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7/25/12 5:15 P

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Karen, Reminds me of Hashing clubs whose motto is "A Drinking Club with a Running Problem"

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7/25/12 2:35 P

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Oh, at least on my team (which is a triathlon team, not a running team, so YMMV), liking drinking coffee is a plus. Our team regularly hits the local coffee shop post workout!

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7/25/12 12:41 P

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I love being a part of a running club, it helps they meet around the corner from my house. It is very social club, we just do a 5k and we have all levels of runners.

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7/24/12 9:15 P

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Thanks for the input everybody. I have a friend who's thinking of joining too so maybe it would be good to join together.

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7/23/12 4:53 P

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I've been a member of one for awhile and finally went to a meetup yesterday. Now, my pace is still pretty slow and these people were FAST. So, I did not keep up. That was the downfall. BUT, these people are also experienced. And I just started this year. One of the guys actually wants to help me, in fact. It's a good group of people. So, I say not a bad experience. Can give you a chance to meet others with the same interests. And people with more experience and knowledge that might be willing to help you and guide you in the right direction.

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KAREN42BOYS that is exactly my plan with my group: Tuesday night track runs with them (speed work) and maybe some other shorter distance 'fun' runs, LSD runs by myself.

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7/23/12 12:29 P

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My recommendation to problems mentioned:

- "Can't find anyone to run my pace!" Pace groups are set up by people who come forward to lead them. You may need to break the ice and lead it yourself for a few weeks. Or forever. But sometimes it is worth it. As an aside, some fast runners will happily slow down for long runs (you just have to ask) for a variety of reasons including, of course, your sparkling personality and pleasant conversation.

- "Runs are too early!" See above. Admittedly, most long runs go out early because temps rise so quickly in the summer. So there is a good reason for it. (It also sucks to get to the trailhead only to find all the parking spaces filled.)


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7/23/12 12:19 P

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The last post made me think about how I use my team:

For the running training, I mainly join in for the track practice where it's focusing on sprints and intervals. The stuff I wouldn't do on my own. For my LSR, I like to do that on my own, so I don't have to think about anyone else's pace.

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Oh boy could I write a book about this!

I belong to a women's distance group, all ages and paces. I will just list pros and cons.

Pros:

Friendship, company on a long run, social events, finding new trails, safety in numbers, community service projects (they work with inner city kid track teams, pretty cool).

Cons:

I almost ALWAYS ended up either running way under my pace or way over it on long runs. I seem to be in a no-man's land of about an 11 minute mile for long slow runs. The runners in my group are either Boston qualifiers who run a 8:30 to 9:00 minute long run pace (sure, their marathon pace is 8:00 minutes and under!), or sub-4 hour marathoners who run a 9:30 to 10 minute long run pace, OR, women who run a 12:30 to 14:00 minute pace, with a lot of walk breaks (some do far more walking than running).

I am convinced the few injuries I have had were either caused, or greatly aggravated, by this situation, because it seemed most weekends it was the 'fast group' going the long distance I am running, and by default I would end up with them.

So common sense says 'run your own pace!' Easier said than done when you are on an unfamiliar trail and don't want to get lost or be isolated. And, isn't that the point of the group, to run WITH people?

I have now backed away from my group for the most part.

It wasn't a good fit for me, but I love the women in the group, so it's been a hard decision!

Mary


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7/23/12 11:11 A

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I am in my first running club and love it, they keep my pace and so much encouragment, that is what made me think I can actually do a half marathon

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I would absolutely recommend a running group! I've belong to 2 and liked both of them. I think what you get out of it depends on what you put into it but they are great. I'm not a fast runner either but the clubs usually have people of all abilities and ages and it might give you a challenge to keep up with more experienced runners. Usually my groups run a certain path or course and we all finish in our own time and meet at the end. If you find someone your pace, great! If not, no big deal, run at your own pace at meet at the end. The 2 clubs I joined were in different states but both were very welcoming and a great way to meet new people and run. You can decide what events you want to participate in and a lot of times there are volunteer opportunities and social events too.

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7/23/12 7:04 A

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I have gone a few times and our club is very friendly and supportive. They just run way too early in the morning for my liking. I would call them too or the website might describe the different groups and the mileage- our does and it is very helpful in have a starting point.

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7/23/12 2:10 A

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You mention 10-10 min mile. In my local club, that's the middle of the bell curve for paces! (We have one of the bigger clubs - over 4000 people - so I suspect my observation about paces is fairly representative of the amateur running community.)

I started by doing club races a few times a year without being a member for a few years until I realized it was cheaper to join! The people were friendly and it was easy to start up a conversation but I didn't really meet a lot of people until I started attending weekly workouts on a semi-regular basis.

Which club are you looking at joining?


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I think whether to join a running club or not is a little bit dependent on what role running plays in your life. For my running time is the time to relax and be by myself and my favorite running partners are my dogs. There is no obligation to hold any conversations. For people who enjoy entering races a running club can be a great way to learn more.

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7/22/12 9:45 P

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I love the idea of it - I've tried two different meetup groups and both times, since there were so few people in it, I unfortunately was the slowest so I either brought others down to my level or insisted that they run their pace and I ran alone. I actually am in a group now where 75% of the time I am solo during the meetup. I'm always optimistic that someone slower will join up! lol

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7/22/12 9:08 P

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Dolores - you got it ! It's like stepping into the pool. At first it's awkward, but once you're in it's
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After coming up with every excuse to NOT join a running club, I finally joined a few months back. Two things happened. I love it and I now run faster than I did on my own. I used to always like to run solo, but now I love running with my group. We have a lot of fun and it's very encourageing if you get in with the right group of people. We don't all run at the same pace all the time which is ok. And it's nice to talk with people that actually get me if you know what I mean.

Check it out, you don't have to commit to it but you just might end up loving it.

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Call around to see if any of your local running clubs have an academy. That's where I started. I couldn't run for a whole minute at first but the coaches helped me to complete a half marathon. All ages, fitness levels and paces are welcomed. I'm much slower than you and there are still people behind me sometimes.

The club runs an out and back route, based on time rather than distance. Everyone starts and finishes at the same time but some cover more miles than others.


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Different clubs have different cultures. I'm on a local triathlon team whose culture is warm and welcoming as well as solid on equipping all for triathlon skills. Other clubs in our area are much more competitive and testosterone-driven.

It's certainly worth a call or email to find out more about a team.

Questions I'd want to know:
What pace do you need to be?
Does someone act as sweep (to make sure the slower people, like me, don't get left behind)?
Are there a lot of women on the team?
Is there a target race? (am I interested in that target race? what if I don't want to race?)
How would they describe team culture?
Do they work on form (bad form leads to injuries)?

I love my team. I'm being trained well. I've made good friendships and found good training buddies for the regular workouts as well as for working out without the team. Like tomorrow morning I'm going trail running with at least one and possibly two buddies from the team.

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Try it ! It's the best thing you can try as a runner. You can always tell them about your slower pace concerns.

I would visit the location and talk to them in person.


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There is an active running club in my area. I'm relatively new to my area and I think it would be a great way to get to know some new people interested in the same hobby I am. I'm a little nervous about a few things. One, I am kind of slow, running about a 10-10.5 min mile. Two, I am 25 years old and I'm nervous everybody else is going to be much older and more experienced than I am. So I'm wondering if anybody is in a running club and what is your experience? What was it like when you first joined? Would you recommend it to somebody else?

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