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  • 10 Mile Loop on Saturday

    Posted on June 20th, 2012 CoachGreg No comments

    We’re running a 10-mile loop around Mt. Pleasant this Saturday, June 23. We’ll gather at St. Andrew’s Church at 5:45 am for a 6 am start. Anybody is welcome to join us. Over the last six weeks, paces ranged from 7:30 min/mile to over 12 min/mile. If you want to run a shorter distance, simply do an out and back - there’s no shortcuts back to the start for this route.

    Don’t forget that our Marathon and Half-Marathon Training Group kicks off on July 7. Click on the link above for more information. You can get started today if you need to and you can jump into the group at any time.



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  • Group Run Saturday

    Posted on June 7th, 2012 CoachGreg No comments

    We’re running this Saturday, June 9. We’ll meet at 5:45 am for a 6 am start at St. Andrew’s Church in the Old Village of Mt Pleasant. The planned route is 6 miles and will take us in a loop through the Old Village and will include the Pitt Street Bridge. Everybody is welcome - we usually have a range of paces and many end up doing less mileage. Sign up for our newsletter to keep track of when we’re meeting over the next few weeks.



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    For those that have run with us before, please note that this not a supported run. You will need to carry your own water or obtain it while out running. There are water fountains on the Pitt Street Bridge.

  • Bridge Run Saturday

    Posted on May 30th, 2012 CoachGreg No comments

    Wait a minute. The Bridge Run is in April, right? Yes. Yes, it is but we’re running the Cooper River Bridge this Saturday (June 2) and we’ll run it in our Marathon Training Group every 3-4 weeks as well.

    There’s an adage in training that you can’t build speed until you build strength and you can’t build strength until you build endurance. One of the best ways to build strength is by running hills and we don’t have hills in Mt Pleasant and Charleston where we train. (I’ll write more in an upcoming post about some workouts specific to the Cooper River Bridge.)

    As always, we’ll start at St. Andrew’s Church (map). The group will gather at 5:45 am for a 6:00 am start. A map is below. Some of us will run 10 miles from the church to the South Carolina Aquarium. On an out and back route, it’s really easy to adjust things for the distance you want to run . If you want to go 4 miles, turn around when you look down and see water. Six mile turnaround is when you reach Drum Island and the eight mile turn around is when you get all the way over the bridge.



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  • Saturday Group Runs

    Posted on May 10th, 2012 CoachGreg No comments

    A few folks are gathering Saturday, May 12 for a group run. We’ll meet at 5:45 am for a 6 am start at St. Andrew’s Church in the Old Village of Mt Pleasant. The planned route is 9 miles and will take us to Sullivan’s Island and back. Everybody is welcome - we usually have a range of paces and many end up doing less mileage. We’ll do a few more group runs before our marathon training kicks off on July 7. Sign up for our newsletter to keep track of when we’re meeting over the next few weeks.



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    For those that have run with us before, please note that this not a supported run. You will need to carry your own water or obtain it while out running. There is a convenience store around the midway point of the run on the island.

  • What’s Your Pace?

    Posted on May 10th, 2011 CoachGreg No comments

    This week our run will be a little different. It’s usually a loop or out and back but this week, it’s point to point. We’ll start at St. Andrew’s Church and end at On the Run on Houston Northcutt. Coach Brian Johnson is leading a running clinic at the store at 8 am on Finding Your Pace. The clinic is free for Charleston Running Club members; all others pay just $5.



  • Saturday Run

    Posted on April 6th, 2011 CoachGreg No comments

    I’m putting together a group run that meets on Saturday mornings. For some, it will be an opportunity to lay in a solid base for marathon training for the fall and winter marathons. For others, it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy running on the weekend. Others just like running with a group. Any are welcome to join us. We meet at 6.45 for a 7 am start at St. Andrew’s Church in Mt. Pleasant. Please email me if you’re coming (CoachGreg@CharlestonRuns.com) and I’ll add you to my mailing list.



  • 16-Mile Long Run

    Posted on September 6th, 2009 CoachGreg No comments

    We’re now just 48 days away from the Marine Corps Marathon. If you have built a good base during the summer, then bumping up the mileage every two weeks over the next two months shouldn’t be an issue. When Charleston Runs athletes are finished with the longer runs, everybody is worn out but they do recover nicely over the next few days.

    Yesterday, we ran from Mount Pleasant to the Coast Guard Station downtown and back. It was a beautiful day to run. Running across the Cooper River Bridge was tough but in the Marine Corps Marathon, there is one significant hill at the 8-mile point. Somebody running for time needs to have a strategy to not only attack that hill but also a strategy to deal with the ups and downs of the highway ramps that are part of the last 5 miles of the course.