Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More Race Photoblogging: 2017 Race to Beat Cancer 5K

This past Saturday found Coach Kiprunning participating in the 2017 Race to Beat Cancer 5K.  It was a warm and humid morning, but the race was still great.  We were pleased with our respective performances, and we enjoyed participating in an event that supports a good cause.

What follows are some pictures from the event, starting with a photo of the race's top finishers . . . and me, for some reason.

Enjoy!

Image of the top finishers at the 2017 Race to Beat Cancer 5K
Left to Right: Alex Archer, Craig Morgan, Clint Bell, Wilson Komen, and Joseph P. Fisher

Two runners at the finish of the 2017 Race to Beat Cancer 5K
Who got the win?

The finish area of the 2017 Race to Beat Cancer 5K
The finish area, looking north; post race breakfast--yes breakfast--off to the right

Runner at the finish of the 2017 Race to Beat Cancer 5K
The finish is in reaching distance!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Brief Race Photo and Video Blogging

I had a wonderful time racing in the 2017 Komen Race for the Cure 5K and the 2017 Parks Half Marathon.  Thank you to everyone who organized the events, and congratulations to all of the participants.

Run Steady,
Coach Wilson

Wilson Komen at the start of the 2017 Parks Half Marathon
Wilson Komen at the start of the 2017 Parks Half Marathon

Wilson Komen and the top finishers of the 2017 Parks Half Marathon
Wilson Komen and the top finishers of the 2017 Parks Half Marathon

Monday, September 11, 2017

Big Weekend for Coach Wilson Komen

Wilson Komen competed in two back-to-back races this past weekend, running well in both.

On Saturday, September 9, Coach Wilson won the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in a time of 16:00.

Then, on Sunday the 10th, Wilson ran the Montgomery County Parks Half Marathon, finishing in a time of 1:14:50 for a seventh overall finish and a second place finish in his age group.

This coming weekend will find Komen competing in the Race to Beat Cancer 5K.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Kiprunning Sports Club Long Run Cancellations 9/9/17 and 9/16/17

I'm just offering a brief update to announce that the Kiprunning Sports Club will not be meeting for its regularly scheduled Saturday long runs on September 9, 2017 and September 16, 2017.  These cancellations are due to conflicts with our racing schedule.

On 9/9, I will be racing in the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (feel free to read my 2016 recap of that very same race), and on 9/16, I will be running as part of what I hope will be the first official team competition for the Kiprunning Sports Club in the Race to Beat Cancer 5K.

As always, you are welcome to contact me if you wish to join the Sports Club.  I will be happy to receive your inquires.

Sincerely,
Coach Wilson

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

National Capital 20-Miler--20 Miles of Racing and Training

I teach for a living, so for me, summer is over.

For you, those of you who are not teachers, summer is still here, for a few more days, at least.

Nevertheless, the fall racing season is fast approaching, and it is with that in mind that we are happy to publicize the National Capital 20-Miler and 5-Miler, organized by DC Road Runners.

The 20-Miler is scheduled perfectly for a final tune-up run for a fall marathon.  It could also serve as a great training run for a fall half marathon or 10-miler.

The 5-Miler is similarly excellent for tempo run purposes or for a race event all on its own.

The details, including registration instructions and course information, are available on the race website.

Both courses run on the C&O Towpath, so they are flat and fast, allowing runners to stretch out for some good pacing work.

We wish everyone--including the event organizers--the best of luck!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Running Reading: Too Much Data?

I know that I'm a bit late to the game on this one, but late is better than never, as they say.  As part of The Ringer's "Inefficiency Week" special feature (from just earlier this month!), Molly McHugh penned a great article that examines contemporary applified exercise routines.  "Can an app make you a better runner?", she asks.  It's a great read, so spend a couple of coffee breaks, or a commute or two, checking it out.

For my part, I think I've done a decent job of avoiding app intrusion on my workouts.  Those who know me well know that I am very much a Luddite--still to this day not possessing a smartphone. Therefore, I don't have the means to participate in various social media workout stuff.

Beyond that, I have deliberately avoided the incessant tracking of calories burned and pounds gained (and lost) and miles logged.  I have always been a bad keeper of statistics.  I have a general sense of what my PR's are, but I never seem to know how many miles I've run in a fixed period of time, and I usually very quickly forget what my race performances have been.  When I was in high school and college--back last century!--I had an uncanny knack for running pace-perfect 400 meter repeats without a watch. Things were so much simpler in 1996.

These days, I do use a GPS watch, and I do upload my data to my online GPS account.  That's about all I do, though, and even with that meager app application, I have noticed that I'm more conscious than I should be about my daily pacing and making sure that I'm always following my scheduled workouts to the absolute letter of the law.  All of that is good for discipline, but I'd argue that a hyperconsciousness about our workout details can override a more intuitive awareness of how we are feeling on any given day.  Sometimes our bodies are telling us to back off; sometimes they are telling us that we can push it a little harder.  We need to be able to listen to those instructions without app-assisted clutter, I think.

Again, though, read McHugh for yourselves, and weigh in down in the comments.

P.S.  I spent a not insignificant amount of time wavering on "much" vs "many" in this post's title. Here's a good blog post on whether or not data is a plural count noun.  It's not a simple matter at all.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 2017 Kiprunning Sports Club Saturday Long Run Update

Now that the summer is starting to wind down (ugh, so sad), we will roll forward the start time for the Kiprunning Sports Club Saturday long run.  Beginning on Saturday, August 12, 2017, we will begin our long runs at 6:30 am.

As usual, we will continue to meet at Georgetown Running Company, which is located at 3401 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20007. 

If you have questions about joining the Sports Club, please contact me

Run steady, and enjoy the extra sleep!

Coach Wilson