ASISEEIT wrote: »
I have run four half marathons. Im thinking of doing full marathon in oct. Dublin
Im wondering if i should join a club? So far trained on my own.
Testosterscone wrote: »
Just in relation to the club aspect, what do you wish to get out of joining a club? Many join for company, others join to get a plan to improve, others join to look for guidance.
The reason I say ask yourself that question is that many people these days join clubs without considering what a club can actually offer them and that it is a 2 way street i.e what you can offer the club. If everyone has the take take take mentality in a club what can happen is that those who are there to help you when you join become so stretched that they are unable to offer everyone the level of help they require.
I would encourage everyone to join a club no doubt but this is more just a reminder that a club can offer so much more than just getting you to hit a target. Be open to idea's and open to helping around the club (doesn't have to be anything big there are plenty of times when helping simply requires the extra bodies for fundraising or what ever just enough so that joining a club you are helping keep workload down on those willing to help so that they can offer others the same benefits that you will get)
One example from my own club is a guy who joined back in September and ran 3.30 marathon in Dublin. He has since been open to all idea's (training, running cross country/track where he wouldn't have considered before and always helped out with fundraisers and making up numbers in teams when asked) the openness to new things has also seen him knock nearly 6 minutes off 10k time and PB's across a multitude of distances.
ASISEEIT wrote: »
Good point. Im not the best joiner if you know what I mean. With a young kid its hard to get out plus pretty tired in evenings. Because of my schedule I do a lot of runs 5-6pm or a long run Sunday morning. Thus I have tended to go my own way as I doubt many free to run at 5!
However If I did join would certainly be open to helping out but I doubt at the age of 48 Im going to get into cross country or am I mistaken!?
Down South wrote: »
Went back running XC this year at 45 and not the only one in my club