Where can running/walking with KC Express take you? The possibilities are endless… new friends, new races, longer distances, better fitness, active fun!
Whatever your walking or running goals may be, you’ll find like-minded women in KC Express. We host:
- Saturday morning walking and running groups: We meet every week, year round. Bring your energy and a smile, and we’ll provide the structure to make your fitness goals stick: on-couse support, run/walk your own pace and distance, and make friends along the way.
- “First Tuesdays”: Join us each month for a light dinner, social time, and guest speakers on topics relevant to women’s health and fitness.
- The Mother’s Day 5K: Every spring we put on KC’s best race for women. Run, walk, or volunteer with us.
Healthy living is contagious. Catch it from us!
Stretch it out!
Effective stretching techniques can keep you healthy and happy through the miles! At our July 5th KCE meeting, yoga instructor Cindy Newland will lead us through some stretches designed especially for runners and walkers, including techniques that may help with minor twinges and with more complicated issues, like Plantar Fasciitis, Sciatica, Shin Splints, and more.
Cindy is also an author and health coach with personal experience in weight management. For more info visit her website Intentionallyeat.
BRAG Team Training for runners and walkers
BRAG Team, our popular 10K and half marathon training program for beginners, will be back for the 2016 season on Saturdays from June 29 – October 15 at 6:45 a.m. If you’ve done a 5k and are looking for a fun, new challenge, we can help! (Registration is OPEN through July 12!)
We are excited to announce that Head Coach for the 2016 BRAG Team is Helen Wilms. Helen is well-known in the KC running community for her warm and engaging presence and her extensive coaching experience. See more on Helen here.
A Summer to BRAG About
Woohoo! BRAG starts 6/25 at 6:45 a.m. Whether you’ve been wanting to start a regular run/walk routine, or recently woke up with the burning desire to run a 10-K or half marathon, it’s time to get started! (If you’ve been stalling, you can still register now through July 12 HERE.)
This is going to be a summer of fun and challenges. New friends, sore muscles, and exhilaration are all part of the package. Nerves play a role too. Sometimes they’re the good kind—the ones that convince you to sign up for BRAG–and sometimes they’re not. If you’re feeling nervous about showing up for BRAG this week, don’t. Here’s what’s going to happen.
On Saturday, you’ll meet Head Coach Helen Wilms, and the leading run and walk group coaches, Amy Medina and Sheila Wood. There are more KCE coaches and mentors you’ll meet over time. They’re all very nice, non-scary people who’ve been running and coaching for a long time. Each week the coaches will share quick tips and inspiration for building your mileage. Then we’ll go for a run or walk. Some of the participants will be BRAG members, and others will be long-time KCE members. Run or walk with whoever you like! We don’t assign pace groups. Run or walk at your own pace and don’t feel pressured to keep up with anyone else. And whenever you can, stay for coffee after.
Then you can go home and sit around for a week. Ok, not really. You’ll need to run or walk and do some cross-training between Saturdays. But you won’t be completely alone in this. Your BRAG schedule will suggest some workouts. Over time, you’ll connect with other BRAG and KCE members to share the ups and downs of training– that’s a big part of what our club is all about.
Don’t worry about feeling like a beginner or asking “dumb” questions. KCE is full of former beginners who just keep taking on new challenges, whether in distance or speed, or other aspects of our lives. We look forward to BRAG season as a time to meet new friends, share our experiences, and learn from you too.
After a summer of training, we’ll be ready for our goal races. In September, we’ll run/walk the Plaza 10-K, and in October, we’ll tackle the Kansas City Half Marathon. If your goal is the 10-K, you should still plan to volunteer with us at the half. (We’re known for our crazy, costumed water stop!)
And that’s it. Show up, run/walk, repeat. Smile and make new friends. Do something you never thought possible. Not a bad way to spend a summer, huh?
See you Saturday!
Happy Race Day
The sun was shining and 3000 women and girls were smiling– it was a wonderful morning for the MD5K! KC Express works very hard all year long to bring this event to the women and girls of Kansas City, as part of our mission to promote women’s health through fitness. Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who helped make it a success!
NEXT “FIRST TUESDAY”
NEXT “FIRST TUESDSAY”
July 5 : Yoga for runners and walkers. Come dressed to move! Cindy Newland will lead us through some effective stretches to help you be a better runner or walker! Details: St. Joseph Medical Center, I-435 & State Line Road, KCMO, in the Community Center (Building D) Auditorium. Socialize and light dinner at 6:30; meeting begins at 7:00.
SAT GROUP WALK
SATURDAY GROUP WALK
Saturdays at 7 am
July: Panera, 103rd and Stateline, KCMO
SAT GROUP RUN
SATURDAY GROUP RUN
Saturdays at 7 am
July: Panera, 103rd & Stateline, KCMO
KC EXPRESS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
KCE President’s Message Jan 2015
Prez Tracey Weatherly, far right, and some of her peeps.