently living in Citrus Heights with my wife Wendy and her two cats. I have been working for Delta Dental in Rancho Cordova in the mailroom for three years; while I am not the biggest fan the management side of my job, I really enjoy the many projects that I have been involved in. Until recently I was a student at University of Phoenix studying Business Finance when I decided that transfer to a Computer Science degree at National University where I will begin in October. Like running, starting over will be a new adventure and I looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.

Growing up, I had a good friend who was always busy training for races; I must admit that I was very jealous of his many medals, plaques, ribbons and trophies. I was always interested in running and even attempted to train with him on several occasions; each time finding myself frustrated and/or injured because I was trying to train as his pace. I guess you could say that I gave up on my dream and sat down on the couch. In March of this year, I had lunch with another friend who had just finished her first half marathon (the Shamrock’n). Like me she was not a runner, so I asked her how she was able to do it; she said she joined a training group through Fleet Feet of Sacramento. After looking into it I found No Boundaries and though, heck I can do this; what is 3.1 miles? After the first few runs I had what I thought was the answer…PURE HELL!!! Early on, I was able to run only a minute at a time and every muscle in my body ached for two days following. It took a lot of encouragement and a whole lot of mental toughness, but I made it through and actually starting having fun. I just didn’t realize how much I was enjoying running until my first three mile run in the pouring rain. I am currently running on the marathon training plan; however, due to upcoming changes my life I am not sure I will be able to complete one this year. If things go as planned, my first marathon will be the San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon next year.

Outside of running I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible. A perfect week for me would be spent backpacking into a remote lake with good friends spending the week fishing, hiking and living off the land. When I can’t get away, I spend most of my time working (which I consider a hobby), reading and learning. I typically read about one book a week, on subjects of business, finance, biographies or mountain climbing. When I finally do finish my degree I plan to trek to Mount Everest and climb to Advanced Base Camp at the top of the Khumba Icefall.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vibha Dream Mile Results

Congrats to Julie who got 2nd in her age group in the 10k with a 1:04:43, and Glen Nishimoto, who finished 1st in his age group with a 55:38:25.
Alan also raced but I can’t find his results. Update us Alan! Good job representing gO! outside the Sac area runners!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Three Top 10 Age Group Finishers at Race for the Arts

Congrats to:
Melissa, with a 6th place finish in her age group with a 26:49,
Anne, with a 5th place finish in her age group with a 27:34, and
Leslie M. with a 9th place finish in her age group with a 28:21. All amazing times considering the heat! Hope I did not miss anyone's results! Great job gO! girls!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

gO! Runner of the Day- Leslie Myrick

I’m 52 and have lived in Auburn for about eight years. I have been a self-employed bookkeeper since 2005. I am also a student at Sierra College and Sac State and I’ll be graduating with my degree in Accounting in December.

I’m married to Chuck. He works for Astadia: The #1 Cloud Consulting and Integration Company. He works as a technical architect of and in the clouds, with the title of “Principal Consultant.” He travels often to places like China, India, Dallas, and San Francisco.

My husband and I have raised six children, two sons and four daughters – who are now 28, 25, 23, 23, 16, and 15. James is a technical administrator at Facebook in Palo Alto. Anna is studying cosmetology at Solano College. She is also a single mom of Anthony who will be six in November. Karl just graduated from Chico in Mechanical Engineering. Kristin is a gymnastics instructor in Grandby, Colorado and has about four other jobs. Beth is a senior and enjoys theater and choir. Abby is a sophomore and runs for the Cross Country team. They attend Placer High.

I got the idea of running from my mom. She was a major runner with the San Diego Track Club during the 70s and 80s, winning many first place trophies. When I was in high school, she would share a beer with me afterwards. It made running feel so rewarding and it had a nice mother/daughter bonding thing going also.

Some of my hobbies have included art (weaving and art history), cooking (ethnic studies), sailing (30-ft Kings Cruiser out of Oxnard to the Channel Island), and hiking/camping (mostly in California). I have studied music history and love listening to a variety of genres that cover the scope from Bach to Black Eyed Peas.

My athletics included playing basketball in high school and running with my friends after class in college (in my 20’s). Since then , running has been an inconsistent hobby as it was virtually impossible to get away with six children to watch over. I often tried to get going again, but I couldn't make the commitment.

I started running again in January as a New Year’s Resolution. I began slowly and painfully. My first run lasted for about six minutes. I also joined the No Boundaries group in March. I’m so glad I did, because it made a huge difference in my attitude and ultimately in my progress.

One of my current running goals is to run a nine-minute pace in a 5K. My long-term goal is to run as fast as our fast gO! runners – but not as fast as Josh. Hey, if Barbara Miller who’s 69 can do a 7:37 minute mile, why not me?

At the end of the day: when I grow up I want to be a CPA. I hope to be running and competing as often as possible, having fun living my life, and being centered in all things. When I retire, I’ll probably volunteer as a math tutor, help restore forests and build more houses for Habitat for Humanity. I’ll live to be 103. My ashes will be scattered in the water near the Catalina Islands.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Frustration is the first step towards improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I'm content with what I can do and if I'm completely satisfied with my pace, distance, and form as a runner. It's only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forwards.

John "The Penguin" Bingham

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

6 gO! Runners Complete 100 Miler!!!

Please help me congratulate Tim C., Anne, Leslie M, Cassie, Terri, and Leslie G. on their amazing feat of running 100+ miles yesterday!! They are truly extraordinary runners that possess a truly competitive drive to be the best runners they can be. I am honored and it fills me with joy to hand over the top mileage spots on our group workout log to these 6 dedicated runners! More so, it shows me exactly who I can count on to support and accompany me through my 20 miler this Sunday! With their 100 miler behind them, an easy 20 will seem like a walk in the park. In fact, I encourage the rest of the gO! group to bring their bikes this Sunday and join me and our "Ultra 6" as they show me how they do it and what makes it so easy for them!
Congratulations to our Ultra 6!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

gO! Cross Training

Are you all ready for a little gO! CROSS TRAINING ?!?! Then come join me for a private fitness class on a TRAMPOLINE!! Class will be held Monday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m. at Sky Zones Sports (Industrial Road in Rocklin).

SkyRobics is a low impact workout that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength building aerobics, all done on an all-trampoline walled training surface. SkyRobics is one of the most dynamic, effective and intense workouts you can have, while being fun and easy on your joints.

Check out Sky Zone's website and, if you are interested in trying a different kind of workout, make sure to download the waiver form. Please let me know by August 31st if you are able to make the class. The cost is only $8 per person and half price ($4) for first timers.

I need at least 12 people to hold a private class and I can have a maximum of 20. If you come, you will need to bring a water bottle and wear crew (or higher) socks. Jump shoes will be provided. Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to get fitted for your shoes.

Cassie Hartley

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

13.1 Training Plan Change

ATTENTION 13.1 Trainees!!
I have flip flopped your mileage for the next two Sunday runs. This Sunday will be a long run "rest week" with only 5 miles, and next week (8/30) will be the 10 miler. I did this to better align our two training groups (13.1 and 26.2). I have revised the schedules to the right. So... enjoy the "easy" run this Sunday and get psyched for some long ones in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blood Sweat and Beers Results

GREAT job to all 16 gO! runners who finished the Blood Sweat and Beers run Sunday!!And a special congrats to the following age group winners:
Gary- 3rd Place
Leslie G.- 1st Place
Leslie M.- 3rd Place
Mike- 2nd Place


Hey Hey Happy Runners!
Welcome to the gO! Running Group's new Blog Spot. We are going to give this a trial run to see if it works well for everyone. I hope to give up the email in favor of posting info and updates here. That way, there is one spot where you can always get the latest info, schedule, etc. no matter if I have your email or not. This blog also allows us to all log our workouts together. If you click on "Log Workouts Here" on the right, you will have access to a custom workout log designed just for you special kids! You will have to create a google account if you do not already have one, but it only takes a few minutes. This will provide just a little more motivation when you see your "teammates" are out running when you are not! Nah, it is always good to log workouts so you can keep track of progress and work toward goals. I have entered some names already in the spreadsheet, but if you do not see yours, just put your name into one of the blank "runner" columns and off you go. I will be playing with all of the cool gadgets available with blogging and hopefully we will have a very informative site soon. I will be asking for feedback at tonight's run!
See you at Sculpture Park tonight, 7pm!!
Captain Blogger Josh

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wednesday Aug. 12, 2009

Hey Kids,

GREAT job with last night's workout! That was a no-joke, killer of a workout, and you guys all attacked it. Hopefully, your endorphins made you feel really good afterward and you are now happy that I provided you with such a great opportunity to get better! Haha! You should feel it a little today and so be sure to take care of yourself. Massage, stretching, ice, an easy jog/walk to loosen up, a little extra sleep, etc. I also found this article on Runner'sWorld. com that has some very fun motivators. We will be sure to try some as a group soon (My personal favorites are #3, 24,31, 39, and 59)....,7120,s6-238-267--11733-1-1X2X3-4,00.html

Couple of business items...

Gary and I will not be at tomorrow's group run as we have Back to School Night at the high school. Anne will be there ready to motivate!
Blood Sweat and Beers race Sunday. GOOD LUCK runners! Be sure to take Thursday and Friday easy if you are racing this one.
The rest of us will still have our normal Sunday 7am long run at Bicycles Plus
Remember, no matter if you're first or last, you're still beating the thousands that never get off the couch!