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!