October 2017

River City Running Club



October Newsletter

Upcomming Races

October 1 Lakefront Marathon Full Grafton, WI
October 7 Gandy Dancer Full, Half Luck, WI
October 8 Rails to Trails Full, Half, 5k Norwalk, WI
October 14 Sparta Half Marathon Half, 5k Sparta, WI
October 14 Whistlestop Marathon Full, Half, 10k, 5k Ashland, WI
October 15 Milwaukee Running Fest Full, Half, 10k, 5k Milwaukee, WI
October 21 Warrior Waddle 5k  Winona, MN 
October 28 Great Pumpkin Chase 5k La Crosse, WI
October 29 The Hixon 50k, 25k La Crosse, WI
November 12  Madison Marathon  Full, Half  Madison, WI 
November 18  UW-L Turkey Trot  5k  La Crosse, WI 
November 23  Festival Foods Turkey Trot  5 m  Onalaska, WI 


Congratulations to all Maple Leaf Half and 5-mile finishers. Thank you to
those who volunteered at the half-marathon turn-around. Well done, one and
Fall Banquet - save the date: Our annual party is scheduled for Friday,
November 17th, 5:30-7:30pm at the Myrick Park Center. We will be giving
our usual awards - Male and Female Runner of the Year, Male and Female
Rookie of the Year, and Male and Female Most Improved. Please get your
nominations to the president ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by
November 1st to give us time to do the online voting.
We will also have more objective awards:
M/F Fastest Marathon
M/F Age Graded Marathon
M/F Most Miles Raced
M/F Most Marathons and Half Marathons
M/F Most Races 10k or Shorter
M/F Fastest 5k
If you have recent race times within these categories that you haven't
seen posted in the newsletter results, please email them to the president.

James Stenulson has a room booked for the Boston marathon from Friday to Tues. He has room for 2 people. If you're interested, email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Hitting Your Stride
It’s really something when, after a break in your running, you start to
get your stride back. Weeks can go by with consistent effort, but no sense
of progress. Then, some beautiful, cool, fall days come along and running
begins to feel more natural again. I have been dutifully logging 22-25
miles each week, pushing a stroller with a 2-month-old for most of my 3-5
mile runs. Many of the runs have felt awkward and plodding. But, finally,
in these first days of October, running feels easier. While it doesn’t all
come back at once, it does gradually come back with consistent effort and
I hope this month is full of beautiful, refreshing runs where you hit your
stride with ease.
Sloan Komissarov, President
River City Running Club
Getting Creative While Running
Dave Bange
Like many people, I often wish that I had talents which I sorely lack.  Among the many -- and I’m not about to start a list -- one of those talents is creativity.  
Let’s begin by defining what I mean by “creativity.”  I think of it as the ability to go beyond “book learning” to come up with original ideas and concepts, or see connections between seemingly unrelated things.  Artists, musicians, and poets are generally considered to be creative people, but scientists also can be very creative:  Einstein was a lackluster student, whose genius lay in his incredible imagination to create the thought experiments which led to the theory of relativity.
So maybe the title of this little essay has you wondering, “Could running make me more creative?”  Sorry to disappoint, but probably not.  Despite efforts by researchers to find ways to increase a person’s creative ability, those efforts have produced little, if any, success.   Nonetheless, engaging in certain activities can hinder one’s natural creativity or stimulate it.  Stress is known to dampen creativity -- the best poet in the world is not going to produce a new sonnet while being chased by an angry bear.  On the other hand, activities that allow a person’s mind to freely wander is known to give rise to fresh ideas, thoughts, and insights.  
And among activities that allow your mind to “free float,” few can match running --  specifically, running at a comfortable, quiet, steady pace.  Why?  First, running elevates the heart rate (more than simple walking) which increases blood flow, and increased blood flow to the brain never hurts, right?  Second, running is a simple, repetitive activity that your brain can manage on auto-pilot, allowing you to let subconscious thoughts bubble to the surface or make odd connections between ideas and observations.  Third, runners have no teammates or opponents, so they have no need to be thinking about offensive or defensive plays and strategy.  However, for running to stimulate creative thinking, it’s necessary to exclude racing, interval training, running on rocky trails, et cetera.
How do other physical activities compare to running in boosting creativity?  Clearly team sports are out.  One-against-one sports (like tennis) that require reacting to an opponent also won’t do it.  Golf, bowling, archery and similar sports require too much concentration on doing things right to let your mind float freely.  Biking is similar to running in many ways, but if you let your mind go wandering off somewhere while biking, well ... things may turn out badly.  I’m not sure about swimming -- it’s certainly repetitive enough, and I imagine that a good swimmer might be able to swim along nicely on auto-pilot.  Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on relatively level, open terrain should be sufficiently suitable for unfocused, auto-pilot gliding, and elevate your heart rate as running does.
The relevance of terrain on cross-country skiing is pertinent to my own experience with running.  If I want to think about something while running, I seek out level, straight, quiet sections of roadway -- minimal traffic, hills, turns, and few pedestrians allow me to run without thinking about what my legs and feet are doing.  Fortunately, it’s not difficult to find such places in La Crosse: Shore Acres Road in Minnesota, Lakeshore Drive to Nelson Park on French Island, and the bike trails to Onalaska are just three that come to mind.  
How about running on a treadmill?  It probably works quite well for many people, but not for me -- I get too stressed about the possibility of falling off the back end.

September 10, R U Chicken 7.8 Mile Trail Run, Arcadia, WI

Jamie Mannion 1:01:02 (2nd Overall) Eric Pueschner 1:16:18
Ruben Anderson 1:09:52 (2nd 40-49) Ron Benjamin 1:21:52

September 16, Mini-Donut Half Marathon, Onalaska, WI

Tony Toledo 2:15:45 (3rd 60+)    

September 16, Applefest Scenic 5K, La Crescent, MN

Ruben Anderson 22:50 (1st 40-49) Bonnie Stubendick 28:09 (2nd 50-59)

September 30, Maple Leaf Races, La Crosse, WI

Half Marathon      
Adan Rivas 1:31:06 Nancy Winberg 2:03:42
Randy Gibson 1:37:53 (2nd 55-59) Kathy Moen 2:04:53 (2nd 60-64)
Jim Stenulson 1:38:21 (1st 60-64) Ann Gibbons 2:14:21 (3rd 60-64)
Ruben Anderson 1:39:17 Len Pitt (pacer) 2:14:45
Lila Planavsky 1:39:53 (3rd 35-39) Eric Van Osdol (pacer) 2:14:45
Kristine Tibor 1:54:09 (3rd 50-54) Mike Mulroy 2:22:51
Bonnie Stubbendick 1:58:13 (1st 60-64) Maureen Kinney 2:29:17 (2nd 65+)
Laurie Enos 1:59:06 Gretchen Benjamin 2:29:35
5 Miles      
Darick Bloom 35:58 (2nd 35-39) Ron Benjamin 41:47
Keith Stubbendick  40:54    

October 1, Twin Cities Marathon, Minneapolis, MN

Brian Dahl 3:25:09 Cory Clark 5:32:03
Kristie Shappell 4:07:27 Tony Toledo 5:50:34
Darick Bloom 5:32:03