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Welcome to the website of the Somerville Road Runners, Somerville Massachusetts' oldest running club. Bordering Boston and Cambridge, we're a motley crew that works hard, but doesn't let that get in the way of having a good time. SRR is a charitable, non-profit organization that sponsors many events a year including weekly runs, track workouts, annual races and even competitive but delicious cook-offs! Our club welcomes new members of all abilities. Read on to find out what we've been up to lately.



WHAT: SRR Kids is a FREE community-based non-competitive youth running program for kids.
When: Wednesday's from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Where: Tufts University track (Ellis Oval), 18 Lower Campus Road, Somerville MA

Registration for fall is now open. Learn more about this fun program!

Weekly Track Workout

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM -- Tufts Outdoor Track


Tatyana Podznyakova workout


This is one of my favorite workouts.  It is difficult more for the concentration that it requires than for how physically taxing it is.  It is good for everyone but perfect for anyone aiming for a fall marathon

This is a single, continuous run on the track.  You should mentally break it down into 800s because you will be alternating the pace every 800 meters between your MARATHON pace (MP) and your THRESHOLD pace.  Start off at your THRESHOLD pace.  The total distance you will run depends upon your weekly mileage.  If you are feeling good, feel free to exceed these recommendations but fall Marathoners, I hope you are trying to push your weekly mileage limits right now...

  • 0 - 45 miles per week: 4800 meters (6 x 800)
  • 46-60 miles per week: 6400 meters (8 x 800)
  • 61+ miles per week: 8000 meters (10 x 800)


If you find yourself unable to hit THRESHOLD pace before the workout is over, you may either stop the workout altogether (recommended) or try to run all the remaining 800s at MARATHON pace


The key to this workout is to truly alternate your pace and to pay attention to it.  Please do not turn this into just one single-paced run.  You are trying to teach your body to recover at marathon pace.  You'll want a good watch that you can hit every 800 to see the laps.

For marathon pace I am generally talking about your goal marathon pace -- not necessarily what you have done or even what Daniels says you should be able to do.  If your goal is realistic, you should be able to hit this.  If you do not have a goal pace and don't know what your marathon pace should be, it is generally somewhere from 15 to 20 second slower (per 8900) than your threshold pace.  For those in interval groups A and B, the gap is more like 15 seconds rather than 20.




21st Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 Miler

SRR Annual Event: 21st Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 Miler

Where: 40 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville MA (map)
When: Thursday, November 23rd @ 9 a.m.

T-shirts for the first 2400 entries onlly
Race sells out in advance... it has for over 10 years!!!

Deb Downs crushes Boston 2017

SRR Race Results

SRR Attacked the Boston Marathon again in 2017. Battles were won. Battles were lost. Legends were made.

Left: Ooooh! Boston Marathon! You're so scary! Deb looks terrified of you. (Photo by Paul Nelson)