Thursday, July 30, 2015

Run with the Beach to Beacon Elites

An athlete-driven seminar/informal run is planned for Friday at about 12:20 p.m., beginning at Cape Elizabeth High.

Local high school runners are invited to pick the brains of some of the American elites, including Alexi Pappas (a five-time All-American at Dartmouth and Oregon who won the Peachtree 10K earlier this month), Will Geoghegan (Brunswick native who also ran at Dartmouth and Oregon, and won last year’s Maine men’s category) and Riley Masters (Veazie native who ran at Maine and Oklahoma, and won the 2013 Maine men’s race).

Hands-off Period August 3 - 16

The hands-off period starts this coming Monday, August 3.  From that date through August 16, high school runners may not have contact with their coach regarding anything running related.  That includes running and also talking about running or training.

If you have any running things to discuss with Morgan, please do so prior to Monday.  She will be back in action beginning Monday, August 17, when preseason practice begins.

During the hands-off period, runners can still be in contact with Susan if they have questions about schedules, pre-season, etc.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

XC Camp 2015

Strangely enough, there weren't many action shots taken at camp this year (well, as long as we're not counting the stretching...) A big thank you to the Pierce family for making camp possible this year!
Almost everyone from MCWS XC Camp 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How Fast Can We Go?

Over at Slate there's an article on Genzebe Dibaba's besting the (22-year old) 1500m record.  Author Emma Zehner ponders the question of just how much faster human beings can go.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beach 2 Beacon

The Kids Race (this Friday at 6PM) is still looking for a few good volunteers (we're short by 7-8 people).  If you're interested, please let me know!

Additionally, if you are running the 10K, please let me know- I'll look for you in the starting corral!  Good luck to all who are running.

Last Monday Run

The last Monday Back Cove 8AM run is still on the calendar for tomorrow, but it will again be led by our fearless upperclassmen.

Remember that the hands-off period starts in a week, so if you have any questions, concerns or comments, make sure to get in touch ASAP.

Friday, July 24, 2015

When running and science intersect...

Here's a fascinating story on a local runner from the County, a scale model of the solar system which takes up a 40 mile stretch of Route 1, and NASA's Pluto mission.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Monday's Group Run

I will miss tomorrow's Monday morning run at Back Cove.  Feel free to meet up without me and I'll catch you all soon.

Stay tuned for photos and XC camp updates...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sunday Run!

This Sunday, we'll meet at Pineland in front of the high school at 4:30 for a run on the trails.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 10, 2015

XC Camp info

Everyone who said they would be attending running camp July 15-17 should have received an email this past week with running camp details (info, packing list, schedule, Pierce liability waiver).  If you did not get this email, please contact Susan.  Have fun at camp!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Unlikely Inspiration: 70 year old woman breaks ultra-marathon record

This is one of the best running stories I've heard recently: a 70 year old woman became the oldest woman to finish the Western States Endurance Run (the link has a great video, as well as the course elevation map).

It's called an endurance run, because you don't exactly race it, you endure it- all 100 miles.  Gunhild Swanson not only became the oldest finisher, she did it with a dramatic sprint to the finish to avoid the dreaded cut-off time.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Local Buzz: Ben True and the USATF World Championships

Ben True, who grew up in North Yarmouth, has (deservedly) been getting a lot of press recently.  The article below, from this week's BDN, highlights his performance at the USATF Track and Field Championships this past weekend.  True qualified in both the 5K and the 10K for worlds.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Important SHOE Info

Running in general is a very low gear sport.  No pads, no headgear, no special gloves (although regular gloves do come in handy the closer we get to November).  No one really needs compression calf socks.  But what is of paramount importance to runners is shoes.  

There are hundreds of different models of running shoes on the market.  It can be really overwhelming to choose a new pair.  But it's also really important that runners start off the season with shoes that are in good shape.  A general rule is that if shoes have more than 500 miles on them, it's time for a new pair (i.e. every cross country season).  But general, vague/minor aches and pains in the feet, ankles, shins, knees and hips can also signal that it's time for a new pair.  Additionally, if shoes have been worn for other sports or other activities for several months, consider a change.  Broken down shoes provide less cushioning and support, which can lead to problems.  

Not sure where to go?  Fleet Feet/Maine Running Company in Portland and Brunswick has staff that's trained to fit shoes to specific feet.  Even if you end up buying online, it's definitely worth it to visit to find a proper fit.  Not all running shoes are interchangeable, especially if you're got "weird" feet (extra wide, over-pronating, extra narrow, supinating, etc.)  

Finally, a word on spikes ... 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sunday Run!

Fiona A will be leading a group run at Bradbury Mountain this Sunday.  Meet at 9AM in the parking lot.  If you plan on going, please email Fiona so she knows to wait for any late-comers!