In an effort to represent the ladies on this board, I thought I'd mention that Lisa Thomas qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon with a 2:46:13 this past weekend at the P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon in Phoenix! Congrats Lisa!
I ran from the Chevy Chase store with Alan last Thursday and hope to make it a Thursday tradition. Anyone interested in regularly putting in 8-10 miles at about 7:00 pace (or a little faster if the spirit gets us)? As for those headed for Beantown in the spring, I realized that my "Boston" tempo run course is not far from the Chevy Chase store. I did a hard run on this course most every Monday last year and thought it helped with my uphill and downhill running. I've recorded it on the Gmaps pedometer here:
The almost 10 mile loop is only on busy and well-lit roads (for safety purposes). Be careful at a few of the busy intersections (especially Nebraska and Connecticut, as drivers seem to lose all common sense there).
Starting and finishing at my apartment (~Van Ness and Connecticut) mimics the down-up-down topography of Boston a little better than running from the store, but you still get in some of those long grinding hills. I always ran it clockwise, but you might want to try counter clockwise.
There's my 2 cents. Hope to see some of you on Thursdays!