Every year we put on a “winter challenge” to motivate club members to get out during the cold dark days of winter. There are 17 Saturdays from Dec 3 to March 25. Members who sign in at the Blackstone Boulevard for at least 12 of 17 Saturday long runs at the Boulevard will win a prize!
Performance Physical Therapy has provided our club with 200 cards with a QR code to distribute to our members. Performance PT currently has 20 physical therapy clinics in the RI area, 10 of which have certified running specialists on staff. Using the card will allow you to identify the clinic closest to your home or work location. The cards are available at club practices from Bob Rothenberg or Rick Ripley.
- Simply scan the QR code on the card
- Select Running Specialist and/or a location
- This will match you with a Performance Certified Running Specialist near you
- Click “request an appointment or call.”
Performance PT offers club members a free 15-minute phone, in clinic or telehealth consultation with a therapist to help determine if physical therapy is needed.
Recently a number of club members have mentioned how much they enjoy running the local roads with others, the majority of whom they have gotten to know at RMHP-RC training sessions on the track, at Tempo Tuesdays, or on weekend long runs on trails or roads.
For some of you, it provides motivation to lace up your running shoes at 5:00 AM; for others it helps develop the skills to maneuver comfortably in a tight group situation when racing. For all, the group support helps develop the confidence to challenge yourself to run farther and/or faster.
However, if you are using a training plan with specific distances and paces for various types of workouts, it can be a challenge to reconcile the group’s goals with your individual ones. Here are two suggestions:
- Agree within the group to stay together for a number of miles at a pace that all can handle, but also agree on a point in the run where each runner is encouraged to break from the group to meet his/her training needs. For example, run together the first 7-8 miles, then each can continue for whatever number of miles at whatever pace he/she requires.
- Contact other club members whose target race pace is close to yours, regardless of whether their goal is a half or a full marathon. Then plan to run together once or twice a week. Feel
And of course, feel free to be somewhat flexible in your specific distance or pace to take advantage of the benefits derived from running with a group.
Just a reminder that all Club members receive a 10% discount at Rhode Runner on North Main Street. Just be sure to tell the friendly staff that you’re a member. They’ll confirm it in the database. This is a fabulous opportunity and the folks there are great at finding that perfect sneaker.