by Chris McClung
A few weeks ago, I wrote this blog about the Year of Fast. As the writer, I imagined you reading it and, so fired up by the words, threw your hands in the air and screamed “I’m in!!” to no one in particular, perhaps while sitting at home alone or, even more awkwardly, in a coffee shop full of people. A guy can dream, right?
Whether you reacted that way or not, I hope you committed to challenging yourself with speed in 2016 to see if, with the right amount of work and commitment, you can take down personal records on your way to your fastest year yet.
In our February newsletter, you will read about lots of training programs that will provide the path to faster times ahead. Here are some other ways to celebrate the year of fast!
1. Race the Capitol 10,000 on April 10th and join our Cap10K team.
This is an iconic Austin race, and we always have a great turnout for it. The race will set-up a team tent for us at the finish line area once we reach a certain number of participants, so we can celebrate and party as a group post-race. Plus, as a team, they will deliver all of our packets to Rogue, so you don’t have to brave the packet pick-up lines. If you haven’t already registered yet, go to this link:
Then, click on “Team Challenge” at the top of the registration page and choose “Rogue Running” as your team. This signs you up for our team and also gives you individual registration.
If you are already registered, you can still add yourself to our team. To do so:
- Go to “Edit your registration” from your confirmation email or the site directly.
- Enter “JoinATeam” into the “invitation code” – hit apply (do not hit “make the change”)
- Select Team-Challenge and choose Rogue Running.
2. Race the Daisy 5K on May 28th.
This one will be like a Spring version of the Zilker Relays with plenty of Rogues partying both during and after the race. In it’s 39th year, the Daisy 5K is the oldest in Austin and will be held on Memorial Day weekend this year at Camp Mabry. In addition to sponsoring the race, we are encouraging all Rogues to participate as a part of their training cycle, whether near the end of Spring 5K/10K training block or starting to gear up for fall races.
Regardless of your focus, we will be bringing speed development workouts into every Rogue program during this time as a way to balance the demands and requirements of half marathon and full marathon training. Check out this great article from Greg McMillan on the topic.
You can sign up for the Daisy 5K here and use the coupon codes below for discounted entry:
rogueDaisy16 = $3 off 5K entry
rogueDaisy16kids = $2 off Kids K entry
In partnership with Marathon Kids and Austin Runners Club, we are looking for individual athletes who would like to coach of group of kids and adults to their first 5K (or Kids K) at Daisy via a neighborhood running club.
We know that Rogue can sometimes seem intimidating for new athletes, so working with the Marathon Kids Running Club curriculum, we’ve found a safe and encouraging way to help people get started, but we need your help.
If you are interested in starting a club in your neighborhood, email firstname.lastname@example.org and plan to join us for an info session at Rogue on March 3rd at 6:30 pm.
You can find more details here.