Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  March 15, 2023        

     In this Issue:


  1. 6 reasons to run by feel (not your watch)
  2. 13 runners take on Loop 3 at 2023 Barkley Marathons
  3. Photos This Week
  4. Upcoming Events: May 28 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon June Apex Trail Races 2023
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North and Laurentian XC News






6 reasons to run by feel (not your watch)
For your next run, try leaving your watch at home


Nowadays, GPS watches are so common, and many runners refuse to train without one. While these watches can certainly be a huge help in training, it’s not a bad idea to run without one from time to time and train solely based on feel. We’re not saying to ditch your watch forever, but maybe leave it at home for one or two runs each week. Still not convinced? Here are six reasons that may change your mind.

You’ll be more positive
It’s easy to get down on yourself when you run with a watch on days when you’re not at your best. Every time you look at it, you see that your pace is slower than you expected to run, and that’s going to wear you down mentally (and might make you run even slower!). If you run without a watch, you may feel slower than usual, but you’ll be less bothered, because, no watch. (It’s a Jedi mind trick, and trust us, it works.)


Maybe you can push harder
If you go into a run with a certain goal pace in mind, you may stop pushing when you reach that speed. It may not be a conscious decision, but your brain will see the pace on the watch and tell you to hold it right there. In reality, though, you might be able to push even faster. If you run based on feel, then you’ll get the most out of your body and your brain won’t trick you into running any slower than your best. (Unless your coach has prescribed that you run a certain pace and no faster–then you should absolutely use your watch, and not exceed the recommended pace, which will be specific to the purpose of the workout.)

Easy days should be easy
Even on easy days, when you’re supposed to be taking things slow, it can be a bit of a shot to the ego to see a less-than-impressive pace on your watch. Because of this, far too many runners go faster than they should on easy days, despite knowing full well that easy runs should be easy and conversational. If you don’t have a watch constantly reminding you that you could, in fact, go faster, it will be easier to convince yourself to take it easy.

You can still track it
If you really feel the need to keep track of your run for your personal log or for Strava, there’s no reason you can’t still track it without wearing your watch. Take your phone with you and track it that way. Then you’ll still get the workout data, while running by feel.

It’s good practice
What are you going to do if race day comes and your watch glitches out (or dies because you forgot to charge it)? If you rely on your watch to tell you if you’re running too quickly or slowly, then on the off-chance it’s not working, you won’t have any idea how to tackle your race. Every now and then, practise running by feel, just so you’re ready for the unfortunate day that your watch lets you down.

You might like it
There’s a chance that you’ve been running with a watch for so long that you don’t remember how nice it can be to run without one.






13 runners take on Loop 3 at 2023 Barkley Marathons


March 15, 2023

For the first time since 2015, 13 runners have completed two loops at the Barkley Marathons under the cutoff time of 26 hours and 40 minutes. All 12 runners are now on loop three at Frozen Head State Park in Wartburg, Tenn.

Among the 13 runners are major contenders Karel Sabbe, John Kelly, Damian Hall, Jared Campbell and Jasmin Paris.

Hall has been working with Kelly, completing the first leg in eight hours and 17 minutes and the second leg in just over 20 hours elapsed. The two men are joined at the front of the race by Barkley virgin Christophe Nonorgue of Switzerland, a 42-year-old experienced ultratrail runner who’s competed at Madeira, Diagonale des Fous on Reunion Island and UTMB, and Albert Herrero Casas of Spain, who returns to Frozen Head for the second time after completing one loop in 2022.

Runners were understandably slower on loop two than loop one, considering they were going in the opposite direction, in the dark. It was also extremely cold last night–Barkley tweeter Keith Dunn mentioned that the water jugs at the Fire Tower were “frozen solid.”

A group of three trailed the lead group of four, including three-time Barkley finisher Campbell and Sabbe, who is making his third appearance at Barkley after attempting a fourth loop in 2022. The third runner in the group about 30 minutes behind Hall and Kelly is Joe McConaughy, who is racing Barkley for the first time.

For the second straight year, Paris is the last woman standing at Barkley, completing two loops in 21:13:07. Last year, Paris achieved a fun run after completing three loops of the course just under the cutoff time of 40 hours. She has been on a faster pace at this year’s race, completing the first two loops two and a half hours faster than she did last year. No female runner has ever finished the race.

Other runners who have completed two loops are Aurélien Sanchez (FRA), Pavel Paloncý (CZE), Guillaume Calmettes (FRA), Tomokazu Ihara (JAP) and Aaron Bradner (USA).

The completion of two loops means that runners are 40 per cent done, but the best is yet to come as the runners begin to battle with sleep deprivation and the nasty terrain of Frozen Head State Park.

Dunn, who is one of the very few reliable sources for information on the race, says runners are taking the “interloopal” period more seriously. “There’s been a much quicker turnaround than I have observed in the past, and the crews are focused on time,” he says.

Loop three also is counterclockwise, the same as loop two. The fourth loop will be clockwise, which is easier, according to Dunn. If more than one runner starts loop five, they must travel in opposite directions.

If runners complete a third loop in under 36 hours, they must choose between settling for a “fun run” or going out for a fourth loop (which means they don’t get to claim a fun run). Some might say it hardly matters, since both are a DNF if they don’t finish all five loops with the 60-hour cutoff. (No one has achieved this since Kelly did it in 2017.)

There are no Canadians in this year’s race, though Jodi Isenor of Nova Scotia, who has made five appearances at the Barkley, is crewing Kelly, which he also did in 2017, when Kelly finished.







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