We just wanted to take a minute and update you on TFC 417. First, we have been growing like crazy, and we love it. If you haven't visited the "Meet our Team" page, we encourage you to do so. If you want to submit your information and haven't yet, email it to email@example.com.
We plan to order more gear in the spring, so if you missed out on our fall order - don't worry! If you have ideas or there is something you would like to order, let us know!
Second, we are offering custom training plans to our members. A member is defined as a regular attendee of the group who attends at least 2 workouts per month. We are also offering the custom plans to non-members for $10/week. We know many of you have friends or virtual training partners who live out of town, so this is a great option. We will use the money to help lower the cost of shirt orders or to help pay for race entries. The plans will include twice weekly email check-ins as well as custom workouts and Q&A built into your plan. Nick, Joy, and Jamie write each of the plans, and will take care to ensure all of your questions are answered. If you have spring race goals, it's not to early to start training. Joy's goal race is the Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon on April 30, and her plan began November 9. Heidi's goal race is the GoGirl Half Marathon on April 9, and her plan begins November 16.
Because of this, we will no longer be posting our workouts on Facebook. We will continue to post our meeting location, but the actual workout will be sent through GroupMe. If you have friends who are interested in joining us and they have questions about the workout, they're welcome to contact us.
Third, we have a few holiday events coming up! First is our group Christmas party. It will be held on Thursday, December 10 at 6:30pm at Ocean Zen in Springfield. The room we will be in (the room behind the fish tank) can seat up to 30, and we have ~20 who have RSVPd so far. Let us know as soon as possible if you're coming, so we can provide Ocean Zen with an accurate head count. Feel free to bring your spouse or a date, but please leave the kids at home this time.
Finally, we have some Spring races in the works! We have decided to do the ShamRox 15k/5k/Beer Mile on Saturday, March 12 as our next group event. This gives us a chance to cheer for each other, experience the race together, and just bond as a team. Basically, similar to what we did for Bass Pro and the Medical Mile. We hope you will join us! If you plan to do the beer mile, make sure you have a designated driver.
Many athletes are starting to plan their larger spring goal race as well. What is yours? Need some ideas? Here you go:
GoGirl Half Marathon: April 9 - Springfield (Heidi, Magda)
GO! St. Louis Marathon/Half Marathon - April 10 - St. Louis
OKC Memorial Marathon/Half Marathon: April 24 - Oklahoma City
Illinois Marathon/Half Marathon: April 30 - Champaign-Urbana (Jamie, Joy)
Frisco Railroad Run 50 Mile/50k/Marathon/Half Marathon/8k: April 30 - Springfield
St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville: April 30 - Nashville
Kentucky Derby Marathon/Mini-Marathon: April 30 - Louisville, KY
Kentucky Ale Horse Capital Marathon/Half Marathon: May 21 - Lexington, KY (Lendall, Malinda)
If you would like us to start working on a custom training plan for you, let us know. We will need the following info: 1) What is your goal race (date/name)? 2)What is your goal? 3)How many days do you run? 4)Do you have specific cross-training activities you would like us to work into the plan? 5) Any other info you want us to know about your training schedule that might be helpful for us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know some of you still have some big fall races as well, and we are excited to see what you can achieve. Magda, Nisbett, Boston, and Keshian will be running Memphis on December 5, Jamie will be running the Dallas Marathon with a goal of sub-3 on December 13, and Ashley will be running the Hot Chocolate 15k on December 13. You all have trained hard for these races, and we know you're ready to race. We'll be cheering you on!
Thank you for the hard work and dedication you show each week. We know how hard you work outside of TFC as well. It shows. We are so glad to have you as a part of our team. Keep bringing your friends, and we will see you next week!
By the way - you did great this morning. We know the Rowland Tempo was a killer.
Shout-out to Nisbett who killed that workout on a treadmill!
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