Who We Are

We are an RRCA chapter of local runners and walkers who enjoy social and training runs in our beautiful area. All are welcome!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

6th Annual Ache Around the Lake September 24th - Registration Open!

I'm inviting you to join us on Saturday, September 24th at 8:00 a.m. for a scenic run/walk around Lake Lanier. The 8K is certified and makes you "Ache" (in an accomplished way) and the "The Ouch" is a fast 2-Miler with a few hills...great for those that want a shorter course and kids (of all ages!). This is a benefit for our St. Luke's Hospital - our hometown hospital.


8K Awards for Overall and Masters, and 3-Deep in Age Groups. We also have an Award for Top Dog (fastest pooch and person team). 

Hope to see you at the finish!

Scarlette Tapp
Race Director

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lake Run Last Week

Thanks, Kim, for taking this terrific pic! Check our calendar below for more scenic training runs this summer.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Saturday Training Run - Firecracker 5K Route

Hope you can join us for a training run around the upcoming Firecracker 5K in Columbus, NC.

Park and meet at the Feagan Building at 8:00 a.m. Some members may go earlier to log more miles.

The Firecracker 5K is a terrific local race taking place on July 4th at 8:00 a.m. There will be a special $100 award for any male that breaks the previous course record of 15:28 set by Stuart Moran and a $100 award will be given to any female that breaks the course record of 18:49 set by Katie Gibson.

Here is the course map.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Extra Motivation

The 53 Runner’s Commandments
by Joe Kelly 

1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.
9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be  there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.
18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Don’t always run alone.
20. Don’t always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.
24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.
35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.
36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. “Winning” means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesn’t look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Don’t make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

5-Miler This Saturday at 8 a.m.

If you're not racing this weekend, please join us for a run around Lake Lanier Saturday, June 18th. If you haven't run or walked this route before, it's beautiful and challenging. If you are planning on doing Ache Around the Lake this year, you'll want to join us or come some other time this summer.

Meet at the Lake Lanier Tea House parking area. We'll leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. We'll break off into pace groups and will have a walking group, as well. Bring your pooch if you like!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

2nd Annual Running Clinic with Katie Malone

We are so lucky to have Coach Katie Malone as one of our club members. Katie spent time with us this morning reminding us of good running form and teaching us some trail running basics. The most important lesson - pick up those feet! Picking up the feet is important when running smooth roads to ensure proper form, but essential on trails to avoid tripping over rocks and roots (which a couple of us did!)

Hopefully the reminders on proper form will serve us well in the coming training months. Many of us are going to soon begin training for fall races. We will be spending many, many hot summer mornings logging miles to prepare us for the distances we need to run.  Happy training!!