Archive for January, 2014

Thursday 1/30/2014

January 30, 2014

Your nomination for Shipmate of the Year will be accepted through tomorrow (Friday, January 31st).  Please let your voice be heard!

We have exactly half the number of volunteers we need to hang notices on doors along the marathon route NEXT Saturday.  Fill ‘er up!

The Workout – 5 mile tempo

News – there will be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am on Saturday.  On the trail this week for 12 or 13 miles.  Breakfast at El Gallo (2910 S Congress) at 9:19:47 am.

Run every chance you get!

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Tuesday 1/28/2014

January 29, 2014

Many thanks to Heather for setting up yet another fabulously attended happy hour!

February is upon us and that means A LOT of activity aboard the Ship.  Below, in order, are the things we customarily do over the next few weeks:

Saturday, February 8th (post long run) – we hang flyers on the doors of residences along the marathon route letting them know that the race will impact their Sunday.  We need roughly 15 people to pull this off.  With that number of folks we usually get it done in a little over an hour.  We do the Saturday morning long run as scheduled, head to breakfast, someone from Conley Sports (usually Phil) meets us at around 10:30 at the breakfast spot, we review the map, break into small groups, and divide/conquer.  Easy!  Email me if you can help.  Breakfast is FREE for volunteers and there is usually a t-shirt in it for you as well (so please send your shirt size when you email me).

Friday, February 14th – the annual Ship Marathon Party!  It has become somewhat of a tradition to convene at my house on the Friday before the marathon to eat lasagna, bread, salad, dessert, and drink (water/gatorade/Shiner).  The group has grown over the years but the party typically maxes out at about 50 (unless I’m extra nice to my wife for the next couple of weeks…in which case we can push it to 60…in which case we should plan on it being limited to 50).  If you’re on the “runners@countyline.com” email list you will receive an invitation in the next couple of days.  The invite will have a hard cap so RSVP early if you’d like to attend.  A few questions come up frequently so let me try to address those here briefly.  Kids?  The short answer is “yes”, if you must, with the following caveat…your kiddo displaces a shipmate.  If you’re ok with that then I don’t have a problem with it either.  I may even like your child more than the shipmate they displaced so it could be a win/win.  What can you bring?  Nothing.  My lovely bride will cook enough lasagna (both meatie and veggie) to feed a small army.  Even with Eric (the reigning Juan-in-a-Million champ) Mata and Chris (side dish) Prairie in attendance I will be eating leftover lasagna for weeks.  We will also have plenty of the aforementioned water/gatorade/Shiner.  If you prefer wine or yellow beer you might want to bring your own.  Otherwise we have you covered.

Friday, February 14th (part two) – at the annual marathon party we will recognize some folks (or maybe just one folk) who should be recognized for their efforts over the prior year in keeping the ship afloat or, perhaps, their body of work over a much longer period than an arbitrary year.  In addition to much praise and adoration, we customarily bestow said group and/or individual with a gift or series of gifts that may appear wholly disproportionate to their contribution.  Recent examples include, but are not limited to, kick ass rain jackets, first class airline tickets to Hawaii, heaping piles of cash, or all of the above.  If you’d like to contribute to the pot please slide your cash/check/money order to either Coach Al or myself between now and the 14th.  How much?  Whatever you can comfortably part with.  Colin insists that I let you all know that you should be fully funding your 401k (especially if your company has a generous match) prior to making this gift.  Thank you for your consideration of this fine tradition!

The Workout – 8 x 800

News – there will be a hill workout on Thursday (5 mile tempo).  There will be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am on Saturday.  On the trail this week for 12 or 13 miles.  Breakfast at El Gallo (2910 S Congress) at 9:19:47 am.

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 1/23/2014

January 24, 2014

It doesn’t happen often but Thursday evening’s workout was canceled due to WINTER STORM – 2014 (emphasis mine).  Did anyone show up anyway?  I bet they did!  Way to coach, Al!

The Workout – canceled (but would have been a 7 mile tempo)

News – there will be a long run on Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  Off the trail this week for 10 miles or 20 miles (T minus three weeks to Austin).  There will be water or gatorade at the following spots:

Mile 2 (everyone) – the rock (water)
Mile 5 (everyone) – Mountain Laurel/Exposition (gatorade)
Mile 7.6 (half marathoners only) – 29th/Rio Grande (water)
Mile 9 (marathoners only) – Bullard/Great Northern (water)
Mile 13 (marathoners only) – Arroyo Seco/Bullard (gatorade)
Mile 16 (marathoners only) – 38th/Duval (gatorade)

Breakfast at Waterloo (1106 West 38th) whenever you get there.

Run every chance you get!

Tuesday 1/21/2014

January 21, 2014

Way to rack up the PRs and high age-group finishes in Houston, at 3M, and in Louisiana!  Sandy pulled off a remarkable 1st in age group in the 5k on Saturday and followed that up with a 1st in age group in the marathon!  What??  You heard right!  Way to coach, Al!

The Workout – 10 x 400 (some with a partner, some without)

News – there will be a hill workout on Thursday (7 mile tempo).  There will be a long run on Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  Off the trail this week for 10 miles or 20 miles (more marathon practice).  There will be water or gatorade at the following spots:

Mile 2 (everyone) – the rock (water)
Mile 5 (everyone) – Mountain Laurel/Exposition (gatorade)
Mile 7.6 (half marathoners only) – 29th/Rio Grande (water)
Mile 9 (marathoners only) – Bullard/Great Northern (water)
Mile 13 (marathoners only) – Arroyo Seco/Bullard (gatorade)
Mile 16 (marathoners only) – 38th/Duval (gatorade)

Breakfast TBA.

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 1/16/2014

January 16, 2014

Cast your ballot for Shipmate of the Year!  Call your shot if you’re racing this weekend by emailing Coach Al!

The Workout – 10 mile tempo (twice) or 5 mile tempo (once)

News – there will be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am Saturday.  On the trail this week for 15 miles (assuming you’re not running Houston, Louisiana, or 3M).  Breakfast wherever those in attendance want to eat at whatever time they want to go.

Run every chance you get!

Tuesday 1/14/2014

January 15, 2014

It’s time to cast your official ballot for Shipmate of the Year!  Please click here, type your name, your email address, who you’re nominating, and why.  One vote!

The Workout – 3 x 1600

News – there will be a hill workout on Thursday (full marathoners scheduled for a 10 mile tempo and will do the route as mapped twice, half marathoners are scheduled for a 4 mile tempo and will do the same route as mapped once and cut across at River Road…or do five).  There will be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am Saturday.  On the trail this week for 15 miles (assuming you’re not running Houston, Louisiana, or 3M).  Breakfast TBA (but won’t be Dario’s).

Good luck to everyone doing Houston, Louisiana, and 3M!  Let’s see some PRs!!

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 1/9/2014

January 9, 2014

SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, February 14, 2014, is the annual Ship Marathon Party.  You might want to begin the process of stretching your stomach so that you’re sure to get your money’s worth on the big day.  More info to follow!

The Workout – 5 mile tempo

News – there will be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am Saturday morning.  Off the trail this week for 10 miles or 20 miles (more marathon practice).  There will be water or gatorade at the following spots:

Mile 2 (everyone) – the rock (water)
Mile 5 (everyone) – Mountain Laurel/Exposition (gatorade)
Mile 7.6 (half marathoners only) – 29th/Rio Grande (water)
Mile 9 (marathoners only) – Bullard/Great Northern (water)
Mile 13 (marathoners only) – Arroyo Seco/Bullard (gatorade)
Mile 16 (marathoners only) – 38th/Duval (gatorade)

Breakfast at Little Mexico whenever you get there.

Run every chance you get!

Tuesday 1/7/2014

January 7, 2014

The group was HUGE tonight.  Hard to say if it was due to Dr. Jonathan from Performance Wellness, New Year’s Resolutions, or the fact that the annual marathon party is just around the corner.  Way to coach, Al!

The Workout – 1000, 2000, 1000, 1000

News – there will be a hill workout on Thursday (5 mile tempo).  There will be a long run departing the zero at 7:00:00 am Saturday morning.  Off the trail this week for 10 miles or 20 miles (more marathon practice).  Breakfast at Little Mexico whenever you get there.

Run every chance you get!

Thursday 1/2/2014

January 2, 2014

2014 is a strange thing to write.  While it is somewhat sad to close the door on 2013 (it was on ok year on many fronts)…2014 could and should be even better!  Way to coach, Al!!

The Workout – 10 mile tempo (the map x 2)

News – there will be a long run on Saturday departing the zero at 7:00:00 am.  On the trail this week for 14 or 15 miles.  Breakfast at Cafe Express (3418 N Lamar) at 9:51:12 am.

Run every chance you get!