While things have gone well so far, my marathon training is in its infancy. And there’s a big hurdle I haven’t yet determined how to get over.
As it stands today, I have no accountability. No training group whatsoever. In addition to the ability to postpone early Saturday runs for Friday happy hours, I anticipate things getting pretty boring in a few short weeks. I need people to run with.
I have a few options, each with their own perks and downsides.
1. Team in Training. I put in the effort as a fundraising participant last spring, so that makes me an alumna. I could show up to run any Saturday morning I please, and TNT would provide running companions as well as excellent mid-run support. The downside: there aren’t many runners that run sub-9:00 miles. I had a great training group last spring in the 9:00-9:30 range, but the runners ahead of us were few and far between.
2. Runner’s Edge. This is a coaching program in the KC area with a pretty solid reputation. The downside here is that it’s a set program with a start and end date, as well as a fee. Oh, and I’ve already missed their packet pickup and orientation session.
3. KC Track Club Wednesday Night Runs. A group gets together every Wednesday night and runs anywhere from 3-10 miles. It’s FREE, and quite a few dedicated and talented runners are a part of the group. I think if I started running mid-week tempo runs with this group, I could get an ear in on where people are getting together informally to run long on the weekends. I think this is the best logical option. I’ve lived here for far too long not to be a part of this group. They post their weekly meeting location online every week. All I have to do is show up.
But there’s a catch.
This is a well-established group, some of whose members have been doing this for decades. They meet at people’s homes, go for a run, and then have a potluck dinner afterward. It’s an EXCELLENT concept and right up my alley, but for newbies like me it’s downright intimidating.
Any suggestions? How would you approach showing up at a stranger’s home for such an event? Would it be rude for a first-timer to show up to dinner empty-handed? If so, what in the world should I bring?
I wish I weren’t such a weenie.