Middletown Athletic Club

(serving the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend, Delaware Running Community since 2002)

"That's the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is."  - Kara Goucher


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  • February 06, 2020 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have 2 vacant positions and another opening in March. We meet once a quarter for a few hours to review financials, club status, and upcoming events that support our mission while having fun. We welcome new ideas and new people to support them. We try to divide and conquer tasks outside of the officer roles. Respecting that we all have jobs and personal lives, we encourage Board members to participate in MAC sponsored events within reason. Please email macrunning@verizon.net if you are interested in learning more, or talk to one of the current board members, Phil, Charlie, Lauren, Martina, or Beth.

  • February 06, 2020 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While living in San Diego, I tried joining a few running clubs (three to be exact), but decided a running club wasn’t for me.  While it was nice to join a group of runners at different locations in the most beautiful city in California, it wasn’t a fit for me.  My first try started great upon arrival with everyone appearing friendly and welcoming, to ending with the group leaving before I even made it back to my car. The second group I tried was the famous “SDTC”, with 800 members. I was sure to find a friend.. I arrived at Mission Bay Park on Saturday morning that happened to be their “time trial day”.  They had a course marked and clock set up to time everyone. I though “fun”, kinda like a free 5k! The next run was Tuesday night where I was “grouped” with the walkers because my time was too slow for the runners! I never returned. SD had a fun adult social activity league which I was a captain of a kickball team. Adults would play and different watering holes would sponsor the social hour afterwards. They offered a running group so I gave this one a try. While much less competitive than last experience- it was definitely like moving to a new high school in the middle of the year when all the “cliqs” have already been formed.

     

    So when I moved back to Delaware in 2010 a coworker told me about MAC and I was less than excited to check out the club. She forwarded me a couple of Andy Shearers club update emails. They were full of riddles and fun comments about people. I was intrigued. I emailed Andy and asked if there were any “turtles” in the group or are there mostly elite athletes and fast runners? He welcomed me and said there were runners of all levels. Sure enough- there were all ages and speeds that Saturday morning. I was introduced, waited for and talked to afterwards- even invited to Dunkin Donuts where Barb Ward slipped me acoupon for a free coffee! Everyone said see you next Saturday as I left. Over the weeks to come Barb and Joe Ward took me under their wings, coached and inspired me, the and while my “pace” didn’t match the Soucy’s, Heaths and Shearer families they all took an interest in my runs and made me feel part of this special community. Almost 10 years later, There are so many people that have been part of my MAC experience and friends made have become family. When I introduced my friend visiting from San Diego to MAC on club run, he felt welcomed and could feel what a special group of people I belonged to. That friend (now my husband) moved to Delaware a few years ago and we are proud to say we plan on being active in the club for a long, long time.


  • February 01, 2020 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Strength Training to be a Better Runner

    I was reading a book earlier this week and came across an intriguing analogy explaining the necessity of strength training for runners. It went something like this:

    Consider your runner’s body is like a race car. Your heart & lungs are the engine. We can upgrade our “horsepower” by running & cross training. This aerobic exercise help our hearts pump more blood more strongly, develops a better vascular system to deliver that blood, and stronger lungs to move more air.

    Sometimes as runners the only training we do is to “upgrade our horsepower.”

    Now consider the car. Let’s say it has a powerful engine. Even so, you can “run easy” with that car by taking it slow on the gas pedal and slowing down in turns. The tires, brakes, transmission, and suspension can handle that.

    But let’s say you drop a Corvette engine into a Honda Fit. Too much power can overwhelm the system, for example:

    ·        Go too hard on the gas pedal and you can spin your tires

    ·        You could go too fast and overwhelm the suspension in a corner

    ·        Too fast to stop soon enough, overwhelming the brakes

    ·        Sometimes the car can overheat if you run it too fast for too long

    But in the actual Corvette, a high-performance car through ad through, all of the parts of the car have been upgraded for better performance.

    Back to the runner’s body:

    ·        Our feet are like a car’s tires

    ·        Our legs and hips are like a car’s transmission

    ·        The tendons and ligaments in our legs are like the car’s suspension

    ·        And so on

    If we make a habit of only training our “engine” then that part gets stronger more quickly than the rest of our “running machine.” When we have a strong engine (heart & lungs) it’s easier to run too hard and overwhelm the other parts of our machine.

     We need to train the entire body. Running-oriented strength training allows us to “upgrade” the other parts of our running machine so that our tires, transmission, and suspension all become the high-performance parts we are looking for.


  • January 03, 2020 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!

    In 2020, promise yourself that you’ll be your own best friend.

    I see many people posting online or saying in person things about themselves that would be considered rude if another person were saying such things about them. For example: “I’m too fat (or too old or too slow);” “I’m not a real runner because...;” I could never do THAT because;" and the list goes on.

    At one time or another, you've probably been guilty of this yourself. I know I have. Stop and reflect for a moment on some of the things you've told yourself that have negatively impacted your running: "Such a long day at work;" "I just can't run in this wind;" "I can't breathe in this cold weather;" "I just wilt in the heat." THIS list is nearly endless. These obstacles are not real, they are in your mind! Plenty of people run after work, run headlong into the wind, run in the wintertime, run during August afternoons. You can, too!

    This year, promise yourself that you’ll be your own best friend. Don't be rude to yourself. Don't tell yourself things that will get in your way, that will bring you down. STOP thinking these dream-taking, hope-crushing, performance-stealing thoughts. Instead, START being your own best friend. Start speaking words of positivity, support, and encouragement to yourself. I mean this literally. Say them out loud! (Go ahead, try it now. You know you want to.)

    Negative thoughts can drain your inner strength, but positive words can make you stronger. Do yourself a favor and try this: when you have a negative thought ("Ugh, this hill is so steep"), immediately overcome it by speaking positive words aloud to yourself ("You are going to crush this hill!") It's ok if you only whisper, just make sure your lips are moving and air is crossing your vocal cords.

    Studies have shown that a second-person point of view works best. Choose a phrase that starts with "You are" or "You will." Then say it aloud to yourself. Repeat it like a mantra until the negative thought has been purged from your brain. (Studies also show that swearing makes people stronger and increases their pain tolerance so if you're so inclined throw a naughty word into your mantra, but keep your voice down!)

    This is real, folks. It's also January 2020, so make this year's resolution one that will improve your running almost immediately! YOU are going to crush this year!

    https://www.success.com/say-this-not-that-7-responses-for-common-negative-thoughts/

    https://www.outsideonline.com/2399632/self-talk-study

    https://www.sciencealert.com/swearing-really-can-make-you-stronger-according-to-new-research


  • March 24, 2017 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As promised, here are the Core Sling exercises that Lauren Grieder presented at our recent club meeting.  These are some great exercises to get muscles activated in preparation for your runs.  Check them out and give them a try!  You can see descriptions and photos of the exercise at this link:  Core sling activation[1].pdf

  • March 01, 2017 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is a listing of new classes (free) being offered at the REI store near the Christiana Mall.  Check them out at the following link:  New REI Course Offerings - REI Christiana

  • January 26, 2017 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a few minutes to check out the most recent copy of the RRCA "Keeping Pace" newsletter.  This is one of the benefits of our club (being a RRCA sanctioned club).  These news letters offer interesting information on running, injury prevention and diet.  Check it out at the following link: RRCA - Keeping Pace Newsletter


  • December 07, 2016 6:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a few minutes to check out the most recent copy of the RRCA "Keeping Pace" newsletter.  This is one of the benefits of our club (being a RRCA sanctioned club).  These news letters offer interesting information on running, injury prevention and diet.  Check it out at the following link: RRCA - Keeping Pace Newsletter


  • November 10, 2016 6:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a few minutes to check out the most recent copy of the RRCA "Keeping Pace" newsletter.  This is one of the benefits of our club (being a RRCA sanctioned club).  These news letters offer interesting information on running, injury prevention and diet.  Check it out at the following link: RRCA - Keeping Pace Newsletter


  • October 20, 2016 6:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a few minutes to check out the most recent copy of the RRCA "Keeping Pace" newsletter.  This is one of the benefits of our club (being a RRCA sanctioned club).  These news letters offer interesting information on running, injury prevention and diet.  Check it out at the following link: RRCA - Keeping Pace Newsletter


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