MARS Spring Nightmare

Muskoka Algonquin Runners have given up on spring.  It’s not coming.  We’ve run through a horrible winter so are a tough bunch.  We will soldier on despite the absence of normal seasonal temperatures.  With this in mind there is lots going on on MARS.The Huntsville High School track season begins next week.  Good luck to the Hoyas this year!  The Huntsville Hurricanes track program starts April 16.  Information here.  On Sundays during the 8 week program, Muskoka Algonquin Runners will be offering a clinic for grade 6,7,8 runners interested in learning how to train for a 5K race.  Runners will receive instruction each week on all the components of a training program that ends (if they choose) with the Band on the Run 5K race June 14.  Participants are encouraged to join the twice weekly Huntsville Hurricanes track program but members of Muskoka Algonquin Runners will be permitted to attend the Sunday sessions only if they choose.  Details on membership available at the Membership tab of our website.

Workouts continue on MARS this week.  Tuesday’s run will be 4min Fartlek sessions.  We will meet at 6:30 am in the high school parking lot.  This Thursday at noon we will meet at Tim Horton’s on Highway 60.  Instead of the usual long run we will be doing a stride workout, as many MARSians will be racing 30K on Sunday.  Also on Thursday, join us at 4:30 pm at RiverMill Park (or what’s left of it) for our Run To The Pub event, followed at 5:30pm with some pub time.  New members welcome and we can process your memberships on site.

MARS wishes all runners racing Around The Bay 30K good luck, especially with their choice of running wear for that big day!  Go MARSians!

Perhaps the greatest 10,000m race of all time for men took place at the 1996 Olympics.  If you want to see a clinic on guts, cadence and stride length, watch this:

It’s time to meet another MARSian. Mark Sinnige has been a member on MARS since inception.  And even though he’s a triathlete at heart, we prefer to think of him as a pure runner.  Mark’s legs are so long that even Helen is jealous of them.  One bad habit he has brought with him from the world of triathlons is his behaviour around aid stations.  Mark gets his money’s worth by treating these as all-you-can-eat buffets!  Others think that his buffet table approach is more like a “freak show” than a normal occurrence.  Let’s meet Mark:

Nickname(s): “Daddy Long Legs”, “K Way”

Weaknesses: Triathlons, Aid Stations

Favourite Races: Triathlons, Hopefully Vermont City Marathon 2014

Distances Run: Triathlons, 30K

Career PR: 5:02:24 Ironman 70.3 2013

Pre-Race Rituals: Strategizing Tactics for Aid Stations

End-of-Run Rituals: Barfing

Favourite Quote after completing a long run: “I Love My K Way”, “Should we do a few more?”, “Where’s the next aid station?”

Describe MARS in One Word: “When Do I Swim?”

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Mark at the 2013 Ontario Cross Country Championships

See you on the roads!

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