Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Video Coverage of Cherry Blossom
I know most of our runners are racing next Sunday, but if anyone is going to be watching the race, I'd appreciate a second camera unit for a race video. I can provide you with a video camera. Also, I would appreciate suggestions for music for this video as I am currently drawing a blank.
High 63°F...Low 42°F
The Measuring Stick
Actual "Mile" Distance / Mile Pace
While stretching at the line after we finished I noticed the following flyer. Hmm...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Day at the track
Done for the day!
Originally uploaded by christiam.
today, i busted it to the national marathon with my bud zach britton who, was running the half. got to the race at rfk and saw the wild and wacky jay wind ordering people about. even caught a glimpse of cookie doing his thing.
i had zero idea of what to expect as i had not tackled anything over 18 since the marine corps and my training has been sporadic, at best. to be honest, i did not even care or think about it. life is short and the present is the time to live.
wardian was there as was merkel, dane, my old friend chris hamley, haaga and many others.
the gun went off and we were thrown into the streets of dc. I ran it slow and easy and felt fine the whole way. 2:47, i think was my finishing time.
- ran a marathon on limited mileage and no speedwork and did ok.
- the legs are a bit fatigued but the body is strong. moeser's weight lifting has worked.
- had fun
- saw the city
- could have gotten hurt
- tight as heck
- slowest marathon ever
- got passed by merkel at the end. was feeling good but had no turnover at all.
- not enough crowd support
SunTrust National Marathon
Friday, March 28, 2008
THE MORE THE MERRIER
Luke and I and Rolly might need some help out there tomorrow. I am not racing but still will need some push at the end. Some of you guys who are running around town tomorrow morning should swing by Adams Morgan around 8:30-45 to help tug some of us along.
Post your thoughts below!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Rock Creek Clean Up
Let me know if anyone is interested. Maybe we could run after? It's the day before Cherry Blossom so I'll be taking it super easy anyways.
I hope the weather stays a bit cool...I don't want to run into any black snakes emerging for the spring freshlet.
Help Clean Up Trash in Rock Creek Park!
April 5 is the Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. There will be cleanup sites all over the area, and many of them will be along Rock Creek and its tributaries. To find a cleanup site on our interactive map of the Rock Creek Watershed, select this link. Sites will be added frequently, so check back often.
To sign up as a volunteer, please click here to register through our listing on Volunteer Match.
This is a fun and rewarding way to help the parks!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
ON A WHIM.....................
much ado about nothing
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I am also in the midst of organizing a race that will be our version of the Battle of the Boulevard. At present, the location is top secret. However, upon disclosure of the locale and time, I will hope to recruit a few of you for the cause. I will say this much. It is going to be a summer evening 10 miler with hefty cash prizes.
PS. Jarrin, i apologize for not showing up this am. I was out until 2am and needed some extra ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZs. Life is short and running is tiring and there is just too much to do and too many things to enjoy.
somewhere down the road i will make it up to you.
Scope It Out 5K / Ashburn 5 Miler
2x mile sub MP
4 miles MP
2x mile sub MP
We can decide whether or not we want to go cap cresc or track. Patrick expressed interest on the track with the intent of setting up a water station.
Also, we may grab some dinner/snacks afterwards in bethesda. Klim mentioned something about his frequent buyers club card at Rock Bottom. I will be abstaining until monday evening/night of boston and then I will be a beer slut for a month or so.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Boston Numbers...are OUT!
BAIN - 1147
REAVES - 1275
KLIM - 1279
MURPHY - 1483
DWYER - 2138
JARRIN - 2481
ERNST - 4660
As a BM virgin (awaiting jokes), do any of you "studs" (sticking with analogy) have an idea as to where to meet pre-race...before we enter corrals. And what time? Bain, Murphy, Reaves and me will be in the same corral...Jason you will need to run 4:30, catch us and then begin a 25.2 miiles race...or we can simply do what you said in your e-mail.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Klim, get healthy. Go and get a massage or two to work out the kinks and or tears.
When i was running my best marathons I did not run as hard as you guys are now.
The key ingrediant for my limited success was LOVE. You need to have the love energy going in all alspects of life. This leads to confidence which leads to a great run.
BTW---Love comes in many forms and faces. Love Thyself, love the body and love others.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
St. Patrick's Day 5k
Jake and Chris both had good races up in Baltimore this Sunday. Check out the photos I took in the comment section.
Workout NEXT Weekend
Last year I did this workout solo and it was a great mental boost. I truly need one of these right now. If anyone is interested in joining, please let me know, but this is NOT a race. It's steady. I can do either Saturday & Sunday...there is slight possibility I'll challenge the kitten-killer Bert at the Scope-it-Out 5k on Sunday, so I'm leaning towards Saturday. If I don't do the 5k (speedwork for Cherry B) I'll make Saturday's run closer to 20 (15 "hard" + 5 w/u & c/d).
TRAINING UPDATE - I've been feeling like "shit run over twice" lately. My knee is okay, but my shins...and now even my feet (!) hurt. I have a feeling this will all pass, but running isn't much fun right now. I hate feeling aches and pains while running, but one needs to keep his eye on the prize. That prize is April.
Let me know about Sycamore...
Nowhere to run...
Workout, next wed.
Wed, meet at BCC, 6:30- run on cap cresc... 3x3 mile @MP (marathon pace), mile recovery. finish with 10 striders. (mile up, mile down... total of 14.5 miles.)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
EPO AND DRUGS
I can't fathom it but sometimes I hear things that make me wonder.
What all say the masses?
Monday, March 17, 2008
RCP to CCT to C&O 22
I need to confirm, but I think we'll start at the Barnes & Noble Parking lot in downtown Bethesda and work our way south down the Capl Crescent Trail to the Canal...then south to the Rock Creek Park trail...then north up the RCP trail/Beach Drive past "The Line" up the the Georgetown Branch Trail and back to B&N where, in turn, my dead body will be buried.
You can sort of follow the loop on this map. It's the almost complete oval in the middle of the screen. http://zhurnaly.com/maps/DC_Metro_Area_Trails_GPS_Waypoints.html . "Close up" the oval and you'll see the loop in its entirety.
"Comment" if you are interested in all/part of the run. I plan to take it VERY easy for the first half.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Running in Cape Town
All things work ended today around 2pm local time and I was so pumped up I took it out on a long run. 14 miles at a 6:47 pace. Total retard because now my knee is killing me.
I've decided to take next week off and stay in Africa. My first real vacation in a long time. I'm traveling to a game reserve for a few days and then off to some other cool places...details to come (sooner if I have connectivity). Would like to chase a cheetah or something.
KLIM - I'm honored I'm included for Boston but I will disappoint as I'm using it as a slow (like really slow) training run because I'm going for a PR one month later in Michigan.
ON A QUEST FOR
Anyway, seems like many this weekend are like knights on a quest. There is O Hara and Askey heading to Ashburn to battle it out in some industrial park at the Van Metre Five miler.
Klim and Bain heading to B-more to run and drink.
then there is fearless Nate Timm running the Shamrock Half in Virginia Beach.
Others going for Glory?
If someone actually wins a race they get a prize of some sort.
Anyway, everyone is on a team except for Dylan. According to the Cherry Blossom database there is no Dylan Keith signed up.
Dylan, whats up?
Men's Open Team
GEORGETOWN RUNNING COMPANY
1 Bain, Christopher C. ()
2 Dwyer, Jason ()
3 Ernst, Matthew ()
4 Jarrin, Robert ()
5 Murphy, Patrick ()
6 Reaves, Patrick ()
7 Klim, Jake ()
NCAA FREE LIVE STREAM HERE
Steve Meinelt article
By Douglas Eldridge
In 1964, Mick Jagger sang: “Time is on my side. Yes it is. Time, Time, Time is on my side.” That was 19 years before Steve Meinelt was born, yet those timeless lyrics ring true for one of the youngest men to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials this November. For Meinelt (who turned 24 in May) time is definitely on his side.Originally from Topsfield, MA, Meinelt attended the University of New Hampshire for the first three years of college, where he anchored the track and cross country programs. With eligibility remaining, he made the decision to transfer to Georgetown University. He ran both cross country and track for the Hoyas before receiving his degree from the storied D.C. institution, in May 2006.
Upon graduation, Meinelt surprised a lot of people by opting to stay in the nation’s capitol, as it would serve as a proving ground for what would be the biggest athletic experiment of his young career: stepping off of the track and onto the road for the marathon. For Meinelt, however, the decision to stay in the nation’s capital after graduation was an easy one. “The training is actually really great in the D.C. area. There are numerous, well-kept trails which are readily accessible from almost anywhere. And even though I do most of my training solo, there are several groups to train with as well as some of my former teammates at Georgetown.”
In 2006, Meinelt excelled soon after transitioning to the road race circuit, posting several wins and numerous podium performances. This continued into 2007 when he finished 11th overall at the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in April, top American in a field that stacked with foreign distance racing talent.
Yet despite success at the shorter distances, both Meinelt and his coach, Robert Hoppler, agree that he has finally found his event in the marathon. “I’ve always been intrigued by the marathon and I knew that some day I would like to move up to that distance. I feel like my body and training style are geared more toward the longer distances—both in training and in racing. But the best thing is that I’m nowhere near my peak. That could be several years away.”
If that bears true, Meinelt, and US distance running in general, are in good hands. In his debut effort at the distance, he ran 2:18:15 at the Chevron Houston Marathon. “I was just concerned about hitting the qualifying time. I know that in my next marathon, I’m capable of running a much faster time.”
Others concur with Meinelt’s potential and this spring the Road Runners Club of America selected him as a recipient of the prestigious 2007 Roads Scholar Award. In typical fashion, Meinelt smiled, laughed, and tried to defer credit. “I work really hard. I’m honored by the award and I feel I’ve got a lot to prove. In the end I just need to be patient in my preparation. All I’ve got is time.”
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I AM GOING INTO HIDING
Life is getting busy and I need to wake up wicked early on the weekends now. Anyway, I need to start my weekend runs by 8:30am at the latest. Thus, I am bagging the race this sat and the most I could do for sat is a line or store run at 8:30am. On Sunday I am meeting Moeser and some runners from yesteryear from out that way for a CHILL trails run with food at the Diner after. We are meeting at the Difficult Run parking lot at 8am.
Jake and the rest of you guys who are running hard. Aside from the ice bath, I highly recommend active release massage therapy. If you are tight now but not injured, now is the time to go. Don't play around now that you all are on top of your games. All it takes is one muscle to get out of wack due to tightness and fatigue and thats it. Ritz, Meb and even the tier two guys go in for that stuff on a regular basis.
2 videos to share
the other is a photo montage of Pre to music which is a little odd, but gets going after 2 minutes:
I've been reading Bowerman and the men of oregon, and absolutely love the book. Kenny Moore is actually a good writer, in contrast to Parker... who tells a good work of fiction... Moore is at a bit of a disadvantage with the genre of biography.... book club anyone?
The majority of us ran some form of 2 mile repeats (smoe more/less than others), but Christiam was doing 200s (mile training). Below are the rough times:
3200 (10:49) 400m rest, 3200 (10:38) 400m rest, 3200 (10:38) 400m rest, 3200 (10:36)
Dwyer & Reaves did most of the heavy lifting while Murphy, Bain and me sat behind. Murphy and I bailed after one mile (5:23) on the last set.
I'd be Pinocchio if I were to say the workout wasn't rough...definitely tougher than I thought. I was a bit light headed too after the cooldown. Dwyer and I drove to 711 and ate gummy worms, dots and other stupid sugary objetcs. My stomach was a wreck when I got home and I tumbled in my bed for a couple hours last night wondering why and how a gnome with a pointy hat got inside by belly.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
TO FOLLOW UP ON THE WEEKEND RUN THING
For those doing a long run on Sun where are we going? Difficult Run, the Line, etc. Someone take the lead.
There ALSO may be a run from the store on Saturday? For those who want to stay closer to home.
On Sunday I head to Charm City and go for the "W". Post-race I'll run a solid cooldown then drown myself in sweet sweet Guinness.
NOW I UNDERSTAND.....................
AS....... MR. X
Foot injury clinic tomorrow night
Presented in partnership with:
Georgetown Running Company
The Sports Club/LA
Medstar Sports Health
Everyone from the avid to novice runner is faced with a myriad of training related injuries which can be prevented with proper education, shoe wear, cross-training, and running technique. Access to medical and training experts is limited and can be difficult. So, we at NRH Regional Rehab, and our partners in fitness and medicine decided, “Why not bring the medical experts to the public?”
Why should you attend? It’s a series of quick, free, and informative lectures designed to help you understand your body to better prevent training related injuries. Did I say that it was FREE!
If not to learn about your body and training, come by to meet some fellow runners, pick up some free giveaways (Like tech-shirts form the Running Company), maybe even win a pair of new shoes!.
Week 1: Erica Schwartz, DPM. “Common Foot Injuries and how to Prevent them.”
Wed 3/12, 6-7 PM
Hosted by: Georgetown Running Company @ Chevy Chase,
4461 Willard Ave. Chevy Chase, MD (301)215-6355
New Training for GRC
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Brentwood Half Marathon...
I ran the Equity Brentwood Half Marathon about an hour outside of London, this past Sunday March 9. The lonely course takes you through windy and rolling fields that are occasionally interrupted by townships that boast a pub or two. The scene prior to the event was chaos: a staff of 10 people with 10 port-a-johns servicing 2,050 frantic people fighting to get bibs, drop bags and hit the Head all at once. Ridiculously my former PR (1:23:25) qualified me as an "elite" (ha!) which after waiting with some friends for half an hour, I lamely used to get to the front, score my bib and part the sea of runners and get to the corral thirty seconds before the gun went off.
The organizers put up a nice kitty for this race ($1,000.00) which apparently attracted some of England's finest. The winner (Phil Sly) ran a 1:07:07, with the top woman (Susan Patridge) running a 1:16:21. I ran a new PR at 1:21:37 (6:13 pace) placing me 48th out of 2,051. Although that would qualify as slow for 98% of our compadres, this is a nice accomplishment for me. I had more gas in the furnace though, so expect a new PR soon. More importantly, my finish qualifies me for NYC 2008. To the right is a picture after the race with my old friend Jany (R) who's living in London and my new friend Nicola (L).
This would be my first Blog. I travel internationally pretty much every week and on occasion will post something interesting. I've been running with the likes of Chris, Christiam, Dylan, Klim, Patrick, Patrick M., and of course the irascible Maxfield Lockwood since October of last year. I credit all of you for making me more like a runner.
Four hours after the above picture was taken on Sunday I was on an overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa. On Monday I hiked up Table Mountain towards Devil's Peak and ran down near the Water Front early this morning. South Africa is gorgeous and is hosting an ultra-marathon Easter weekend (34 miler).
Hope everyone's running strong...
Tuesday evening runs?
Track Workout - Wednesday evening
This week I wanted to do something longer and more marathon-specific: something like 3-4 x 2 mile @ HM pace OR a 5k-4k-3k-2k-1k cutdown. I still haven't quite nailed it down, but I'm leaning toward the latter.
We'll meet at 6:30 in the parking lot to warm up. If anyone wants to join, leave a comment here or drop me an email (email@example.com) so we know how many folks to expect before we get going.
Monday, March 10, 2008
ASIDE FROM THOSE WHO DO EPO
The objective is to build strength and endurance for long races 1/2 marathon and up.
2x1 mile warm up and then 3 minutes on and 1 off and 2 on and 1 off and 1 on and 1 off and repeat this 8 times with a cool down of 2 miles.
Starting time is next week.
also, what do people think about training on the treadmill? pros and cons.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Ashburn Van Metre 5 Miler March 15th
St. Patrick's Day 8K
SOMEONE POST A RACE REPORT
I hope people ran well. Someone who ran the 8k please post a report.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Meeting for the 8K
Working at the run co.
Filming the 8K
If I film this and hand the tape to someone (cough - Peter Silverman), would that someone be able to put it online? I think I can do a pretty good "news package" piece tomorrow.
PS - here is something I put together a 1/2 decade ago before the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Champs in Terra Haute, IN. We went around the mid-western town quizing the local gentry about the championships before asking fans at water holes who they thought would win. Funny stuff...
Friday, March 7, 2008
Don't forget Daylight Saving Time!
Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night... or you'll miss the race!
In related news, DST actually causes the consumption of more energy according to a University of California study.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
COFFEE AFTER THE RACE
Is there interest?
CHERRY BLOSSOM TEAMS
A & B
I forget who all is on which. In a few days you can look it up on the Cherry Blossom site.
I took my name off a team so that young Zach Britton can run. He told me he is going to run 53 minutes.
Zach you owe me bud
Should be fun
PSSSSSSSS.......Jake, I told the Race Director you will break 51 minutes and PR
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I highly recommend it_________
Long Run on....Saturday?
I will be at the race cheering on Sunday and will join those running on a cooldown (I'll simply tack on extra and get in 10 or so).
Does anyone want to run 18 on Saturday?
TAKE IT EASY
youth is wasted on the young or something like that
Monday, March 3, 2008
Is anyone interested in running at the Howard Community College Dragon Invitational on 3/22? I'll be running the 800m and 1500m, I believe they also have a 5k and 10k, maybe even relay races? If interested, you can register at www.hocorunning.com/meetmanager/home.php, the meet code is 46261 (you have to register as an individual).
Post a comment or drop me a line if you're going!
Regarding the 8k this weekend.................
anyway, with that off my chest, we will have an army out there so people better run well.
also, i am assuming that only those who contacted me and were not on the original roster, faxed in registrations.
if i find out they received 20 additional registration forms i will be a bit ticked.
I will be staying in Brockton, MA. 20 miles or so due south of Boston, 45 minutes away from hopkinton. We probably will have a spare bedroom and ample sofa/floor space for an airmatress or sleeping bag.
I am considering having chrissie drop me off at hopkinton state park (.7 miles from the start and there will be a shuttle) or at the "south street industrial park?" also about a mile away. looks like roads in the vicinity close around 7/7:30? I don't know how much i want to explore this... has anyone done either of these, and in particular last year... since it was the year they changed the times?
Is anyone driving up and would like some company/gas money?
Please go to this website, fill out the form and fax
UPCOMING RACE OF INTEREST
Sunday, March 2, 2008
In all seriousness, unless you guys get injured, you should be able to break 2:30 at Boston.
Keep it up.
My training is going ok. Total miles for this week was about 59. Trying to work out all kinks before the mighty marathon.
Nate Timm, its time to roll.
Money, no more excuses.
Dylan, wear some shorts.
Jarrin____stop obsessing about your inadequacies that do not exist and run a 1:18 half.