Author Archives: Ilona M.

About Ilona M.

A Midwest-based digital journalist, author and 2011 dailymile team ambassador, Ilona loves trail running, forest hiking, road biking, open water swimming, free weights, meditation and yoga. Aiming to balance her love of motion with the sedentary and still pursuits of research and writing, she hearts dailymile because it keeps her moving, laughing, learning and growing.

Go natural: Spring is (almost) here!

Have you been training mostly inside a gym or at home the past few months? Way back in November, did you stash your outdoor training gear, and haven’t seen it since? Even if you welcome the challenge of a long hard slog through sleet, snow and ice, by the time spring’s here officially, you’ll be just as psyched at rising temps as those who don’t know the wonders of nose icicles.  Yesterday, morning rush hour in Northern Illinois, we were still … Continue reading

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dailymission redux: DMers design (stellar) shoes

Last week, Nike launched a new shoe. From New York to Florida to Maryland and beyond, sole-less earthlings invaded shopping malls across the nation. Brushing past police braced in riot gear, these frenzied folks were on a singular mission: Grab the Galaxy (basketball shoe). Jumping Jupiter. The stellar kicks are apparently so out-of-this-world that even Nike itself doesn’t mention the supra natural things on its company site.  (Check it out for yourself. Search for ‘Galaxy’ over at and see if you have better luck than I … Continue reading

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Fuel + Fire (#2): Mind Over Matter

When I started up casual jogging in my 20s, I was surprised how hard it was to run more than a couple of miles at a time. When I wanted to increase my distance, my body balked and screamed, “I’m tired and cranky! My [insert various body part] hurts!” Mentioning this to a girlfriend (a steady runner),  she suggested, “When you think you can’t run anymore, just keep going…” Can it really be that easy? I gave it a try. … Continue reading

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Valentines: Don’t go breaking *your* heart

Every day, your beating heart thumps away 100,000 times, circulating anywhere from 2,500-5,000 gallons of blood throughout your beautiful body. What better day than Valentine’s Day to give your heart a little bit of extra attention? In no particular order, some research-based tips on taking care of your ticker…

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Fuel + Fire (#1): Just Do It

Last year, we sought out your favorite motivational quotes. This year, we’ve distilled the wisdom of that dailymile pool of 398 respondents. Here, the first dose in our Fuel + Fire series, finds our ragin’ sages coaxing you to get your butt in gear.

It’s been well over 30 days since the turn of the New Year. Are you keeping your resolutions? Weeks ago, did you say you Continue reading

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Pre Lives? Steve Prefontaine’s spirit cheers on runners

Coos Bay, OR – It’s been just over 35 years that local hometown hero and international running legend Steve Prefontaine died in a fateful automobile accident near Eugene’s University of Oregon campus.

When Pre’s car rolled over that dark spring night in 1975, it pinned down the 24-year old Olympian, forever squeezing the life and promise out Continue reading

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dailymission redux: destinations to run to

Soaring landscapes, searing heat. As part of our Destination: Run series, we thought we’d tap into what YOU feel are the elements that make your city, region of the country or world the best place for working out. By a landslide, the most vocal dailymissionaries were from the Pacific Northwest. You guys know how to represent! Ultracouchdude says Portland’s the best city to run in year round: “The climate has a nice change to it and the variety of terrain … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week: Sam F.

In 2010, Operation Jack founder and dailymiler Sam F. completed 61 full marathons — yes, that’s sixty-one — raising money and awareness for Train 4 Autism. He also tossed in a couple of ultras for good measure…and just keeps on going. In an upcoming post, we’ll share more about the work of his organization; but, today we wanted to celebrate the heart and spirit that fuels all of that charitable effort.

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Why exploring a new trail beats a new iPad every time

We’re introducing a new series on our favorite outdoor spots to get our sweaty bliss on. We’re calling it “Destination: Run.” Have a trail or park in your area you want to rave about? Drop us a line at I love sipping hot green tea in the morning as I gear up for a new day. Like Trix boxes for the older (ahem, wiser) set, some tea bags dole out something to read with that super antioxidant boost. Recently, my little tag of … Continue reading

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dailymiler of the week: Ben Byers

A relatively new DMer with an already energetic following, Ben Byers has enough pluck and spunk to lick anyone or anything. Included in July’s Runner’s World Outrunning Cancer special issue, the multiple marathoner has graciously agreed to talk to us about training while undergoing chemotherapy, running for your life and battling the Big C with great heart and gusto. Head’s up, Charlie Sheen. This is what winning is, buddy.

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