Central Maine Striders – Resurrection

Central Maine Striders’ Facebook page

The Central Maine Striders have a long and great tradition of being a big part of the running community in Central Maine, but the same as many other organizations and clubs in today’s world, membership and interest levels have waned and it has fallen on difficult times.

Last night I attended my first Central Maine Striders Running Club meeting, which was the first one that they have had since I became a member in February. While the club still is active and does a few races, it has become in the words of one long-time club member a Newsletter club, instead of the vibrant running club it once was.

This is really unfortunate and not the reason that I wanted to join. I joined because I wanted to meet other runners, develop friendships that go beyond running and give back to the local running community.

During the meeting we discussed ideas and strategies to resurrect the club and bring it back to being more than a Newsletter club. I enjoyed listening to the long-time club members talk about how it used to be and thought about how great it would be for it to be that way again. It will take a lot of work, to be sure, but I believe that it is something that would be so great for the Central Maine Running Community.

We decided that the first step would be to start group runs again and use the new Central Maine Striders’ Facebook page, to help Central Maine Runners connect with one another!

Our first Group run is scheduled for:

  • DATE: Sunday, October 28th

  • Time: 9:00 A.M.

  • Where: Colby’s Lower Parking Lot

  • Distance/Pace: TBD

We will figure the routes and paces that morning. Personally, I really hope that this group run idea is successful, that other runners from Central Maine start to show up and have some fun running with other local runners. We plan to keep up this group run schedule for the foreseeable future.

Do you have any ideas or other days that would be more convenient or better for running a group run? Please let us know or comment below.

Also do you have any memories or great stories about the Central Maine Striders that you would like to share. Eventually, we  are looking at setting up a Central Maine Striders’ blog and website and would love to include positive or funny stories about the club there.

I would love to meet some new runners or some veteran runnahs on Sunday to re-start the Central Maine Striders’ Group run :-).

See you Sunday Morning!!!

Running to Run Isn’t Enough Anymore

Photo by David Colby Young

I recently ran in my first road race in a long time and I learned a lot.

Since this was my first race in forever (September 2007), I didn’t know anyone there and mostly stood off to the side, watched and listened to what was going on around me. Yes I did talk with a few people and introduce myself to a few of the other runners, including fellow bloggers that were there, but I mainly watched and listened.

What did I learn? 

First

The easy camaraderie that existed between many of the runners who were there. It was very evident that they had known and competed against each other for several years. The smiles and greetings were genuine, you could tell that they were glad to see one another.

It was fun to watch and listen to the banter between the runners and how comfortable they were with one another. How they talked about their current injuries, gear they were using, how their training was going, how life was treating them, how slow they were going to go that day and all those other things that runners talk about when they haven’t seen each other in a while. Then after the race, the gory details of how they did, the race conditions and the other general complaints or discussions about what race they were going to do next. Continue reading

RunLog 11/13/11 – A Shitty Smell in the Air

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Another gorgeous November day in Central Maine, it was 57 degrees and sunny. The only problem was that the farmer up the road had 3 large loads of chicken manure delivered to his field to be spread and it has had a few days to ripen and boy has it.

The field is to the south of us and guess what direction the wind was from at about 10 mph – yep the south.  It was not an invigorating run, where you get to smell the fresh country air. I don’t mind cow manure, but chicken shit stinks!

But that is part of living in the country and we have put up with it every year for the past 10 years, so it isn’t something new, just something you deal with. Besides that same farmer is going to deliver 3-4 bucket loads of cow poop, to help with fertilizing our gardens, so I can’t complain too much.

For the run itself, I was tired. We had just walked Bennie 3.5 miles down to the Campbell Farm and I have run more this week than I have in a long time. I had thought about trying 4.0, so that I would go over 20 miles for the week, but I was too tired and don’t want to increase my mileage too much too soon.

The stench from the chicken shit didn’t bother too much, I still ran the 2.0 in under 18:00 minutes which is my goal to get and stay under a 9:00 pace most of the time. By next spring, I would like to see most of my training runs be around an 8:00 minute pace, I know that I can run that fast, have done it before. We will see how my knee holds up, but so far so good. After the first lap I took off the running jacket and just ran in shorts and a t-shirt felt good.

Wow!!!! I ran 18.2 miles this week, that is the most mileage I have run in a week for at least 3 years.  Yet I am sitting here and my knee is not bothering me at all, which is a good sign. Yes I am tired, but it is a good tired.

Quality of the run:  Good run, but nothing special.

Weight: 178
Temperature: 57

Originally written by Harold Shaw or Mary Shaw and published at One Foot In Reality, © 2011 – All Rights Reserved.

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