Wednesday, January 20, Destination race, Thursday workouts
This is our one out-and-back run. We head over the pedestrian bridge, up Demonbreun and around Musica (that is if you want to do the whole route; with an out-and-back route you can turn around whenever...) There always seems to be sidewalk construction on Demonbreun, so be very attentive during this run. If you have questions about how things work on Wednesday, read last week's post.
Another reminder about our first destination race this March... The Chattanooga Marathon. Those of you who are training with us for the St. Jude's full marathon should definitely plan on running that half marathon, or Tom King (if you're going to stay in town). A half marathon is a very good predictor of your marathon potential (double your time and add 10-15 minutes), and it's important to practice your race day routine.
Half-marathoners, you could easily use this as a long run - just go slow, you'll be ready, but I also want to highlight the full marathon relay. This looks fun. For relay teams, the full marathon is split into two 6-mile legs and two 7-mile legs. You can sign up as a pair, or a foursome and run either one or two legs of the marathon as part of a team. So if you're not quite ready for a half, but want to enjoy the weekend, put together a 4-person team and join us on March 6.
More details are here, including a link to a hotel and our discount code for the race (20% off). If you decide to make a weekend out of it, we'll meet up for happy hour on Friday and get together for an easy pre-race jog and brunch on Saturday. And if you're a new Nashvillian and have never been to Chattanooga, that city is well worth the full weekend.
On February 4th, we start our Thursday night workouts. There is no better way to improve your running fitness obviously, but it is also a great way to improve your running IQ. You'll learn about tempo runs, hills repeats and track work. We'll do some workouts by distance, some by time and some by "feel". Not to mention this is a great way to get to know some new folks in a smaller setting. We meet at 6pm at the same location as our Wednesday night runs (11th and Holly) from February 4th until April 28th. Mark these on your calendar, and we'll see you there!