Canoeing and Kayaking

Williamsburg runners chart different paths to weekend victories

"So how did you spend your summer?" is the standard essay that kids write after they return to school after the Labor Day weekend.

That's also an appropriate question for Williamsburg-area runners.

Some enjoy the local road racing scene so much, they continue to lace up their racing shoes, no matter what the temperature. Others forgo the summer races to work on their base training for fall races like the marathon or half marathon, taking a sabbatical during the most hazy, hot and humid months from mid-June through August.

And a third group varies their routine through cross-training, trying triathlons, swimming, or other outdoor adventures like kayaking,...