North Shore Distance Running Club Newsletters

Apr 6

Written by: billp
4/6/2017 8:01 PM  RssIcon

Greetings Fellow Runners –

This is the first newsletter for the month of April. In addition to bringing us showers, April also brings a bunch of marathons including Boston, Big Sur, and Illinois. We’ll be wishing our Boston bound runners good luck before this Saturday’s run, as they prepare to depart for Beantown the following weekend.

Last week’s and this week’s run – Last Saturday was a beautiful morning for a long run, although I may have been overdressed for the second loop. I confirmed this assumption when I saw a kid running in shorts without a shirt before the beach, while I was still wearing my tights and winter jacket. Although, it’s doubtful that he started at 7 am or was running 21 miles. We should have another nice day this Saturday but it may not matter much since it’s a taper and cutback run as follows:
Boston – 9 mile Fort Sheridan loop

Illinois / Wisconsin / Flying Pig – 13.4 miles, 9 mile Fort Sheridan loop followed by 4.4 mile College Loop

Hydration – Thanks to Joan Rush, Ken Colbert, and Reena Fellner for last week. This week, Eli Carmeli will handle hydration at the train station. As we approach the end of the winter season, we ask that anyone in possession of a tank or Gatorade concentrate please return it to me or Joan Rush in the next few weeks. We need to collect supplies in preparation for our summer training.

Summer Training Group Leaders - Although we’re still in our winter / spring season, we’re beginning to plan for the summer / fall session. If anyone is interested in being a Group Leader this summer, please let me know. The benefits include free entry to the Ready to Run 20 and the CARA Compound before the marathon, along with a group leader shirt and some other swag at the end of the year. The responsibilities include attending the majority of the runs, maintaining the proper pace, and insuring the safety of the group.

Training tip – Some of our runners have begun tapering for their spring marathon while others will begin in a few weeks. The following articles provide tip and insights into the art (and science) of tapering:
http://running.competitor.com/2014/03/training/the-art-of-the-marathon-taper_57754

http://www.active.com/running/articles/10-marathon-taper-tips-you-can-t-forget

http://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/how-to-taper-correctly

Although I had hoped that NSDRC members would have taken advantage of the generous offer that Vision Quest provided for us to cross train with them, I understand that people are busy and weren’t able to sign up. I chose to advantage of the discount and signed up for 8 weeks of classes to increase my bike fitness in preparation for Ride The Rockies in June. Due to my schedule, Thursday nights worked best for me. Unfortunately, that’s also when I prepare the newsletter. So this week’s issue is brief, to the point, and ending now. It was an awesome workout, by the way. 2 x 20 minute sweet spot (90% of FTP) intervals, kind of like a tempo run.

Good Running,


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