Run Group: Ageless Running 

TGIOYM Runners: 

I hope everyone has had a great week. I know it has been an exciting week for Kim N. and Vera both of who celebrated their birthdays this week along with my daughter who celebrated her 21st. Kim and Vera just have a couple of years on her . . . . How is it that our runners keep having birthdays? Well that’s because regular running slows the effects of aging, according to a study from the Stanford School of Medicine that tracked 500 older runners for more than 20 years. Elderly runners have fewer disabilities, a longer span of active life and are half as likely as aging nonrunners to die early deaths! How do you like them apples? Also running may actually reverse aging while walking does not.


In addition research has shown that exercise can help maintain physical fitness that may otherwise be lost over time. A lot of the deterioration we see with aging can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of aging itself according to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. The prevalence of age-related chronic diseases and physical dysfunction is substantially reduced or even absent in older adults who continue to train and compete in athletic competitions. Those all sound like pretty good benefits to me.


So who will join me tomorrow morning to slow down and even turn back the clock and celebrate Kim and Vera’s birthdays?


– Allison


P.S. Monday’s run will start at 7 a.m. given it is Memorial Day

Run Group: Burn Off All Those McDonald’s Fries

Monday run is on and did you know on May 15, 1940 McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, CA?
I know I need to burn off tons of calories from those fries I have eaten throughout the years in McDonalds.
Since our amazing Allison is taking Monday off, I will have a route for tomorrow.
Avoid McDonalds fries and come join me to have a healthy run.

Run Group: Saturday Runs: OYM Group Run @ 7 AM & Pathways Run too!

Hi All!

Tomorrow we’ve got 2 different opportunities to start your morning off with an amazing Los Altos run.
OYM Saturday Run @ 7 AM (meet in parking lot behind OYM)
Tim is leading the charge for the group run and he’ll have a 6 miler and about a 10 mile options (always options in between). Don’t quote me on the exact mileage, but as always, there will be options.

Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk (website)

When:  Saturday, May 13, 2017

Where: Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Start Times:
5K/10K – 9:00 am
1 Mile – 10:30 am

We hope to see a lot of you tomorrow @ 7 AM or 9 AM for the Pathway!

Run Club: What’s your Sub2?

Greeting OYM Runners:

Sounds like an awesome run yesterday.  And sending great thoughts to Renee and Rina running the Golden Gate Relay this weekend.

Did any of you watch the live Nike feed Friday night of the #breaking2 effort in Italy to run a sub-2 hour marathon?  I have to say that if you asked me in advance if I’d ever want to watch a streaming feed of a marathon I would have thought it was about as boring as you could get (on a Friday night no less!) But I got sucked in, cheering them on and hoping for the miracle.  They came OH. SO. CLOSE.  Ending at 2:00:25 but it is a world record and was truly amazing.   So what’s your Sub2?   What’s your goal that may seem impossible but . . . . .?

Join me tomorrow morning to be a step or two or thousands closer to that goal.   And if that is not enough reason to get out of bed, come because it is National Sock Day.  And don’t forget that May 11th is National Foam Roller Day 🙂

Who will reach for the stars with me tomorrow?

–   Allison

Run Group: Andale Andale

TGIOYM Runners:

Corredores felizes en Cinco de Mayo En Su Marca. Espero que todos hayan tenido un gran día de celebración, bebiendo margaritas y comiendo patatas fritas y salsa. Todo lo que puedo decir es que traen en el tequila!  Si ‘ t entender esto – que necesita para empezar a aprender español. California tiene más hispanohablantes que cualquier otro Estado. Más del 30% de nuestra población son hablantes nativos de español.*

If Cinco de Mayo is not your thing, I hope you celebrated Star Wars Day yesterday – May the 4th be with you!  There is no end of fabulous things to celebrate so let’s celebrate with a wonderful Saturday run.   I’m off again this weekend to San Diego for a water polo tournament but I leave you in Tim’s capable hands (or is it feet?)   I take NO responsibility for whatever path he leads you down.

Who will be led astray by Tim tomorrow?

–            Allison

Races, races, races:

Erin, Tim, Magali and I are signed up for this awesome trail run June 3rd – wanna join us?

A big group of our OYM Runners have signed up for the Pathways Run ($10 off with code OYMPATH) Saturday May 13

Sunday May 21 – Don’t forget the On Your Mark supported Flower Run/Walk Foster Kids

Sunday June 25 – a fan favorite – Stanford Summer Scamper


Happy Cinco de Mayo On Your Mark runners.   I hope everyone has had a great day celebrating, drinking margaritas and eating chips and salsa.   All I can say is bring on the tequila!   If you can’t understand this – you need to start learning Spanish. California has more Spanish speakers than any of the other states. Over 30% of our population are native Spanish speakers.



Run Group: Climatize Yourself

TGIOYM Runners:

I hope everyone is having a great week. I’m still in DC where it is supposed to be 90 DEGREES tomorrow!!! And ironically there is a national Climate Change March scheduled for tomorrow. Coincidence? I think not!

But any climate is fine to run in especially when you head out at 7 a.m. So there will be no excuses. Since I won’t be there, Tim will run you ragged up and down the hills for miles and miles. OK just kidding, but he will be leading an awesome run that’s not to be missed. We had discussed meeting somewhere else but we couldn’t quite pull that off so he will be behind On Your Mark tomorrow rain or shine or SHINE! If you’re lucky he might even have that cutie Buster with him.

Who will warm the globe with Tim tomorrow morning?

– Allison

Run Group: Sun Day Running

Happy Sunday OYM Runners:

Great turn out yesterday and welcome to our new runners.  Those of you who are still stalking this list should come on out and give us a try!  Tomorrow is a very exciting day – a day to come, run, have fun and leave it all behind.   Leave WHAT behind you ask?   Your headlamps of course!   Tomorrow it will finally be light enough to run with just the sun.  So everyone who has used the excuse of not wanting to run in the dark is going to have to come up with a new one.    I’m unfortunately off on a very early flight tomorrow so Erin has agreed to light the way.

Who will come enjoy her sunny disposition?


–            Allison

Run Group: Run to Ground

TGIOYM Runners:

I hope everyone is enjoying this amazing weather we are having.  It’s almost like Mother Nature is gearing up with her own celebration for Earth Day tomorrow.   That’s right, April 22nd is international Earth Day which is now celebrated in over 200 countries around the world (how many countries are there anyway?)  I’ve read that it is celebrated with festivals, rallies and outdoor events often with the support of “A-list celebrities and political leaders”.    I think our very own Boston Marathoner Larry is pretty A-list in my book and Maria runs the Community Center Alliance so I think that counts as a political leader.  Which means we are a virtual celebration!

Earth Day encourages people to be environmentally friendly and what could be more friendly than caressing the earth over and over with your feet?  You can do it for 4 miles up to 12 miles if you want.   I think joining us for a run tomorrow morning is the epitome of celebration so who will get earthy with me?


–            Allison

Run Group: Seconds add up to minutes add up to . . .

TGIOYM Runners:I hope everyone is having a great week. Did you see the new study they just released? Scientists have determined that for every mile you run you add 7 hours to your life! Now that is not just because running a mile (or two or ten) can FEEL like it takes 7 hours but rather a true extra 7 hours! This was published in that bastion of scientific research – the Daily Mail.

Even better they found it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you go or how far you run – you just need to get out there! Tomorrow we’ll have routes ranging from 4 miles up to 10-12 miles. I’m for sure showing up tomorrow because every extra 7 hours I can get with Tim is like a little slice of heaven.

How will you spend your time?

– Allison

Run Group: Motivation Monday

Happy Sunday OYM Runners:

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. One of the hardest parts of running is motivating yourself to get up and get out there. Motivation is a tricky thing. I often see motivational quotes that resonate with me and give me encouragement. Here are a few for you to consider:

You must expect great things from yourself before you can do them.

What the brain believes, the body will achieve.

Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.

Running is the greatest metaphor for life – you get out of it what you put into it.

What motivates you to run? I’m motivated by the opportunity to be with all of you! Who will find motivation with me tomorrow morning?

– Allison

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