It’s that time again. Time to lace up those sneakers, get the YakTrax polished off and on standby, break out the long sleeves, the jackets, the hats, the neck warmers, the mittens, and whatever else it takes to get through the training season ahead. It’s 15 Weeks until the Boston Marathon, which you’ll need none of those previously mentioned apparatus to get through.
General Bookkeeping: This is the Sunday Long Run, held every Sunday (unless its changed to Saturday) at 8AM (unless weather has us start early or later) at Brueggers (unless its 3 weeks before Boston, then we run the Boston course). This is generally a self-sustaining program. You give me $2 if you’re running the long run, $1 if you’re running the shorter route. I give you cups with water and/or Gatorade in it and on the longer runs I’ll give you snacks. If you prefer to prepay for all 15 weeks ahead of time, feel free. I don’t keep good track of who pays, I trust you won’t take advantage of that and that you’ll only take what you feel you’ve paid for. Each week has a pre-defined route. If you’re not good with directions, print it out and bring it with you. I can tell you where to go but I can’t lead you there. If you get lost, its your responsibility to find your way back to Brueggers. Since you’re lost, I have no idea where to find you. After the runs we meet for coffee at Brueggers. Brueggers is in no way related to this program, they are just kind enough to let us meet early on a Sunday, use their bathrooms, track salt and sand and puddles of rain and snow into their place of business. I believe our patronage afterwards is our thank you each week for their kindness. Please join me in thanking them each week. That’s about it. If you have any other questions there is an about button up there in the top right corner of the menu sidebar on the right. If you still have questions e-mail me at email@example.com.
The Run: This week we start off up Main St to the LynnFells Parkway, out to Breakheart. Boston training is about the hills, and this week we’ll introduce you to the hardest ones around. Take them easy, pay attention, learn them. If isn’t a snowy winter we’ll be there a few times. At Breakheart I’ll be there with a water stop. If you’re running the shorter route you’ll turn around and head back. If you’re doing the longer route you’ll loop Breakheart’s outer loop. Head in to the right, stay right at the beach, take a jaunt through the hills and come back to me for more water. After that head back the way you came. Simple as that. Again, bring a map if you aren’t good at remembering directions or are unfamiliar with the area.
That’s it. Since its our first week we’ll do our normal roll call plus a little introduction and let us know what you’re plans for races this winter and spring are. I’ll start. I’m Jim Carson, I started this program about 5 years ago. I’ve run 10 marathons, but due to a back injury I don’t plan on running one any time soon. Instead I’ll be serving you water.
Ok, who’s next? Who’s in? ROLL CALL!!!!
See you at Brueggers, 8AM!