What we're about

This is a group geared toward beginner to intermediate runners. We currently have 6 weekly runs - Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday mornings, Monday, Tuesday (this is a bootcamp class), Wednesday and Thursday evenings. MVARC is friendly and inclusive, we welcome runners of all ages and abilities.

Saturday mornings we start promptly at 8:30am outside Starbucks (1380 Pear Ave. Mountain View). We then walk & do active stretching as we make our way to the Stevens Creek Trail (at La Avenida). Our run is usually 3.5 miles, although you are welcome to go farther or run less if you wish (and you can walk too!). Afterwards we hang out at Starbucks for about 25 min. to have coffee together.

Sunday runs are usually longer distance runs and on trails, often at 8AM. The location and time varies so do check our calendar for updates.

Once a month, usually on the 4th Sunday, there is an easy 3 mile beginner run and book club, generally starting at 9AM in Pioneer Park (behind the Mountain View Library). Book Club starts at 10. You can do the run if you didn't read the book or come to book club if you don't run.

Monday runs start at 6pm at Landels School on Dana St. We usually run 3-7 miles on the Stevens Creek trail.

Tuesdays at 6pm is a one hour cardio bootcamp class (CBC), offering a full body workout with cardio and strength intervals. This is at Crittenden Middle School Track. Afterwards we go out to dinner together.

Wednesdays are speed workouts at the track at Crittenden Middle School starting at 6pm.

Wednesday morning runs are at 0630 and cover 4 miles through beautiful Shoreline Park. Meet at the trail head by Crittenden Middle School (1701 Rock Ave Mountain View).

The Thursday evening run meets March through October at the Donald M. Somers Water Treatment Plant in Sunnyvale and we run the Bay Trail starting at 6 PM. It usually is around 3-7 miles in distance, your choice. Those that want can go to dinner afterwards (at various locations). Over the winter time, Thursday runs move to Landels School on Dana St and we run the Stevens Creek trail with headlamps.

Please check out our calendar to see all of our activities (including races). We also have a Facebook page - Mountain View Area Run Club.

Even though there are a lot of people in this run club, we average about 20 participants on most runs. It's a lot of fun and a great way to make new friends! Come check it out!

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Sunday Morning Run

Starbucks

Come join us for a Sunday morning run along the Bay Trail! We have folks who run 3 miles, and some who run 12+ miles. Our regular group size is 15-20 runners and everyone generally finds someone to run with. ROUTE We will run 1/2 mi from Starbucks to connect to Stevens Creek Trail, then connect to the Sunnyvale Bay Trail towards our summer Thursday run location. It is an out and back route. Some portions are paved and the rest is compacted gravel. There is a bathroom @ start (inside Starbucks) and water & bathroom @ mile 5.5 @ Waste Water Treatment Plant. Default Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/7465904 this is up to 16 miles, but you can easily turn around and shorten the route, since it's an out and back. If you want to run more, you can keep going south on Stevens Creek Trail on your way back, and add another 6.6 miles. Please be aware of the ongoing Covid situation. To note: - we'll organize the workout to ensure social distancing, etc. - please do not join if you feel unwell or are experiencing any symptoms - join at your own risk - please bring a mask for use as appropriate - please bring your own water. We recommend to avoid using the water fountains for the time being - local regulations require us to collect contact info in order to provide it to authorities for contact tracing if necessary. You can either provide it when you RSVP or provide it at the meet up. You will not be allowed to join the group if you don't provide it. We will use the info only to comply with the regulations and not for any other purpose.

Book Club and 5km Run

Mountain View Public Library

MVARC once again will host our monthly easy run (@9 AM), perfect for beginners and slower runners, followed by book discussion (@10 AM). The book for August is the novel Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Goodreads describes Six of Crows: "Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone..." Speaking of books, we meet BEHIND the Mountain View Library at 9AM. We will run down Church St, Mercy Street and to the Stevens Creek Trail, follow it for a mile or so to Central and then loop back to Castro / Bryant Street. Total distance is 3.1 miles at an easy pace. There are opportunities nearby in Mountain View after the run to get coffee, tea and food. At 10, we congregate chat about the book at the picnic tables in Pioneer Memorial Park, midway between Wells Fargo and the library. Look for us there, if you are not interested in doing the run. In case of pandemic restrictions, the book club will still happen on Zoom @10AM. You can join us just for the run, just for the book discussion, or both. You needn't read the book to join in either, but it does make it more interesting.

Wednesday track workout

Crittenden Middle School

Let's run track! Crittenden Middle School has a beautiful new track with good floodlights so we can run there year round. The workout will be: - warmup - tbd - cooldown Please be aware of the ongoing Covid situation. To note: - we'll organize the workout to ensure social distancing, etc. - please do not join if you feel unwell or are experiencing any symptoms - join at your own risk - please bring a mask for use as appropriate - please bring your own water. We recommend to avoid using the water fountains at the track for the time being - local regulations require us to collect contact info in order to provide it to authorities for contact tracing if necessary. You can either provide it when you RSVP or provide it at the meet up. You will not be allowed to join the group if you don't provide it. We will use the info only to comply with the regulations and not for any other purpose.

Virtual Core: A Single Leg Bodyweight Glutes Workout For Runners

PLEASE NOTE: THE WORKOUT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY AUGUST 20. THANKS!! ============================================= Do you get any of the following during or post run: 1) Sore knees (especially downhill) 2) Fussy low back 3) Tight hip flexors 4) IT (IT'S TENDER!!!!) Band issues If so, then its time to ditch the v-ups, crunches, bicycle kicks, etc and get off the floor to work your core. You run on one leg at a time (or else you'd be hopping), workout accordingly. Strengthening your core and glutes are the foundation for speed and efficiency running, not too mention reducing your chances of an injury. Unfortunately, for most runners it’s one of your weakest links. Think of it this way – you can only drive the amount of power/strength/speed into your runs that your joint stability allows; picture trying to shoot a cannon out of canoe. Led by endurance athlete strength training expert, Al Painter, BA, NASM-CPT, PES, CES, TRX, Stick Mobility, this single leg glute-specific workout will help you work toward building a stronger single leg foundation from the ground up. Al will share 19 years of award-winning training experience to show you a proven approach to training the glutes and core to help you enjoy your runs that much more! Click the link to get the Zoom login info: https://zoom.us/j/94272175929?pwd=TmVVbnoyT2w5NUZ0empFQzhad0JTZz09 Wear comfy clothes and come ready to move!

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Wednesday track workout

Crittenden Middle School

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