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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Run Club!!

A little more than a year ago I was so excited to become an ambassador for lululemon athletica.  It has really been an amazing experience for me.  As a result of this part of my journey in running and life, I have met the MOST wonderful people who truly encourage and inspire me in a multitude of ways.


One of my responsibilities - and really privileges - as an ambassador for this incredible company is that I lead a run club every week.  Most lululemon run clubs meet at the local store, but the store I work with is in a giant shopping mall (i.e., not anywhere near a trail or safe place to run) so instead we meet at the Pilates studio I teach at (Reston Pilates - which also happens to be owned by my sister Jodi!).  It is really perfect because Pilates is such a fantastic thing for runners (and really, for anyone!) in that it promotes flexibility, corrects imbalances and builds strength - and it is gentle enough to do every day.  We meet on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and start every session with a quick 15-20 minute mat class before hopping on the W&OD trail (which happens to be my favorite trail and is basically right out the door of the studio) for a run.

run club - it's always a good time
How much, how far or how fast we run really varies from week to week depending on who shows up and what they're up for.  We usually have a really great mix of new runners, walkers, walk/runners, seasoned marathoners and everything in between.  No matter what, we always have a solid group of people who want to run at a comfortable, conversational pace and enjoy the fresh air and company while moving their bodies.  I am so lucky to be a part of this.


We are also getting together on Monday nights!  We meet at the studio around 6pm - decked out with headlamps and wearing layers because of the cooler weather - and usually run for about an hour at whatever pace people are up for.  I teach a one hour Pilates mat class every Monday night at 7:30pm so it is just the perfect warm up before the class.  I love it oh so much!!

me & amy after an evening run!
If you live in the area I would love for you to come join us any time!  You don't need to RSVP, its completely free and you don't even really need to be a runner!  It is tons of fun and just a great way to meet people and get some exercise.

Have you ever joined a group run like this?  Have you ever thought about starting a run club?  I encourage you do one or the other - it is tons of fun!


10 comments:

We don't yet have a Lululemon store, but we just recently got a show room and they have started doing run club on Thursday nights. I haven't been able to go yet because of training for B2B and other commitments, but FINALLY I am going tonight for the first time! I am looking forward to a short 3-mile recovery run and hopefully meeting new running buddies!

The Lululemon store is in downtown Milwaukee and it would be quite a drive for me to get there once a week. I have plenty of trails by me, but no running buddies in my area. I am not a fast runner, more a jog/walker while I am training for 5ks so I worry that I would be left in the dust or slow the group down if I did join one. But I do like the idea of talking to other runners and getting ideas and advice.

Thanks for posting this. I have only been in my area for 15months so I haven't hooked up with a run group, or even a run buddy, yet! The long miles and speed work are taking a lonely toll on my mind and this has inspired my to get on the ball and find a group!

Every time I read about your run club, I wish I could join!! It looks like so much fun!

Nike has running clubs in different cities in Germany, and I ran with them last year. It is a lot of fun and it's easier to get motivated. I also used to do pilates, but I don't own a gym membership anymore and I don't really know what exercises I could do on my own.

Run Club is Amazing just like you Jess. LOVE to start my Sunday off with your smiling face. Also, LOVE the pilates we do prior. Will be bringing my sister with me over her break :)

I started a run club back in September and I can't believe how many participants have been showing up every week. We average between 20-25 per week with the highest showing being 31!
There is also a lululemon run club in Spokane, but it is very "clicky" so I won't go back.

:) so fun! i’m trying to find a few run clubs around me to see if i can find people to run with at my pace…hopefully i will. love that you have such a big group!

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for everyone! I am still looking for something like this by my house.

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