I agree. We ain't going to break any records but we are runners.
Really good article - thanks for posting!
Great article, my new mantra ' I am a runner and I run fast (for me)'
Thanks for posting the article.
Great article - however I would dispute that running clubs are friendly and happy to run at the slowest runner's pace. Not the experience I had at my local running club, and the main reason I stopped going.
Beth has a point - adhoc arrangements to accompany a new runner (which most clubs have) only get you so far.
In our club we've had couch-to-5k courses for a while and we're now trying out having, within the weekly club runs, three beginners' groups (brisk, moderate, gentle) with a more experienced club member escorting each. Hopefully this will give people some extra confidence and help them settle in but we'll see how it goes.
The article is absolutely spot on. You don't have to be a fast runner to be a serious runner (and you don't have to be serious all the time if you are fast either!).
My local running club states '5 miles minimum' before joining. It's such a joke. I'm personally trying to stop that by becoming a running coach.
ive seen people come and go with in a couple sessions just because they weren't 'looked after'
talk about letting them down before the fun starts . If I didn't persevere when I first started (some call me stubborn ) I would of been turned away before the session began.
some times people just want to 'run' speed isn't a factor, they just want to get out and knock out a few miles
This wasn't meant to be a anti running Club thread!
I guess if you are a running club you do need to pay attention to how to get newbies involved.
booktrunk wrote (see)
This wasn't meant to be a anti running Club thread! .
See what you've started, Booktrunk?!
Yiddarmy wrote (see)
I once read that joggers are just runners with self esteem issues.
Love that, Yiddarmy!
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