Some goals can seem daunting. You try and try to reach them and you fall a little short each time. Maybe it's a sub-2 half. You cross the line in 2:04, then 2:02. Then maybe it's back up to 2:05. Are you EVER going to hit that 1:59? If you give up, you certainly won't. If you keep trying, you might. Which do you want? Every time we fall a little short, we learn something to help us the next time. Every time we give up, we set a standard for ourselves that we aren't good enough or that we can't do something. Sometimes we do set goals that are a little unattainable (most of us are never going to run a sub 15 minute 5k), but what is the harm in doing the best you can? How do you want your 2017 to look?
So here's what we have going on so far this year:
JOIN THE SUB-7 CLUB
Join the Sub-7 Club. Dropping your mile time can only help you. Strive to run a sub-7 minute mile before 12/31/17. *This must be done at a TFC time trial or a 1 mile race and must be your official time. Yes, for some this may be one of those daunting goals. But what does it hurt to try?
We will give you several opportunities throughout the year to get a good mile time. You can also check out some local races that have timed 1-mile races
1. Havin' A Crappie Day 5k/Mile + Challenge (April)
2. Cox Health Medical Mile/5k (just remember the 1 mile has been a little off the past few years)
3. The Christmas Mile (December)
We'll do some fun Sub-7 Club shirts for those who meet the goal!
ROAD TRIP TO RUN OKLAHOMA CITY
ROAD TRIP! Well kind of. It's only 5 hours away. Run OKC with us! Many of our members and several friends and co-workers will be heading to Oklahoma City to Run the OKC Memorial run. There are marathon, half marathon, 5k, and relay options. This race is very well organized and large. It's a good opportunity to get that big race feel if you've never experienced it (approximatley 25,000 people). Plus, there will be a chance to shop at Red Coyote Running and Fitness - one of the best running stores in the nation.
DATE: April 30, 2017
HOTEL: We have chosen to stay at Hampton Inn and Suites Oklahoma City Bricktown, but you may stay elsewhere if you would like
TRAVEL: We are planning to travel to OKC on Saturday for packet pick up, and return Sunday after the race
We hope you'll join us - the more the merrier. Many of us are bringing friends and co-workers as well! It will be a great chance to widen your running circle. Plus, we'll hit up some good resturants as well!
TEAM RACES FOR 2017
We are putting together our schedule of team races for the year. We'd like to help you branch out a little bit and try to run something new in the fall, so we are definitley open to suggestions! Here's what we have:
1. OKC Memorial Run in April (see above)
2. Jordan Valley Community Health Center Bentley Fund 5k in July
3. Fall Race - we know many of you will probably want to run Bass Pro, but we are thinking something in October. Maybe Kansas City? Perhaps something a little earlier in October?
- A couple other races many of you are planning to do:
ShamRox 15k/5k (March)
Havin' A Crappie Day 5k/Mile + Challenge (April)
PLYOMETRICS AND SPIN
Crosstraining is important. Again, we stress the importance of cross training and proper form. Strength training is incredbly important (please make sure you're doing it properly) as is stretching/yoga. We will begin adding Plyometrics into our rotation. This means each 4th week of workouts will be a plyo routine. This will help those of you who are struggling with injuries due to form. It will also help aid your recovery if you are currently injured. This is a great chance to bring a friend as well!
Additionally, Coach Joy will be teaching a spin class at 5am on Thursday mornings (beginning 1/12) at The Field (The Gym 24/7). Spin is a great way to increase foot speed and studies have shown spin helps runners become more fit and increase speed in general! Sign up at the front desk during business hours - this is a great form of crosstraining.
If you're looking for a great class that combines a solid workout with some great stretching, check out PiYo at The Field (The Gym 24/7) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.
A LITTLE WRAP UP FROM 2016
Just a note to say thank you to each of you who was part of the group through 2016. We have a great, strong, base group of runners who are focused on their running goals! We saw many people set PRs and had a chance to wrap up the year together by having two relay teams at the Run for the Ranch Marathon Relay. Team Runners of the Ages (Lendall, Jody, Debra, Ed) and Team Feed Me & Tell Me I'm Pretty Fast (Malinda, Casey, Jamie, and Joy) completed 26.2 together. Congrats to each team on their well-earned finishes!
So here's to 2017 and to meeting our goals big and small. Here's to falling and getting back up over and over. Here's to grabbing the bull by the horns and saying this year is mine. Let's own it.
Happy Running. See you on Tuesday morning for 800m repeats and don't forget spin class on Thursday morning!
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