With the start of 2015 comes new goals for many. Some set running goals, fitness goals or maybe just life goals. We also see a lot of new runners deciding to take up the sport of running.
One of the big advantages of joining a running club is meeting new people and sharing information. This is especially true for new runners. Often times new runners are intimidated by joining a running club. I know I was when I first thought about joining. The reality is that for the Cabot Cruisers, we are not intimidating nor do we want to be. Our club probably caters more to new runners than any club I know of. The Women Can Run Clinic held each year brings a lot of new members which are typically new runners.
So whats it like to run with the Cruisers? First off, we may not be one of the fastest clubs out there, but we do try to be one of the friendliest. The majority of our members are longer distance runners that train to run 1/2 and full marathons througout the year. We have members that also compete in the Arkansas Grand Prix Series which has races from 1 mile to Marathon distance. Some run this exclusively. On an average weekend group run you may see paces anywhere from 10:45 -12:00 min mile range, give or take a minute depending on temps, weather and training goals. Some members just run with the group to be social which we highly encourage. We also have walkers, so really there is a pace for everyone. One thing the Cruisers are known for is circleing back for runners at the back of the pack. We try to do this not only for safety, but so every runner has someone to run with, even if its on and off for a few minutes. This also allows members to get to know each other.
So what are some tips for new runners? Here are a few that came to mind.
1. Shoes - Probably the most important thing for new runners is selecting the correct running shoe. The biggest mistake any new runner can do is just go out and buy a pair of running shoes without getting properly fitted. How do you get fitted? Best bet is to go to a local running specialty store and have them fit you. Here is an article I ran across explaining more about selecting correct shoes. http://runnstuff.com/2015/01/running-shoes-new-runners/ Also make sure you buy some good dry fit socks.
2. Training - Start out slow. Don’t try to do too much too soon. This is how most people get hurt. There are several Couch to 5k training programs that you can follow online or through a phone app. Typically these involve starting out with about a 30 second run, 2 minute walk, for 20 minutes, 3 days a week. Each week progresses a little more to slowly build up your time and miles. Biggest rule of thumb is to never increase your total mileage more than 10% each week. Starting out don’t worry about how fast you are, but work on achieving endurance. Speed will come later. If your a female, consider signing up for the Women Can Run Clinic which starts in March. You will have coaches that start you from zero to running your first 5k in May.
3. Join the Cruisers - Yes, joining the Cruisers can help you get started. We have a lot of experienced runners in our club that are willing to work with and help new runners. Best of all you can get some great advice from those that started out just like you. Everyone starts somewhere.
Another perk of being a Cruiser is that many of the local running stores offer a club discount. These discounts often meet or beat some of the online stores. If your a club member, be sure and ask about a discount.
For more info on the Cabot Cruisers you can email CabotCruiser@yahoo.com