Running can feel very redundant, it can be monotonous and it can be hard to get out the door. Whenever our Beginning Runner Group program is running I feel inspired to get back out there and start really training again. It can be tough for someone to get up off the couch and commit to training 14 weeks for their first 5k. A lot tougher than getting my butt out the door for a 3 mile run. The Beginning Runner Group this past season was very inspiring as they put in so much work and it was amazing to watch them accomplish their goal.
too fast for film.
The start of the beginning runner group is very much a feeling out process. We learn a lot about each other over the first few weeks and Ray and I learn quickly who can handle what. We knew right off the bat that this crew would be fun, there are always a range of abilities that apply and take part but everyone was super nice and encouraging.
difficult beyond belief
As I mentioned in the first part of this post I find the Beginning Runner Group a tremendous inspiration. I always hear this and that about a good race I had or a training run that went well. I’ve been running for years and feel like sometimes people forget all the miles I’ve run. The fact that someone could make the decision to change their life, actually get up off the couch and train for 14 weeks straight is what is truly amazing.
no runner left behind
This crew epitomized the no runner left behind ethos. We do not care how fast or slow you run as long as you are putting forth the effort. This crew would run as a pack when asked and they always hung around and cheered for their teammates. We love the fact that our beginners look at this program as a team, its so helpful and makes their training that much more meaningful.
a sense of accomplishment
It was fun to watch over the 14 weeks just how much the runners could do. At first one minute intervals were rough and boy when I introduced 5 minute intervals I thought mutiny was afoot. But they adjusted adapted and plowed their way up to 25 minute intervals and through the Monster Dash 5k!
moving on up
Now we welcome this seasons Beginners into our Rhode Runner Running Club family. They earned it. I know what they’ll find is a club equally as supportive as their group. We’re so excited to see them move on to conquer 10ks, Half Marathons and who knows what else!