Fast & FURious 5k


searchThe Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) in partnership with the Veteran Law Groupn (VLG) are hosting a Fast & FURious 5K run on April 9, 2017 along the Kim Williams Trail in Missoula, MT.

Participants are encouraged to run with their dogs as long as their dogs are controlled on a leash.

SALDF is affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and focuses on protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. The VLG is committed to educating the public and the legal community about issues involving veterans and their families.

All proceeds raised by the 5K will be donated to K9 Care Montana, a non-profit organizations based out of Phillipsburg, MT which provides service dogs and outdoor activities for wounded veterans.

The entry fee is $15 and participants may register for the event at Registration opened March 1st, 2017.

Recipe of the Month: Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies


Who doesn’t love a soft, homemade chocolate chip cookie!?  A few weekends ago I had a craving for chocolate chip cookies, so I rifled through the internet looking at recipes and picked the ingredients I liked from three. I combined ingredients together and wound up with these cookies.  It was a gamble, but they turned out so soft and amazing!  If you haven’t tried coconut sugar in your baking, I encourage you to give it a shot.  Coconut sugar is low on the glycemic index and includes vital amino acids compared to regular white sugar.  I also substituted whole wheat flour instead of white.


2 ¼ c whole wheat flour, unsifted
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 c butter
¾ c coconut sugar
½ c brown sugar (I cut this amount in half based on the recipes I saw)
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla
1 c chopped walnuts (optional)
1 c unsweetened, shredded coconut
2 c dark chocolate chips (I used 60% cacao chips)


Preheat oven to 375.  In large mixing bowl, cream butter, eggs, vanilla and sugar.  Keeping mixer on low, gradually add in baking soda, flour, shredded coconut and salt. Mix well.  Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Refrigerate dough for 30-60 minutes.

Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, drop cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes*.

*Baking Note: Because coconut sugar is darker in color it turns cookie dough and cookies darker.  When checking cookies to see if they are done, don’t judge by color, but instead how crispy they are getting.
Now go for a run so you can eat more cookies!!!

Bridget Baxter

Runner/Walker of the Month: March 2017


Jane & Frank are part of the new walking group that meets at the Runners Edge under leader John Pitcairn. They’re a pleasure to be around and have committed to make health a central part of their lifestyle. Thank you, Frank & Jane, for being a part of our community! For more info on the walking group, please click HEREFrankandJanehalf.201307.

Name: Jane Kisselbach / Frank Kisselbach

Age: 75 / 75

Hometown: Missoula, Montana. We moved from Cherry Hill, NJ 13 years ago.

Age You Started Running/Walking/Exercising: Always exercised to some degree, but never trained or entered races until age 62. / I was 16 when I earned my Hiking merit badge in Boy Scouts. Very little walking/exercising until we moved to Missoula in 2013 (age 62).

What Motivates You to Get Out the Door? We have 4 grandchildren (ages 5-9) and I don’t ever want to tell them I can’t do something they want me to do. The other motivator is being part of the Youth Homes Run for Kids Team each year and helping the kids have a better life. / Our Missoula peers and Jane.

Do You Prefer Walking With Friends or Solo? With friends / With friends

Favorite Food: Tortilla chips or any other salty snack. / Scrapple and eggs or corned beef hash and eggs

Favorite Activity Outside of Exercising: Attending rock concerts. I’m a rock concert junkie. Def Leppard rules!! / Active in Boy Scouts of America (50 year involvement). I am also an amateur radio operator (Ham).

Words of Wisdom: Getting older is mandatory; growing up is optional and I choose to never grow up. / Be prepared (Boy Scout Motto). I wasn’t prepared for a temperature in the low 40’s, rain, and strong wind when walking the Portland Marathon in October 2016. I got pulled around mile 17 with hypothermia.

Anything Else You’d Like to Add: “Participating in RWM walking training classes over the years has been wonderful. We’ve learned a lot and made many friends in these groups. I would never have been able to complete a full marathon (Portland Marathon in October 2016) if not for the support and encouragement from these groups. Doing a full marathon would have remained a bucket list item for me forever”. -Jane

Around Town: Griz Glow 5k 2017


The Griz Glow is an annual 5k fun run in April with a glow-in-the-dark theme. Participants are encouraged to dress as brightly as possible (neon, glow-in-the-dark, headlamps), while we provide you with glow sticks and glow zones on the course.

2017 Griz Glow is on Saturday, April 8, 2017! Registration opens on November 1, 2016.  

Registration Information

Registration available online.  Children 10 and under are free, but we do ask they still register.  

  • $30 January 1 – February 28, 2017
  • $35 March 1 – April 8, 2017

All participants receive glow sticks, music and glow zones on the course as well as door prizes and swag.

Race Results

Proceeds from the Griz Glow benefit Campus Recreation’s Youth Camps. For additional information, please visit the Youth Camps website or call (406) 243-2804.

For more info, please click the link below.

7 Foods That May Cause Inflammation in Runners: Coaching Tips by Nicole Murray


Inflammation in runners may cause undesired weight gain and overall generalized achiness. Our bodies naturally create inflammation to repair muscular damage which is a healthy healing response however there are also dietary factors that could be causing unnecessary inflammation.

Research has shown that there are 7 common foods that could be causing inflammation in your body. The 7 foods are dairy, gluten, corn, soy, sugar, peanuts and eggs. To uncover if your body is reacting to these foods, I suggest a 3 week diet of eliminating these foods and then gradually introducing 1 of these food groups every 2 days thereafter and monitoring your body for signs of inflammation.
Some signs of inflammation are weight gain and joint pain. In 2013, I found out I had an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos. I experienced extreme malaise, brain fog, weight gain, joint pain and declining running speed. I did some research and discovered how diet can heal autoimmune conditions (and even depression and other mental conditions). I went on the diet as described above and my life and running transformed. I lost 10 pounds of water weight (inflammation) within a week and started feeling energized again. My running speed returned and ran minutes faster in races compared to the year before. I now can consume most of those foods except for dairy and gluten.

If you are experiencing joint achiness or feel like you lost energy or are experiencing other clues that your body is not functioning optimally I suggest eliminating the 7 foods described above. Contrary to common belief, I do not believe joint achiness is related to aging. Science has revealed joint achiness and weight gain could be caused by any of those 7 foods. To reach your highest potential as a runner, I suggest eliminating those 7 foods for 3 weeks and see how much faster you may be and how much more energized you may feel.

Good luck! Please feel free to reach out with questions.

Nicole Murray (formerly Nicole Hunt)

Journey Soul Running: Science Based Holistic Coaching
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