Thursday, August 15, 2013

No need to do it alone

Are you in Memphis? Are you looking for someone to run with?

If you answered these two questions with a yes, then we have the answer for you! We've posted before of some of the best places to run in Memphis, but today we want to share with you some fantastic running groups so that you don't have to train or run alone.

Many of us here in Memphis are training for the St. Jude Marathon, but even if you are not, you are welcome to join in on the weekly training runs. All of these runs are for any pace, so any runner from the very beginner half or full marathoner to the intermediate and advanced runner is welcome.

Breakaway Running hosts a 7am* Saturday morning run alternating from their Germantown and Midtown locations. They have runs for both the 1/2 Marathon and Full, that are fully supported to ensure you are hydrated and don't get lost. In addition, they also have runs throughout the week from both store locations, check out this link for information.  You should really check these runs out, they are so much fun!
*Note: they will be changing the Saturday group run to 6am soon, so definitely check the link for location and time for each Saturday.
Here are the links to each of the training programs that they are using:
1/2 Marathon

Last week, St. Jude introduced a new option to Memphis runners, they are offering a weekly training run from now until race weekend, complete with pace groups. No other race offers this much training support. Kevin Leathers from Can't Stop Endurance helps support these runs as well. In addition, they will be offering training clinics on biomechanics, proper nutrition, etc. Initially they offered this to those that signed up as a hero, but they have now said that anyone is welcome. They meet every Saturday at Shelby Farms at 7am.  When you enter the park from Walnut Grove, take the 1st right.

Both of these running groups are free and have water support, but please carry your own water as well.  It is Summer after all.

Girls Run the 901 have attended these group runs and we can't express how much we have enjoyed them! We have met so many new friends, and have had great runs every time.

Other establishments around town also offer training for the St. Jude Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, but they do this for a fee. (Fleet FeetStar Runners, Yogafest)

There are other group runs around Memphis, these are just the ones that are focused on the St. Jude marathon. Here's a link to other running groups to join around the Memphis area and when they meet. Another that is not listed is Lululemon, they have a group run on Wednesdays.

So whether you come alone or bring some friends, we encourage you to join these group runs. Memphis has a great running community and we encourage you to become a part of it. 


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