Nature Trail Runners

A running club with weekly Group Runs in Aurora, IL., Montgomery, IL. and Oswego, IL.

How I became a minimalist (Well…sort off)

Ah-a! Got you with that title didn’t I? Well, it was just a little teaser to get your attention…For the record, I am not talking about shoes… This is a … Continue reading

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That first race in Spring

It has been another character building winter of running. But after a while, the single digit temperature runs and those in 10+ inches of snow (Kelly and Jonathan, remember this … Continue reading

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Yearly Donation Call-Out

***Important Announcement, Please read in full*** It is time for our once-a-year Call For Donations! While we do not charge to participate in our club, there are are number of … Continue reading

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Intro to Trail Running Class

***Save the Dates(s)!*** In June I will be leading a 4 week “Intro to Trail Running Class”. While June is a ways off, I want to give everyone a heads … Continue reading

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For all of us who run at a 10:00min/mile pace or slower

  Did you know that you actually make up the majority of our group? For every ONE member you see with a speedy marathon time, there are FIVE of you … Continue reading

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The Love of a lifetime – Harish Pai

Psst.. I have a secret. I am in love again. Yes, I have been happily married for 20 years, but in the last few years, I have developed an attraction … Continue reading

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The Winter of running

So there you have it…It’s late fall. All the major local races are in the books. The plethora of social media newsfeeds of runners with their newly acquired medals, sharing … Continue reading

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The Forever First Date by Harish Pai

An innocuous little booklet was delivered in the mail this week. The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant guide. And along with it, was my bib# and packet pickup … Continue reading

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The Chicago Marathon – 1 magnificent thrill! -by Harish Pai

  The collective roar of the million and a half lined up on the streets for hours on end; the pounding footsteps of 45000 fellow runners gutting it through 26.2 … Continue reading

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Zero to 26.2 in 18 Months -by Harish Pai

“Mile 26” the big blue sign said. “Those damn British” I muttered to myself. “They just HAD to go by the book and make the modern day marathon the EXACT … Continue reading

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Just some updates

Welcome all! This post is just to let you know about a few small updates and also to encourage you to get some chatter going on the Facebook page so … Continue reading

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One Year Anniversary Picnic!

Whoooo! In just about a month we will have been a club for a full year! We had our first group run on June 4th last year. To celebrate, Nature … Continue reading

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Just Keep Doing Things -by Caroline Tonozzi

“But I don’t want to go!” The Illinois marathon is in 5 weeks. As part of my training, I’m running what seems like all of the time. Running doesn’t always … Continue reading

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Did you know we have a Meetup Group?

                You probably did not. That is because, until recently, I had not been sure if I was going to continue to use … Continue reading

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I Went Streaking -by Caroline Tonozzi

(No Caroline isn’t in this pic, at least as far as I know, it just goes with the title! -Ellen) After your laughter dies down, let me explain. I am … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 8 Comments

Thursday Nights Start Again In March!

Soooo…. Guess what is happening soon. Need a hint? It happens every year(in IL anyways), but this year I am extra happy for it. Ok, enough guessing. In March, the … Continue reading

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So I Signed Up For A Spring Marathon -by Harish Pai

So I signed up for a Spring marathon. It will be my first shot at 26.2. What was I thinking?? Oh! what was I thinking? Training started….the week of Christmas. … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

All You Need Is Love -by Caroline Tonozzi

In the spirit of ol’ St. Valentine’s Day, I’m here to talk about love. Not a kissy-kissy kind of love. This is about a love for those in my inner … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Running Wellness Seminars at Dick Pond Athletics, St.Charles.

Monday nights in the middle of winter. Man. Just thinking about them makes me feel bored and wishing for summer. (or spring, or fall) So I’m quite happy to let … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Viva La Resolution! -by Caroline Tonozzi

            2013-Let’s Do This! It’s 2013, and time to make your New Year’s resolutions. Many get back to the gym. Some go on a diet. … Continue reading

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An Ode To Motivation -by Caroline Tonozzi

                Chuck Norris Never Ran a Marathon You have just completed a (fill in the blank) race. You grab the most delicious looking … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

Food: Friend or Foe? -by Caroline Tonozzi

Have you wondered what is the “right” food to eat as a runner? You’ve probably read an article (or ten) in a runner’s magazine that touted the latest and greatest … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

December/January Updates

Winter is here, more or less. I’ve seen a few snowflakes (really!) but mostly the days have been very nice where once you get warmed up on a run it … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

Why I Joined a Running Club -by Caroline Tonozzi

              Ok, so you want to join a running group. What are you waiting for? Put down that sandwich, and listen up! I’m here … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Donation Tally and Other News

              About a month ago I put out a call for donations to ensure that our club would have access to all the things … Continue reading

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One time call for donations

Happy Fall everyone! As the title states, this post is to put out a one-time for this year donation call. This will be the only time until at least next … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Club Outlook Fall and Winter 2012/13

Where We’ve Been- Greetings everyone. This might be a bit long of a post, but it will be chock-full of great info and updates. So grab some cocoa and settle … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 7 Comments

Swing Dancing Get-Together! Wed the 19th

We spend so much time each week going forward for miles and miles. Let’s switch things up and spend a night moving side to side, back and forth, and every … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Quick notice- Sunday long runs

Tiffany, our Run Leader for the Sunday Long Runs, will be entering a very busy part of her racing season the next couple of months. As such, there will be … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

August Recap

Well, as much as I hate to admit it, August has left us behind and we are firmly into September.  August treated us very well though, and if you have … Continue reading

September 5, 2012 · 2 Comments