Monday, July 21, 2014

Lyme Disease and Running

One of the topics we'll be discussing at training camp this week is Lyme disease and runners.  Runner's World magazine has an interesting article on the subject (thanks to our resident health expert Keelyn for the tip!)

Runners and Lyme Disease

Many of its early symptoms mimic overtraining, and mistaking it for something else may enable a tiny pest to become your worst nightmare.

 Published
June 19, 2014
Tick in Tweezers
A female deer tick magnified 140 times its actual size.

Click here for the full article...


Clam Fest 5 Miler Results

Congrats to Nick (33:34), Zach (33:50), Olivia (34:52) and Chloe (51:41) on their Clam Fest 5 Miler finishes!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CANCELLED: Today's Group Run

Today's group run at Pineland is cancelled.  Hope to see you next Monday at Back Cove (8:30AM)!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Looking for a summer road race?

...there are lots of good races out there.


Additionally, there is a weekly 5K every Wednesday evening around Back Cove in Portland and a Thursday night 5K on trails up in Augusta.

Is there one I forgot?  Feel free to leave your suggestions below in the comments.

Running Camp Info

Running Camp info was emailed out today to kids (and their parents) that will be attending.  Let Susan know if you will be attending camp but didn't receive the email.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Monday Summer Training Runs

We will start Monday morning team runs this coming Monday.  Meet at Back Cove at 8:30AM (you can park in the large lot across from Hannaford).  Look for the "Start Here" marker (we'll meet at the one that begins a counter-clockwise loop around the cove).  Hope to see you there!

Reminder, we will also have our regular Wednesday afternoon run (4PM @ Pineland).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Training Runs

Welcome back!  We will have an informal training run two days a week this summer.  The first will be on Wednesday afternoons at Pineland.  Please meet at the Y entrance.  We will leave promptly at 4PM.  This will be an easy to moderate-paced run on the trails.  All runners (including team alums) are welcome.

If there are questions about weather (we will cancel for thunderstorms), please check the blog.  Cancellation will be posted by 2PM.

Check back later in the week for info on our morning run.  Anyone interested in hosting the team for a run should get in touch with me (and Susan).

Monday, June 2, 2014

Start of 2014 running season!

Summer running camp is on!  Mark your calendars ... July 22 - 24 on Sebago Lake.  More info to follow as the date gets closer.

Everyone should stay in touch with Morgan about how their early season running is going.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

PARTY!

Our End of Season Appreciation Party is next Tuesday evening, November 12, at 7:00 PM in the Community Hall.  This will be a time to recap the great season and eat dessert - a winning combination!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

State Meet


The Merriconeag cross country teams completed their seasons this past Saturday at the Class C state meet at Twin Brook in Cumberland.  It was a beautiful (if unseasonably warm) Saturday with a good strong breeze and clear skies.  Merriconeag was supported, as usual, by a large contingency of fans- family members, faculty members, classmates and friends.  Thank you all who came to cheer and especially to the middle school runners who helped take splits and all the photographers!

Live Feed: NYC Marathon

For those online right now, you can watch the NYC marathon live here.

Runners doing good in the world

This is a very inspirational story about five runners from Pine Ridge who are running the NYC marathon to raise money for a community center.  I saw Amanda Carlow being interviewed during the marathon (yes, as she ran!).

Friday, November 1, 2013

MWS XC in the News...

The Portland Press Herald has a meet preview article that mentions Merriconeag.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

STATES INFO

Our last race of the season is this coming Saturday, November 2, at Twin Brook in Cumberland.

Arrival times:
Girls should arrive by 11:00
Boys should arrive by 11:30

Tenacity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM6MNw7i6Ng

Courtesy of Lily (and her dad).

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Regionals

The Western Maine Class C Regional meet was held at Twin Brook in Cumberland last Saturday.  Cheered on by almost the entire high school, families and friends, both Merriconeag teams turned in strong performances that ensured them one more week of practice and competition.



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Merriconeag in the PPH

In case you haven't heard, Merriconeag did quite well yesterday.  The girls qualified for the state meet (fifth overall), and the boys were runner-up!



Here are two links to stories about the Western Regional meet in the Portland Press Herald.  Check back later this evening for the meet re-cap.  Congratulations to both teams!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nutrition Corner: Post-race fueling

Just in time for the big meets, we have the final installment of our guest blogger Keelyn's nutritional advice.  This time around, he's answered your post-race and post-workout fueling questions.
  • What is the window of time to best refuel after a hard run? The first 15 minutes are crucial. If you can’t get to some proper food within those first 15 minutes, make sure you get something in your stomach within an hour.  You won’t get much benefit at all if you wait longer than that.  This is most important for athletes that are training almost every day of the week. 
  • What is the best thing to eat post race?  Any well balanced meal that is going to provide protein, carbs and healthy fats.  Protein is important to rebuild muscle fibers.
  • What is a good balance of carbs/proteins/fats for after a run?  I wouldn’t be too concerned about ratios or calories – by weight it should be about 70% carbohydrates.  For instance: lasagna with salad and garlic bread.
  • Should we be drinking chocolate milk post race?  That would be fine as long as your stomach does not get upset.  You may need to drink some extra water for hydration.
  • Should we "guzzle" water post race?  Drink according to your thirst after a race.  Drinking smaller amounts for 1-2 hrs. after a race will allow your body to absorb it better.  Drinking too much water at once can also make you queasy after a race.
  • If my stomach is really upset post race, what should I do about eating?  Eat something smaller if you can, or perhaps something that is easier to digest like a smoothie.  Listen to your body – if you can’t eat anything – wait until you can.  It is more important to hydrate.

The face of dedication...

...at 6am