HalfWits is over, looking ahead to SRRC events the rest of 2017…

HalfWits is over, looking ahead to SRRC events the rest of 2017…

Thanks again to everyone for coming out to the fun run and breakfast party! There were over 60 HalfWits & volunteers celebrating. We hope that you’re recovering well from the race. Remember that HalfWits is just the *beginning* of training each year. There are many ways to stay involved with club activities, whether it’s running or volunteering at SRRC races, participating in the various group runs, or attending social events. We’ve already mentioned the Boston Marathon documentary tomorrow night at the Legacy Theatre, and the Derby de Mayo is coming up on Saturday, May 6th. This page will likely have no further updates until late December of 2017, so make sure you stay connected via any of the links below.

We’ve enjoyed another year of leading this group and hope you enjoyed it as well. As always, we welcome feedback and suggestions for how we can improve the HalfWits experience. Feel free to send a message via fb, e-mail, or talk to us at any SRRC event. A special thanks to whoever dropped the brown paper envelope “comment” card in the suggestion box yesterday! =) -xoxo Kristina & Stephen

In the meantime, keep your eyes on the club’s website for updates on events and programs.
http://srrc.net

You can also join in on the conversation about weekly runs and other things on the SRRC Members Group on fb:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/srrc.net/

Susan Becker is leading the Speed Work group, which is starting this Wednesday, April 19th 5:45pm. You can see her workout plans and updates on the club’s training site:
http://training.srrc.net/category/speedwork

And if you don’t already know, Abe’s Army will be starting in May. You can choose to be a participant and train with a small group of runners of similar abilities, or volunteer your time as a group leader to help others achieve the goal of running the Abe’s Amble 10k race in August. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Joining Abe’s Army is a great way to participate in weekly group runs, to meet fellow SRRC members, and to get more involved in the club.

https://www.facebook.com/SRRCAbesArmy/

HalfWits/LPHM Volunteer Fun Run & Breakfast Party, SAT 04/15/2017, Cafe Moxo 7:30am

Hi everyone, we’re getting excited about the fun run and breakfast party, hope you are too!
 
The fun run starts at 7:30 am, there will be one water stop in Lincoln Park. If you want to add a little mileage, you can run into Oak Ridge Cemetery. If you don’t feel like running 5 miles, turn back whenever you like. =)
 
 
The food will be served at Cafe Moxo at 8:30am. We’ve printed the registration list and will have it on a table along w/ name tags and a suggestion box.
 
Please do us a favor and check in to the party by writing your initials next to your name. We would like an accurate record of attendance to help with planning for next year.
 
If you did not register by Monday, please send us a message ASAP so that we can make any adjustments to the food we ordered, if necessary.
 
See you all soon!

REMINDER: register for HalfWits/LPHM Volunteers breakfast

REMINDER: If you plan to attend the HalfWits/LPHM Volunteers breakfast, please RSVP to the event by the end of day Monday, April 10th, by registering for free using the following link:
 
 
We want to make sure we order the proper amount of delicious Cafe Moxo food for everyone, so your cooperation is appreciated.

WEEK 13.1

WEEK 13.1
Congratulations again to everyone who raced on Saturday and thank you to all who volunteered! We are always looking to improve the HalfWits experience and welcome any feedback and suggestions. You can post on the HalfWits fb page or send a message with your comments. If you’d like to give feedback anonymously, we’ll have a suggestion box at the breakfast party.

Speaking of which, don’t forget to sign up for the post-race fun run and breakfast for HalfWits & LPHM Volunteers, which will be at Cafe Moxo on Sat 04/15. Fun run at 7:30am, food served at 8:30am. You don’t have to do the fun run to attend the breakfast, but to attend the breakfast, you must either be a current SRRC member for 2017 or have volunteered for the 2017 Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 10th, by registering for FREE at the following page:

https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126725

To check whether you’re currently a member, you can look up your registrations on GMR:
https://secure.getmeregistered.com/confirm.php#top

The Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon kicked off the 2017 SRRC race season. Check the club’s website for a full list of races at: http://srrc.net/race/ What’s next for you?! This HalfWits page will go quiet after April and will likely have no updates until December.

It’s a good idea to visit srrc.net regularly and to follow SRRC on facebook and join the SRRC Members Group on facebook to get updates on club activities. There are a lot of ways to stay involved–informal group runs are set to start this Saturday 7:30am at IDOT to run the Lost Bridge Trail!

RACE DAY IS HERE!

LET’S GO, HALFWITS! Have a great race!

WEEK 12, RUN 1, TUE 3/28/17: EASY RUN

We had a nice gathering of about 30 HalfWits enjoying a lovely evening for the last group run of this 2017 training season! See you on Thursday night for packet stuffing, or Friday for packet pick up, or Saturday for the race!

WEEK 12, RUN 1, TUE 3/28/17: EASY RUN

Meet at Washington Park playground pavilion at 5:45pm. This will be our last group run. Easy 3-5 miles.
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/halfwits-weeknight-meetingplace-washpark.jpg

We’ll start with running directly to Wiggins St. and exit the park, run south on Wiggins, turn left on Ash, turn left on Park and run back into the park, turn right after you enter the park and run the big loop. That’s a little over 3 miles. You can add a big loop after that for 5 miles. Water will be at the playground pavilion.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6829308

Easy means *easy*–have fun, enjoy the warmer weather! You’ve put in the work, this week is all about staying loose and resting for the race.

2017 Membership registration is now available at http://srrc.net/join/
Non-members must sign the waiver.
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Non-MemberWaiver.pdf

Please read HalfWits-101 for our policies, training schedules, and FAQs: http://training.srrc.net/half-wits#halfwits101

WEEK 11 LAST LONG RUN, SATURDAY 03/25/17: 12 & 10 MILES, CAFE MOXO, 7:30AM.

Congratulations to everyone for completing the HalfWits training season! You’ve put in the hard work up until now, so take it easy next week. Keep your workouts light and focus on eating well, staying loose, and getting good sleep. Thank you all for showing up every week and making these group runs what they are.

On Tuesday night (03/28) the workout is an easy 3-5 miles, we’ll get out of the park and run through Leland Grove. On Thursday (03/30) you should do an easy run on your own–that evening is packet stuffing at 5pm at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential hotel, which is the red brick building at the northeast corner of 7th & Adams downtown. You can most directly access the first floor ballroom from the 7th st entrance, which is on the *west* side of the building. Attendance on Thursday is not mandatory, but volunteering for SRRC events is a great way to contribute to the club. In addition, if you’re interested in the Points or Participation Series, volunteering is an essential component of those programs.


WEEK 11 LAST LONG RUN, SATURDAY 03/25/17: 12 & 10 MILES, CAFE MOXO, 7:30AM.

This is it, the last long run of the HalfWits 2017 training season! It’s one more opportunity to practice your pre-race nutrition and morning routine. The forecast is for warm temps and we might have an opportunity to test another race outfit for different conditions. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in the morning. Good luck to everyone racing out-of-town this weekend!

12-mile: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19563509
10-mile: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19563648

All our Saturday runs will be on open roads, please review the RRCA Safety Guidelines, with a few highlights below:
http://www.rrca.org/education/guidelines-for-leading-a-group-run

Please abide by the following recommended group run safety rules for open roads:

  • use caution and obey traffic signals
  • run no more than two people abreast
  • when possible, run against traffic on the left side of the road
  • run on the sidewalk as traffic volume dictates
  • please *no headphones* when running on open roads
  • no dogs

Watch out for each other, call out cars, and do not follow other runners blindly through intersections.

Non-members must sign a waiver before participating in any HalfWits run:
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Non-MemberWaiver.pdf
You can join or renew your membership at http://srrc.net/join/

Please read HalfWits-101 for our policies, training schedules, and FAQs: http://training.srrc.net/half-wits#halfwits101

WEEK 11, RUN 2, THU 03/23/17: PACE RUN

WEEK 11, RUN 2, THU 03/23/17: PACE RUN

Meet at Washington Park playground pavilion at 5:45pm.
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/halfwits-weeknight-meetingplace-washpark.jpg

The schedule calls for 6-8 miles.
Schedule A (6mi): 3 big loops
Schedule B (8mi): 4 big loops

We’ll run the loops clockwise. 1-mile warm up, increase to goal HMP for the middle part of your run, 1-mile cool down. This is the last specific workout of the HalfWits training season! Next Tue is an easy run and next Thu is packet stuffing downtown in the first floor ballroom at the Abraham Lincoln Doubletree hotel (the red brick building on the NE corner of 7th & Adams).

big loop: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3980038
small loop: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3980029

The loops in the park are a little short because of the bridge construction, so you will likely finish with less than 6 or 8 miles. Run a little before or after the workout if you’re the type that likes round numbers. Water will be at the playground pavilion. You should wear bright/reflective clothing along with a headlamp and blinky lights.

SIGN UP for the HalfWits & LPHM Volunteer Fun Run breakfast party at Cafe Moxo 04/15:
https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126725

2017 Membership registration is now available at http://srrc.net/join/
If you aren’t a current SRRC member, please sign the waiver at the water cooler.
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Non-MemberWaiver.pdf

Please read HalfWits-101 for our policies, training schedules, and FAQs: http://training.srrc.net/half-wits#halfwits101

WEEK 11, RUN 1, TUE 03/21/17: LINCOLN HILLS

The HalfWits got out of Washington park to do their final hill workout last night! Great job to everyone, there were about 50+ of you including the #EarlyWits! This what we have left: Thu final pace run, Sat 10 or 12 miler, next Tue easy run, next Thu no group run, just packet stuffing.

You’ve done the work these past couple months, trust that your training will get you through the LPHM. Next week is a taper week–focus on easy running, staying loose w/ mobility work, and eating & sleeping well. Don’t try to cram for the test if you haven’t been running as consistently as you would like.

All the links for the following items have been posted already:

  • Online registration for LPHM closes Thu night
  • Volunteer for LPHM
  • HalfWits LPHM Volunteer Party 04/15
  • Join/renew SRRC Membership
  • Look on SRRC site or fb page for several upcoming socials

WEEK 11, RUN 1, TUE 03/21/17: LINCOLN HILLS

Meet at Washington Park playground pavilion at 5:45pm.
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/halfwits-weeknight-meetingplace-washpark.jpg

Now that we have more daylight in the evening we will do something a little different and get out of Washington Park for this Tuesday’s run. The route will be an out-and-back on Lincoln to Calhoun:

Run the big loop counter-clockwise from the playground pavilion to Lincoln Ave, then:

  • Turn right and run north on Lincoln until you reach the top of the Lincoln-Calhoun hill
  • Turn around at the top of the hill and run south on Lincoln back to the park
  • Turn right and run the big loop counter-clockwise until you return to the pavilion

The total for the out-and-back route is about 5 miles. If you would like to add extra mileage, you could run additional loops in the park.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6824585

Even though we should have daylight for most of the run, we recommend wearing reflective clothing and bringing your headlamps and lights just in case you’ll need them. We will be running on streets open to traffic so please use caution and obey all traffic signals.

2017 Membership registration is now available at http://srrc.net/join/
Non-members must sign the waiver.
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Non-MemberWaiver.pdf

Please read HalfWits-101 for our policies, training schedules, and FAQs: http://training.srrc.net/half-wits#halfwits101

WEEK 10 LONG RUN, SATURDAY 03/18/17: 11 & 14 MILES, CAFE MOXO, 7:30AM.

We had a great turnout for a somewhat chilly & windy day, about 95 HalfWits running the LPHM course in reverse! Nice work on the double digit mileage. Congratulations on completing week 10 of training, we have just one more week of workouts left before tapering for the race. Thanks to everyone who helped put out race signs on the course.

We just received the latest SRRC Newsletter this afternoon and it’s full of great articles. Receiving the newsletter, participating in training groups like the HalfWits, and attending free socials are just some of the many benefits of being an SRRC member! Speaking of socials, the newsletter lists several upcoming socials, and you should save the date for the HalfWits & LPHM volunteer appreciation breakfast at Cafe Moxo on the morning of Sat, April 15th. We’ll post details and a registration link for the event soon.

http://srrc.net/join

WEEK 10 LONG RUN, SATURDAY 03/18/17: 11 & 14 MILES, CAFE MOXO, 7:30AM.

We are two weeks away from the race! This weekend is another good opportunity to practice your pre-race routine and to test your race outfit/gear. Please review the routes before Saturday and print or memorize the map & turn-by-turn directions if you are not familiar with the streets. There will be three water stops: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Washington Park (accessible twice), and Cafe Moxo.

11-mile: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19563417
14-mile: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19590462

All our Saturday runs will be on open roads, please review the RRCA Safety Guidelines, with a few highlights below:
http://www.rrca.org/education/guidelines-for-leading-a-group-run

Please abide by the following recommended group run safety rules for open roads:

  • use caution and obey traffic signals
  • run no more than two people abreast
  • when possible, run against traffic on the left side of the road
  • run on the sidewalk as traffic volume dictates
  • please *no headphones* when running on open roads
  • no dogs

Watch out for each other, call out cars, and do not follow other runners blindly through intersections.

Non-members must sign a waiver before participating in any HalfWits run:
http://training.srrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Non-MemberWaiver.pdf
You can join or renew your membership at http://srrc.net/join/

Please read HalfWits-101 for our policies, training schedules, and FAQs: http://training.srrc.net/half-wits#halfwits101