I can't help but to put something on "paper". I know that I'm not the fastest, most well liked or at all of the events anymore, but something needs to be said about the Thursday Nights in the City Run - and group runs in general.
(To me) the reasons we go to these group runs are to make each other better, catch up with each other and be motivated to get our butts off the couch. From what I've seen on these Thursday night runs I can't help but shake my head - and last night it came to a breaking point. It's getting to the point where it is no longer fun, we are not making each other better and most importantly someone is going to get hurt!
On a run like the Thursday Night in the City, we have set parameters: 7 minute pace, a course, GROUP run. From this I take away: A) Run 7 minute pace (not a Fed Hill Runners 7 min pace), B) Don't lead the run if you don't know the course C) Talk.
On Thursday Nights we are going to run 7 minute pace. I know I'm not in
outstanding shape right now, but I can dial into 7 minutes pretty
easily. There is no reason to go breaking away from the GROUP. We are
out there together. You won't receive a gold star for running 6:30 pace.
If you don't know the course don't lead it. It's not safe and is very
frustrating. You aren't going to win a medal or score points with
(most) dudes or ladies for being out front on a group run. Swallow your
pride and tuck in. I personally am not a huge fan of leading runs all
the time, but it came a point yesterday where there was no option. On
the subject of leading the run...if you are in front and crossing an
intersection factor in the number of people that you have in the pack
and determine if the ENTIRE pack can SAFELY cross the road. When in doubt don't cross the road. Also, when possible run on the sidewalk. When going up Ellwood take up as little of the road as possible.
I understand that sometimes the weather conditions make it difficult to be talking...and someone may be having a crappy day...and you may not like everyone. But my goodness, to go miles with a group of 10+ people at a comfortable pace and people saying nothing: I'd rather just run by myself!! And on the subject of talking...COMMUNICATE: if you are departing from the group (when "leading") give folks a heads up so that you don't have half the group follow you creating a cluster f&c+ at a busy intersection. Also, give the group a heads up when a car is turning, a dog is coming, a runner is passing, etc. Common running group sense - which has not been there!
I don't write this discourage folks from showing up, but I need to put it out there with the hopes of making it more fun for all and most importantly SAFE.
HERE is a link to the map that we do each Thursday. We start at the World Trade Center and head towards Canton using the bricks. Look at it. Study it. Print it.
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