North Shore Distance Running Club Newsletters

Jul 13

Written by: billp
7/13/2017 5:50 PM  RssIcon

Greetings Fellow Runners –

The date in the subject line is significant for a couple of reasons. First, the July date indicates that we’re already into our second month of marathon training. June just flew by, didn’t it? Second, it’s after the 4th. I hope that everyone had a safe and fun holiday. If you raced in one of the many local races on the 4th, I hope that you kicked some holiday butt.

Last week’s and this week’s run – How did last Saturday’s run go for you? It went OK for me. Since I spent most of May and June on a bike, I’m just beginning to round into running shape. Last Saturday’s run wasn’t as difficult as I expected. It was helped by relatively mild temperatures, aided by the cloud cover. Although it was deceptively humid, it wasn’t hot. This Saturday should bring us decent weather again, which will be welcome as we step up the mileage again, heading south on the DPR Trail. The mileage for this week is:

Novice marathon - 10 miles

Intermediates - 12 miles

Advanced – 14 miles

This is the first double digit mileage for our Novice marathon runners. If they haven’t run a half marathon previously, 10 miles could be the longest that they’ve ever run. Awesome!

Hydration – Thanks to Blair Waite and Bill Beshilas for providing hydration last week. This week is Gary Segal and Ken Colbert at the parking lot and at the 4.6 mile mark at the Route 60 canoe launch.

Training Tips – Last Saturday’s pre-run training tip addressed hot weather running. Since we’re running in Chicago in the summer, it’s inevitable that we’ll encounter this. Here are a couple of articles which provide more details and information on how to deal with running in hot weather than time permitted me to address last Saturday:

http://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/10-steps-for-making-hot-weather-tolerable

https://runnersconnect.net/science-of-hot-weather-running/

http://www.rrca.org/education/hot-weather-running-tips

If you’re receiving this newsletter, and training with us this summer, then you are an endurance athlete. Yes, you. You’re an endurance athlete because you’re training for and will be completing one of the most difficult endurance events possible, a marathon. But in my opinion, there’s an even more challenging endurance event taking place right now: the Tour De France. When you’re done running 26.2 miles in your race, you’re done racing for a while. When a cyclist completes his 165 mile bike race with 4500 feet of elevation, they have to race again the next day…and the day after that…and the day after that…Over the course of 3 weeks, they have grueling races daily, with only a couple of days off. From time trials, to finish line sprints, long climbs followed by super fast descents, these endurance athletes do it day after day after day. Even if you’re not a cyclist, as an endurance athlete you can appreciate the grit and athleticism displayed by riders on the Tour. I plan to watch it daily and you can as well. It’s shown live early morning and the highlights are replayed in the evening on NBC Sports Channel. Allez runners.


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