Sunday, January 8, 2012

Beating the cold with the running group

Participation in the running group has been steadily growing over the last few months. Despite being smack dab in the middle of winter, ladies are still coming out to run! In my neck of Chicagoland, I'm working with a beginner group that started off with just a few, but has had more attendees each week.
There are a few regulars, and a newbie now and then. Working with a beginner group has been great since coming off my injury and slowly increasing my mileage. We're doing 2 miles, 2 minute run/2 minute walk. We're using a local university track, which is open to the public and lighted at night. It's a very nice facility, and being able to run on a loop solves the problem of leaving folks behind in the group. My hope is that we'll be able to incorporate some training for local races at beginner distances like 5K come the Spring. I'm so anxious for warmer weather already! I know once it starts warming up, and staying lighter longer, even more ladies will feel comfortable about coming out and running with the group. I thought I was the only crazy willing to brave the cold for a run, these ladies have proved me wrong!

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