Unlike other running clubs that run a fixed distance each time, CWRC runs for an hour starting at 6:30, and each person completes as many 1.2 mile loops around the park as they want. Some incorporate intervals into their workout. Some members are walkers. Each week the club rotates having the walkers and runners do loops in opposite directions, so you pass and can high-five people along the way. The first week I was unfamiliar with the trail (and also couldn't find my headlamp) and didn't want to run alone, so I ran with Dixie, who is close to my pace. It was nice to have someone to talk to. The second week I ran a little bit with Karen, but she's faster than me, so after a while I had to let her run ahead. But by this time I knew the trail and also had my headlamp.
|A few CWRC members chatting after my second run with the club|
|All decked out in my reflective gear and headlamp|
Last night I ran with Carl, the club president. He's faster than me but he slowed to my pace in order to chat about the Bataan Memorial Death March marathon, which he will be running next month. He knew I had run it in 2014 and read my blog, and wanted to ask some questions about gear and approaches to the big hill. It was nice to share my thoughts on one of the most incredible events I have ever run. Carl has been training hard and expects to be slower than his normal marathon time. I think he's going to do great. His girlfriend Becca, also in the club, will be running the shorter Bataan event. I say shorter, because it's not exactly a half marathon; it's a little bit longer than a half. Both are challenging courses and will be very meaningful experiences for Carl and Becca. I look forward to hearing about their races in March.