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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Red Bandana: Blue Girl Group Cheers On Hundreds of Runners

read also: The Red Bandana: Walk, Absorb, Click

As rain teased volunteers early Saturday morning, Glenbard South High School Coach Sherry Hudson's volleyball team moved forward. Undaunted, they knew they had a job to do.

The Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) 5K and 10K needed people to encourage runners and walkers through the neighborhood, and the girls were up to the task. Positioned strategically along the course, they brought great enthusiasm to runners.

For the second consecutive year, the Raiders did more than cheer athletes on, as they delivered toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags collected by students.

Volleyball fans go can follow their schedule here. More race pictures here.

Inspired, when real estate agent John Wright, texted to tell me PADS needed volunteers this week, I knew what to do and signed up. John organizes my church's PADS volunteer effort, and was a few people short. I saw what this organization does in action. From 12:00-3:00 am, my shift partner, accountant Mark Cantey, and I made dozens of bagged lunches for the men and women sleeping at Peace Lutheran Church on Butterfield Road in Lombard, IL.

Are You Chilling Out?
Cold weather is coming. Sure, it is a breezy 70°F degree day today, but who in Chicagoland thinks it will stay this way? What will you do when the temperature plummets? The cooler, drier weather of September will help your long runs and races, but cool will soon turn to cold. Are you ready?

Layers are the answer. A few long-sleeved t-shirts (I have a great navy blue one from the This Run's for Jack 5K in Glen Ellyn a few Octobers ago.), and a windbreaker might be enough. Add a sweatshirt, and you should be fine into the low 30s.

Remember to protect your hands and feet. As you shop, consider that gloves on a cold day may also serve as impromptu tissue. I'm not trying to be gross, but let's be real. Sniffly noses happen in the fall. Plain white cotton garden gloves will do the job. If you want to go old school, pop couple of tube socks on your hands. As far as a hat goes, think about a Chicago Bears Reversible Waffle Beanie. The bright orange side will help you be noticed while logging miles at dusk. Maybe Brian Urlacher or Jay Cutler will drive by and wave.

For especially cold days, think about dropping a few bucks into a gym membership. Your employer might have one, or might provide a discount to a commercial option. Look into your park district too. In my community, Wheaton, the Parks Plus gym through our recreation department is amazing as is the fitness center at College of DuPage. Many have a three-month deal, or pay as you go plan.

Keep an eye out for treadmills at garage sales too. Just today, I picked up a barely used NordicTrack A2250 for $140 from a neighbor who is moving. My savings? $860.

Running Playlist Song of the Week
Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone
This 2004 Romanian language dance song would have gone unnoticed in America had it not been for the internet viral video "Numa Numa Dance" by Gary Brolsma. With great joy, he lipsyncs this love song while sitting at his desk to an audience of millions. Let your runs be as fun. Check it out. And sing along!

Vrei sa pleci dar nu mă, nu mă iei,
Nu mă, nu mă iei, nu mă, nu mă, nu mă iei.
Chipul tau si dragostea din tei,
Mi-amintesc de ochii tai.

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Writer Anthony Trendl loves BBQs, folk music and porches. Recently divorced from his couch, he looks to running as he battles midlife and his mid-section. Find out more at

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