Monday, May 26, 2014

Race Season is Here! (And some important notes about next week)

Good morning, friends and thanks for tuning in!

We hope you were all able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we had this Memorial Day weekend, we sure can't complain.

We want to start by thanking Mike Chingman and those who helped him in organizing the 2014 Moccasin Lake Challenge. What a great event, the spirit of which seemed very appropriate for Memorial Day weekend and remembering those we care about! The sheer number of folks who turned out just to lend a hand was incredible. We're proud to say that the Lander Running Club had a great showing. Just off the top of my head, I think we had thirteen current members show up and hopefully we earned a few more along the way!

If you couldn't make it this year, we're sorry to say you missed out! Mark those calendars for 2015!

A great photo of just a fraction of the starters at Saturday's Moccasin Lake Challenge (photo: Gabe Joyes)
It seems official that race season is finally here, starting with the first annual Run The Red trail half marathon, which kicks off at 9am from the White Mountain Petroglyphs parking lot Saturday, May 31st. For those who don't know where that is, it's north of Rock Springs, near Boar's Tusk and the Killpecker Sand Dunes. This race is put on by The Wyoming Outdoor Council, NOLS, the Wyoming Wilderness Association and Ananda Yoga and promises to be a fun time in a beautiful place! With the later start, it should be easy enough to make the approximately 2.5 hour drive the morning of, but should also be no problem to travel down Friday night and camp in the desert if you wanted to get your sleep. If you have specific questions about the race, they can be directed to julia@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org.

On to the week's workouts!

Wednesday Workout: 
What'ya say we shoot for some quicker feet this week and get some I and R pace in there! Here's the plan:
4 x 3 minutes at I pace with 2 minute active (jogging) recovery in between followed by 3 x 1 minute at R pace with full (until you're heart rate says you're ready to go again - about 120 bpm) recovery in between.

Be sure to get there early enough to get the warm-up you need and we should all be sure to cool down sufficiently afterward. We know some folks are able to run to the workout from home as their warm up and cool down, but we also see quite a few folks going straight from their hard effort to their cars...naughty!! That's not so good for the legs so try to get the equivalent of at least a couple of easy laps in before you sit down for the evening.

Saturday Trail Run: 
This week's group trail run is cancelled in favor of the locally sponsored Run the Red trail half marathon. We understand if you weren't planning to make the drive, so please feel free to use the Facebook page to network and find running partners that day if you plan to stay local!

We're out of town next week! 
We'll do another post for next week, but it may be later in the week so just to give folks a sufficient heads up, Amber and Evan will be gone next week, so the track workout for Wednesday, June 4th is cancelled. You should always feel free to steal a workout from a past week's blog and hit the track on your own, however. Evan will be back for the Saturday trail run on June 7th - let's hit The Middle Fork trail at 9am that day!

For your viewing pleasure, here are just a few of our members who turned out Saturday. You guys make us proud! Let us know if you all have more photos you'd like to share! Thanks to Bobbie Wells for taking so many great pictures!
Cindy!!!

Jenny and Emily

Tara and Eric

Farmer Fred bringing it home!

Kevin finished with the run and still smiling on the shores of Moccasin Lake!






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