Hello Runners,

Last Sunday was a tough 14-16 miler along the West County Trail. The heat is adding to the challenge of increased distance, but it’s what we need to prepare for. However, continue to use caution and your smarts. During this heat wave be sure to wear sun block, a hat, and HYDRATE like crazy. If you start to feel dizzy during a run – shut it down.

THE GOOD NEWS

We are at the half way point of training. From here on out we become more and more focused on the marathon itself. As it inches closer, we start to discuss our preparation for it in more specific terms, we start to finalize our running gear and personal routines, and we start to strategize for what lies ahead. This is a very good time for renewed vigor and a re-commitment to those weekday runs (they can slip away during the long training season). It’s also good to keep yourself interested in overall good health and committing yourself to eating, drinking, and feeling well. In short, keep feeling strong and vital, and thanking yourself for being able to do what you’re doing.

This coming Sunday we’re going to aim for a 10-12 miler through Armstrong Woods. Yes, indeed. This stands out as one of the more challenging runs we’ll do. The distance may be shorter, but it’s a pretty grueling trail of relentless inclines and terrain. When you finish this run, you’ll feel it for sure. But it is absolutely beautiful!

If you would like to carpool, please meet at the fruit stand on River Road (west of Fulton Rd.) at 7:30am in Santa Rosa. Otherwise, go straight to the parking lot at Armstrong Woods by 8am. See below for the map of the run. We’ll be doing the pink and yellow trails (10.9 miles)

Armstrong Redwoods map 2

Also, I will try to make a mid-week run on Wednesday night at 7pm at the Parktrail trail head. Those interested and able to make it, please email me and let me know.

Happy Memorial Day and have a great week.

Don

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