North Shore Distance Running Club Newsletters

Mar 16

Written by: billp
3/16/2017 6:52 PM  RssIcon

Greetings Fellow Runners –

This weekend marks the first race of 2017 for many of us, the Cary March Madness Half Marathon. The weather is always a variable for this race. I’ve run it in shorts and short sleeves and also in single digit wind chills. This Sunday’s weather looks pretty decent for racing – mid 30s to mid 40s. What isn’t a variable are the hills. They make this race unique for the Chicago area and hard. Good luck to everyone running it. Please look for your fellow NSDRC members in the cafeteria, where gear check is located, before the race.

Last week’s and this week’s run – Last week’s run was cold, windy, and long. I found it especially tough mentally into the wind on the long stretch along the Skokie Valley bike path. This week’s run will be warmer and shorter. For those not racing in Cary, it will be a 10.9 mile cutback run along the Reverse Lakefront Bridge Loop. There won’t be a newsletter emailed next week, so I’ll list the mileage and routes for the march 25th long run below:

Boston / Illinois – 21.4 miles - Fort2Base followed by the College Loop.

Flying Pig / Wisconsin – 20 miles – Fort2Base followed by running down to the lake and back.

Breakfast after this Saturday’s run – Join your fellow NSDRC members at Einstein’s Lake Forest as we celebrate getting through this brutal winter training season (well, it did snow once) after this Saturday’s run. We’re buying bagels and coffee. Einstein’s is located just west of the train station in Market Square. We’ll start around 8:30. If you’re racing the next day, you can do a short pre-race run on Saturday or just come out for breakfast without running. The reason we’re doing it this Saturday is because we can only do these on cutback run Saturdays and the group was split between Lake Forest and Barrington the past 2 cutback runs. It’ll be nice to see many people there.

Hydration – Thanks to Bobbe Greenberg, Rob Schwarz, and Volker Fischer for hydration from last week. This week, hydration will be just be at the train station set out by Sarah Romans. As we approach April, we still have a few slots to fill, which may be found at: Please let me know if you can help with any of these.

Training tip – Many runners use a half marathon 3 to 5 weeks before their target marathon as a tune up or predictor race. Since Cary comes 4 weeks before Boston, 5 weeks before Illinois, and 6 weeks before Flying Pig, it may be perfectly timed for us. You may read the pros and cons of racing a half marathon before a marathon here:

There won’t be any newsletter sent out next week because I’ll be out of town all week, 3 days in LA and 2 days in Austin. Although it’s for business, I’m looking forward to it. I haven’t been in downtown LA since it’s been gentrified and I really want to check out the scene. I travel to Austin regularly and enjoy it, especially the thriving music scene. What I’m really looking forward to doing in these cities is running. I love travelling and seeing parts of the city that visitors never experience, that I’d never see if I wasn’t running. I can recall cool neighborhoods in New Orleans, beautiful wooded trails in Oregon, scenic ocean views in Southern California, even ethnic neighborhoods in Jerusalem that I would have never known existed if I didn’t run through them. Downtown LA used to be empty and scary outside of business hours. Now, it has hip bars, restaurants, and neat places to live. I’m excited to explore it while running. Austin is familiar to me so I won’t be finding anything new there. But, I always like to run around Lake Austin, close to downtown and 6th Street. It should also be comfortable running weather in both towns, which makes me even more excited for this trip.

Good running,  

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