Harambee — “Pull together”

This year, 2013, marks 35 years since the inception of the Fremont Elite Runners’ Club, a community of avid runners coming together with differences in pace, personality, background, and goals with one purpose, the pure enjoyment of running.  FERC has experienced a lot of changes and challenges in the past 35 years, but some things never change- group runs, crazy stories, shared memories, road races, mileage, and personal goals.  We have members with intense personalities and training regimes, and members that are out to find a good time.  Some of our members are reaching the upper age groups and some are just getting into an actual age group on a race form.  FERC has veteran runners, brand new runners, super fast runners, and walkers.  With all of this diversity, many people often wonder…What does the “Elite” part of Fremont Elite Runners’ Club really mean?  Ironically, the March 2013 issue of Running Times Magazine has an excellent article that explains exactly what it means to be “elite”.

Journalist David Alm had the opportunity to spend a week training with a group of truly elite athletes.  He, like many of us, had an image of the word elite that included training facilities in Oregon, Olympic medals, and the tiny, feather weight “royalty” at the front of the A corral of the major races.  After one training session with a group of “elites” from all over the world, he realized “The difference was in psychology.”  Alm stated, “I learned that being an elite has surprisingly little to do with leg speed.  It’s about attitude, about not drawing lines- neither ruling out possibilities nor dividing between levels of runners.”  He also speaks about the Kenyan runners as belonging to a culture that “prizes community and friendship over personal gain”.  The word “harambee” runs across the bottom of the Kenyan national coat of arms.  It’s a Swahili word for “pull together.”

Alm has many ideas that stand out in this article including the “4 Keys to an Elite Attitude”.

1.  Don’t treat training runs or race times as indications of your self worth.

2.  Value every runner’s efforts, success, and potential.

3.  Don’t beat yourself up in training or in evaluating your workouts and racing.

4.  Recognize that your running ability is a result of many factors, not just how serious you are or how hard you push yourself.

FERC is an elite group of athletes with a lot of diversity.  Every individual has something positive to share with the group.  This year, the 35th year, will call on the diversity of leadership, communication, abilities, service, and personalities to “pull together” to help everyone enjoy running.

-Jamie Gilbert, FERC Secretary

FERC Updates:

  • If you are interested in submitting an article for the FERC blog.  Please email your article to Jamie Gilbert at jmglbrt@gmail.com.  You can also subscribe to get automatic updates.  I’m totally new to blogging, so stay tuned for pictures and a good looking format.
  • Don’t forget to send in your race results!  Email them to jmglbrt@gmail.com to be published on our FERC blog.
  • Our next meeting is on February 20th.  Meet at 6:00pm in the parking lot at Motion Control Robotics for a group run and at 7:00 pm in the conference room for the meeting.  Pizza and drinks are provided.  Please wear a headlamp for safety on the bike trail.
  • Congratulations to Matt Folk and Lacy Nagy, the overall winners of the Fremont Indoor 10K, in addition to all of the participants and volunteers.
  • The next FERC event is the Melt the Ice 5K.  Click on the link for the entry form http://fremonteliterunnersclub.com/Races/Melt_The_Ice_5k.pdf
  • We still have past members that haven’t submitted a FERC membership form/waiver.  Please join the active member list by filling out the form to mail or bring to our February meeting.  This covers our club members under the RRCA insurance if injured at a club sponsored event.  http://fremonteliterunnersclub.com/Forms/FERC_Membership.pdf

Motivation Tips for February:

  • You are absolutely right, the words February and motivation are tough to put in the same sentence!  The worst of the weather is behind us all, afterall, the groundhog did not see his shadow.
  • Read a motivational book.  Some of my favorites include Finding Ultra by Rich Roll, 14 Minutes by Alberto Salazar, and Running the Edge by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano.  What are your favorite running reads?
  • Join a group run!  Find a buddy!  Misery loves company, right?!  There are several groups of runners at all speeds and distances in our area that run regularly.  Joining a group for even one day a week gives you something to look forward to.  Check out the Fremont Elite Runners’ Club, Second Sole of Toledo, or the Fremont Inland Trail Turtles on Facebook for regular runs posted.
  • Get dressed!  Usually the hardest step is the first one out the door.

Nutrition Tips for February:

  • 2013 is the year of “quinoa” – pronounced “keen-wa”.  Quinoa is a complete protein, pseudograin, superfood.  It cooks like rice (don’t forget to rinse it first) and can be used in a variety of recipes.  These tiny, cream colored, spheres have all of the necessary amino acids the body needs without the fat and cholesterol of meat.  It’s filling and can be eaten at any meal.
  • What does it taste like?  Quinoa tastes like a grain.  It can be eaten for breakfast with milk and brown sugar or used in a stir fry with vegetables (and your meat preference).
  • Can I find it in Fremont, Ohio?  Quinoa can be purchased at the Kroger store on the West side of town in the organic canned goods section.  It’s on the top of the shelf.  Expect to spend around $5 for a box, but a little bit goes a long way.
  • Is it easy to make?  It cooks like rice (1 part quinoa to 2 parts water for 15-20 minutes…follow package directions).  I throw my quinoa in a rice cooker so that I can push the button and forget about it.
  • What is your favorite quinoa recipe?  Please share!  My family enjoys quinoa chili, quinoa black bean burgers, and quinoa pizza bites
  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/vegetarian-quinoa-chili/
  • http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quinoa-Black-Bean-Burgers/Detail.aspx
  • http://www.fitsugar.com/Gluten-Free-Quinoa-Pizza-Bites-21988461

4 responses to “Harambee — “Pull together”

  1. What a great explanation of “elite”! Describes our group perfectly. Awesome first post in our new blog!

  2. I know the word Elite in the club name kept us from joining for a while. It wasn’t until we got to know some of the members that we realized Elite did not mean running snobs. Hahahahahahahaha! Thanks for a great blog!

  3. Harvest Grains Salad

    Two grilled chicken breasts
    5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 1/4 cups of blended grains such as couscous and quinoa
    1 small red bell pepper, diced
    1 small yellow or orange bell pepper, diced
    1 small apple, diced
    1 cup cherry or plum tomatoes, cut in half
    1/4 cup black currants
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts and/or almonds
    1 cup chopped fresh parsley
    1 cup chopped fresh spinach
    2 Tbsp lime juice
    1/4 cup blueberries
    1/4 cup of raw cacao nibs
    Sea salt
    Black pepper

    Bring 1 1/3 cups of water to a boil and add 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Mix in 1 1/4 cups of blended grains and bring back to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large serving bowl, sprinkling in more olive oil. Add the fruits and vegetables. Pour in lime juice and the remaining olive oil. Toss.

    Top with grilled chicken breasts. Add blueberries and cacao nibs. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately or chilled the next day. Yields about five servings.

    Nutritional info per serving: 441calories, 25 g fat (6 g saturated), 28 g carbs, 26 g protein

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