Congratulations to Jane Dunbar who won last week’s GIVEAWAY THURSDAY for a 5-class card at Artemis Fitness. YOU can try Artemis for FREE, too. Just mention RunVermont when you visit the first time.
So here we are, just 7.5 weeks until the start of the 25th Anniversary KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. Even without the glaring reminder of my desktop calendar, I would know we’re getting close. From my window here at headquarters I can see foot traffic on the Burlington bike bath growing steadily, the buds on the trees below are just starting to show, there’s finally (blissfully) no longer a need to crank the radiator and I have my own new shoes (just so I can pretend I’m training for something other than running circles at the office). There might also be a noted increase of emails in my inbox and steadily rising caffeine intake among the staff, but let’s focus on the brighter, sunnier signs.
This stage in race preparation means that our runners are beginning to log their longest runs of the season. If you’ve been going it alone up until now and are beginning to think that sharing a laugh or two or hearing the fall of footsteps other than your own might be welcome, consider joining one of the many group runs in the area.
Here’s a list of all the local opportunities we’re aware of. They’re all free and open to everyone no matter your pace. If you know about a group training for KBVCM that isn’t listed, please make a note in the comments.
In addition to our weekly Hannaford run this weekend, we’re especially excited about the supported GMAA/SkiRack run this Sunday. (What does “supported” mean? It means water and Gatorade every 3 miles and refreshments at the finish, too. If you’ve been eager to try out running a longer distance without wearing a fuel belt, this is a great time to see how that works for you.)
Tonight also marks the return of the SkiRack Social Fun Run, a weekly Thursday evening run of 4-or-so miles that may or may not conclude with an adult beverage. Details below.
Marathon Training Runs
Hannaford Training Runs
Saturdays, March 2, 2013 – May 25, 2013
March 2 – April 6: Hannaford Supermarket, 218 Hannaford Drive (off Shelburne Road), South Burlington, VT. Meet in the entryway.
April 13 – May 25: Hannaford Supermarket, 1127 North Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401. Meet in the entryway.
Runs will follow a traditional marathon training plan with distances as follows:
- April 6, 2013: 15 miles
- April 13, 2013: 17 miles
- April 20, 2013: 18-19 miles
- April 27, 2013: 20 miles
- May 4, 2013: 21-22 miles
- May 11, 2013: 22 miles
- May 18, 2013: 10 miles
- May 25, 2013: 2.6 miles (on your own)
Post-workout goody bags for all runners provided by Hannaford will include water, fruit and chocolate milk.
Runs led by RunVermont’s Joy Dubin Grossman. All paces supported; runners will be provided a map with the route each week. Email Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call RunVermont at 802-863-8412.
SkiRack/GMAA Long Runs
- Join us for 13 miles on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:30 am
- Join us for 18 miles on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 8:30 am
SkiRack, 85 Main Street, Burlington, VT
Water/Gatorade every 3 miles. Bagels, bananas, hydration at the finish.
E-mail Howard Kalfus at email@example.com.
KBVCM SkiRack Pace Team Runs
- Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm, 4-6 miles
- Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 6:00 pm, 4-6 miles
SkiRack, 85 Main Street, Burlington, VT
Meet our Official KBVCM SkiRack Pace Leaders! All paces and abilities welcome.
FREE! Just come and run!
E-mail Jack Pilla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year-Round Community Runs
SkiRack Social Fun Runs
Every Thursday, 6:00 pm, 4ish miles
Meet inside the SkiRack, 85 Main Street, Burlington, VT
These runs are at an easy-to-moderate pace and often conclude with post-run drinks and socializing at a local watering hole. Questions: Contact the SkiRack Run Center at 658-3313.
Sunday Morning Runs
The Sunday Running Group, co-sponsored by RunVermont and Green Mountain Athletic Association, gathers every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. to do informal, casual groups runs from the The Edge on Eastwood Drive in South Burlington. There is no fee, no membership and no requirement to attend except as you can. The health club is available for the group to use before and after the run. As long as the Burlington Bike Path is clear the runs head out there for an out and back run of whatever distance you are up for. As the snow and ice accumulates the runs head onto city streets. Gatorade and bagels are available after the run. There is always a group introduction before beginning so you can find out who is going what pace and distance.
Every Sunday, 8am
Meet at The Edge on Eastwood Drive in South Burlington, inside the lobby.
(From Shelburne Rd. – turn onto Farrell then onto Eastwood)
Water, Gatorade, and bagels provided as well as use of the club before and after your run.
FREE! Just come and run!
“Run with Jan” Sunday Morning Runs
Every Sunday, 8:15 am (summer 7:45am)
All paces and distances welcome. Established in 2003 as a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training (TNT) fundraiser running group, the Run with Jan group expanded to also include TNT alumni, supporters, friends and visitors over the years. Runners provide their own drinks and/or sports gels.For more information, contact coach Jan Leja at email@example.com
CitySports Running Club
Sundays at 10:00am
City Sports, 35 Church Street, Burlington VT
Pacer-led, 3-mile and 5-mile loops
Water, granola bars, fruit. Lockers available; bring your own lock.
Contact Heather at CitySports 802-861-6300
This week we’re giving away one of my very favorite products: GARUKA BARS! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may recall the last time we had the opportunity to treat you to these all-natural, Vermont made bars of deliciousness. Admittedly, I wasn’t quite as ravenous when the box arrived this time but that didn’t stop me from tearing one open and downing it in a mere 6 bites. (Ok, maybe I was hungrier than I thought.)
Garuka Bars are made with only 8 ingredients: Vermont raw honey, peanut butter, 7 whole-grain flakes, dried cranberries, brown rice puffs, light brown sugar, whole peanuts, and a teeny tiny bit of Vermont’s own Cabot butter. Raw honey has been found to be one of the most effective sources of pre-exercise carbohydrates due to its readily combustible glucose carbs. Raw honey is also super low on the glycemic index, which means it provides relatively no peak or crash, just long-lasting consistent energy.
We have 5 packs of 6 Garuka bars each to give away!
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