October started off with newcomers Michelle and Mike running the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Brooklyn. Both had strong performances with Mike racing to a new PB, finishing 13th overall, and winning his age group.
On the same weekend, Heather, fresh of her BQ marathon at Wineglass, ran the Vulture Bait 25k trail run in London 'for fun' !
The following weekend was one of the highlights of the fall racing season, the Scotia Toronto Waterfront Marathon and it didn't disappoint. It was a relatively last minute decision to run, but Angela had a great race in the Half Marathon. Congratulations also go out to Sarnian Aaron Cooper, who ran a new PB of 2:24, making him the 3rd Canadian male in the race.
November started off with the Road to Hope race weekend. Angela did a great job in the 10k on a very windy day. Things did not improve the next day with brutal conditions. A steady rain the whole way and tough winds for a good part of the race didn't stop Lynn from having her best marathon time in several years. We'd also like to congratulate Sarnians Chris Cooledge and Wes Harding who ran the half and full respectively.
The same weekend, Verylene joined 50,000 other runners in the New York City Marathon. It's a tough slug negotiating your way around all of those people but Verylene did a great job and really enjoyed the experience.
Just this past weekend many people from Sarnia ran the Outer Banks full / half marathon. Joining them were Renegades Michelle, Elizabeth and Monica running the full and half marathon. The same weekend was Mo' Run Sarnia. Alice did a great job in the 10k as did Terry in the 16k. In the 'you're always a Renegade Category' our friend George Mallay did a great job in the 5k placing 3rd overall male. Also in the 16 was Mike C, the overall winner and in the same race, 2nd place went to Renegade coached Derrick Ladouceur.
That was a lot of racing but everyone in each of those races should be congratulated on their efforts. We all work hard toward our goals and all should feel equally proud of our achievements. WAY TO GO RENEGADES!
If you've gotten this far, you may wonder why I've titled this Winding Down. I decided to wait to issue Coaches Corner until some of these races were over, as most of us are now going to be switching to 'base training' mode for a few weeks. I say most of us as there is one more race this year for one of our most dedicated runners. On December 9th, Carol will be running the Honolulu Marathon and we want to wish her good luck!
For the 'tech talk' part of this blog, I found what I think is a pretty interesting article by one of my favourite running authors, Alex Hutchinson (Canadian Ph. D. Physicist and running journalist). He is leaving Runners World and will now be writing for Outside Magazine. He took this opportunity to summarize what he feels he's learned over the past several years; he calls them his 7 Pillars of Running Wisdom. It's a bit long but I encourage you to read it. Here's the link:
In case you don't have time, I've listed them here.
1. Running is good for you “in moderation,” which is defined as “a lot more than you’re doing.”
2. If it comes in a bottle, it’s probably not going to make you faster or healthier.
3. The best technology for tracking and guiding your runs is the device between your ears.
4. You probably got injured from doing too much, too soon.
5. The magic workout, shoe, or superfood is whichever one you’ve been ignoring lately or have never tried.
6. You can probably run better; start by running more.
7. You’re capable of more than you think, but it will take time to get there.
That's all for this month. There will be lots more about this on Facebook, but be sure not to miss our 3rd Anniversary get together on November 30th at Ups and Downs. It will be a great opportunity to get together with your running friends, reflect on the past year, and have some fun!