Running Clubs - Podcast idea

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James Perry

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Mar 25, 2014, 5:26:07 PM3/25/14
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So, I can see that there is not that much activity as part of this google group.  I have been catching up on back podcasts through the iTunes store and am almost out of new episodes.  I thought that I would suggest a topic and see if a new podcast can get made sometime around this topic.  Here is my idea.  I have been running for a few years now, and it is something that my wife and I do concurrently (although not often together).  One of the things that I enjoy about running is the solitary time, and just being able to go on my schedule whenever I want.  However, recently I have been thinking more and more about joining a running club.  I would love to hear about the experiences of runners who are in clubs, activities that clubs do that are particularly liked by runners, and the pros/cons of clubs or group running activities, specifically in the club setting.

James Perry

Mark Ulrich

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Mar 26, 2014, 8:29:18 AM3/26/14
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James,

Indeed it might be time to dust off RRT's cobwebs to discuss  the good topic you propose.  FYI, I agree fully with the described benefits of running groups as per this article that I'd found: http://minneapolisrunning.com/5-reasons-you-should-run-with-a-group  

But, I realize there are many who vehemently disagree.  Would you be able to join as a first time RRT participant?  I would be happy to join as a participant, but am hoping one of RRT's many previously experienced hosts also finds the topic interesting so offers to host us.  

Anyone interested?

Good running,
Mark




On Mar 25, 2014, at 4:26 PM, James Perry <perry...@gmail.com> wrote:

So, I can see that there is not that much activity as part of this google group.  I have been catching up on back podcasts through the iTunes store and am almost out of new episodes.  I thought that I would suggest a topic and see if a new podcast can get made sometime around this topic.  Here is my idea.  I have been running for a few years now, and it is something that my wife and I do concurrently (although not often together).  One of the things that I enjoy about running is the solitary time, and just being able to go on my schedule whenever I want.  However, recently I have been thinking more and more about joining a running club.  I would love to hear about the experiences of runners who are in clubs, activities that clubs do that are particularly liked by runners, and the pros/cons of clubs or group running activities, specifically in the club setting.

James Perry

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James Perry

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Apr 3, 2014, 10:07:21 PM4/3/14
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Hey Mark,

Sorry about the long delay in responding to your post.  I have been in the last stages of a PhD program, so I have had a lot on my mind.  However, I would be excited/nervous about joining as a first time participant.  I have never been part of a club, but could offer the perspective of someone who has been training alone for a few years and now is interested in the possible benefits of being a member of a club.  I hope that this topic gains some steam, and there are some people interested in participating and hosting this discussion.  Thank you for the offer, and I hope to speak to you soon.

James Perry

Mark Ulrich

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Apr 3, 2014, 10:18:50 PM4/3/14
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Chris Russell has offered to host.
I'm happy to dial-in,
James Perry is interested as a first-time participant.

Need at least two or three others to obtain critical mass.  Anyone else interested?

Joe Garland

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Apr 3, 2014, 10:21:32 PM4/3/14
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I could likely join in, depending on when it is held. I've run for different clubs and done the solo route as well.

Michael Westermeier

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Apr 3, 2014, 11:23:48 PM4/3/14
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Mark,

I can join in. I run solo except for the club we setup at our church and 2 or 3 other ones I run with on occasion. :-)

Mike Westermeier

Peter Larson

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Apr 4, 2014, 6:27:53 AM4/4/14
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I might be able to do it depending on timing. I mostly run solo, but have run with my local club. But I'm part of a virtual team all coached by the same guy (Caleb Masland) and I coach a Coach to 5K group and could touch on the value of group running for beginners. An episode on working with a coach might be interesting at some point, has that been done before?

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Mark Ulrich

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Apr 4, 2014, 9:51:06 AM4/4/14
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Pete - No, to my knowledge we've never done a RRT specific to being coached.  Good follow-up RRT topic!

Chris - Please propose some dates that work on your calendar. Looks like the running clubs (group) RRT includes: you, me, Joe, Pete, Mike and James.

Chris Russell

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Apr 4, 2014, 11:25:50 AM4/4/14
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James - any chance we could knock this off Saturday night at 7:00 East coast time?  Get something up.  
Topics/ questions:
1. What are the 3 top advantages of joining a running club?
2. What are 3 considerations to keep in mind when joining a running club?
3. What should you watch out for when looking for a running club? 
- 'Serious clubs' vs 'Social Clubs' 
- Club's vision? Charity? Community? Racing? 
- What events does the club sponsor? 
- What are some 'real' benefits (workouts, coaching, brunches, indoor track...)
Chris, 





On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:26 PM, James Perry <perry...@gmail.com> wrote:
So, I can see that there is not that much activity as part of this google group.  I have been catching up on back podcasts through the iTunes store and am almost out of new episodes.  I thought that I would suggest a topic and see if a new podcast can get made sometime around this topic.  Here is my idea.  I have been running for a few years now, and it is something that my wife and I do concurrently (although not often together).  One of the things that I enjoy about running is the solitary time, and just being able to go on my schedule whenever I want.  However, recently I have been thinking more and more about joining a running club.  I would love to hear about the experiences of runners who are in clubs, activities that clubs do that are particularly liked by runners, and the pros/cons of clubs or group running activities, specifically in the club setting.

James Perry

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Joe Garland

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Apr 4, 2014, 12:00:06 PM4/4/14
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I should be fine for Saturday night.

Peter Larson

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Apr 4, 2014, 2:31:06 PM4/4/14
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I'm out on weekends, kid time for me.

Peter Larson

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Apr 4, 2014, 4:22:43 PM4/4/14
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If Saturday works for everyone else, feel free to go ahead without me. If we do another episode on coaching that might be better for my experience than running clubs.

Joe Garland

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Apr 4, 2014, 4:28:55 PM4/4/14
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FWIW, I've coached a club.

Mark Ulrich

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Apr 4, 2014, 5:57:53 PM4/4/14
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I should be fine for tomorrow.  Now to dust-off the directions to using Talkshoe!  Joe, could you remind everyone?

Mike Westermeier

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Apr 4, 2014, 6:44:52 PM4/4/14
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Same here. Saturday doesn't work but go for it if you have a group.

Mike

Chris Russell

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Apr 4, 2014, 8:04:54 PM4/4/14
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James?

Joe Garland

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Apr 5, 2014, 10:54:42 AM4/5/14
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I can go in as the Timekeeper and someone else can be the host. That simply gives me control over the on/off switch. If people need info on signing-in as themselves on TalkShoe, let me know. 

So can we get a quorum for tonight at 8 (EDT)? On the topic, as noted, I've had long unattached stretches and long club-affiliation periods. I've been in established clubs and a start-up, and in the latter coached. That club, I note, broke apart when there was a divergence of opinion as to how seriously to take this stuff. So I know about different mind-sets, and I believe that there are clubs for whatever people are looking for.

Let me know.

Chris Russell

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Apr 5, 2014, 11:16:12 AM4/5/14
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Works for me Joe. Let's give it a try.  

Joe Garland

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Apr 5, 2014, 11:36:14 AM4/5/14
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I've scheduled it.

Mark Ulrich

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Apr 5, 2014, 5:10:17 PM4/5/14
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Thanks, Joe.

For those participants (like me) who may have forgotten how to access TalkShoe the easiest way to remember the correct link is to visit RRT's home page from your PC.

Clicking on the TalkShoe call series badge found on the right hand side from your PC's web-based browser you will launch http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/34812  Following doing so invited participant dial-in to (724) 444-7444. input 34812 for the Call ID, then your PIN (generally recommended is your cell phone number.) 

Chris has offered to host us, and I believe the time is now 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central; as usual please connect 10-minutes in advance to work-out any tech difficulties.

-Mark

Chris Russell

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Apr 5, 2014, 7:27:02 PM4/5/14
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One of you guys have the intro and outro script?  You know the one - "there's always room at the table..." 


On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:26 PM, James Perry <perry...@gmail.com> wrote:
So, I can see that there is not that much activity as part of this google group.  I have been catching up on back podcasts through the iTunes store and am almost out of new episodes.  I thought that I would suggest a topic and see if a new podcast can get made sometime around this topic.  Here is my idea.  I have been running for a few years now, and it is something that my wife and I do concurrently (although not often together).  One of the things that I enjoy about running is the solitary time, and just being able to go on my schedule whenever I want.  However, recently I have been thinking more and more about joining a running club.  I would love to hear about the experiences of runners who are in clubs, activities that clubs do that are particularly liked by runners, and the pros/cons of clubs or group running activities, specifically in the club setting.

James Perry

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Paul Butler

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Apr 6, 2014, 12:07:24 AM4/6/14
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I would be in. Have run with groups on and off for the past 30 years.

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