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Hi everyone,<br>
Tomorrow there's going to be an article in the NT Times called "Keeping up with the pack" about the value of running clubs. BTW it also mentions the cool running website. Anyway, the article is good but it does mostly focus on runners who put in over 10 miles per workout, which obviously excludes me. I'd personally love to find a buddy to run with who's doing similar distances & speeds, but since I haven't found anyone local, this kickrunners group has been invaluable to me. I greatly appreciate the warm welcome from all of you and the personal encouragement over the past few weeks as I've slowly made progress.<br><br>
You'll be able to access the above-mentioned article tomorrow online if you're interested.<br><br>
Susan
 

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My running club is in a town about 25 miles away, so I have never joined them for group runs. But membership does come with a discount at the running store. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
For me as well, online communities like kickrunners fill the other roles of a running club.
 

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My running club is also headquarted some 30 miles away. I've been considering joining for one of the group runs, but just haven't got around to it yet. Since it's only $12.50 a year for membership, it pays for itself with reduced registration fees and running store discounts.<br><br>
Most of my running is solo, but since becoming active on line a little over a year ago, I've met Tammy who not only lives in the same small town I do, but goes to the same gym. (I've also met all the Oregon posters as well, but as most are anywhere from 50-200 miles away, I only see them occasionally.)<br><br>
I find it's nice to have someone to run with and usually meet up with Tammy once a week or so. I also get a lot of support from the on line communities such as Kick & CR.<br><br>
Thanks for the info on the NYTimes article Susan, I'll check it out tomorrow<br><br>
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I've run with four different running clubs in the Portland area, but I still keep going back to my first one which is the Niketown Running Club. They're less competitive and much more fun. They meet twice a week, and each time have runs of 3, 5, and 7 miles. Plus, we often get free Nike stuff!
 

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Here's the article, if you're interested:<br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/23Rrunners.html?oref=login" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/ny...tml?oref=login</a><br><br>
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Susan, thanks for the link to the article. I find the building of friendships through running to be rather fascinating. My favorite section of the article was this:<br><br>
"You may also end up revealing quite a bit about yourself to those running friends. Maybe it’s because you don’t see them in your other life. Maybe it’s because you’re running side by side and not looking at each other. Or maybe, as Amy says, “some of the intimacy of a running club comes from seeing each other unmasked, in a way, in bare clothing, sweaty and gross, at good times and bad.” For whatever reason, as the miles pass, people often confide very personal stories."
 

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Sorry to crash your Masters party with my infinite youngness! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Seriously though, in regards to the part of the article <b>choovie</b> mentions (the part about intimacy), I have heard that many a marriage has been formed or broken up in the marathon training groups that form in my area.
 

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Great article Susan, thanks for posting this.<br><br>
I have to agree. If you subsitute CR or Kick for running clubs, then I've met and formed friendships with people I'd probably have no reason to even talk to in real life and I'd like to think I'm much better off for it.
 

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I've spent many hours running and many of those hours running with others. One thing I've discussed with those I confide in is "The runner's code of ethics". Basically this means, what is said on the road stays on the road.<br><br>
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Come run with me ProFromDover! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Whew! huh Johnny? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Idn't that the truth!! One or both of us could be in some <b>serious trouble</b><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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and somehow I think it would still end up being Millbot's fault
 
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