As the New Year approaches, its time to think about your resolutions for 2013. Couple that need with an upcoming spring season of excellent area races (Cherry Blossom 10 miler, Rock & Roll DC Half, GW Parkway Classic, Crystal City 5K Fridays all come to mind) and its time to make a plan.
Plan to run. Run to reduce stress, burn calories, make friends. Run to remind yourself how lucky you are able to put one foot in front of the other. Just Do It.
Most of the (excellent) running programs in this area have organized 8AM morning runs for Saturday or Sunday mornings. YIKES. Thats Early. And its Colder at that time too. Nothing like cold+early morning = excuses = not running = not having fun = sad FSCer
FSC here to the rescue.
As an alternative....
Beginning in January, we'll gather in front of Caribou Coffee on Saturdays for an informal five mile run. I will run at a 10 minute pace for the first couple of months, and may kick it up a notch to 9.3 minute miles. If you run faster than that = AWESOME. If you run a bit slower = AWESOME. Just show up with a smile and know we are all out there on the path together enjoying a nice run.
PLEASE NOTE: These are informal runs, I am not a running coach. And I won't make every saturday. Doesn't mean you can't still gather and run. Bring water and dress for the weather. If its colder than 35 degrees, if its raining hard or there is ice on the ground, we will cancel the run.
BEGINNERS: If you are an absolute beginner, I would suggest beginning running with the Shirlington Running Club on Tuesdays at 6PM - which is a shorter run (3.2 miles), with a larger swath of runners of all abilities.
FSCers ran the Army 10 Miler this past October