Welcome to the website of the Somerville Road Runners, Somerville Massachusetts' oldest running club. Bordering Boston and Cambridge, we're a motley crew that works hard, but doesn't let that get in the way of having a good time. SRR is a charitable, non-profit organization that sponsors many events a year including weekly runs, track workouts, annual races and even competitive but delicious cook-offs! Our club welcomes new members of all abilities. Read on to find out what we've been up to lately.
Where: 100 Foley Street, Assembly Square, Somerville MA (map)
When: Sunday, August 24th @ 9:30 a.m.
The Race to the Row will run through the Assembly Square District and along the Mystic River in a double loop, ending with a fun-filled post-party with live music and food and beverages provided by local businesses! Proceeds will be donated to the East Somerville Main Streets program and the Somerville TrackPAC.
Registration is now open at https://www.racemenu.com/racetotherow. Sign up now to ensure you get a race t-shirt.
SRR will pay your entries for the GMAA Labor Day 15k (Aug 31), or the City of Manchester Marathon (Nov 2nd), or both IF all of the following are true:
1. You are an SRR member
2. You are USATF-New England member ( http://www.usatf.org )
3. You have declared SRR as your USATF member club
You just need to get your name and info on to the right spreadsheet by the given deadline. If you do not get your info on to the appropriate spreadsheet(s) by the given cutoff dates, you will have to pay your own entry into the given races.
For the GMAA Labor Day 15k (Aug 31) you have until August 14th to enter your data here. If you are unable to access or edit this Google Doc spreadsheet, please contact Joe O'Leary (email@example.com) and we will get you on there.
Free registration (through SRR) for the Manchester City Marathon (Nov 2nd) is now closed.
Please understand that by placing yourself on either of these lists, you are making a commitment to race. That doesn't mean that we want anyone to run injured or anything but please think it through before making the club pay an entry fee.
Tonight we will meet in the Arlington Center Parking Lot for
a Marathon-Paced Workout on the Bike Path. This is the
same place we met for the Eastern Ave Hill workout a few weeks
ago. It's in sight of where the MinuteMan bike path crosses
I will make the announcements short to maximize our daylight time and then we will do the workout. After the workout, if you are interested, head over to the Blue Ribbon Barbeque in Arlington at 908 Mass Ave for some post-workout food. They do have vegetarian fare. They do not have beer.
Regardless of which workout you choose, you will be doing tempo segments on the bike path - one out and one back separated by a short recovery
Each segment should be at least 3 miles in length and should be at your goal marathon pace. If you are up to it, make the segements 4 miles in length. Marathon pace is not terribly easy but this workout SHOULD be manageable for 4 mile blocks. The recovery between should 2 minutes if your blocks are 3 miles and 3 minutes if your blocks are 4 miles. Note that this should be active recovery -- you should be jogging, do not just stand around - but it should be super easy. Then turn around and do the exact same segment coming back.
Non-fall-marathoners targeting longer races:
Each segment should be 2 miles and should be at your THRESHOLD pace. If you do not have a GPS watch you can try to use the markers on the path itself or simply run it by feel. The rest between each segment should be 2 minutes and you can be active or passive
Those targeting shorter races
Each segment should be 1 mile in length and should be fast. Like 5k race pace fast. You may take as much rest as you like. Let yourself be completely rested. But run FAST.
*** Races This Week ***
Congratulations to Shaun Miller who recently conquered the Vermont 50 Miler shattering a personal best by over half an hour on a challenging course.
This is just the latest in a growing SRR Ultra movement that has been going for a while but really seems to have gained momentum this year. Just a cursory scan of this years results shows: