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Sent:                                           Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:46 PM

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Subject:                                     Weekly Email, 2/17





To Whomstd’ve it May Concern,


What’s this? A weekly email sent out before midnight? Thank you, I have already high-fived myself multiple times. Enclosed you will find another week's worth of club announcements amidst my ramblings. I hope you read it AND come to practice this week, because if you don’t I may need to declare a state of club emergency in order re-allocate SGA funds to my latest project: building an indoor track inside Cole Field house.


Happy Reading!


Table of Contents

  1. Happy Valley Recap
  2. Open Registration and Nationals Eligibility
  3. Athletic Trainers at Ritchie Coliseum
  4. Training
  5. Concessions
  6. Spring Meet Schedule (Revision)
  7. Rylan’s Radically Raucous Roundabout Recess Romp
  8. Spring Intramurals
  9. Underclassmen Diner Social
  10. Running2win Propaganda the Fifth: A Quantitative Analysis
  11. Website/Blog
  12. Inspiration
  13. Info Packet for New Members


Happy Valley Recap

A week late, as is customary, I have delivered on my promise. Check out the blog for a recap of our wonderful trip up to Pennsylvania for the Happy Valley Invitational! Check it out, make an account, leave a comment, and maybe make a post of your own. Or don’t. You have freedom of choice. This is America. Congrats Gambino.


Open Registration and Nationals Eligibility

For all of the more fresh members out there, please make sure that you register on our two websites: IMLeagues and OrgSync. If you don’t, not only will we be unable to take you to any competitions should you decide to compete, but we could possibly be audited at practice, and you are found at practice without being on our roster, we will get yelled at and RecWell will make me sleep in the backyard again. Here's the link to the instructions for signing up for our roster online. Please do this before March 1st, otherwise you’re gonna need to go do it in person, which is a much longer process.


Additionally, if any of you have even a fraction of a shred of and inkling of an interest in going to NIRCA Nationals on April 13th and 14th to either race on the track or run a half marathon (which, IMO, should be every single person on this email list), we need you to sign some eligibility forms so that you can be approved by NIRCA. The deadline for this eligibility form is March 1st. Signing this is completely non-binding, it’s just a matter of making sure that you’re eligible to compete at Nationals should you choose to go. If you’re interested in signing and have not signed the form yet, please email this account and we’ll put your name down. Starting next week, we’ll bring the sheet to practice.


Athletic Trainers at Ritchie Coliseum

If any of you are starting to feel some aches/pains or are sensing some future injuries, there are walk in hours for athletic trainers in Ritchie Coliseum, Room 0100. You can come in anytime during:

  • Mondays 10AM-3PM
  • Wednesdays 2 - 2:30PM
  • Thursday 2-2:30PM
  • Friday 10AM - 4PM


Now, these athletic trainers can give you exercises to fix any muscle imbalances that are causing your pain and they can offer some ice or massaging to relieve some pain. What you should NOT do, is walk in on a Friday morning and say “yo can you give me a free massage.” That’s creepy. Don’t do it. Don’t.


What do our lovely training plans have in store for us this week?




Sprinter Training Plan



  • Wednesday’s workout is 4-5 mile repeats at a “feel based” tempo pace, with 60 second jogging reset in between reps. The women’s plan is 3-4 reps.
  • Friday’s workout is a fartlek, 3 minutes on, 1 minute off, 5 minutes on, 2 minutes off. The men’s plan suggests 3-5 reps, the women’s plan suggests 3-4 reps.

Distance Training Plan


For those of you who have just joined, we have training plans for our members to follow, but these training plans are simply suggestions and do not have to be followed (albeit they are pretty successful at helping people run faster). Don’t feel pressured to do a workout you don’t feel you’re ready for, and remember that you can still come to practice even if you aren’t planning on doing the scheduled workout.


For those of you who are just getting back into shape,

  1. Just get out there. Start as small as you can, but then just keep doing it. Consistency is the key to steady improvement. You’ll feel better soon.
  2. Push-ups are a great place to start with strength training. Who needs weights when you are a weight.
  3. Stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle around with you throughout the day and just keep drinking.
  4. Try to find training partners. It’s so much easier to get out there when you have someone to commit to.





For you new members, I know what you’re thinking; “I wish there was a way for me to meet other people on the club while raising funds necessary for many club activities and functions. If only I could do that while also being bathed in the smell of french fries.” Well mysterious disembodied quote person, you’re in luck. We work concessions at UMD basketball games in order to raise funds. This pays for all that good stuff that makes life worth it: meets, equipment, and hotels.


Those working this week will receive an email by tomorrow night explaining the logistics. Big thank you to those who have already completed their required 2 concessions. For those of you who do not know, we require that anyone who competes with us must work at least two basketball concessions. Just as a short clarification, here is an exhaustive list of people who need to complete 2 concessions during this school year:


  • Anyone who competed in a cross country meet in Fall
  • Anyone who plans to compete in a meet this Spring
  • Wonderful people who enjoy helping our club be the best off it can be in the financial sphere


You must arrive three hours before game time and be prepared to stay 2.5 hours after the game starts. You can sign up for any of our remaining three concessions at the link below, and track how many concessions you and your teammates have done at the link right below that. Here are our remaining three concession dates:

  • Saturday 2/23/19 vs. Ohio State - 2:00pm
  • Sunday 3/3/19 vs. Michigan - 3:45pm


Just to clarify, if you plan on competing with us, you MUST commit to doing two concessions. If you absolutely cannot make two dates and have a compelling excuse as to why, please shoot us an email letting us know, and we can work something out.


Concessions Sign Up


Concessions Tracking List


Spring Meet Schedule

A quick revision to our schedule is in order. As it turns out, we were looking at last year’s dates for the Widener Invitational, because Widener’s website is akin to a wacky virtual hotel full of doors that lead to nowhere. Widener is actually a Friday/Saturday meet, not a Saturday/Sunday meet, as our schedule initially projected. Here is the fixed version:



  • The Kehoe Invitational is a hosted by the varsity track team, and as such they require athletes to hit a qualification standard in order to race. This is the only meet on the schedule that has any kind of qualification standard, every other meet is open to athletes of all skill levels.


Rylan’s Radically Raucous Roundabout Recess Romp

Our former treasurer, Rylan, is organizing a completely voluntary, non-club funded nor sponsored spring break trip. Here’s his elevator pitch and an interest form:


Woah your favorite Rylan writing a blurb in a club email? That’s right! I wanted to gauge interest on a potential spring break trip this semester. What better way to spend spring break then running some beautiful trails and exploring a new city? The idea is to get an AirB&B somewhere in the south-ish near quality trails and a fun city(Location TBD). Club Cycling and Club Tri do something similar every year and it tends to be the highlight of their semester. If you even have a hint of interest please fill out this form so I can get the ball rolling on travel plans, housing, etc. More information is in the form, but note everything is tentative and as people show interest.

Here’s the interest form: Interest Form



Edisto Beach, South Carolina

Spring Intramurals

Congrats and thank you to everyone who showed up to IM Basketball this week! The men’s team once again suffered a loss due to the betrayal of Matt Patsy (which I’m pretty sure constitutes as treason), and the co-ed team clawed their way into a loss of less than 10 points this time. So, we sport a combined 0-4 record. However, wanna know how many losses the Golden State Warriors had in the greatest season any NBA basketball team has ever had? Nine. Nine losses. We have less than half the losses than the Golden State Warriors, AND nobody on our team is as nearly as ugly as Draymond Green. Practice your threes and learn how to dunk because we’re coming back with a vengeance this week.


Registration is still open! So, if you somehow missed our first couple games and are looking to join the hottest teams since Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, then please register online on We have a men’s team that plays on Thursdays at 11PM (Men’s B, Loh Going Low) and a co-ed team that plays on Wednesdays at 7PM (Club Running). All the games are held at the Armory. Don’t forget to bring your student ID to the game, AND pass the mandatory concussion quiz, AND get ready to boil whatever shirt you’re wearing to the game because hot diggity damn are those IM jerseys sweaty.


Underclassmen Diner Social

Same place, same time, same upperclassmen begging you for a guest pass. Be at North Campus Diner right after Thursday practice for quality team bonding time over a plate of flavored calories! Hope to see you all there, because that means I will be in the diner, barely staving off starvation for another day.


Running2win Propaganda The Fifth: A Quantitative Analysis

The numbers are in people. I’ve been keeping metrics on various important quantities over time, and now I have irrefutable proof that running2win enrollment is good for our community. If you’ll look at my Excel chart below, you’ll see what I mean.


Key trends to note:

  • The rapid increase of both the previously declining community cohesion and the relatively static number of PR’s after r2w enrollment
  • The rapid decrease in sadness following the beginning of r2w
  • The completely constant and high level of the Jacob Grant Frailty IndexTM, which no earthly power, not even r2w, could possible change
    • The increase in the awareness of Jacob’s frailty, enough to surpass the Frailty Index and restore it to safe levels.
  • The increase of national emergencies from zero to one, completely unrelated to the beginning of r2w enrollment


For all you newcomer’s, is an online training log where many of us go to log our runs and keep track of our training. It’s a fantastic way to keep up to date with everyone else on the team, get motivated to train, as well as show off some of your own accomplishments so you can get some sweet hits of dopamine as you share your entire life on social media.


You can join by creating an account and then searching for “UMD Club Running” (or use team ID# T-59652160005-23). After that, you can request to join the team so we can all see each other’s running logs.



Reduce. Reuse. Recycle email content.


There is a place. A very special place. A special place where runners can exchange banter and memories and running routes with one another. It is our digital home: It’s where you’ll send your friends for info after you tell them how cool running club is. It’s where you’ll send your loved ones when they ask you what the coolest thing about UMD is. Our wonderfully constructed website includes:


  • Race schedules and results for current and past semesters
  • Race records and top 10 rankings for all club events
  • Training plans for the current year / semester (soon)
  • List of our common running routes around College Park
  • A link to our really cool blog where everyone tells their weird stories and discusses various club conspiracy theories


So give the website a look, compose a blog post, and dream up improvements to the website so we can give our webmaster something to do other than play League of Legends.


Here is your weekly dose of people doing crazy impossible things in order to make you people more motivated to do great things. Here is a link to a podcast about Colin O’Brady. The podcast is 2 hours long, but I highly recommend the first hour of it. Turn it on when you inevitably run on a treadmill this week, or during a long bus ride, or before you go to sleep, I don’t care which. But do it.


Colin O’Brady, a 33 year old man blessed with an absolutely stunning yet manly first name, recently has garnered some small fame for being the first person to ever walk across Antarctica, completely unsupported. No help, no vehicle, no other people. 54 days, where the warmest temperature was -20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind whipped up snowstorms at 60mph. Not only did he accomplish that, but O’Brady did this by tugging a 300 pound sled of supplies the entire way, half of which was uphill.


No, this is not a running story; O’Brady is a *shudders in discomfort* triathlete. However, there’s something powerful about hearing the story about someone who achieved something that people literally thought was impossible. O’Brady himself says something along the lines of “If you have a goal, whether it be athletic or not, just get out and do it, because we as humans have these reservoirs of strength that we don’t use until we think that we really need them, until we are pushed into needing them.”


So, the next time you’re lying on a couch after a long day of class and it’s raining outside and you think that it’s too gross outside to go out for a run, I’ve created this handy infographic to help you with that decision.



Info Packet for New Members

Hey! New member! Just got added to the email list? Check out this packet on info that you need to register for our club.

See you this week!

Colin SyBing

UMD Club Running, Prezydent