With summertime temperatures in DC often topping 100 degrees, running a marathon is usually the farthest thing from most people’s minds, but in 2011 race director Jay Wind had a brainstorm: how about taking the fun inside?  Thus was born the Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon, held on a 200 meter indoor track at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington VA.  If you’re wondering, that adds up to 211 laps, which should be enough to drive most runners crazy, if they weren’t crazy already.

You could see where this is going: yes, I signed up for the race.  On July 14 I’ll line up with 28 other registrants to tackle the race.  Although running in circles may not sound like fun, there are many unique advantages to this race: music with every step, 211 aid station oportunities, guranteed no-cancellation-for-bad-weather policy, and constant access to bathrooms.  Also, all participants will be able to see the winner break the tape, no matter how their own race is going.  And speaking of winners, a likely contender is Arlington’s own Mike Wardian, a national ultramarathon champion, Olympic Marathon Trials participant, and winner of many marathons, including the National Marathon and Miami Marathon.  In 2010, Mikebkoke the world record for an indoor marathon with a time of 2:27:21, and in honor of that (or to lure him back) Jay Wind named this race after Mike’s two sons.

If you’re in the neighborhood on July 14, swing on by and give a cheer.  29 possibly insane runners would surely appreciate it.  

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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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