Monday, November 28, 2011

Join us for a little Jingle!

Strap on your jingle bells and your Santa hats and join us for a festive run through Landrum. This is the second year for the Jingle Bell Jog - a family friendly fun event. There are two courses; one 4 mile loop and a 2.5 mile loop. You and run or walk... or any combination of the two - just come!

When: Saturday, December 17th
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: The Mailroom 156 North Trade Avenue, Landrum, SC

The entry fee is at least one non-perishable food item. All donations will be given to The Haven Shelter in Spartanburg, SC.

Another plus is that all the runners and walkers are WINNERS. This event is not officially timed, but if you show up, bring an item and participant you are entered in a raffle to win one of many special prizes including; hats, pottery, race entries and baked goods. Oh, and the best part - coffee and homemade cookies and baked goods for all finishers to enjoy!!!

This is a FUN event. Please come out and enjoy the festivities!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Train Locally, Race Locally

Whether we are training in the early morning at the track at Harmon Field, gathering at Lake Lanier for a challenging loop run or bonding during our long runs down River Road we are taking in all the beautiful local scenery. If you haven't been to any of our weekly group runs you are missing out! We have runners of all ages, paces and abilities who come out to enjoy our community while encouraging and supporting each other. 

Now our club is expanding even more. We have several race directors in our club promoting their own home-grown races for local causes. 

The next race coming up is our very own Jingle Bell Jog in Landrum, SC. The entry fee is a canned good that will be donated to a local food bank. Come decked out in your holiday running gear on Saturday, December 17th at 8:00am. Meet at 156 North Trade Ave (The Mailroom) Landrum, SC.

We have lots of races coming up in 2012. Please check our race calendar below for more details and check back here closer to the race date for all the specifics.

Some of the causes we these races are supporting are:
  • Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce
  • Pacolet Area Conservancy
  • Go Girls
  • Foothills Humane Society
  • St. Luke's Hospital Foundation
  • Tuesday School
  • ALS Foundation
  • The Shepard's Feast
  • Boy Scouts
Running local races is a great way to stay in shape and help support the community!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ache or Ouch. Your Choice.

The 6th annual Ache Around the Lake or "The Ache" as it is commonly known around here is happening this Sat., Sept. 24th at scenic Lake Lanier in the Tryon/Landrum area. Great community event that welcomes runners, walkers, leashed dogs, and jog strollers to cover 4.97 miles (USATF-certified 8K) of fast hills. There is also a less challenging "Ouch" 2-mile fun run. Registration is still open online at Cost is $25 (either race).

Race Tidbits:

* Hand-sculpted awards by local artists Alex Trumble of Screaming Horse Iron Works and Mimi Pospisil will be given to OA, Masters, AG (3 deep) - Ache only.
* $100 Doggie Gift basket donated by Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital to fastest pooch-person team for the 8K
* Homemade cookies baked by members of the Congregational Church of Tryon
* Millard & Co. Challenge:  $250 Cash Prize for whomever breaks course record
* Registration is at 6:30 am - 7:30 am in the parking lot across from the Lake Lanier entrance on Hwy 176 in Tryon, NC.

For more information, visit Ache Around the Lake.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Training heats up!

As the summer gets hotter the runs are getting longer! That's what you get when you train for fall marathons! In an effort to beat the heat we are starting this Saturday's run at 6:00AM! Bright and early!

Date: Saturday 7/30/11
Time: 6:00AM
Where: Fairview Farms Rd., Landrum, SC

Some of us have to run 10 miles, but come join us for whatever distance you chose to run. The route is an out and back route so you can turn around at anytime.

See you there!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Check Out the Race Calendar!

We are so lucky to have so many races in our area to keep us moving and motivated.

Check out our google calendar below for training runs and area races. Don't forget our regular runs or run-walks at Harmon Field every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tuesday & Thursday at 5:30 a.m.

If you can't make the weekly Saturday run, try to join up with us at the Harmon Field track on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 5:30 a.m. We don't always do track work...many do their workouts around Harmon Field or Warrior or Vineyard Rd. The point is, we are working out in the same vicinity.

Check the calendar below for more meet-ups.

Friday, July 15, 2011

7 Miler off Skyuka Road in Columbus

Hope you can join us at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning (Sat. 7/16). We'll meet at the Senior Center and try to get 7 miles in. Most are doing long, slow run, but any pacing is welcome!

The address for the Senior Center is 75 Carmel Lane, Columbus. Coming from downtown Columbus, take Houston Road (between First Baptist Church and the King Law Firm). At the fork in the road, stay straight onto Skyuka Road. Look for the Polk County Senior Center on the left (it used to be Carolina Classical School). We'll park there.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hot, Fast and Fun on the 4th

We are really lucky to have so many terrific and challenging races in our area.

Today, some of the members of the Tryon Running Club ran the 2nd Annual Firecracker 5K in downtown Columbus, NC. Hats off to Race Director Ross Fox and his team of volunteers for organizing this fun event! Check out results:

Brian Jones, Scarlette Tapp, Kathryn Gillie & Craig Gillie

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

6th Annual Ache Around the Lake September 24th - Registration Open!

I'm inviting you to join us on Saturday, September 24th at 8:00 a.m. for a scenic run/walk around Lake Lanier. The 8K is certified and makes you "Ache" (in an accomplished way) and the "The Ouch" is a fast 2-Miler with a few hills...great for those that want a shorter course and kids (of all ages!). This is a benefit for our St. Luke's Hospital - our hometown hospital.

8K Awards for Overall and Masters, and 3-Deep in Age Groups. We also have an Award for Top Dog (fastest pooch and person team). 

Hope to see you at the finish!

Scarlette Tapp
Race Director

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lake Run Last Week

Thanks, Kim, for taking this terrific pic! Check our calendar below for more scenic training runs this summer.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Saturday Training Run - Firecracker 5K Route

Hope you can join us for a training run around the upcoming Firecracker 5K in Columbus, NC.

Park and meet at the Feagan Building at 8:00 a.m. Some members may go earlier to log more miles.

The Firecracker 5K is a terrific local race taking place on July 4th at 8:00 a.m. There will be a special $100 award for any male that breaks the previous course record of 15:28 set by Stuart Moran and a $100 award will be given to any female that breaks the course record of 18:49 set by Katie Gibson.

Here is the course map.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Extra Motivation

The 53 Runner’s Commandments
by Joe Kelly 

1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.
9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be  there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.
18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Don’t always run alone.
20. Don’t always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.
24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.
35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.
36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. “Winning” means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesn’t look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Don’t make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

5-Miler This Saturday at 8 a.m.

If you're not racing this weekend, please join us for a run around Lake Lanier Saturday, June 18th. If you haven't run or walked this route before, it's beautiful and challenging. If you are planning on doing Ache Around the Lake this year, you'll want to join us or come some other time this summer.

Meet at the Lake Lanier Tea House parking area. We'll leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. We'll break off into pace groups and will have a walking group, as well. Bring your pooch if you like!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

2nd Annual Running Clinic with Katie Malone

We are so lucky to have Coach Katie Malone as one of our club members. Katie spent time with us this morning reminding us of good running form and teaching us some trail running basics. The most important lesson - pick up those feet! Picking up the feet is important when running smooth roads to ensure proper form, but essential on trails to avoid tripping over rocks and roots (which a couple of us did!)

Hopefully the reminders on proper form will serve us well in the coming training months. Many of us are going to soon begin training for fall races. We will be spending many, many hot summer mornings logging miles to prepare us for the distances we need to run.  Happy training!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Next Sat. 3/19 at 8 am - Lake Lanier 5 miler

Next Saturday's Run is at Lake Lanier: Sat., 3/19.

For those that want to go a mile longer than the 5, we can do that.

Let's meet at 8 am and enjoy watching Spring come to life around lake. Park at The Tea House.

Several strategies for the hills: walk it all; run it all; walk-run combo.

Run flats, walk hills; Walk flats, and run hills!!!

Or do what many of our members are finding success with and that's the Jeff Galloway run-walk method.

We'll have groups in all categories, I'm sure.

Find us on Facebook!

Hey TRC Members:

We get used to posting everything we do on our Facebook page vs. updating the blog site. Definitely join up with us there and you will receive emails about upcoming runs/events, as well.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sat. Morning Run in Landrum

Group run: Saturday 1/22 8:00am

Landrum - Meet at The Mailroom, where the Jingle Bell Jog started... we will run a modified route that keeps us off the main roads.
Some of us are training for the Reedy River 10K and will be going 4.5 miles. We will be run/walking. You are welcome to join us or go your own pace/distance. ...See you Saturday!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

What's your plan?

Happy New Year! This time of year is full of hope and possibilities. It is the perfect time to decide what your goals are for the year. There are so many options and so many plans to help you succeed, you just need to decide what you want to do and when you want to do it.

  • Decide on the goal; 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, triathlon....
  • Pick a date
  • Pick a training plan
  • Start training
There are a ton of resources out there - some of the most popular are from Hal Higdon, Jeff Galloway, Runners World and Training Peaks. All of these sources have different plans for different experience levels - just do a little research and decide which one is for you. Happy training!!