Nature Trail Runners

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

December/January Updates

virgil gilman trail

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 even almost seems like summertime again. I personally wouldn’t mind if it stayed this way all winter, but I know some of you like the cooler weather and the snow. Plus, as much as I may wish this was California, I know that eventually we will see some colder temps and heavy snowfall. With expecting that, and with the busyness around the holidays, we are making a few changes for the months of December and January. Read on to find out what they are.

Group Run Changes-

Tiffany and Andy are taking a well-earned break from leading group runs for the next two months. Our pal Harish Pai is stepping up to become a formal Run Leader and will continue to be out with us on Sunday runs. Check out our Run Leaders Page to read his bio that was just added!

I will begin leading the Thursday evening runs. Tuesday evening runs will be put on hold either until February or until someone steps up to lead them. If you would like to become a Run Leader for Tuesdays, please email me at and we will discuss the details.

Sunday runs will continue to be Long Runs with the option to run shorter if you wish. I will be out at about 3 Sundays a month to lead the ‘Short and Easy’ pace group. Sunday runs(like in the pic above!) have been getting nice and big.

***There will be a separate post about it but the Thursday Evening run will be changing location to meet at Jaycee Park(previously Waubonsee Creek) in Oswego/Montgomery. Jaycee park is located off Saugatuck Road at the intersection of Douglas Road and Saugatuck Road. Many of you have run there before and it is a nice bike path where it is easy to go 3 or 5 miles or even 7 miles if we really wanted too. Headlamps are still a must. Click Here to see a map.  This location will not change before February.

More Social Events-

What with fewer weekly runs, and the likely hood that we will all be spending more time indoors then we would like to during the winter, we will be adding more social events to the calender to give us a chance to just hang out. (and plot our strategies for all those spring races!) For December we have two official ones. The Gear Swap and Ice Cream Social and also the Special Kettlebell Demo/Class

Click the links to read about the events and please RSVP if you think you will come. We hope to see lots of you out. There’s not always time to chat with everyone at a run so it is nice to just get to visit. You are always welcome to come to social events, even if you have not made it out to a run yet!

I’d like to do 3 or 4 events for January. People have expressed an interest in continuing to visit Buffalo Wild Wings on the 4th Thursday so likely we will do that. I’m going to check things out at the local trampoline park(trampoline dodgeball everyone!), but if you have any good ideas, just drop me an email/Facebook message.

More Web Content-

Caroline T. was super-neato and wrote an Article for us a couple weeks ago. If reading that one article has left you wanting more of her clever wisdom and encouragement, take heart! I’ve another article by her that will post this week and I have a feeling that won’t be the last one we see from her.

I also will be posting some articles I’ve had in my head for a bit now and intend to put up inspirational links on the Facebook Page a little more often.  One of the few good things about winter is that there does seem to be more time to get desk-work done!



2 comments on “December/January Updates

  1. Sara
    February 5, 2013

    Hello. It looks like you are all fairly serious runners. I was wondering if you know of a group in the area for beginners. Any help is greatly appreciated.


    • rckmtl
      February 5, 2013

      Hi Sara! We may look all serious, what with the running in the cold, but the club actually has a lot of either beginning runners or runners who just prefer to take things easy. When we start having more group runs each week in the spring, more of those runners will come out. For right now though, there are a few other options. One is the Bolingbrook Fun Run Club. If you google that they should come up. They do a lot of stuff just for beginners if they are not too far away. Also, if you are really new to running, Dick Pond Athletics in St. Charles will be starting a free walk to run program in April. You can stop by the store or call them to get more info. I hope this helped. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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