I don't know about you, but I left everything I had on the course Saturday. As I neared the finish line, I kept thinking how glad I was that it was an 8k and not the 10k. I don't know how I would have made it another 1.2 miles.

So that tells me I've got some work to do. The taper week was a nice break, but we've got 7 weeks to the August 12 Goodyear 10k. I don't have a 10k Training Plan in hand yet - I'll make sure we have that by our Saturday outing - so in the meantime if you're an 8k runner or walker, go back to your pre-taper routine this week.

If you're a 1-miler, keep up your routine as well. I noted on a previous blog that I have a 1 mile race in mind for you in August, but I've learned a second option might be available. It could be a couple of weeks until I'm sure, so stay tuned and no slacking!

This Saturday and for the next three weeks we'll be moving to my hometown of Barberton, where we'll catch the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. (Can you believe I live just one mile from where my great grandparents settled after immigrating in 1903?!)

The city has offered to let us park in the lot next to the Robinson Avenue bridge. It is catty-corner from the McDonald's at 500 W Tuscarawas Ave., if you need a GPA address.  See the map here:



After our pre-race stretch in the parking lot, we will walk/run over the Robinson Avenue bridge to the opposite side of the canal, which is where we catch the footbridge onto the trail. The bridge is a bit long and steep, so we will consider that part of our training!

Once on the trail we will head south. About a half mile from the footbridge, we come to Snyder Avenue (the Wolf Creek trailhead.) We'll cross that and not be bothered by another road until the Vanderhoof trailhead, which is another 2.4 miles (which you will only reach if you intend to put in 6 total miles for the day.)



Because this is a straight path and not a loop, it is up to us individually to decide when we've reached half of our training goal and turn around. If you have a phone app like MapMyRun or MapMyWalk, or if you use a Fitbit or something similar to keep track of your mileage, you'll be all set. If you don't have anything like that, I will be able to give you some landmarks to help you judge your distance.

At our last group outing, we voted overwhelmingly to move our run/walk to 8 a.m. so we could train in cooler temperatures. I also wanted to repeat something I said in another blog: I know some of you travel quite a distance to be with us. If 8 a.m. is too early for you, come on out at 9 a.m. We'll still be on the trail and hopefully you'll still benefit from the camraderie and support of passing your BLB teammates on their return. If you do intend to come at 9 a.m., write me at akronrun@thebeaconjournal.com and let me know and I'll make sure you get all the information you need to get started when you arrive!

Finally, let's get a group picture this Saturday. If you finished the 8k, bring your medal. If you finished the mile, wear your tech shirt. If you want to pin on your bib or hold it up, bring that too!

So in review:

*Group outing is Saturday, July 1 at the Robinson Avenue bridge in Barberton. We will return July 8 and July 15 as well.

* We have moved the time to 8 a.m.

* If you are starting late at 9 a.m., send me an email to akronrun@thebeaconjournal.com so I can get you more details.

* Bring your medal, and/or wear your tech shirt, and/or bring your bib for a group picture.

- Paula