newsletter 25 July 2012


Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we endure another week of sultry weather, the start of the Summer Olympic Games in London, updates from Livonia parkrun plus our parkrunner of the week feature.

Here we are eight weeks in and I’m nearly a loss for what to write. With pen in hand and keyboard clear of my son Alex’s salty snacks from earlier in the day, we’ll see what pearls of wisdom flow across the pages. This Friday marks the opening ceremony for the much anticipated 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. AS we admire the talent and skill of these world class athletes, you’ll be surprised to know you have more in common with these Olympians than you think. Several middle and long distance runners who will represent the British and Australian Olympic Team use parkrun as part of their training from time to time; They put their socks and shoes on and head out to a parkrun on Saturday morning, just like you!!

In the coming months, look for various themes upcoming at Livonia parkrun including a Halloween and Christmas parkrun. Who knows, we may even have a parkrun theme ‘Running With (plastic) Scissors’, something our mom’s told us to never do!! Don’t forget to follow Livonia parkrun on Facebook and Twitter!!

Have a great parkrun this week, either in Livonia or if your travels are taking you to another parkrun country.

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Run Happy!

Rick (email me)

Volunteer Reminder

We’re looking for more parkrun heroes….Our Volunteers!! Remember Livonia parkrun only happens because volunteers make them happen. Please do not wait to be asked, the organizers are sometimes bashful about asking for help, but they would be delighted if you stepped forward – our rule of thumb has always been that we ask all our most regular runners to volunteer three times a year. There are roles to suit everyone; it is very enjoyable and rewarding experience each Saturday morning. You’ll get your name in lights and you’ll gain points for the yearly competition!! Don’t be shy, email to sign-up and volunteer. Volunteer here.

Event News

Livonia parkrun

Hot Weather Training Alert!! This summer has been wonderful with copious amounts of sunshine and very warm days. While this weather is fine for sitting pool side or a day at the beach or on the lake, but not so much for your running or walking workouts. When the heat, humidity and dew points combine to unhealthy levels, make sure to scale back the workout and ensure you are consuming enough fluids throughout the day. Combining the actual Temperature and the Dew Point will give you suggestions for determining your workout.

Any value less than 80 is considered comfortable.
Any value greater than 90 is considered extreme.
Any value greater than 100 is considered hazardous.
Any value greater than 110 is considered dangerous.

Thank you to Livonia parkrunner Jen Greve for leading the post run yoga stretches. Everyone enjoys the cool down and learning new ways to keep flexible. Thanks, Jen!

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Several Livonia parkrun participants have expressed interest in meeting midweek evenings for a structured workout such as intervals, threshold running or a fartlek session. Please drop us a message to find out more.

Great to see Stephen Ferguson at last week’s Livonia parkrun. Stephen was in town for business and took advantage of joining up with new friends at Livonia parkrun. Look forward to see you again, Stephen!!

July 21 Livonia parkrun images

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Feedback from the field

None this week, BUT
 
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Callie Kane
Age:   28
Number of parkruns:   4
Number of times volunteered:   3
Home parkrun:   Livonia parkrun
Occupation:   Physical Therapist at Dwight Orthopedic Rehabilitation Company in Farmington Hills.
Family:   I married my high school sweetheart in 2010. He runs and plays hockey recreationally. I have a younger sister who works at The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. My mom is my workout buddy and we keep each other on track. My parents, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, bother-in-law, and 3 year old niece all live close by and we see them often.
What do you like about parkrun:   Although I have good friends who run, I have loved meeting other runners and walkers who truly enjoy the sport. I love knowing that there will always be a group of dedicated people out there on Saturday mornings to workout with and I am proud to be a part of the first parkrun in the US!
How has parkrun changed your running:   I love cross-country running but have not done much of it for a long time. I have also enjoyed learning more about training and racing from other parkrunners.
What are your future running and racing plans? :   I have a couple of 5 and 10Ks planned for the summer and hope to run the Brooksie Way Half Marathon in Rochester at the end of September. I am happy to be back into the sport and plan to continue running for many years.
Favorite Music or Band:   ‘Bruuuuce’ Springsteen...Can't wait to see him play with the E Street Band at Wrigley Field in Chicago in the fall!


Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

 

Newsletter 17 July 2012

 


Welcome to this week's newsletter

In this week’s newsletter: lots of inspiration, motivation (and perspiration) at Livonia parkrun; The Gingerbread Man makes his appearance; 3.1 miles of smiles and this week’s parkrunner of the week feature.

Each week I’ve engaged in conversation with Livonia parkrun participants, either prior to, after, even during and on occasion if seen out and am excited for each of you who are achieving your short term weekly goals and making steps towards realizing those long term ones a step at a time each Saturday morning. Whether the goal is to lose weight, improve fitness, complete the course with minimal to zero walk breaks, to run or walk a personnel best or to simply respond to your alarm clock each Saturday morning to get up and get going to parkrun. I applaud each of you for not settling for mainstream mediocrity and for the commitment you make to yourself, your family, friend and community to make parkrun what it has become. It is no easy task to commit to a running / walking program especially in the heat of the summer we have been enjoying. Use the encouragement and camaraderie of your fellow parkrunners and walkers each Saturday morning to make your running or walking steps more enjoyable and easier toward achieving your goals. Don’t forget to follow Livonia parkrun on Facebook and Twitter!!

Rick

Run Happy!

Rick (email me)

Volunteer Reminder

Remember Livonia parkrun only happens because volunteers make them happen. Please do not wait to be asked, the organizers are sometimes bashful about asking for help, but they would be delighted if you stepped forward – our rule of thumb has always been that we ask all our most regular runners to volunteer three times a year. There are roles to suit everyone, and it is very enjoyable and rewarding experience each Saturday morning. Don’t be shy, email us to sign-up and volunteer.

Workout Wednesday

Several Livonia parkrun participants have expressed interest in meeting Wednesday evenings at 6pm for a structured workout such as intervals, threshold running or a fartlek session. If you are looking to improve your road race or cross country performances later this summer or fall, please drop us a message for more information.

Event News

Livonia parkrun

Each week our ace parkrun photographer has been capturing those 'Kodak Moments' .As I have looked through the images, I’ve noticed one common theme amongst everyone, Not Running Shoes, Not the various MP3 players, Not the watches, Heart Rate Monitors or GPS units, but the SMILES!! As much as each of you are challenging and pushing yourself, you never stop smiling. Check out the pics later in the newsletter. Awesome!! [para]At last week’s Livonia parkrun, Gingerbread Man decided to make his first appearance. As the run was underway, I began my walk to my designated course marshal location. Within a few minutes, I noticed the first runners passing the first half kilometer mark when suddenly Ginger Bread Man appeared with William Pederson. William has been showing a clean pair of heals to the other parkrunners the past few weeks, so when he was no longer up front pressing the pace I realized Ginger Bread Man had temporarily sidetracked William. As suddenly as Ginger Bread Man appeared, he was ‘dropped’, until deciding to reappear with parkrun leader James Lakin with less than one kilometer remaining causing James to sidetrack away from the course while ‘dispersing’ Ginger Bread Man. It was at this point, first time parkrunner Steve Erickson seized this moment and took the lead to the tape for his initial parkrun first male across the line. Beware of the Ginger Bread Man; you’ll never know when he will appear!!

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Livonia parkrun….3.1 miles of smiles every Saturday morning

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Feedback from the field

None this week, BUT
 
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Sheila Dow
Club:   None
Age:   46
Home parkrun:   Livonia parkrun
Occupation:   Sr. Editor for the School Market for Gale/Cengage Learning
Family:   I am married to my wonderful husband Ian Dow and we have three great children Lilly 15, Carson 10, and Maggie 6.
What do you like about parkrun:   I love so many things about park run where should I begin? I love that running outdoors has really broken up my winter routine, which usually consists of running on the track indoors at the Livonia Recreation Center. This is my first running experience in a cross country environment and I believe that running on grass has put less stress on my feet and ankles so I love this. I love the fact that my family has joined me for parkrun because it is great to share the outdoors and a healthy activity with them. I love that I get to run with my friends--old and new--and we support each other and we get to swap our running stories.
How has parkrun changed your running:   I feel more committed to working out other days of the week so I can keep up my time at parkrun on Saturday
What are your future running and racing plans? :   My next race is the Warrior Dash at the end of July. I never really thought I would do a race that combined running with crazy obstacles so it should be interesting.
Favorite Music or Band:   I really like all music but I would have to say that my favorite band is U2.


Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

 

Newsletter 9 July 2012


Welcome to this week's newsletter

In This Week’s Newsletter, Rick pontificates about registration and participation; ‘Getting Chicked’, Kids On The Go and our “parkrunner of the week’ feature.

Wow!! Five weeks in and we continue to have new parkrunners/walkers each week. Our followers on Facebook and Twitter are creating a buzz, not only locally but with a strong international following with likes from the United Kingdom and Australia. Livonia parkrun registration is nearing the 200 mark. In the last week, I’ve also been contacted by several other Michigan cities about parkrun for their communities. Thanks to each of you, Livonia parkrun is becoming the weekly sanctuary for runners and walkers in the community. I encourage you to invite your neighbors, friends, and work place colleagues, others you run or walk with to join us each Saturday morning. If you have not gotten yourself out of early Saturday morning slumber to join us, you are truly missing out on 3,1 miles of friendships, smiles, stories and swift feet running and walking. From those who are at the swim club too late the night before and dutifully wakeup early Saturday, to those who are asleep early on Friday evening with visions of personal bests the next morning, parkrun will be there for each of you every Saturday morning.

 

Rick

 

Run Happy!

Rick (email me)

Volunteer Reminder

A really big "thank you" to all of our volunteers each Saturday morning. Without your support, enthusiasm and commitment, parkrun would not exist. Special thank you to Robert Vance, our keeper of the clock. Robert, his wife Sara and daughters Olivia and Elizabeth travel from Saline each Saturday morning to Livonia parkrun. Is it Robert’s attention to detail or his sugar buzz from Arizona Raspberry Tea which ensures all of our parkrun participant’s finishing times are flawlessly clicked and recorded for downloading later in the morning?

With summer and vacations in full swing, it can be more difficult to recruit full volunteer teams to organise each event. Remember that all our events only happen because volunteers make them happen. Please do not wait to be asked, the organisers are sometimes bashful about asking for help, but they would be delighted if you stepped forward – our rule of thumb has always been that we ask all our most regular runners to volunteer three times a year. There are roles to suit everyone, and it is very enjoyable and rewarding experience each Saturday morning.

Workout Wednesday at Livonia parkrun

Several Livonia parkrunners who are looking to improve their road racing or cross-country performances have inquired of getting a group together on Wednesday evenings at 6pm for a workout session of either intervals, fartlek or a temp run. If you are interested, please email me for more details.

Event News

Livonia parkrun

At last week’s Livonia parkrun, the fellas were ‘Chicked’ in numbers. My memory seems to recall three gents and the remainder of parkrunners or walkers being of the opposite gender. Where are you lads and gentleman? Will not be long until collegiate star Julia Kenney, Callie Kane or another fleet footed fair maiden is first in with weekly consistency, possibly joining the Sub 17 Club. Then you lads will really have been ‘Chicked’! Come’ on fellas, Zip Up your man suit and get out here on Saturday morning!

The last few weeks at Livonia parkrun has seen an increase in the number of younger runner participants. Watching my own two boys Alex and Adam, my nieces Olivia and Elizabeth or other children of parkrun participants running each Saturday is truly a joy. One minute they may be looking for toads in the woods or frogs and crayfish in the creek, the next they are in full flight, even if only for the first kilometer, challenging anyone in their path. So much has been written about the health and lifestyles of our youth. From the “experts” policing school lunches including chocolate milk to how much running they should be doing, it’s refreshing to see the energy and excitement they display. parkrun is the perfect venue for young runners to develop their fitness for other sports and recreational activities or to begin developing their interest in the sport of athletics and running. parkrun offers the perfect environment; no pressure, no expectations, they can run as fast as slow as they’d like with their friends or family. parkrun will help to begin building their running identity, making them stronger both physically and mentally, more so than they may have ever imagined. If you find your son, daughter, nephew or niece developing an interest in running, encourage them to come to parkrun where they can begin to find their strength and to separate themselves, to stand out and be noticed. Watching these young runners on Saturday morning brings to mind words from country star Trisha Yearwood:

“I wanna go too far;
I wanna go to fast,
Somebody draw a line
so I can blow right past…”

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Feedback from the field

None this week, BUT
 
Drop me an email if you have an interesting parkrun related fact, happening or comment that you would like to share with all parkrunners.

parkrunner of the week

parkrunner of the week
Name:   Mark Bjertness
Club:   None
Age:   43
Home parkrun:   Livonia parkrun
Occupation:   Vice President and Senior Counsel – The Huntington National Bank – Legal Department
What are your future running and racing plans:   Nothing to fancy. My running plans are to keep running, and keep the weight I lost off (50 lbs). I would like to do a 10K this year and also have a goal of trying to run a 5K under 25:00 before the end of the summer.
How has parkrun changed your running:   I usually run on a treadmill during my lunch hour break. parkrun has renewed my interest in getting outdoors for a run. It has a nice park setting and reminds me of running cross country in high school.
What do you like about parkrun:   parkrun allows me to get out one more day each week, it’s a free event and gives me an opportunity to judge my fitness since it is timed.
Favorite Ice Cream:   Baskin Robins Mint Chocolate Chip


Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode
Barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. No barcode, No result!

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered here.

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.

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