The Life of an Aquajogger

Short post here about the life of an Aquajogger.

The Aquajogger wakes up around 9:30am and immediately realizes that because today is a new day…the aquajogger has yet to get an aquajogging session in. After meandering around for a few hours, the aquajogger realizes that it is already 1:30pm and he has done nothing substantial yet except justify the necessity of eating 2000 calories before noon just to keep his body functioning. After some brief internet searches on anything a human can possibly do that is comparable (cardiovascularally) to the benefits of aquajogging (and coming up with none) the aquajogger then proceeds to look online for the aquatic center deep section time schedule. As with the day before, the aquajogger is alarmed to find that he/she only has 1.5 hours until the deep section is closed for “cleaning” (whatever that means). Rushing to get on a bathing suit and get the necessary equipment, the aquajogger makes it to the pool with exactly one hour to workout. After 10 minutes of warming up (or, more truthfully, 10 minutes of frantically thinking of a hard workout), the workout begins. 10 minutes have passed. 15 minutes have passed. 17 minutes have passed. Ah shit you just realized that you looked at your watch 25 seconds ago and the time didn’t change by 20 minutes like you expected it would. Just as you begin to wonder why the hell you are doing this when you could be watching the new Black Mirror episodes, you realize that you are at the most integral part of the workout: where the champions are separated from the wannabees. Does the aquajogger, bored out of his mind, CHANGE his workout to conclude after just 30 minutes in the pool, ending all hope of maintaining his current fitness level…or does he continue the 60 minute workout he promised himself he would complete and truly discover his potential as a runner.

The answer is that he chooses the 30 minute option and sits in the sauna for 30 minutes for a “60 minute workout.”

After sending the necessary snapchats to ensure everyone knows how hard the aquajogger is working, he returns home, triumphant and a hero. He then changes into his most comfortable sweatpants, hops on the couch and takes a nap of champions.

This is the life of an aquajogger.

365 days of running!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello fellow running enthusiasts! While I’m not one to brag I did a thing that I thought would be cool to share. This past year starting December 29th 2016 I decided I would run at least 1.61 kilometers or 1 mile a day for a year. I’m proud to say after 365 days of putting one foot in front of the other I’ve done it. So what does 1 year of running in Rylan’s shoes look like? My physical/spiritual journey took me to 7 states, 6 countries, saw me cover roughly 2,500 miles, destroy 4 pairs of running shoes, drink 18 gallons of chocolate milk, and burn roughly 215,000 calories (for the record that’s 860 packages of peanut M&M’s). I ran through colonial capitals, up volcanos, past giant soybean statues, and even took a stab at the now infamous historic Berwyn running tour. Looking back I’ve found these experiences, extraordinary for a reason, that surprised even myself. Every day I have been fortunate enough to wake up thinking today I’m going to go for a run. Regardless of the weather, location, people, or life situation I could be certain that I would lace up my running shoes and go out for a run. This unwavering commitment to something so small and meaningless might confuse a lot of people, but to me it opened my eyes to the wonders of dedication and passion. Such passion has led me to meet other running obsessed individuals who, even though they put my hat on the flagpole and made fun of my aqua jogging, I would consider some of my most best friends. So where does this leave you, UMD Club Running blog readers. Maybe you’re already an avid runner or perhaps I made you read this and you absolutely detest bipedal movement. Whatever your situation I encourage you to start a streak of your own whether it be running related or not you are sure to find something special from it!

Here’s to many more years of running and new streaks for the new year!

More Routes

The route-master extraordinaire has returned with more new routes for all to enjoy. In this edition, we have routes of both short and long length, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. I will not be including pictures of the routes in this post in order to keep it from reaching a colossal size, but feel free to click on the links to get a better view of the routes.

Lakes/ New Neighborhoods (5.72 miles): This route takes you through a new townhouse / neighborhood type thing off of greenbelt road, around a small lake, then back along lake artemesia. Also, about halfway through this route you can take a left once you get off of the trail and cross greenbelt road to get to Berwyn, if you’re looking for a longer run. Additionally, there’s a water fountain on this route, so that’s a plus. Look for it in the neighborhood. IMPORTANT NOTE: The trail is so new that the most recent satellite pictures from google maps do not show the trail, so if you look on the map and don’t see it, don’t worry, it’s there.

Greenbelt Roadkill (8.84 miles): Despite it’s name, this run is relatively safe, and there’s a beautiful lake you can run around. Pretty much a straight shot up greenbelt road, you’ll reach lakecrest drive around 3.4 miles, and once there, you can run around lake greenbelt, which is about a mile around, and on a nice gravel/ dirt trail. You can also run back through greenbelt park if you want, but that adds extra mileage to your run.

Lost (8.53 miles): Brought to you by Ryun, this run starts the exact same way as greenbelt roadkill, but you cross greenbelt road once you get to the greenbelt park entrance. Then, you take a left and follow the road all the way through the park, and down good luck road on to campus drive and back to campus. Beware of hills. Route name courtesy of Dab King himself.

Long neighborhoods (6.55 miles): This route is the OG “new route” I came up with last year. It’s your standard neighborhoods, but with around 2 miles added on around the university hills duck pond. You can also just do the duck pond part and head back to campus if you want to do a short run (~4 miles), or you can add on metro if you want to do a longer run (~9 miles).

PG Plaza (6.98 miles): This route has been around for a while, but it wasn’t on the website so I figured I would add it to this post. Run along adelphi road as if you were going to do neighborhoods, but don’t turn on to Well’s parkway, and instead run towards a tall building you will see on your right. Once at the plaza, CAREFULLY cross east-west highway (preferably at a stoplight) and run until you find a trail on your left, which will lead you to south-northwest, which you can take back to campus.

Hammock Park/ Art District (5.39 miles): This run takes you to the new hammock park in the art district off of river road. From the park, you can take many routes back to campus, ranging from simply turning around to hopping on riverdale. Also, with the completion of a bridge over the metro tracks, this route could be a loop which can loop back to south campus, but we’ll have to wait until the bridge is completed. I have it as an out-and-back on the map.

That’s all for now, I’ve got a few ideas for some more routes, but I’d like to run them first to see if they are actually viable. Thanks for reading, and happy running!



Election Update from the Office of the Vice President

The 2018 Club Running election is only one day in; yet, several positions are already hotly contested. Surprising results from the early polls show unexpected voting patterns in nearly every position. Look for blog posts from the Office of the Vice President for the most up to date results and analysis for the 2018 Club Running election.

In an interesting twist, the Presidential election is being won largely by write-in candidates. While no candidate—write-in or otherwise—has a majority at this point, the insistence of the voters to write in candidates despite the ballot having no such option should be noted. Either they love the candidates they are writing in or they despise the candidates offered on the ballot. Some of the more humorous write-ins are Rundies, Tenty McTentleson, and, of course, the ever persistent Mickey Mouse. For a visualization of the current situation see Figure 1.

Figure 1: 2018 Presidential Election Poll Results.

Two people are running for Sprint Captain. Someone is winning.

The election for Treasurer is tightly contested so the Office will refrain from comment until the election is closed and the votes are tallied. Also tallying the votes is complicated in a multi-position election. The Office will wait to perform that task until the last possible second. The computer will be set a-crunching most likely during the picture slide show at formal.

Early polls suggest that I Abstain is pulling ahead of Ms. “Weiner” Heiges by a margin of 70 points. Based on past elections, Heiges’s recovery is unlikely though still possible. A similar gap was overcome in the unprecedented election of President Blassino in 2017. The election of Ms. Heiges would be further evidence of the decreasing apathy of the electorate. A rather disturbing trend for vested interests that rely on the uninformed.

Due to a scandal involving fraudulent cans in the beer mile, Daniel Brigss has withdrawn from the race citing “a desire to focus on family.” In accordance with the voters’ desires, Brigss’s votes will be recast for Daniel Briggs.

An Open Letter to Candidates

Recently, many people have asked me who I thought would be a good officer, or whether I thought they would be a good officer. At first I would rattle off a list of names along with their accompanying positions. As I have thought about it more, the list of names has grown longer so that my recommendations for positions have doubled-up. Now, I know the club has two treasurers but I think three plus social chairs would be a bit excessive.

Originally my qualifications for a candidate where based on my perception of how they would handle the office right now. But, people rise to their responsibilities. I have little worry that anyone could handle the tasks of any position.

I think the only qualification for anyone is that they understand what makes this team great. We are not great because we race an arbitrary distance in an arbitrary time. We are not great because we have a kick ass training plan. Nor are we great because we throw parties into the wee hours of the morning.  This team is great—as Katrina put it—because anyone who wants to be here is welcome: the only requirement is that they show-up.

And people stay because this team is a refuge from all the things in life that assail them. I would run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count all the people who have told me in the past year that they need to run every day. They cite their addiction to the act of running or their need to socialize. The friendships and comradery have gotten many through rough patches. They love it here. Officers in every position need to understand and respect that.

Every action, decision, and policy needs to be done, made, and created with that greatness in mind. I look forward to passing the mantel to the next administration. I am excited to see the ways they will affect the club and its members for the better. And I hope they understand the responsibility of their positions.

New Routes!

Mikey T’s Wild Wacky Day Off (8.5 miles):

I would recommend running this route with someone who has done it before if it’s your first time, but it just goes University blvd -> Drexel st -> sligo creek -> south northwest -> back to sph.


Briggs Beltway Bash (7.5 miles):

This one isn’t too hard to follow, just run on the trolley trail towards hamster cage but don’t turn towards hamster cage and keep running straight. Run on Rhode Island until you reach Sunnyside park, then follow the trail in the park to a tall building, then run back on Route 1 until you reach Cherry Hill, then take cherry chill back.


Cherry Kill (or Cherry don’t get yourself killed) (9.5 miles):

This one is pretty easy to follow, but I would avoid doing it with a large group, as you have to run on Cherry Hill rd, which is extremely sketchy. Go down cherry chill, then when you get to the end take a left, follow cherry hill until you reach sellman road, then run up the big hill and take a right on Montgomery back to route 1, then back to cherry chill and back to campus.


I’ll add more routes as they are discovered. S/o to Colin for the names

Tips from a freshman Terp Runner ;)

Hello past, present, and future Maryland Club Runners if you’ve made it this far congratulations either Briggs forced you onto his spiffy new website or you’re so dedicated you dug deep enough to find the blog. Regardless you’ve managed to find something super special… my first ever blog post!!! So sit back and relax as I take you through my top 4 tips for freshmen Terp Runners!

1. North by Northwest, Cherry Chill, Riverdale, which running route do I take?
Look I’ll be frank with you College Park may not seem like the best place to run, but in all honesty it’s not half bad. If all you’ve done for 4 years was jog around campus that’s your loss. There are miles of trails where you can go up hills, run around lakes, and even long run down to D.C. Whatever you choose to do just remember every Thursday, 4-7, is the Riverdale farmers market, hey food detours are always acceptable in my book.

2. Never underestimate the value of your guest pass
Like me maybe you got your dinning plan and said why would I need 6 guest passes I don’t know a single upperclassman at Maryland. That my friend is where you’ve gone wrong, guest passes are an invaluable commodity. Oh you’ve perfected the left hand swipe you say! The left hand swipe may often be seen as cold and disconnected instead show your favorite upperclassman some love and maybe tomorrows workout won’t be so hard.

3.What is Briggs’s real name?
I’m going to be honest with you… I don’t know. If you can figure out the real story behind why he’s called Briggs please let me know it’s been 6 weeks and all I’ve gotten is some story about a Trey sized bear and perpetually being known as a freshman.

4. Should I race? 8k’s/6k’s seem hard and why waste a perfectly good Saturday on running?
Should you? is this even a question of course you should! Okay to be fair we all know that feeling when you show up to a meet with the immense pressure of 2 coaches and an entire team on your shoulders. Well you’re on the club team now the only pressure should be to win the free candy bars the top 10 runners get. Maybe the heat got to you today and you couldn’t quite crack the top 10 never fear someone is always down for chipotle where you can celebrate that new Pr with a burrito bowl and the brand new chipotle queso. On another note if your race was in the state of Virginia that’s a prize unto itself.

Well there it is my first ever blog post! Hope you learned something because at the time of it’s posting this is officially a top 6 blog post. Have great evening and keep on running!

Your favorite freshman from Virginia!

RIP Briggs??

The other day I had a weird dream, as I do quite often. This one involved the club taking a trip to an amusement park for Patsy’s birthday I think who really knows, but while there Luanne and I were heading to the bathroom when we saw a news alert on a TV. There was a car crash and one of the victims was BRIGGS. It didn’t say whether he was alive or not and then the dream ended. After that I didn’t see Briggs for like two days and lowkey thought he was actually in some sort of accident. Glad you’re okay Briggs!
Sorry for any inappropriately structured sentences in this blog post, Katrina, but we should take what we can get considering nothings been posted here in over a month.

The Perfect Woman

It just reoccurred to me and I started day dreaming about this experience I had. This happened one time over this past summer. At the most unsuspecting moment, I was caught off guard when the most beautiful woman I have ever seen crossed my path. I felt the need to share this story with all of you because… it happened while I was running.

It was August 7, 2016 early in the morning. My day started with an early wake up call so I could drive out to the NCR Trail to do my Sunday long run before work. It was a pretty standard Sunday, I thought. For those unfamiliar with this trail. It is a very flat rail trail that runs straight for dozens of miles, so it’s always an out and back run. The trail is covered in shade in the morning. A very nice feeling for a hot summer morning. The air felt cool as I was running by lively green trees passing a plethora of fellow runners of all ages and physical abilities. I have seen many attractive runners on this trail before but never gave a second thought about it. Many runners give a friendly wave to a comrade in short shorts. It’s a great feeling for the first 5 miles or so. The population thins as we go further out but eventually I turn around at the mile 7 marker. I re-enter the heavily populated zone of friendly runners. This time I was a bit more tired. I had just passed mile 11 when …(pause for dramatic effect)…it happened.

I look up. Far down the trail I see a female runner with something of a easy looking stride. Something typically seen on the trail. As I was running towards her, and she towards me, I sensed the most amazing feeling tugging at my soul. I couldn’t help myself from having a smile appear across my face. I felt as if the world was moving in slow motion when I was looking at her. She was absolutely perfect from head to toe. I still wish to this day I would’ve spoken to her but I could not muster any words as we passed by each other. My breath was taken away, but my memory of her speaks volumes.

I still remember her perfect casual run with that perfect mid-foot stride in her Brooks running shoes that showed she was quite an experienced runner. Her legs a beautiful tan, looking quite nice with minimal imperfections up to her pink Nike running shorts. Her yellow tank top went so well with those shorts and a white running hat to complete the outfit. It was a look that a woman over the age of 50 should never be able to pull off… but she did it perfectly. Her long grey hair was pulled back into a pony tail that bounced marvelously along with her stride. Her strong jaw and relaxed shoulders while running commanded a soothing look of power that is nearly indescribable. This woman was flawless.

Her fitness was impeccable even before considering the fact that she had already birthed 2 successful kids (a daughter who’s 23 and graduated from Cornell, and a son who’s 20 and studying at UMD). But we won’t let this take away from how successful she is. I could talk for hours about her and this moment we shared. Alas, time only seemed to be in slow motion as much as I wanted it to stop. Eventually this woman was behind me as we ran by each other, and her back was facing mine. She might not have even noticed me to this day, but I sure noticed her. After this encounter, I wish I would’ve at least said hello to Debbie Tiburzi.

We thank you Frank.