Free running group

Monday, November 04, 2013

So I've been looking into running/training groups in my area, just out of curiosity to see what's available. I discovered that the local running store has free group runs throughout the week. The only catch is that I would need to be able to keep up with the rest of the group (7:00min/mi to 11:00min/mi).

I just now looked up how fast I would have to go to run an 11:00min mile...5.5 mph! Oy. That is definitely not something I can do yet.

I also found a trail running group that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Sounds fascinating, but also not something I'm up for yet. I barely tolerate hiking while walking the trails, so I don't think trail running is something I should jump into without working up to it.

So it's back to the drawing board. Anybody know of groups for beginning runners that walk/run in the Tempe area? I will check the Spark message boards and teams, too.

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    Thank you, those are great ideas! :)
    1992 days ago
    I would try any or all of these:

    Talk to the running store and express an interest in runs at your pace. Likely, you're not the only one who wants a different pace.

    Try other running stores.

    Organize your own running club! This really isn't as hard as it sounds. Start by creating a simple web page (or even just a Facebook page) and invite friends to join you. Schedule some regular dates. Others will join you.

    1993 days ago
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