Posted by: Jon Norris
on Oct 18, 2010
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Attendance: Seemed to be over 100 !!
Location: South Lakes Village Center
Distances: Walk 3 miles, Run 5 miles
Terrain: Gravel roads and pathways, some concrete sidewalk
Weather: Traditional October clear skies with increasing breezes
Saturday's walk and run started at the South Lakes Village Center under blue skies with an increasing breeze. Of the 100 plus in total there were also 4 new people: Joe, Gred, Rodney and Kay.
Announcements were made and many in reference to preparation for the annual run of the Marine Corps Marathon. One that there would be a familiarization run on Sunday starting and finishing at the Iwo Jima memorial. I did this run several years ago and it is a good tour of the monuments but you get to skip places like Crystal City and Haynes point. It is always inspiring to run up the hill to the Iwo Jima memorial whether on race day or not. There is a carbo loading party Friday night before the MCM at Todd W's. Very interesting... I have only completed one "marathon or longer" event this year but can tell you that in the past 2 years or so I have tried carbo loading 2 nights out for such events. I do the 'big load' 2 nights out then a more moderate load the night before. This allows for more gastrointestinal stability in the first few miles of the race.
The run itself was one of those runs that illustrates that yes, there are hills other than Glade in South Reston. While it is just 5 miles it does seem a bit longer with all of the residential street crossings while on the Reston pathways. The loop part allows those familiar with the course to run it in reverse which allows you to see more people during the run.
I recall this run in past years on the same weekend and the leaves were still quite green in comparison. Yes, the leaves are running a little late this year. In fact, one place is predicting a mid November peak for the Virginia Piedmont region which is where we are geographically speaking. Usually we peak in late October. We may be surprised with respect to the peak regardless of timing though. It was feared that Fall would be a total bust due to the dry summer but I hear that at 4,000 feet in the Blue Ridge they are looking great.
Attendance: About 60 (not counting the MCM familiarization run)
Location: Sunrise Valley Elementary School
Distances: Variable with many doing the 10+ mile Sunday Long Run
Terrain: W&OD bike path and/or adjacent horse trail both East and West
of the school
Weather: Traditional October clear skies
Sunday's run started at the common starting point of Sunrise Valley Elementary School. While the official course was anywhere on the W&OD east or west you could in theory run around anywhere if you wanted to. I resisted the urge to try and find a second way around the CCT trail closure and stuck to both the path and adjacent horse trail. The water station at the school can serve as multiple refueling points if you go out and back both ways. The announcements reiterated the MCM preparation events. Congrats to Marcee for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Later I learned that new member Mike M. qualified for Boston at the Columbus Marathon at the same time as today's run! Congrats to both and all for qualifying! I hope everyone that qualified made it through the increasingly more difficult task of simply signing up for the race! Just glancing at a running related email list shows a bunch of stories of people trying to qualify for years and then finally getting it but ending up not being fast enough with that mouse. Personally, I think they may tighten the times for qualification a bit but not quite to the 'old days' standards.
I ran from home, west on W&OD briefly then to the school and then to route 123 in Vienna and back to the school and home. I was able to see all participants in a 5k race starting and finishing at the caboose just before route 123. This was the Louise Archer Sunshine 5k and Fun Run.
The 'fast' news today was the winner of the aforementioned race. He was at least a quarter of a mile in front of the second person at about 2.5 miles in. The 'slow' news today was myself. The mile between Hunter's Mill Road and the school (returning) took me 4 minutes longer than it felt. Probably related to doing the 3 hour run with very little calorie replenishment during... That meant a Sunday brunch with family well earned!
Posted by: Jon Norris
on Apr 10, 2010
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First Day of Spring
Today we had about 60 walkers and runners show up on a great day at the Lake Newport tennis courts. There were several new people today but I must apologize that I arrived just as those introductions were ending. The crowd was greater than anticipated despite the National Marathon being run the same day. Maybe we didn’t have as many running it this year due to the epic poor training conditions of the winter. Thanks to Leslie and Jane for marking the courses this morning!
The running course today was a loop around Buzz Aldrin Elementary School to North Point passing Trader Joes and the Home Depot complex back to the tennis courts. This can be a fairly hilly course especially if you had just annihilated your legs on the Stairmaster the afternoon prior. I needed this having not been on mountain trials since September!