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**Where/When/How far do you want to run?**

  • Nov 18, 2013 · 2:00 PM

I just posted a discussion on this same topic, but I want to make sure everyone sees it.

What do you want out of this group? Where/When/How far do you want to run?

Just keep in mind, it's tricky for the organizers to plan a run in a new location all the time, and make certain they will be there. Which is why there haven't been many events lately. This is why it'd be a good idea just to set a few days where we have a run at a certain location, doing the same course, at the same time. These stay the same every single week.

So...we could create a run on Mondays at 7pm in south anchorage somewhere that's 5 miles, and a run on Wednesdays at 6pm in Mid-town. They always follow the same course, we could create a map so everyone knows where to go (even if they're new to the group/anchorage), but if the organizer is unsure if they can make it, or if they need to bail last minute, then everyone else can still meet up. Whoever shows up then has a plan. No leaders (or organizers) needed.

In order for this to happen, we need input on what you'd prefer for the when/where/distance?

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  • Laron

    I know that most aren't morning runners but I prefer morning runs during the week (starting between 3am and 6am)...I try to get in hill repeats (or something like it ) on Thursdays and a track workout on Tuesdays (at the Dome during the winter, outside at other times). Also, long runs on Saturdays would be great for me. Some places I like to run in the winter are Arctic Valley Road, Coastal/Chester Creek Trail, Hillside multi-use trails, Hatcher Pass Road (Little Su to Independence Mine). Thinking about adding some long snow shoe/x country ski trips in there: Arctic to Indian, Bird to Indian Loop, McHugh or Potter to Rabbit Creek and back, Long Lake Loop, South Fork Hanging Valley to Eagle River Overlook and return via Harp Mtn. Winter long runs are great between 2 and 5+hrs, or 10 and 30+ miles, depending on conditions.

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • Nicole L

      If be up for morning runs too Leron but not that early! Maybe 6:30/7

      November 18, 2013

    • Laron

      Nicole, that'd be great to run starting at 6:30/7o'clock. Unfortunately that doesn't work well with my work schedule for the most part. Usually I can start at 6o'clock at the latest.

      November 22, 2013

  • Kenton C.

    Wow...I'm surprised by how many people want to run for 90 minutes +! Or maybe only the ones wanting to run really long distances are responding? I would really like to keep the weekend adventure hike/ski/snowshoe trips going (which is what I was talking about in regards to different gear). But it's really hard to organize something up in the mountains with a lot of people when you don't know what the conditions are. This weekend I'd love to organize another attempt at Willawa Lakes, but I almost feel I need to go do it in a smaller group with a lot of different gear before I can post anything on it. Is anyone up for longer (90 minute) night runs? From what i've gathered below, everyone is a weekend warrior.

    November 15, 2013

    • Laron

      Kenton, you can always make a post that the run will be of the "adventure" variety. So, we should come prepared with snowshoes, maps, etc. I pretty much consider any mountain run in the winter such and will bring either snowshoes or skis.

      November 16, 2013

    • Nicole L

      Weekends are best for me and totally, longer than 90 min. It would be nice to go to the valley now and then if we plan ahead. But love what we've explored so far!

      November 16, 2013

  • Jessica T.

    I might be the only one, but its worth trying. Is there anyone out there that likes to run around the[masked] hour?

    November 16, 2013

    • Laron

      It's a wonderful time to run. Unfortunately, my job does not allow it. I hope you find some interested in running at that time, Jessica.

      November 16, 2013

  • Taylor

    I am all about longer runs on the weekend, getting into 20 mile-age range. Training for little su. Would love company on those runs.

    November 14, 2013

    • Mariah S.

      I'd keep you company, but I will be a few miles behind :-

      November 14, 2013

    • Taylor

      Yea right!

      November 14, 2013

  • James

    I second Todd - extra foot gear isn't required in the winter; running shoes, warm clothes and potentially cleats are all that is needed, though most of CSP and CNF does close off due to heavy snowfall. My vote is for a 1 to 2 hour run on the weekends irrespective of conditions, preferably on Sunday afternoon (a good day of the week for many people in general and me personally as my second job tends to limit my ability to do things later on Saturday).

    In the Anchorage Bowl, good winter locations include the Coastal Trail and all of the main Muni trail system, the coastal wildlife refuge (one can run all the way from the Port of Anchorage to the sand dunes in Kincaid) along mean high water, all of Kincaid that isn't closed because of ski grooming, the Campbell Tract, Turnagain Arm trail and Powerline Pass trail in CSP, and Arctic Valley Road.

    November 14, 2013

  • Todd

    I still can run yet, but as a lawyer I can talk! hah! I like the idea of regular runs and once I get over the PF in my foot I will organize some regular runs in Bicentennial. I think an hour during the week is good and 90 min to 2 hours on the weekend unless it is a hike/run event and then longer works also.

    Kenton - as to your other remark about gear (snowshoes, skis, poles etc) - I have been winter running for about 10 years here and very rarely have worried about the need for such things. Usually about two days after a fresh snowfall the trails around town have been skied, hiked, walked, run or stomped on enough that they are fine for running. Snow shoes are really only needed for going off trail or up in the mountains. Thanks for all the organzing and inclusiveness Kenton and others! We appreicate it!

    November 14, 2013

  • Debbie

    Kenton- I like the idea of a schedule and prefer our standard 1 hour run during the week and appreciate the pace groups and longer runs (75 minutes +) for the weekend. Running before dinner is always a bonus and decreases food issues. I could assist / team up for a Wednesday 5:30 or 6:00 run.
    Thank you to all the organizers of the group... you guys ROCK!

    November 14, 2013

  • Adam G.

    Two standard runs sound fine. 6-8 miles would be great!

    November 14, 2013

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