2008 running goals

What are your goals for 2008?  Writing down your goals and sharing your goals are good ways to help keep you on track.  And maybe motivate others.  So who would like to share your goals for 2008? 

2007 review

Time to look back and review the past year of running.  Did you accomplish your goals?  Any running or racing highlights or stories you’d like to share?

Great Lengths Race – New Years Day

by Bill Radcliffe 

Here’s a great way to kick off your running and fitness program in 2008 – come participate in the Great Length’s Race at the Glenn Dale Community Center Noon on New Year’s Day.

In honor of the New Year you have a choice of running 2008 Fathoms or 2008 Rods. The Fathoms translate to 2.3 miles, which adds 500 yards to a basic 2 mile run. If you want to run longer, 2008 Rods on the WB&A Trail comes out to 6.28 miles (about 150 yards longer than a 10K run). You don’t have to worry about retiring early New Year’s Eve; starting time is conveniently set for 12:00 Noon, with registration commencing at 11:00AM. If you are hung over, this would be your best medicine!

This is a fun run. Families are welcome, and there is no registration fee. We will have refreshments and modest age-group prizes for men and women 16-49 years and 50 years and over.

The MNPPC Park Police are co-sponsoring this event with us. Although the Community Center building will be closed, the staff has been helpful, and they are graciously providing a portable toilet for the event.

Directions are easy. From Greenbelt and vicinity drive on Greenbelt Boulevard toward Upper Marlboro. After Good Luck Road it becomes Glenn Dale Boulevard . Keep going and you will see the entrance to the Glenn Dale Community Center opposite the fire station. If you reach Route 450 Annapolis road, you have gone too far.

Coming from the south, proceed north on Enterprise Road , cross Rte. 450 Annapolis Road, and look for the fire station on the right and Glenn Dale Community Center on the left. From east or west turn north on Glenn Dale Boulevard from Annapolis Road . Once in the Community Center head to the parking lot on the left alongside the splash pool.

Hope to see you all there!

Bill, Emily, and Don

Thursday holiday lights run reports

by Cindy Cohen

Holiday run #2 report —Last night, Ben, Kent, John, and I met over at Lucy’s house for Holiday Lights Run #2.  Adorned with santa hats, clangy jingle bells, and flashing lights, we ran through the beautifully lit Hyattsville neighborhood, on the way picking up Laurie at her house.  Then, Laurie led us on a twisting turning route past many decorated houses (inflatable Santas, snowglobes, and animals seem to be all the rage this year).  We found a suitable hill, and did four repeats (per Emily’s 10 mile challenge training schedule).  Then, after an hour long run, we made our way back to Lucy’s.  Lucy (who is looking very well after her recent surgery) was a superb hostess and served up many delicious treats- pizza, crab dip, cheese & crackers, cookies, and more- to replenish the calories we used running (plus a few extra for Saturdays workout).

Holiday run #1 report– The week before, we met at Kent’s house to enjoy and evaluate the holiday lights of Lanham.  The running crew for this expedition was Craig, Emily, Kent, John, Patty, and me.  After a fun run around Kent’s neighborhood, and up some killer hills, we enjoyed delicious hot chocolate back at Kent’s house.

Thank you Kent and Lucy for hosting us! 

Celtic Solstice 5M race report

by John Giamalva

Saturday, four PGRC runners took part in the Celtic winter Solstice 5-mile race in Baltimore. Laurie Fisher, John Giamalva, Clare Imholtz, and Emily McLaughlin ran. Cindy Cohen was to join them but came down with a cold just a day or two before the race.
Thanks are due to the race director and organizers who put on a great race that draws more runners every year. This year it was a little below freezing at the start, but the hot coffee and apple cider available before the race warmed up our insides and the big tent with 1500 people in it kept our outsides from getting too cold. Once the race got started, it was not so cold except for my feet which took a while to thaw out. The course has some hills but not as bad as Greenbelt Park. After the race there was hot soup and bread. All the PGRC runners finished in good shape and I think we all finished ahead of the juggler. I took a cheap disposable camera with me on the run, and as soon as I get the photos developed I will post them as well. (If they come out.)

Runner Chip time
Laurie Fisher 49:53.40
John Giamalva 43:12.25
Clare Imholtz 52:34.20
Emily McLaughlin 50:50.30

Club Challenge 10 miler- 2/24/08

by Emily McLaughlin

Hey PGRCers –

This winter I will be organizing our 10-miler club challenge team for the race on February 24th, 2008. We need 15 club member to have a team: this is our goal! We will not be able to be competitive with some of the stellar running clubs in the area (Baltimore, Howard County, etc.); however we want to have PGRC represented at this event. Now that we have club shirts, we are going to look good too!

So far, some club members have expressed interest and have asked for a training plan to follow. I have outlined a suggested plan for the next 10 weeks to get you ready for the run. Remember, no matter what your pace, we want you to participate!

I will be leading the longer runs on Saturday mornings (as on the attached schedule – excel spreadsheet) and we will probably split up into a few different pace groups based on the current interest of our members.

After the holidays we are also planning on fitting some Hill workouts in on our Thursday runs!

Please see the attached schedule and let me know if you are interested. This is a great way to stay in shape for the winter months 🙂


Emily 🙂

P.S. I won’t be leading any longer runs until the first weekend in January (6.5 miles) because I am running the Celtic Solstice 5 miler this Saturday and then I am off to PA for the holidays. However… you should try your best to be ready for 6 miles at the Great Lengths fun run on New Year’s Day!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation

checkpresentation.jpgOn December 1, 2007, PGRC presented Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area with a check for $1,125.96 from the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 5K race. Shown in photo (from left) are Don Proctor (PGRC treasurer), Bill Radcliffe (PGRC Vice President), Lucy Younes (Race Director), Cindy Cohen (PGRC president), Dianne Brown (BBSNCA), Emily McLaughlin (PGRC Secretary), and Nick Panebianco (BBSNCA and PGRC).

Thursday un-track report

Last Thursday, John, Emily, and I braved the ice to run around the College Park neighborhood next to the metro station. Actually, the roads weren’t too icy, and it turned out to be a nice evening for running.

This Thursday, we’ll have our “holiday lights” run from Kent’s house. Dress up in your favorite holiday run gear. Kent & I will supply jingle bells for your shoes. We’ll meet at the usual spot (College Park ice arena parking lot) at 6 pm and then drive over to Kent’s house. Or you can drive directly to Kent’s and meet at 6:15. Hot chocolate at Kent’s after the run. Who will be joining us?

Who is running Tuesday night at the track? Track workouts are the perfect way to keep off those holiday pounds.

Please add your comments and let us know you’re out there.

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