North Shore Distance Running Club Newsletters

Jul 13

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

Greetings Fellow Runners –

With this week’s flooding, I hope that this newsletter finds everyone safe and dry. The conditions for running this week were terrible. When it wasn’t raining, it was oppressively hot and humid. Between running in the rain, dodging puddles, and profuse sweating, my clothes and shoes were constantly soaked. I couldn’t leave my shoes on my deck to dry since the rain would get them wet again. Let’s hope it dries out this weekend. Remind me when winter running starts up again.

Last week’s and this week’s run – Since I had a schedule conflict, I started and finished last Saturday’s run early. It was nice running weather and I really enjoyed my long run. I’m sorry to have missed Team DetermiNation’s treats at the end. There won’t be any treats this week, other than reduced mileage since it’s a cutback week. We’re heading south on the DPR Trail and may have to slightly modify our route due to flooding. Our planned mileage is below:

Novice marathon - 8 miles

Intermediates - 10 miles

Advanced – 12 miles

Hydration – Thanks to Gary Segal and Ken Colbert for providing hydration last week. This week is Satyendra Kumar at the parking lot and Brian Terwilliger on the course around the 3.4 mile mark.

Participant Survey - This was sent to the North Shore Distance Running Club and may be of interest to newsletter recipients or their family and friends:

I hope to have a conversation with someone (two people, actually) who's attended the Chicago Marathon in the past or is planning to attend this October. I'm working on a project to help people attending the Chicago Marathon be on time at race milestones and events that are important to them. And to record their spectator experience to remember and to share later. The project is part of the DePaul Master's program in Human-Computer Interaction I'm working on.

Have you attended the marathon? Or are you planning to? If not, do you know someone who has you'd connect me with?
As a thanks, I'm offering a gift card to one of my favorite cafes -- Intelligentsia. Or Amazon -- they’ve got a decent selection of Body Glide!

Heath Ranger DePaul University, College of Computing and Digital Media M.S. Human-Computer Interface, 2019 hranger@mail.depaul.edu (616) 920-4193

Training Tips – In celebration of Prime Day this week, I bought a new pair of running shoes on-line. As the season progresses, everyone will need to buy new shoes. These articles explain why and how often:

https://runnersconnect.net/how-long-before-you-have-to-change-running-shoes/

http://running.competitor.com/2012/10/shoes-and-gear/how-often-should-i-replace-my-running-shoes_27680

http://www.livestrong.com/article/211320-when-to-buy-new-running-shoes/

While my body will be at this Saturday’s run, my mind may not be there. It will either still be asleep or in Chicago’s Union Park, where I will be on Friday. This weekend is the Pitchfork Musicfest, and is one of the biggest weekends of the year for me. You may not be familiar with Pitchfork, but perhaps you’ve heard of Lollapalooza. This is nothing like Lollapalooza. Lolla has devolved into being more about the scene then the music. No one seems to care about the artists, or pay much attention to them. They’re there to be seen. Most of the attendees of Lollapalooza are teenagers, who are much more interested in partying with their friends (spoiler alert for you parents), underage drinking and who knows what else, than listening to music. Trust me, I’ve attended Lollapalooza since it became permanently located in Chicago. What was once a music festival featuring cutting edge acts has become a party in Grant Park. Pitchfork has become the summer festival in Chicago for music, especially for new music featuring up and coming artists. The crowds are a bit more mature 20 to 30 year olds, rather than the teens that Lolla attracts, and they are there to listen to music. And, the music is worth listening to, especially if you’re into newer and unique stuff. My schedule includes the following acts: Vince Staples, Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth), Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors, LCD Soundsystem, Mitski, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Francis and the Lights, The Feeies, Angel Olsen, PJ Harvey, A Tribe Called Quest, Pinegrove, Ride, The Avalanches, Jamila Woods, Nicolas Jaar, and Solange (maybe) . Those are just the artists that I’ve heard of. I usually find new artists that are unknown to me that I end up liking. This weekend will be 3 days (it starts at 4 on Friday) of non-stop music for me; pure heaven. LCD Soundsystem is Friday’s headliner and will still be playing in my brain during Saturday’s run. Thankfully, it is a cutback week for running because I’m going to be really tired.

Good Running,


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