Kingstowne Striders

Oh My Gourd, It's Fall

President's Corner:
Striders - October is a great month to run.  Enjoy the cool mornings, low humidity, fresh air, and fall colors.  It’s unfortunate that the Fall races aren't happening this year, but you can still get out and enjoy a run. 

Please join us on our Fall picnic on Saturday, October 10th.  Enjoy a run, and then hang out with your fellow club members for breakfast.  Big thanks to Amelia for planning this!

I hope to see you on a run or walk with us.  All levels are welcome.  If you have any suggestions, please let me or another board member know: we’d love to hear from you.

Happy running,  Dave

Click here to renew or sign up for a membership.  Just a reminder your dues cover RRCA insurance and provides other awesome benefits as a member of the club. 

Mike's Story  
How a Diagnosis Can Turn into Motivation

What if you were diagnosed with a disease and were told to “Just keep running and exercising. It will help with your symptoms.” This is the advice I was given in February when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
It all started when I experienced a cramp-like curling of the toes in my left foot while running.  If you ever ran with me, you most likely heard me complain about it.  After changes in shoes and various inserts, I received physical therapy.  After one session I was told to see a podiatrist.  He could not find anything and referred me to a neurologist. The neurologist heard my complaint and immediately said it was dystonia which is a symptom of Parkinson’s.  “You have Parkinson’s Disease” she bluntly informed me.  A million thoughts raced through my head as she told me that it was an incurable degenerative brain disease.  After she told me about the medications, she discussed the benefits of running and exercise to slowing the progression of disease and/or relieving symptoms.  As shocking as it was to hear the diagnosis, the idea that running would help made it less painful. 
When I tell people that I run, I usually hear comments such as, “You still do that after all these years?” and “Doesn’t that hurt your knees?” When I talk about Parkinson’s they usually say that they knew someone old who had it and then they died.  I have learned that you don’t die from Parkinson’s; you die with it.  Not to sound cliché, but it has truly changed my life.  Since retiring, I spend my time exercising (doctor’s orders) and running (thanks for the motivation, fellow Striders.) I also volunteer with various Parkinson’s organizations in addition to helping at the local food bank. You never know what surprises life has in store for you, but the motto “Just keep running” will get you through a lot.

 Written by Mike Bigman, fellow strider

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Strider's Fall Picnic and Run: October 10th at 8am 

The picnic is in place of our annual summer picnic. 

Runners will meet at 8am for an out and back on Mount Vernon Trail.  Breakfast will take place at 9am, see the coordinates on the Facebook invite 

Social distancing will be practiced for this fun fall event.  Remember to bring a face mask, cup for coffee/tea, and a comfy place to sit. 

Orders due to Amelia by Thursday, October 8th via the Facebook invite above.  

Look forward to seeing everyone there!
Remember to check out the Google Docs for weekend run details here. Weekend runs now start at 8am until next Spring.  
Time to Turn Over a New Leaf  

The year continues to push forward.  Mother nature continues to change her seasons and we're now entering the final quarter of the year with cooler temperatures and darker days.  Restrictions are easing as Virginia moves into Phase 3, see the Safer At Home guidance.  Slowly we continue to emerge from the pandemic.  

It's a great opportunity to take advantage of all the change around us to create change within us.  We've been sidetracked and events have been cancelled.  Many have taken time to rest and focus on other ventures.  Now we ourselves can emerge and with a fresh perspective and freshly rested bodies.  Seize the crisp new weather. Set new goals and rediscover your love of running and training!
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