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This week I passed another milestone. I have 66,018 miles of running since 1978 for an average of 10K a day
When you're on your deathbed, you won't be wishing that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will be wishing that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
Mostly, though, I prefer training alone as it is. So it's hard for me to justify joining a club if I'm not going to participate.
Agreed. When I train alone, I prefer to be by myself.
Abs of Flabs
How about the Bucks County Road Runners club?
Ran my first run ever with a club last night - Woodbridge Run Co. - and it was pretty damn fun. Will race with these dudes in the fall. Never run with a group before, didn't really know what to expect...guess I shouldn't have been surprised, it was a bunch of dudes just like me, a couple of easy get to know warm up miles, a couple of test you out hammer miles, good conversation throughout (races coming up, injuries, races past, shoes, life, etc.), beers after. Good times. Hope I can continue to make this work with my schedule, because it's a pretty cool thing.
But Och! I backward cast my e'e, On prospects drear! An' forward, tho' I canna see, I guess an' fear!
I joined the Tidewater Striders in Dec. Great club, lots of good people, they do the timing for a lot of the races in the area and put on a lot of races themselves. They offer discounts and have running groups several times a week, usually at least one day of speed work and one day of easy running. Plus they also put on free clinics, hosted by certified coaches, I'm going to one this Sunday.
5k 19:26 4/27/13 - 10k 41:35 1/15/13 - 20k 1:24:55 2/23/13 - HM 1:28:10 3/17/13
Upcoming - ERR 10K 5/25 - OK5K 6/8 - MS 5K 7/30 - Strider Mile 8/17 - RnR HM 9/1
2013 Goal: 365d+2013mi
http://www.tidewaterstriders.com/ Tidewater Striders Rocks!
Now this is one of the biggest clubs in the nation with thousands of paying menbers. They offer so many things: Directing of many of the local races in the Tidewater/Virginia Beach area, Great volunteer coaches who run an awesome youth running club, associated "Youth Grand Prix" running series to keep those kids motivated about winning awards, adult Grand Prix series, even Multi-Sport Grand Prix series for those who also do Du and Tri events... Community involvement in Volunteer events (on non-race days :-) ) So many things.
PS. Tidewater Striders members in the early 1970's founded the Shamrock Marathon, so if you have run Shamrock and enjoyed it, credit goes to the original members of the Tidewater Striders of 41 years ago :-)
Now expanding out to all running clubs in General, the biggest thing has to be the PEOPLE. It is a community of great people who all have a common passion for running. ---No matter the size of the running club, everyone who joins has one major commonality with all the other members: A love of running! :-)
The Plan (the big parts)→ /// April 20th: 24 Hour Race Hampton, VA (PR of 76.25 Miles) /// May 19th: Three Days at the Fair (12 Hour) in NJ (PR of 55 MIles) /// Sep 21st: NC-24 Hour Race in Ohio /// Nov 23rd: JFK-50 in MD /// Dec 31st: Peanut Island (12 Hour) in FL /// ∞
I joined a running club about 4 years ago. Ran for many years before that but my race times are much faster and I'm a much better runner than I ever was since joining the club. Highly recommended, by far the best bang-for-the-buck $20 a year I've ever spent on running.
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