Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Taking Care Of Yourself
2017 Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon Training Classes
February BOP Social Run/Walk: February 18
Run For The Luck Of It: March 11
Member Spotlight: Linda Pilsworth
Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Around Town
Tuesday Track, Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at Runner's Edge

Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon Training Classes, April 2, 8:00 a.m. RWM Office (basement Runner's Edge)



February 2017
Run Wild Missoula Executive Director: Taking Care Of Yourself
by Tony Banovich, Executive Director
As runners, we often think that we're immune from many of the ailments of the rest of society.  Run a couple of miles a few times a week and we're good to go.  Eat what we want.  Drink what we want.  Late nights & early mornings.  60 hour work weeks.  Those 15 miles a week provide a shield against disease and illness...........right?  Well, as the college football announcer Keith Jackson used to say - Whoa, Nellie.
Runner or not, we face the same health issues as the rest of society.  Like everyone else, we can be afflicted with heart disease, cancer, immune disorders, diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer's.  Just check out the stories of Jim Fixx, Ryan Shay and Grete Waitz and you'll see that miles do not make one invincible.  Heck, many of us probably know someone within the Run Wild Missoula membership who suffers from a significant health condition.
Fortunately, all is not lost.  While those weekly miles aren't a complete shield, they are a great first line of defense.  Regular exercise has been shown to improve heart health; reduces the risk of developing diabetes; can help manage blood pressure; and, can help you reduce stress.  So, putting on those running shoes and hitting the roads, tracks and trails is a great start.  But, by itself, it's not enough.
Strength training can increase the health of your bones and joints; and, bone and joint health really does become a "use it or lose it" proposition as we age.  A healthy diet can help you manage your weight, reduce the risk of certain cancers and give you the energy you need for full, active days.  Adequate sleep is essential to allowing your body to rest and recharge.  Managing stress is also critical to our mental and physical health.  Whether you meditate, practice yoga or take the proverbial "long, hot bath", it's important to regularly take time to set aside the daily stress.
If nothing else, being fit, active and healthy will improve your day to day quality of life.  It can allow you to do things like play catch in the park with your kids.  Take part in that epic trail run.  Backpack with friends to that spectacular mountain lake.  Spend the day on the river with your college pals.  Take a long walk along the river with your sweetie.  Watch your children and grandchildren grow up.  Do you really want to miss out on those experiences and memories?
Finally, don't forget those yearly physicals and preventative exams.  Many afflictions can be very effectively treated if caught early.  However, that can't happen if you don't take the time to make the appointment.  You owe it to yourself, your friends, families and loved ones.  We only get one shot at this thing called life.  Why not take care of yourself so that you can live it to the fullest?
Because, really, we want to continue to see you on the roads, tracks and trails.
2017 Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon Training Classes: Registration is Open 

Registration is open for all of the 2017 Missoula Marathon & Half Marathon Training Classes.  Click on the class name below to learn more and to register.
February BOP Social Run/Walk: February 18

Saturday February 18
3:00 pm
Great Burn Brewing Company
Run/walk on the Bitterroot Branch Trail (hoping that the new bridge across South Reserve Street is open!)
Meet afterward in the Great Burn loft.
--potluck snacks
--purchase beverages
--non-alcoholic beverages available

  If you need more information email
Run For The Luck Of It: March 11 
NEW VENUE!!!! - We'll be moving locations in 2017.  This year's start and finish will be at the  Iron Giz American Bistro at the  University of Montana Golf Course (515 South Avenue West).  We're looking forward to exciting new courses.

Participants will get LUCKY with
  • Long Sleeve Technical Tee (not available for Kids Dash)
  • Chip timing
  • Post-race snacks 
  • Prizes for the overall winners and top finisher in each age category
For online registration and more information CLICK HERE  
Member Spotlight: Linda Pilsworth
Meet Linda Pilsworth, an active member of Missoula's walking community and finisher of five Missoula marathons and one half since she began walking them 2011.  Not new to the 26.2 mile distance, Linda initially ran marathons in her early 30's, and competed in triathlons during her 40's and 50's until a hip replacement forced her to focus on other activities.  Now a retired school teacher, Linda volunteers her time as a pacer for the Missoula Marathon walking class.  Read more>>

Member Spotlight: Nomination Form
Do you know someone from our Run Wild Missoula community that we should get to know better? With 1,500-plus members, we have a wealth of talent, passion, expertise, inspiration, and enthusiasm for running and walking among us.

Maybe it's someone who's been inspirational to you, achieved an insurmountable goal, demonstrated a courage to start (or re-start!), or clearly exemplifies the club's  core values. Perhaps there's another reason? 
If so, we'd like to hear from you!  Simply complete the form on the RWM website, which can be found HERE, and click submit.
Around Town
Snow Joke Half Marathon, February 25, Seeley Lake, MT, 11:00 a.m. information and register here: 
Run Wild,


Chris Everett, Running Wild Newsletter Editor

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