Kingstowne Striders

Cheers, to Our Final Summer Month

A Message from the President:

Striders...August is here, which means Strides & Hops and track workouts will soon be coming to an end. I've enjoyed getting to see everyone at so many new locations - Port City this past week was a blast! Just because track and beer runs are wrapping up doesn't mean the club won't have more fun in store. Fall is approaching, and the board has been chatting about some fun opportunities for the coming months. In the meantime, we still have our regularly scheduled runs, and I look forward to seeing more faces out there - old and new. Here's to another great month of running!

See you out there,
Valerie Blaemire, Your President
"Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life." ~ Gertrude Stein

Remember to renew your membership! Remember to officially sign up and pay your dues if you are a new(yay!) member.  

here to sign up for a 2021 membership. 

Just a reminder your dues cover RRCA insurance and provides other awesome benefits as a member of the club. 

Tidewater Strider Marathon
 Spring Race
Tidewater Strider Marathon Spring Edition Race Report We can all sit back and agree that 2020 was a big fat flaming bag of dog poop, right? The whole time frame should have been sent down the garbage disposal in general but I especially know that so many of us had running goals that got postponed, rescheduled and eventually cancelled. My big goal for the fall of 2020 was to run a 50k. I felt so wonderful after my first marathon at Richmond in 2019, my head swelled with hubris and I was positive that I would be able to attain this goal. HA. As if. When the lockdown began in March I started taking my toddler for a stroller run every day. I needed to chip away at the time and burn off enough energy to be able to sleep at night. Unfortunately I got ahead of myself and wound up falling and spraining an ankle. My physical therapist later raised the obvious issue - I’d been exclusively running for years and completely ignoring any cross training or strength program and (surprise!) it finally caught up with me. After a few weeks in a boot, and then weeks of PT before being allowed to run again I approached running with a gratitude, and a commitment to strength-training, that I’ve never had before. I felt great and applied myself throughout the fall and winter. Every few weeks I would scan local race calendars looking for small, local events but never found something to commit to. The snow and ice of February chased me back indoors. I was far too nervous that I would slip on the ice and sprain something new to run more than a few times those months. Despite January & February’s minimal amount of miles logged I took the plunge and signed up for the Tidewater Striders Spring Marathon in Chesapeake, VA in the Dismal Swamp. After a mere 8 weeks of following a training plan I showed up at the starting line. The course was so simple - an absolutely flat, straight 6.5 mile out & back. Half marathoners would go out once, marathoners would do it twice. I was hoping to just finish given my choppy and incomplete training regimen but as Stephen Gunderson mentioned in his report “just finishing” as a goal was a lie. I wanted to PR from my Richmond time of 4:40. I figured if I were lucky I could beat it by about 10 seconds, and I would have been thrilled with that! The course was so unbelievably forgiving that after my first 6.5 miles (at the first turn around point) I decided to just open it up and see what I could do. I shut off my podcast and pumped up my speedwork playlist. I felt incredible. Lizzo was personally in my ears believing in me and cranking up my cadence. This joy lasted all the way until mile 23 when my quads and knees hit the wall. I queued up a Peloton outdoor training run and used it for run/walk intervals. After those final 3 jello-legged, interminable miles I was ecstatic to see that I crossed the finish line at 4:19:58. A huge PR. After only 8 weeks of dedicated marathon training! Unfortunately after a quick shower I had to drive back to Alexandria and I can truly say that the 5 hour (thanks, permanent traffic in Fredricksburg) car ride was unequivocally the worst part of the day. All in all, I offer up a 5 star review to the Tidewater Striders. The event was lovely and so easy to get to. Parking was right at the start line! When does that happen at any DC event?! Check-in was easy, the course was so straightforward (HIGHLY recommend if you're chasing a tight PR!) And the shirt and medal are awesome. I look forward to a return to normal and am so grateful that we can all run together and celebrate each other's accomplishments once again. I’m going to keep chasing PRs, maybe I’ll pin down another one this November in Richmond after finishing a complete 20 week training plan. Keep running & I'll see you out there, Striders!
Thanks for sharing your experience Anna!!  
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Calling All Volunteers

Marine Corps Marathon
October 31, 2021 at 9am
 We've been invited to Adopt Mile 6 of the 44th Marine Corps Marathon Course! We need a minimum of 18 people to give up a few hours of their day on the 31st!. 
The club receives a financial contribution for the volunteering, which is very helpful for the club!

Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler & 5k
Opportunities from September 10-12th, 2021
What you get as a volunteer:
- gift for each volunteer
               - guaranteed entry for 2022 race
        - short sleeve volunteer shirt
To volunteer use the link in the FB event
Track Season is Winding Down...

Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm the club meets at Edison High School for track workouts.  This year is a bit different, we have a rotation of coaches.  Typically, the coach posts the workout in the Facebook in advance.  

All levels and training requirements welcome!  Coaches can modify the workout to fit individual goals, just ask! 

These workouts get very toasty, as do most in the summer, so be sure to hydrate and scale if necessary. 
Here is an article from RRCA with helpful tips on running in the heat. 

For additional details and to RSVP, see the Facebook events.


Starting June 17th, every other Thursday now rotates through a few local breweries for the next couple of months.  

Here is the remaining schedule: 

     August 12: Fair Winds Brewing Company
     August 26: Aslin Beer Company

This is our replacement for our traditional Strides and Hops.  Fair Winds is in the rotation, so come on out and come thirsty!!

These are informal runs and not affiliated with the brewery. 


Fall races are coming, and it is SUPER exciting!!  If you are planning to run any races in the fall be sure to drop a comment on the pinned announcement in Facebook

We like to keep track of each other's races for moral support, information sharing, and race day coordination (if there are a few people doing a particular race).  So feel free to let us know so we can rebuild our running community post-COVID. 
Stay in the loop.  See our Google Calendar to keep track of run details and other events. 

Group runs continue to be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tuesday runs will end shortly as summer track is ending soon.

Feel free to schedule impromptu runs on your own or through Facebook.  

Throughout the summer Tuesday track days will be added to the calendar and Thursdays will rotate to include local breweries

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