Guys, my running has been beyond pathetic lately. I haven't mapped it out yet, but I'm pretty sure my training program for my next half is starting up soon (you guys know I like to slowly build up). I also want to do the Runner's World Summer Running Streak and right now the mile is getting to me. I have some serious catch up to do.
|Remember that happy PR day?|
Although I do fine by myself, I really want to have some running buddies this time around. The long runs were kind of tough once they reached double digits and I would love to have someone to share in the
1. Cost. The running club is significantly cheaper, plus it lasts for the entire year. The half marathon group is rather pricey, but a PR is priceless, right?!
2. Half marathon training program = every body is going toward the same goal. I like knowing that everyone is in the same boat. I love hearing other people talk about their upcoming races and I think it would keep me excited about my race. While I'm sure several people in the running club would be training for a race, too, there's no telling where they would be in their training cycles. There's no guarantee that our programs would match up, whereas if I go with the official program we will all pretty much be in the same place.
3. Schedule. Because the running club lasts all year, it wouldn't really matter if I missed some of the workouts occasionally. I think it would be more low key, whereas the half marathon program only lasts for a couple of months. I would be feeling some huge guilt over missing workouts and my summer schedule is pretty busy with travel.
4. Relationships. Once again, this goes back to the timing of it all. Because the running club lasts as long as I want to keep paying for it, I would be able to see the members consistently. This might mean longer lasting running buddies. We wouldn't have to try to figure out when to meet up because we'd already have weekly workouts.
5. Coaching. I'm pretty sure running clubs have leaders, but I love that the half marathon program has someone that is specifically assigned to help you reach your goals. I need that extra kick in the butt (and expertise!) to break 2 hours!
Anyone in a running club? Ever done a training program? What else should I consider? What would you recommend?