Friday, May 29, 2009

Log Run Warriors

I know most of us are in the recovery/slow build-up/coming out of injury mode, but I wanted to start a conversation about weekend long runs this summer. As we all know, summers in DC suck...simply put. Though as we also know, getting these long runs in is so much easier with company. I've spoken with some of you individually, but I wanted to try and get a schedule down as to when we should do these runs and where. I like to travel out and run in the shade, but others might not be "into" that. I also know we all have our time preferences. 9am seems like a doable start time. I am certainly willing to meet in the middle on any of these. There are a ton of different options around DC. Also, I want to keep my Sunday run between 15-20...ideally consistently 18+ after I get in shape. Later, I'd like to incorporate marathon-pace stretches.

So who is in?

We have 3-4 Patricks
A Billy and a Dylan
A Towpath
Dickson
Bain (later)
JARRIN
Sam
Others?
Lurkers who are reading this site?
Newbies?

14 comments:

Matt Ernst said...

Where the love for the older people...guess I'm one of the others.

Patrick Hughes said...

i've got a bum wheel. dr.'s appointment tomorrow to check it out, so let's hope it's nothing major. as soon as i'm back at it i'd be down for some sunday long runs. we do them earlier in the morning to compensate for the heat, right?

Neal said...

I'd like to start joining the group over the summer (starting mid or late june).

My mileage isn't up with most of you guys, but I am running 11-12 on my Sundays right now, and looking to build in a few weeks.

KLIM said...

Ernst - run with us and I'll promise you a 2:57

Diego said...

wait... you are offering 20 miles running,9am on Sundays, over 100F, 100% humidity, mosquitoes... and you still get about 10 volunteers? You guys are insane. I wish I could join you though...

Dickson Mercer said...

I'm in. I will be back up to doing decent long runs in a couple weeks. I think we are going to have to start earlier than 9 a.m., though.

Peter said...

I agree with Dickson on the start time. If you're still out on a long run after 10:30am, even 10am, it gets brutal.

Also, if anyone is interested, a small group is running 90-120 minutes from Fletcher's Boathouse at 7:30am on Sunday.

Mike C said...

Still recovering after a spring marathon - I'll be out there in another couple of weeks.

KLIM said...

Yes, we will have to play the time of the run by ear...and factor into where we run. I, for one, am for starting early.

Today we had a SLAM DUNK run. A lil hot (both in temp and pace) but it felt great. 17 miles in/around DC via the Towpath & Custis Trail.

The pack included: Dirk from Amsterdam, Billy, Reaves, Sam, Murphy, Moose, Ernst and Max. We kept it very reserved for the first 50 minutes before dropping a few 6:0x miles. The real fun started after we crossed Memorial Bridge into VA and headed north to the Key Bridge.

Dickson Mercer said...

nice, that's awesome.

P Murph said...

I'll be available most weekends through the summer and would like to build up to semi-regular 18 mile runs.

I'm a strong advocate for earlier long runs. Like Peter said, it's miserable (and even dangerous) to be out there after 10am.

I propose an 8am start time any day the high temperature is projected above 85-90 degrees. That way it won't be hotter than ~85 while we're running.

PR said...

Count me in, at least until the end of July...

JARRIN said...

How about a 7am start time for the summer? This is what it used to be a few years ago (or 7:30am) if I recall well. Running anything north of 9am is simply silly. Who's in?

- JARRIN

Peter said...

JARRIN speaks the truth. I'm in.