Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ice Cream Run

At the end of Thursday's practice, we will be running cream.  Please remember to bring a little money with you to pre-season.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FRIDAY - Don't come inside school!

This Friday, August 29, we are getting the carpets cleaned at school.  They will need to dry and have NOBODY walking on them, so please stay outside all day.  That means don't drop your stuff in the hallway, don't use the bathroom, etc..

Thank you!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

And now a word from your captains...

Zach writes:

This week the team graduated from summer training into preseason.  While the workouts pushed everyone to work hard, the weather remained fairly cool, providing a welcome respite from the heat of summer training.  Both the boy's and girl's teams stepped up to the intensity of preseason training.  Thanks to Matt Lunt's dynamic stretching routine we should all go into our first race with a little more flexibility, and a little less chance of injury.  As of today there are thirteen days left until the first race.  Let's use them the best we can and go into this season with the confidence that all of us have what it takes to hit our goals and to have a successful season.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Good to Know: Mapping sites

Several runners have expressed frustration at not knowing how far they run, whether it's their normal neighborhood loop or an unfamiliar route out of town.  Luckily, you don't need a GPS watch (like a Garmin) to figure out the distance.

We have a link to one site, on the blog (check out the column on the right of the main page, under "Useful XC Links"), but there are many others.  Some are free and do not require a log in ( and, while others require an account (

Friday, August 22, 2014

FYI: Spikes

Maine Running Company (now Fleet Feet Maine...) in Portland and Brunswick is having its annual Spike Night on Tuesday, August 26th (20% off spikes, $15 off trainers).  For those of you who need new spikes (or new trainers or your first set of spikes), this is a good way to get fitted by people who know what they're talking about, and get a decent deal in the process.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pineland Trail Distances

Curious about the distances at Pineland?

So if you want to run...
  • 3 miles: School to trails with Pownal loop and back (no Gloucester, no Oak Hill)
  • 3.5 miles: School to trails with Pownal and Oak Hill loops and back (no Gloucester)
  • 4 miles: School to trails with Last Chance Cut off, Pownal and Oak Hill loops (no full Gloucester) and back 
  • 4.5 miles: School to trails with Gloucester and Pownal loops (no Oak Hill) and back on the roads (no cut-throughs)
  • 5 miles: School to trails with everything- Gloucester, Pownal, Oak Hill loops, and back on the roads (no cut-throughs)

Monday, August 18, 2014


Congratulations to the new captains!  Your fearless leaders for the 2014 girls team are Sam and Fiona A, while the boys will be led by Zach and Lars.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hands-off period

Today is the beginning of the hands-off period.  This means the coach and runners may not have contact about any running related topics.  Should you happen to run into each other - the weather, the Red Sox, and summer gardens are all safe subjects.

The hands-off period ends on Monday, August 18, the first day of preseason practice.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2014 B2B Results

Congrats to all our runners, past and present, who raced in the Beach to Beacon today- as well as several parents: Lars (40:08), Dylan (40:08), Olivia (46:27), Eli (46:45), Sam (47:16), and Chloe (1:05:46); as well as alums Ben (43:56) and Teagan (50:37); and parents Keelyn (35:57) and Lisa (1:00:10).

Also, thanks to Tucker for some of the in-race entertainment, and the Pierce, Sonntag and Gundersen families for the cheering.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Q & A with Elite Athletes before the B2B

At 5PM on Friday, middle and high school runners are invited to a Q & A session with several elite runners who are participating in this Year's B2B 10K.  Shalane Flanagan, Ben True and Meb Keflezighi will answer questions before heading over to the B2B Kids' Race.  

This event will take place at the awards stage at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth and will last about 45 minutes.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Inspiration for the week...

This is a slightly older NPR story (from last spring) about a HS runner who has multiple sclerosis.  It's incredibly inspiring to read-both about her accomplishments and her attitude.


When the starting gun sounds at Mount Tabor High School track meets, senior Kayla Montgomery from Winston-Salem, N.C., takes off.
The 18-year-old runner sets records, wins state titles, and next week, she's headed to nationals in New York.
But when Montgomery runs, her legs go totally numb. She has multiple sclerosis, a disease that causes nerve damage and interference in communication between her brain, spinal cord and legs...

Click here for the full article.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Training Camp 2-Mile Handicap

Congrats to the winners of the 2-Mile Handicap today:

  1. Chloe
  2. Fiona L
  3. Davis

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lyme Disease and Running

One of the topics we'll be discussing at training camp this week is Lyme disease and runners.  Runner's World magazine has an interesting article on the subject (thanks to our resident health expert Keelyn for the tip!)

Runners and Lyme Disease

Many of its early symptoms mimic overtraining, and mistaking it for something else may enable a tiny pest to become your worst nightmare.

June 19, 2014
Tick in Tweezers
A female deer tick magnified 140 times its actual size.

Click here for the full article...

Clam Fest 5 Miler Results

Congrats to Nick (33:34), Zach (33:50), Olivia (34:52), Graham (36:21) and Chloe (51:41) on their Clam Fest 5 Miler finishes!