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5/1/12 1:33 P

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I'm glad you spoke up! As more new runners join, the issue might resolve itself...since there will be more running at each pace!

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5/1/12 6:08 A

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Well, I decide that the best thing to do was to speak up. Last night I suggested to my friend that runs that include newbies should be more time based rather than mile based. I explained my dilemma with the current setup where I feel like I am not part of the group.

He appeared to be very enlightened. He appreciated the input. The group wants to welcome newbies and thought they were. He said they will talk about how to promote the runs.

I think he understands from our conversation that this is all about perception and support. They need to be "marketed" toward the new runner audience. Once people are running, they need to remember to support the new runners.

I tend to not speak up on things like this and just disappear. This was the right thing to do since it involved my best friend. He seemed appreciative that I wanted to stay running with them

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4/30/12 12:38 P

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I would def speak up. If you're a new runner, most likely you will begin to speed up in time, but you also risk becoming resentful if you are consistenly slower than everyone.

Most successful running groups run to the slowest, not the fastest person, but they also will post what speed they plan on running for each session, to help you gauge which sub group to join. I think the running club near me even has a special session on Tuesdays that is for "turtle trotters" LOL!

I might say suggest starting a slower group to entice newbie runners, or just slower runners in general! Otherwise, I wouldn't feel bad about leaving the group, and trying to find another one that fits your needs.



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4/29/12 10:19 P

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I like that :) They are more driven by miles than time. I will talk to my friend about the concept of meeting after a set amount of time. I think their intentions are good. They want to grow their group with new runners. I hope they are open to new runner feedback. I figure they have noticed that most beginners are gone. They certainly have to be wondering why. What do I have to lose? Thanks again, Tom

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4/29/12 10:13 P

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Tom, I'm slow too. I enjoy the fellowship of a group but am not fast enough to keep up. Thankfully we meet at a set point then run for 23 mins out and turn back. Everyone runs about 45 mins. Some run further than others bu we all start and finish together. I always bring my iPod in case I end up running alone.

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4/29/12 8:21 A

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I am both a new runner and slow runner. I did a C25K program in a group and liked the social aspect. Now that the C25K program is done, I decided to continue running with the group. Unfortunately most of the C25K runners my speed just did the program to run a 5K. They are gone. That leaves me with runners who are faster than I am.

I have continued to attend the runs but I am usually left in the dust in minutes to run the hour by myself. The people are nice but just faster. I do not expect anyone to slow down to my speed. I am torn with running in this environment. It challenges me but at the same time is degrading running into the group at the end while others talk about how fast and far they went. I am just happy to finish. I am very close to just hanging it up with this group.

What advice to slow runners has in term of running with a group? Does a faster group motivate you? Have you found a slower group? (I am desperately looking for that slow group.)

The bottom line is if I wanted to run by myself then I would just run in my neighborhood and not drive 15-20 minutes to do it. Oh, and my big problem is that this is one of my best friendís group. He repeatedly says how happy he is to see me running with him. I know he will be disappointed if I bail. Maybe honestly is the best policy here and fussing up would be a good idea.

Tom


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