Take A Kid For A Run – Even If You Need To Trick Them To Go


There isn’t much I enjoy more than seeing a family doing something together. In my family we have some very different personalities and some very different interest. I have one daughter that is generally more interested in hanging out inside and not getting dirty and another daughter that has always begged to be able to go outside and do something fun. The funny part about that is that if I say lets go for a run the inside girl will jump and get her shoes on and the outside girl will all of a sudden have a stomach ache. Continue reading Take A Kid For A Run – Even If You Need To Trick Them To Go

What’s Your Word?


It seems to be a popular thing now, at least with ladies in my life, to have a special word for the year. The point is to find a specific word that you feel you need to work on and let that word guide you for the year. It could be something like STRENGTH if you are a person that feels insignificant or doesn’t usually stand up for what is right. Or maybe CALM if you are a person that is highly emotional and gets fired up about things easily. If you want to have some fun look for the people wearing a bracelet with a word like this on it. Don’t let them know you saw the bracelet and start giving them advice around that topic. They will be blown away and you will look like a very insightful person.

I have never had a word before. Never even thought much about having a word of the year. I sat down to write this post today and was planning to write about taking the time to let my ankle heal. The only thing that kept popping into my head was the word PATIENCE. If I was more patient I could wait for a different story idea, but since I’m not I am going with this. Continue reading What’s Your Word?

The Running Wife

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I have said before that the running community is an incredibly supportive and encouraging community. I want to prove that by giving a little encouragement and support to The Running Wife (Ashleigh). I don’t know a lot of Ashleigh’s back story, but from what I can tell she made a decision to get healthier and one way she did it was by deciding to run. After making positive changes in her life she has started to focus on the lives of others by creating a blog and doing events to encourage others to get moving. For those of you that know me and my story very well you know that is nearly a perfect match to my story. Continue reading The Running Wife

Why The Water to Wine 5K Vineyard Run Is Important



You guys have been great in the last 36 hours or so since we opened registration for the Water to Wine 5K Vineyard Run! The response has been amazing. we have lots of registrations from people that haven’t been part of our Run Richmond family.  So thank you to those that have already registered and the large group of you that have shared links on social media. That is the best way for us to get the word spread about this really cool event.

When we did the Historic Haunt the main focus was to help people try something new, or take it to another level. We had the Little Goblins Run to get kids running. We had the 5k for people that had never run before. Plus, we had the 10K for people to step up a level and add some distance to push themselves a little harder. Some would say a lot harder. Continue reading Why The Water to Wine 5K Vineyard Run Is Important

You Have Waited Long Enough


Registration is OPEN. Details are available here and you can get registered here. This is NOT just a 5K race. This is a run through one of the most picturesque spots in Madison County if not the state.

These won’t be rough single track trails in the woods. These are paths in and around the vines on top of a large hill with sweeping views of the farm land surrounding the vineyard. The course will be mostly flat with a few small elevation changes, but nothing too strenuous.  Our goal isn’t to give you the best workout possible or the most challenging course. Our goal is for this to be the most fun you have ever had at a run. Continue reading You Have Waited Long Enough

Run Richmond Conquers the Rio Salado Trail Run


For some of us, the idea of retiring may bring to mind images of relaxing on the couch, joining a couple golf leagues, or maybe even becoming a babysitter to grandkids. When Emily Christian told us she was retiring last year she didn’t give me the impression that sitting on the couch would be one of the options she would pick. Now spending time with grandkids was something that I knew would become a major focus for her. Continue reading Run Richmond Conquers the Rio Salado Trail Run

Workout of the Week #3


Workout of the Week #3 “Progressive Endurance” Left over Right

My name is Trent Funk and I am a previous college athlete who is on the down hill side of my 40s heading for 50 and am ready to call on my inner warrior to come out, get motivated and make another stand. This is my 3 rd installment where I try new workouts and relay to you the joys and pains of the process.
Here’s a quick update on my status / progress.
Nacho Libre stretch - I want a Hot BODY But i also want tacos!Last week I was in Leon Mexico on business and got a couple of easy runs in with the one benefit being that I was at 6000 feet altitude. However the meme accurately captures my experience as I woke up 1 week later with my “fancy clothes” being tighter to due to 3 extra pounds of tacos.

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tracyTracy Humber!!!!

I didn’t know until yesterday, but Tracy killed it (and everyone else) at the Frostbite 5K at EKU.  She won her age group and brought home the medal to prove it. My assumption is that she rubbed it in Tim’s face a little bit because I didn’t hear that he won a medal.

Great job Tracy! I bet you have logged more miles at Run Richmond Group Runs than any other lady. We love having you as part of our community!

The Drift


That’s a beautiful picture, isn’t it? If you think about the hectic lives that we lead you may think that looks even more amazing. During my busiest and most hectic times, I could imagine climbing in that boat and just drifting off while relaxing. Most of us at times daydream about getting away and not having to be so rushed, stressed, scheduled, or just plain busy.  I think a slower life would be beneficial for most of us. The real question is if a drifting life would be beneficial? Continue reading The Drift

Lessons learned every step of the way

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Looking around on the internet today and ran across this article from the Buffalo News: Running: Lessons learned every step of the way

I was enjoying the article and then I got to the quotes from normal people about what they wished they knew when they started running. That is when I could really relate to the article…more than one person talks about groups. Running groups or clubs are an invaluable tool to gain knowledge, motivation and accountability.

Run Richmond keeps me motivated. Without this group I doubt I would still be logging the miles each week that I am. So I want to say thank you to everyone that shows up to our group runs. We are all part of a good thing. If you don’t want to take my word for it listen to this random guy from Buffalo…

“I wish I had known about running groups before I started running. It seemed a very lonely activity. Now I look forward to the days our retiree group gets together during the week and to Saturdays with the group at the Ridge. Everyone encourages each other. When injuries happen there is always someone who experienced the same thing and can offer excellent suggestions on recovery.”