Hi folks – another reminder that we have also started posting these on our blog. Some people have already commented on how useful it is, to not have to search for emails later in the week. We have also recently updated the mobile version of our website – so make sure you let us know if you see anywhere we can improve…

*** Hash Run Tonight – PRR Arlington at 6:30 PM (YEAH!).   Never been to one?   We have our own version that is much tamed compared to the infamous hash runs in our area.     You should all come and give this unique run a whirl.   It is a fantastic way to keep a diverse set of running abilities together for a social run (more details below).

We have a recovery week in front of us!   Remember, it is a recovery week and not an off week.   Recovery workouts (easy, shorter distances) are instrumental in getting the blood moving – flushing out the junk and bringing new nutrients and minerals to help your muscles repair themselves from the previous weeks of hard work.

Get them in – even if your 40 minute run ends up being 30 – it is still worth every step! DO NOT LET THE HARD WORK GO DOWN THE TUBES….recovery weeks count too.

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In this email:

1.   Important Announcements and Reminders for this week

2. Overview of events and activities for this week.

3.   REMINDER FOR SECRET PARKING SPOT FOR MONDAY NIGHT RUNS AND HH’S

4.   What is a hash run?   We will teach you when you come, but until then this will help you understand!

5.   Wed Happy Hour – Republic Kitchen and Bar (5:30 PM)

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1.   Important Announcements and Reminders for this week

A.   Don’t forget the post Monday Run, Post Monday HH Game of Thrones Viewing Party at David and Anne’s. All are invited – 3926 4th St Apt 3 Arlington VA

B.   Wed Happy Hour Location – SPIDER KELLY’s – 5:30/6:00 PM – Clarendon

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2. Overview of events and activities for this week.

  1. Monday Recovery Week Hash Run – 6:30 PM PRR Arlington, Post Run dinner and HH at The Green Turtle or Game of thrones at David and Anne’s.
  2. Monday Swim – 12:30 PM at Wakefield HS
  3. Tuesday Swims – 5:30 at Providence, 6:00 at Chinquapin, 6:30 at Marymount, 12:30 at Chinquapin, 8:00 PM at American University
  4. Wed Roll and Recover (I HAVE FOAM ROLLERS TO LEND – just bring your towel or matt) – 6:00 AM at Lyon Village
  5. Wed Happy Hour – 5:30/6:00 PM at Spider Kelly’s – Clarendon
  6. Wed Swims – 6 AM at Chinquapin, 12:30 PM at Wakefield HS
  7. Thursday Swims – 5:30 at Providence, 6:00 at Chinquapin, 6:30 at Marymount, 12:30 at Chinquapin, American University at 8 PM
  8. Thursday Yoga – 6:30 PM at Lyon Village Community House
  9. Friday Roll and Recover – 6:00 AM at Lyon Village (again – come and I will lend you a roller!)
  10. Friday Swim – Chinquapin Rec
  11.  Sat/Sun race weekend ”“ Rev 3 ”“ more deets in a separate e-mail
    Saturday run technique clinic ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ PRR Arlington
  12. Saturday hash run ”“ 9:30 AM ”“ PRR Arlington
    Sunday group ride ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
  13. Monday – Boot Camp – 6:00 AM at Lyon Village Community House.

Note ”“ more specific details and directions for the weekend workouts and will be provided later this week.   “This weekend in” e-mails are typically sent by COB on Thursdays.

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3.   REMINDER FOR SECRET PARKING SPOT FOR MONDAY NIGHT RUNS AND HH’S

  • When:   This parking is money for all Monday Runs/HH/Etc from PRR Arlington at 6:30 PM
  • Where:   PRR Arlington (Ballston: Corner of Glebe and Fairfax -across from Bw3’s)
  • PRR Website/Parking Instructions: http://www.potomacriverrunning.com/arlington-store-a2999
  • Google Map to “secret free parking spot”: http://goo.gl/maps/KBxQn
  • Directions for secret parking spot: To access the parking – you must come in from N George Mason Drive.   PLEASE LOOK AT THE GOOGLE MAP to get your bearings.   From Glebe Road, turn right on Wilson.   Then Turn Right on George Mason (at the McDonald’s), then take your second right onto Fairfax Dr.   Can’t miss it!   From there – it’s an easy walk to the store (and the restaurants).   I always park here.   Parking is free and has been plentiful.

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4.   What is a hash run?   We will teach you when you come, but until then this will help you understand!

a)           Basically ”“ this run is modeled after a rabbit hunt.   The rabbit(s) (called the Hare(s)) are released before we start the group run.

b)           The Hare(s) take a sack of flour and start running in any given direction and leave a trail.   At certain points ”“ they leave a decision.   More on this later”¦

c)             While the Hares are out ”“ the rest of us “circle up” and do a chalk talk.   Right at 6:30 or a little before.   The Hash Leaders will teach you how to read the trail, and how we communicate when hashing (fun, fun, fun)

d)           We (the hounds) start the run as a group.   All abilities.

e)           The faster runners obviously smoke the rest of us, BUT they get to the decision points first.   They have to split up and run off in three different directions to determine what trail is “the true trail”.

f)             While they are busy figuring out what the true trail is ”“ the rest of us are catching up at our leisurely pace.

g)           The goal is for the hounds to catch the hares.   Happens sometimes ”“ but rarely.

h)           There are SHORT CUTS ”“ the hash leaders will help us with this. So if you are new to running and can’t run the entire length of the trail ”“ do not worry!   We will cut the trail short.

i)               While Hashing ”“ there is sometimes an OPTION to partake in a frosty beverage, two, or more if you choose.   This is not required and there are alternative drinks available as well (water, for example).   At the run start there will be a cooler and you are welcome to quench your thirst but you do so at your discretion.   There will be a “beer check” or “shot check” somewhere along the route.   Again ”“ OPTIONAL.   We hang out ”“ have a social ”“ drink or don’t drink ”“ it’s up to you.   Then we all head out for the last leg of chasing the hares.

j)               When we get back to the finish (same place we started) ”“ again ”“ optional libations.

There is obviously much more to learn about hashing and I don’t want you to think you have to know anything to come and participate.   We’ll teach you!   And, all abilities really are welcome.   You have to start somewhere, right?   But if you are worried about your running speed or ability please reach out to me at the run, before we get started.   OK?   We are there to help.

Here is more information on Hashing in case you care to read.   Hashing is now a worldwide event, with over 1,000 clubs.   There are several clubs in the DC area, and there is a hash almost every night of the week in our general area.   Believe it or not.   Each new club is a part of a lineage, or the family tree.   Each club can be traced back to the original hash house.

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5.   Wed Happy Hour – Spider Kelly’s (5:30 PM)

  • Address: 3181 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington 22201
  • Phone: 703-312-8888
  • Website: http://spiderkellys.com/