2014 MCM—Race Day Plans

Beyond this week’s Sunday Distance Run, we will be cheering on the marathoners!


I will be staking out two spectating spots for the MCM and would love to have other non-racing WRC members join me. The first spot will be at Mile 4.2, upon the Key Bridge. The second spot will be the 16 mile marker, which is also about 10.5. It is at the entrance area of Hains Point. I plan to sneak in some training miles between these two points of interest.

Megan Haberle is planning to hover between miles 15.2/17, off 15th st, on the other side of the Tidal Basin, to provide complete race day coverage.

(See this using an excellent course map, designed by Geocentric and powered by Leaflet)

Kendall Hope Tucker is returning from Boston for the race weekend, and has invited WRCers (marathoners and supportors alike) to a mostly mandatory post-race drink-up at The Mad Hatter DC just south of Dupont Circle, from 3 PM onward (1319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20036).

Good luck to all runners!

WRC Roster for the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon

Julia Taylor
Jesse Frantz
Pat O’Keefe
Fiona Karlsen
Jim Moore
Drew Killian
Adam Hoyt
Erin Coffey

Sunday Distance Run – 10/18

Oh what a beautiful morning! It looks like we’re in for another tomorrow too! The planned route will be 12-13 miles on Rock Creek Trail and either Ross Drive or Beach Drive. We are starting at 0800. Some may be adding miles before or after.

Congrats to the marathon finishers of last weekend! Good luck to those running this weekend!

The SDR will start at 0800 in front of CB2 in Georgetown (33 and M).

Sunday Distance Run – 10/11

The professionals are calling for something around 50 during tomorrow’s SDR. Sounds good!

The planned route is Tour of Arlington (around 16 miles). If running something shorter (or otherwise different) then make sure to coordinate prior to 0805 launch!

We will have a small pack running earlier (yes one more time) at 0700 with mileage options between 12 and 20.

Either way….meet at 33rd and M in front of CB2. Coffee afterwards!

And…good luck to those racing tomorrow!

Blues Cruise 50K Trail Ultra: Maiden Voyage

Sometimes changing your course with running reinvigorates your love for the sport…

by Lauren Gabler

Looking Back

In the Fall of 2008, I ran my first marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. It was an all-around amazing experience. I ran a Boston qualifier (BQ), was inspired by our military, and thought I found my calling in long distance running. In fact, I loved it so much that I made a commitment to run 50 marathons by age 50, which, at the young age of 25, was only 2 per year! What a deal.

However, over the thousands of miles logged, my passion for running quickly went from all-encompassing to non-existent. I even welcomed a horrible case of plantar-fasciitis-turned-stress-fracture because it meant that I didn’t have to run. To say that’s a bad place to be is to put it lightly.

During an introspective conversation with my fiancé (and the Washington Running Club’s el Prez), Kirk Masterson, on our long drive back from another disappointing, injury-plagued Boston Marathon, I recognized that I was running merely to PR, to reach an arbitrary goal of running 50 by 50, and, what’s worse, because I defined myself as a marathoner and not a runner. This conversation made it very clear that running became more a job than a passion – something that I had to do rather than what I wanted to do.

The conversation also brought me back to basics. I remembered that I started running cross country in high school because I loved going back into the woods, running fast, and coming out of the tree line stronger than I started. I also recalled the stress I felt during indoor and spring track because of external pressures of being “on stage”; I’ve always performed better when out of the spotlight, when left alone to develop and act on my own talents. I realized that road races, while lively and fun, were similar to track in that it gave me the “all eyes on me” feeling that churned my stomach years ago.

And this, in a roundabout way, is why I decided to sign up for the Blues Cruise 50K.
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Sunday Distance Run – 9/28

Many of our Fall marathons are coming up over the next few weeks, so many different mileage and pace options. The official Sunday Distance Run start time is 0800. The weather is advertised to be “beautiful” which usually means not so beautiful for long distance running. We will have a small pack starting at 0700 for those looking to finish earlier.

A couple of our planned routes:

#1 – Starting at 0800, Julia will lead a 13-mile loop through Arlington: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/545548532. Some of this crew will add additional miles at the end of loop.

#2 – Starting at 0700, we will have a pack running 20 mile loop up Rock Creek, through Chevy Chase neighborhood roads, and down CCT.

As always, starting in Georgetown at 33rd & M (in front of CB2).

Sunday Distance Run – 9/21

Let’s get the important part out of the way first.  The official start time for the WRC Sunday Distance Run is back to the “regular” time of 0800.  We will have a smaller group starting at 0700 for a lovely 20-mile loop (details below).

Okay, now for the (known) planned route options:

#1 – At 0800, Julia will be leading a crew on an 18-mile course that will include the 10-mile Custis / Military Rd / Chain Bridge loop with an additional 8-miles Hains Point Loop.  Many options for keeping this under 18 miles.

#2 – At 0800, depending on interest Sunday morning there may be a group running the Glover-Archbold Trail Loop.

#3 – At 0700, there will be a pack running the 20-mile Rock Creek – Capital Crescent Trail Loop.  Many will be running portions of the loop at marathon pace/effort.  Plenty of out-and-back options for running shorter (or perhaps longer) than 20.

All options start in Georgetown at 33rd & M (in front of CB2).

Sunday Distance Run – 9/7

It’s hard to believe the forecast for tomorrow morning, but looks like it will be pretty decent.  The planned route will be the Rock Creek – Capital Crescent Loop.  This is just a hair over 20 miles.  Many out-and-back options for those running shorter.  The loop map can be viewed at:

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6429466

We will have a couple of packs running portions of the loop at marathon pace/effort.

Start at 0700 in front of CB2 in Georgetown.