Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Bottom line is if you plan on doing the Saturday LOVE run bring very little or plan on storing your items in someone's auto as I am sure there will be a few cars.
Peter(the CANAL) Silverman and Melissa Tanner are leading the run.
PS. Peter, you cannot take them on a 10 mile canal run:)
PS2. The store will be open promptly at 10am for its regular business hrs.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The towpath is in my blood, I literally grew up exploring the banks of the Potomac and the woodlands between it and the canal.
But enough about my infatuation with the towpath. Here is the plan:
Location:Lock 5 (Milepost 5, aka Brookmont lock).
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Distance: 8-20 miles (Drinks and gels are recommended and can be placed along the route)
Time: Run will commence at 8am
The varying distance and pace options should make this run viable for people at a variety of different fitness levels
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
That's right, it's time for Fun Run v.2.0. A pleasant six-mile run followed by happy hour.
Time: 7:00 pm
Georgetown Running Co,
4461 Willard Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Hope to see you there!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Sheena and I just booked a room at the Holiday Inn- Historic District for Saturday 9/20, the night before the Distance Run. We had to do a lot of searching to find a room for less than $200 within 2.5 miles of the start. This one was the best we could find at $159/night, ~2 miles away. Just thought I would send a heads-up. Party at our pool, pictured above, after the race.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I'll likely throw everyone out to the mean streets by 11pm in order to rest up for the Sunday Long Run.
- The Worstest Host
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I am fine with Wed evening and can even meet up in the bethesday area. Just toying around with 1/2 marathon pace... not meant to be a "killer" workout.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm planning on doing the fun run from the Chevy Chase store tonight. The group meets at the store at 7 pm, and we usually run about 6 miles on the Capital Crescent Trail (although there's always the option to run more or less). Let me know if you can make it!
Note: Allen is getting back into race shape and needs some of you pace pushers to - well - push the pace already!
If you can't come tonight, keep in mind that the group meets every Tues./Thurs. at 7 pm. We might do a happy hour after next Thursday's run.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Dave and I tied the knot on August 9! It was a perfect day; we really could not believe how smooth everything went and how much fun we had!
We just got back from our Costa Rican honeymoon yesterday. We left our running shoes at home, so we'll have to take a few weeks to get our legs back underneath us. We did do a lot of hiking, kayaking, ziplining, swimming, and went for a wild horseback ride!
I just got a request from Jake for wedding photos. We are still waiting for all of them, but here are the "teasers" our photographer sent. I will post the link to all of them when we get it.
Also, here are a few friends we met in Costa Rica!
Hope to see all of you soon! Thanks for all of your thoughts!
I get a better first hand look at this stuff than many as I witness first hand, the bundles of runners who line up to get fixed up by Terrel Hale every Saturday.
What a runner will do to stay on the roads
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Please wipe these fears from your phyche. What is the famous saying "you have nothing to fear but fear itself".(if that's not it is something similar). Bottom line is you can learn from these more experienced runners the art of running and how to get faster and stronger in a methodical manner.
Heck, look at it as free coaching.
If you decide to go to workout and are hesitant about what to do pace wise, etc. please go up to Jake or Pat or one of the other more experienced runners and ask for some guidance. It will only take but a minute or so and I am sure they will be more than happy to lend you their advice.
so, depending on where folks want are willing, I'd like to get started around 8ish.
I propose difficult run, the MD line, or the store (11 mile loop, glover to RCreek with extenstions)
I realize it's still early in the week, but I just wanted to invite you to run with us Baltimorons in Greenbelt Park on Saturday morning. A few of us former Terps will be present, as well as some pretty quick guys in Kip Bitok and Brian Godsey. Planning on doing 3 loops, each a little bit quicker than the last. Since Brian is coming back from Austria on Friday, we're not looking to go terribly early, but likely around 9 or 9:30am, run for 2 hours and then eat at Bagel Place. I know some of you just ran there recently, but it'd be great to have a coming together of city runners. Email me if you would like some more details (firstname.lastname@example.org). ~ Ryan
Monday, August 18, 2008
Does anyone want to get together on Saturday for a lowkey trials watching session? I'd rather watch at someone's pad than a bar (no sound, small TV). I am happy to open up my place and HD TV, cook some pasta and drink a couple beers. Nothing crazy as some of us (not me) have races the next day.
The schedule on Saturday includes the Men's Marathon LIVE, men's 5k, men's 800 and women's 1500m. It's a SLAM DUNK night for track.
8:00pm is when the action starts.
Its too bad about Lagat in the 15oo and what about Kastor in the marathon. What happened to her foot? How tragic.
The REDEEM team thing is a little silly, I think. The US has always had the best talent for B-ball but for some years they let arrogance and a sense of entitlement get the best of them and simply got out-hustled by less talented international teams.
Seeing LeBron do two handed swats and Chris Bosh and Josh Howard control the interior tells me their minds are in it this year and the US will win gold.
Yesterday we had a nice little group at Difficult Run. We saw Samia Akbar(near Olympian) and some other goddess-like athletes running about.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
For example, the Saturday run from the store is open to all runners of any ability. The purpose of the Saturday run is to have runners of different abilities meet, socialize, share running secrets and explore some of the nice running routes in Georgetown. The distance run is anywhere from 7-10 miles and 6:40-10 minute per mile pace. Upon conclusion of the run, people are more than welcome to meet and hang out at the store, get breakfast, etc.
Regarding the Difficult Run, run on Sunday, the run takes place out in Great Falls and is on trail and hills. We will run at moderate pace, 6:40-7 minutes per mile and go for 10-12 miles.
Those who want to run faster or slower are more than welcome.
For those who are leading other runs, perhaps you can provide some context as well so others who go to the Blog no whether the run might be suitable for them.
Any and all are welcome.
Easy pace and good conversation.
Locale is 4461 Willard Ave( 5 minute walk from Friendship Heights Metro)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The course rolls along some solid hills for the first 2 miles and then levels out as you run along the beach before running up the “big hill” just 600m from a downhill finish under a ginormous American flag. Falmouth is definitely one of my most favorite race courses. The winding roads, the up and downs and of course the sandy roads that roll along the sandy beaches all make for a beautiful course. In addition, the spectators are top notch.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I have to start the Saturday run at 8:15 this week because I have to be back at the store early to make sure it is open and staffed by 10am. If people can plan to be at the store at 8:ooish it would be much appreciated. This way we are sure to leave by 8:15 and I can be back in plenty of time.
Also, I know there is the famous Dual ferry loop run that many are going to. I encourage people to try it out.
Contrary to my own advice that I freely lend people, to only offer up one Sunday run, I will be going to my favorite spot, Difficult Run in Great Falls, to do 10-12 miles of hills on the soft trails. I need to be back by 11OO so 8am is the start.
Anybody is more than welcome to come. We meet at the G-town store at 7:30am.
Monday, August 11, 2008
This is a race that is directed by Jay Wind(best running name of all time).
There is prize money and such. The race is September 1st on the rolling and deadly Mt Vernon Trail in Alexandrea. Could be used as a tempo.
Let me know if interested.
Like Riley's and Leesburg, I have done this many times. Its a jewel. Located near historic Fredericksburg, it offers a beautiful rolling course in scenic rural VA.
After the race there is a pool party and all in all, a great time.
The race takes place the same day as the Annapolis ten miler. I know Pat and Pat and Chris are doing that one. Not sure who else, though.
It would be great to have a squad head up there and run it. Let me know in advance.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The typical cast of characters were lingering about pre-race including Mike Wardian, James Moreland, Derik Thomas, Betty Blank, and hoards of other familiar faces I have come to recognize over the years.
Though still trying(seems like forever) to get back into race shape, I was not going to miss this race. Its kinda like Riley's Lock for me. No matter what, you go out and be a sport and run.
Participating in the effort for the GRC was Chris Bain, Bill Askey, Murphy, Nate Timm, a visiting runner from Italy, Paulo Natali, Melissa and myself. Today, the weather was perfect as there was no humidity and the temperature must have been around 80 for the duration of the race.
Prior to the race, we did our little pre-race run and headed to the start. When the gun went off, everyone took off and it was on.
Personally, I decided to try and run 6-6:10 pace as that is the kind of shape I am in. So, without so much as losing any really sweat I simply kept the same pace the whole race. No watch and no stress just nice and comfortable. The only time I tried to push the effort was when the leading woman caught me at mile 10 or so. I decided to try and push her and we ran together for a mile or so but she was running hard and I let her go. Though my time was average. 1:16., I am ok with it as my legs are tight but not dead.
Aside from me, however, the rest of the team did great. Bill and Chris must have run one of their best races to date. Bain came in 4th in 1:09 and Askey played a brilliant stroke by sitting behind two Team Blitz guys, Bert Jacoby and George Ingham until the end, where he used a powerful kick to zoom past them in 1:10. Murphy did the Murhpy thing and Nate Timm ran really well, too. As usual, Tanner was right up there with the leading women.
As for the 10k, our visiting Italian Stallion, Paulo, used his talent alone to muscle out a 2nd place finish in 32 and some change.
After the race we cooled down and had fun and smiled at life.
Life is short and moments are to be cherished.
I am at the Chevy Chase Running Company store now doing my retail thing. If you want to come on by and say hi, buy some new shoes, etc. please feel free.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Since you all run 1 million times more than the average human you owe it to yourselves to spend the $$$$$$$$ and invest in this little but very important maintenance item.
If I had it to do all over again, i would have done them religiously when I was on my game and feeling the groove.
Water under the bridge now.
I will be going to Difficult Run for a 10-12 mile cruise on the regular hilly trail there on Sunday morning.
I live right across the key bridge from the store. I will leave at 8:00 AM and plan on starting the run at around 8:30. Let me know if you want a ride from near the store by e-mailing me (email@example.com) or just post your contact info here (space is limited to the first four respondents.....if there are any respondents). ALSO! I will bring a couple watermelons and a big knife to cut them with in order to gorge ourselves post-run.
I say this after just finished speaking with my friend Susannah Kvasnicka who, is recovering from significant back surgery for a herniated disk. Susannah, like many of the top runners in the area, ran for years at a high level, with various ailments. There was always something. The hamstrings, the feet, the back, etc. Through the years she went to every specialist in the area whether it be a massage person, Chiro, PT, Podiatrist and the list can go on. Each of these specialists had the answer and none at all, so to speak. In their minds they had the answer and it proved to be brain candy for Susannah as well as for other runners I know as well, including me.
I could name a list of other runners who have or are going through such bouts with trying to find the right remedy for ailments and battle wounds one gets from running hard. But why bother.
In the end, I really do not think there is a silver bullet medical remedy to protect one from the wear and tear.
I recently had a lengthy conversation with two highly accomplished Russian runners. In their youth, they could run like deer and recover without any problem.
Now, the only way they can run at all is to take Bikram Yoga for one hr. everyday. They swear by it.
Lesson learned for me is to take bits and pieces from each of the doctors, specialists, healers, trainers, etc. out there and try to incorporate them into some recipe for success that works for you.
Kentlands 5k - 8/30
Nat'l Press Club 5k - 9/13
Philly Distance Run (13.1) - 9/21 TEAM COMP
Army Ten Miler - 10/4 TEAM COMP
After October 4 is unknown
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Recently I received some news on Mighty Chuck Moeser. As some of you know, every summer he takes one of his kids on some sort of pilgrimage to a remote place or places. This year he took his son Lee on a cross country bike trip. From what I gather, they were doing great things and seeing mother nature at her best when Lee busted his leg on a run in the Grand Canyon.
As legend has it, Moeser picked him up, carried him out and threw him on a plane back home and continued on the quest. According to recent news, he is now going solo and was last seen on a mountain top in southern Colorado.
More to come
I believe Robert might take the lead on finding a breakfast spot post run, though I am not 100%. I know Melissa is going Kayaking.
As for Sunday, perhaps Pat Reaves, Robert or someone else can select a spot for long run. The run can be for all abilities so long as people know what to expect up front in terms of distance and the route. If someone has a suggestion send it to comment section of the blog and folks can work it out as to what run to do.
Old man Max
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I plan to go kayaking in Georgetown after the store run on Saturday morning. Others are welcome to come along. Jack's Boathouse is located at the head of the Capital Crescent, on the Georgetown Waterfront. [http://www.jacksboathouse.com/]
It's $10/hr or $35/day. I only plan to go for 2 hours at most... I got hooked on kayaking when I
was on vacation last week and need my fix. It's also a good workout for those of us with scrawny arms.
My friend Wilson once told me that at the running camps in Kenya he went to, guys would begin the camp running 3 times a day. Hard, easy and very hard and then do it all over again. Day in and day out. Eventually, guys started to abandon the ship and retreat to the forest and simply say "no mas" running is not for me. The scenario is sort of like a survival of the fittest thing.
Wilson, like many, survived. As he would and always does say to me "Max, running is no joke. Sometimes you will feel like dying and so, be thankful that the run is done and you can run another day"
Ryan Hall upsets Martin Lel and wins gold(marathon)
Ritz comes in 4th(marathon)
Sell comes in 5th(marathon)
Ratcliffe wins providing she finishes without going lame(marathon)
Kara Goucher will medal
Haile G. upsets Bekele in 10000 as he bids farewell to competitive running.
Lagat gets gold.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
On a personal note I went running with some cats on the Glover Archibald trail this eve. Soon we will have to start wearing headlamps out there as it was getting dark by the end of the run. We hammered as there was some national class Italian Steeple Chase guy along for the ride who just killed us.
Legs are now jello.
Monday, August 4, 2008
4301 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
Park at the high school or take Metro Red Line to BETHESDA...which is only 1/4 mile from the track.
I am curious what others think about them, what experiences they have had and, if they like them, what brands they prefer.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Authorities Take Photos Of Elusive Large Cat
By Martin Weil and Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, August 3, 2008; Page C06
Authorities have apparently tracked down the animal that prompted reports of cougar sightings at the University of Maryland. Or at least, they came close.
They managed to snap pictures Friday of an unidentified feline that, while not quite a cougar, seemed far larger than a standard house cat.
The Department of Public Safety at the College Park campus said it got surveillance camera pictures of a "large feline" at the edge of a wooded area where what was believed to be a cougar had been reported. In addition, the department said, a university police officer got to see the big cat close up.
The verdict, after consulting with the state Department of Natural Resources, was no cougar.
In its size and markings, the safety department said, the mystery cat appeared to be consistent with the Savannah cat, which it described as a hybrid of a domestic short hair and a larger African feline, known as a Serval.
According to a statement from the safety department, Savannahs can weigh as much as 35 pounds, and can be much bigger than house cats. Savannahs, the department said, have been called the Great Danes of the cat world.
As of last night, the Savannah, if that is truly what it is, remained at large.
It was not immediately known how it came to be in the area where reports of cougar sightings Thursday created a summertime stir on campus.
Robert Jarrin of Washington DC was attacked today during a long run near University of Maryland. Officials point to Gus and gels left along the trail as a cause of the attack.
"Just as we were finishing up our long run, we noticed something near our food stash." says Billy Askey of Columbia Heights. "At first we thought it was a black dog which we'd seen earlier along the trail."
"F*!$ing cougar" says Jarrin. "I worked hard for those energy packets, wasn't going to let some pussy cat eat all my food."
Based on the aftershots, not sure who came out on top. Jarrin did get his Gus though.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I spoke to some of you today after the run about a club/team concept. Seems that there are enough folks interested in being part of a broader G-town Running Company club/team that it is worth making it official
Currently, we have a small race team comprised of some very talented and motivated runners. These runners are all trying to achieve outstanding times in various races that get them ranked in the open division in the local running scene. As a small reward for their effort, these runners receive some compensation in the form of shoes and gear.
For others who are equally passionate about running, who participate in the weekly training runs and want to improve fitness and race times, we are setting up a separate component of our club/team.
This will not be anything fancy and we cannot promise much in the way compensation but, by participating, we will formalize the relationship between you and the GRC club/team.
If you are interested in joining, please send me the following:
My e-mail is Max.Lockwood@gmail.com
Once we have compiled all of your information, we will send you an e-mail explaining what we expect from you and what you get for being an "official" part of the GRC club/team.
On a side note, I have run for three days in a row for the first time in months. Though I am tired, the legs feel more liberated than they have in over a year.
It's not what you think.
We are, however, running in College Park, heading to Greenbelt Park. Since there have been some wildcat sightings in College Park this week--who knows?--we may see one. The run there is a 100% shaded 6-mile loop; the plan is to leave water, etc., at the start of the loop and take some at each lap. I know for sure that Bain and I are doing three laps.
Post on here or drop me an email if you want to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the meeting place...a small access road where we can park:
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