North Shore Distance Running Club Newsletters

Aug 10

Written by: billp
8/10/2017 7:03 PM  RssIcon

Greetings Fellow Runners –

We’re getting into the heart of our training season and the weather has been very favorable for running. The low humidity and mild temperatures have made running in the mornings really pleasant. We’ve been fortunate so far, and will continue to be over the next week or so.

Last week’s and this week’s run –  The debate after last Saturday’s run was whether that day’s conditions were better for running than the previous Saturday’s. I thought that the previous week was perfect but others felt that last Saturday was even nicer. Although no one won the debate, we’ve all been winners having 2 incredible Saturday mornings in late July and early August to enjoy our long runs. It should be almost as nice this Saturday. We’re still working on the route. Most likely, we’re heading north on the DPR Trail but we’re still finalizing the details. The distances are known and below:

Novice marathon - 15 miles

Intermediates - 17 miles

Advanced – 17 miles

Novice marathon runners who have only run a half marathon previously, this will be the longest run of your life. You’ll do great. I will be gone this Saturday so Joan Rush will be handling the announcements.

Hydration – Thanks to Jonathan Copulsky and Julie Pfeffer for providing hydration last week. This week is Rohit Sinha at the parking lot and Samantha Dolen and Neil Pinzur on the course.

Chicago Marathon information – Runners registered for the Chicago Marathon should have recently received an email with a link to their start corral. Make sure that you review the information. If you want to change your corral, you have until August 15th to request a change. If you’d like to move to a corral in Wave 1, you must supply a qualifying race result after 1/1/15 of <1:50 for a half marathon or <3:45 for a marathon. You may not receive a response back from the marathon. Check again online after your request. Also, the Ambassadors for the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Marathon were announced this week:

Training tips – I’m taking a break from training tips this week to provide this article, which I thought was interesting.
According to the study cited in the article, runners are running slower races in all distances than ever before. There are several theories why, but most are refuted in the article. This would make a good topic of conversation as you’re on your long run this Saturday.

My one day at Lollapalooza was fairly uneventful. I didn’t get into any fights with obnoxious teens, nor was I thrown up on by one of them. It was crowded and the drunken crowds were annoying, but I was able to tolerate it because it was just for one day. My highlight was the headliner, Arcade Fire. It was my fourth time seeing them live and they’ve been tremendous every time. My prediction is that they will be performing at halftime of a Super Bowl in the not too distant future. Their music is retro and quite accessible. They are strongly influenced by ‘80s rock. Anyone who likes Blondie, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Springsteen, even Abba, should enjoy their music. I’ve been listening to their Lollapalooza performance while typing this newsletter. You can view it here: A skinny old guy singing and dancing about 150 feet back and to the right of the stage may look familiar.

Have a good run on Saturday,

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