Congratulations on taking the first step! Now what?

Today was an awesome start of our new season, with the biggest group we’ve ever had on a team run.  Thanks to each of you for coming out.  Not only are you helping yourself, you are helping support everyone else on the team.  You each took a huge first step toward accomplishing a life-changing goal, and as you make that journey toward the finish line, you will see changes in yourself that you will be so proud of.

So what’s the next step?

Set aside a few times to get out there and get moving during the week.  Notice I didn’t say “get out there and run?”  In fact, unless you have been running routinely, we would encourage you NOT to run much this week. Your joints, muscles and cardiovascular system have a lot to get used to.  Go easy on them!  Midweek runs will come later.  At the beginning of the season, ignore any urges to get out and run fast. Save all that energy and enthusiasm for later when your body is ready for it.  Instead, go for a walk a few days this week and think about how you can best fit midweek training into your schedule for the next 5 1/2 months.

The goal at the beginning of the season is to make a commitment to yourself. You all did that by showing up today. Excellent!!!  Keep it up by going for a walk a few times this week, and coming back next Sunday.  We look forward to seeing each of you out there.




Getting up early for the next 25 Sundays is worth it!

Sunday will be our first run.  To those of you who are returning, hurray and welcome back!  To all of you who are new, and especially to those who are wondering if you really want to get up early on Sunday morning to do this, that’s up to you.  Finishing a marathon is a huge accomplishment that can be life changing.  You don’t have to believe me.  Go to the Testimonials page on this website and read what your teammates from prior years had to say.  Each of them chose to share their experiences as a way to support the new runners.  It was one way they each chose to pay it forward.

You each need a reason to tackle this huge challenge, and you will find that reason by looking inside yourself.  That will be what makes you get out of bed on Sunday morning. There will be mornings when you’ll really want to stay in bed, and that’s okay.  (Did she actually just say that?!)  Yes, it’s okay to want to stay in bed; but it’s not helpful to actually do it!  Starting this Sunday, think long term. Think about what finishing the marathon will mean to you.  Get yourself out of bed and come to the team runs.  We coaches will do everything we can to support you, and you’ll have the whole team’s support as well.

What’s New for Our 2015-16 Season

Welcome to all of our new runners, and welcome back to our running veterans.  We are very much looking forward to seeing each of you when the season starts on August 30.  Usual place, usual time; and for those who are new – that’s the cannon at the Santa Monica Pier at 7am.

We read all those surveys you filled out at the team dinner the night before the Marathon, and we took your comments to heart.  First of all, thanks for all the kind words, and also for sharing your ideas for improvement.  We’ve been hard at work during the off-season getting ready, and would like to share some of the changes with you.  There is quite a bit of new content on the website, so we encourage you to check it out.  Here’s what else is new:

1) Liddy Health & Fitness:  We will be working even more closely with them this year.  You can look forward to more education about how to prevent injuries, and if you do get injured, they will treat you in their brand new location.  Same great personal attention, in a bigger better setting.  Our first event will be a running technique workshop on September 13 to be held during our training session.  If you want to start getting educated even sooner, check out this foam rolling video they created.

2) Support from Road Runner Sports:  Road Runner Sports has generously offered to provide an educational session on proper running gear, and to host a Running 4 Recovery night at their Santa Monica location.  Discounts on running gear will also be available to the entire team.

3) Pacing Groups:  One of the suggestions made at the team dinner was to add pacers, experienced runners who would lead a group of runners at a pre-defined pace.  So, we reached out to our more seasoned runners and asked for volunteers, and we now have some pacers.

4) Running Buddies:  Each runner will be offered a wristband which will identify you as either a new runner or a returning runner.  So, if you’re a new runner and want to ask a more experienced runner for some advice, you’ll know who they are.  And, if you are more experienced and want to reach out and welcome our newest team members, you’ll be able to spot them.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.   We are excited for the new season!