Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
Those living in this area are fortunate in having access to multiple trails along the James River between The Bouleard Bridge, the Lee Bridge and Forest Hill Ave. Unfortunately, many runners do not know the "how to's" of running trails, or exactly where the trails are.
The trails (Buttermilk Trail, Forest Hill Park Trails, NorthBank Trails) are very accessible, well defined, regularly used by runners/cyclists/walkers, and safe. These trails are a GREAT resource and such a refreshing break from the same-old same-old road running. Trail running will develop your agility, give you a fartlek-quality workout, and is GOOD THERAPY!
We (local trail runners) would like to reach out to those of you that would like to try out trail running, and/or would like a guided run on the James River Park System's trails for the sake of familiarization. And no, you will not need to buy trail shoes! Just carry water if you'd like.
The Plan: We will lead a Trail Running For Beginners group at 8am on the first Saturday of each month if there is an interest. The runs will start and finish at the Pump House Road gravel parking lot behind The Boulevard Bridge toll plaza (adjacent to Byrd Park). The run will be for approx. 7 miles and will cater to your needs. The initial run is slated for January 7! Rain or Shine!
If you are interested in taking part in the 01/07/12 run at 8am, you MUST post a response to this email. Otherwise no one will be there to run with you! Please call if you need to.
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Mark, I think this is a wonderful idea! Unfortunately, there are a few training teams that run on Saturdays at 8 am, such as the Spring Marathon Training Team, the Advanced 10K Training Team and later in the month, the Monument Avenue 10K training teams. Any chance you might repeat this a little later in the year -- say the end of March, or pick a different time of week? I would really like to do it, but that time is a conflict for me.
Yes, we know that there is an overlap. Yikes! Never enough time! However, we plan to do this on the first Saturday of each month, so long as there is someone that wants it. It will be posted to the message board. Hope to run the trails with you...
I acutally like the time- not too early in the morning.
I actually wish it were every Sunday. Will we get other training material such as how to fuel up, recovery, etc. I am so new to all of this..
Trail running is like riding a bike. You've first gotta just get out there and try it, and each experience builds on those past. There are no training materials. This is for those that have some level of running experience, which they wish to enrich by adding a new dimension. Plus you'll come to know the local trails. The plan is to go out for 6-8 miles with each run. The only thing that is needed for certain is running shoes. Hand-carry water or a camelbak is suggested, but not necessary if you can go the distance without drinking. The intent is to get you on the trails and let the learning process begin. This is FUN!!! So please respond affirmatively if you'll be there on this coming Saturday at 8am. Otherwise, we will not be there. ps: you'll like it!!!
I have been wanting to learn these trails. I will check for Jan. 7th.
I'll be there if you are coming out to run. Just insure that I know...
I do my easy runs at 9:30-9:45 pace. If that pace is ok, then I will commit to be there at 8am.
The meeting place is at the gravel parking area across from Byrd Park? I think the Advance marathon team has met there in the past?
Your number is your mobile?
What if "you're not fast"? Are you referring to me or you? I can only give you what I've got. If you wer referring to yourself, I recommend that you be able to run 8'ish miles without difficulty or without walking. And let me know in advance if yopu'll be there on January 7.
I am interested very much! Sounds like fun. I need to get going for the Spring races too. Keep me posted. Right now, I am jogging 3 miles (about 13 min. mile). Is there any restrictions for Jan. 7th. I will walk probably 20 % of the 8 miles, but will do my best to jog as much as possible.
Thank you for sharing your pace,fitness, etc. The trail runs are around 7-8 mile. My gut response is that your background of jogging 3-miles won't get you through a 7-8 mile trail run. However, I would recommend that you come out, run 1.5 to 2 miles out with us and then retrace your steps back to the cars. I would love for you to dig deep and try to gut it out, but that may be setting you up for failure and having trail running leave a bad taste in your mouth. Thoughts?
Thanks for doing this and I wish I can join in the fun on Sat, but will coach with Adv 10K again this year. Any chance there's a repeat for a monthly on Sundays?