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It’s Not Too Late For You

Give yourself a moment to imagine this.

Run in Freezing Rain

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It’s Saturday morning; the whole day and all of its possibilities lay ahead of you. You don’t want to get out of bed because as predicted, the weather is awful – cold and freezing rain.

But on this cold wet Saturday morning you have a commitment to meet your Jeff Galloway 5k running group at 8:00am for the first run of the season. You’re following through on the promise made to become a runner.

You’ve scrambled the night before to get all of your warmest cold weather clothing together in one place. At 7:30am, your alarm sings for the third time, and you know you can’t stay in bed a minute longer. You practically fall down the stairs in search of coffee, but one look outside says you need more than coffee to survive this cold Minnesota morning. It’s raining like an April shower, yet there’s snow and ice covering the ground outside your door and along the sidewalk. Running in the cold wet air with treacherous ground beneath you is the last thing you want to do.

But when you arrive at Lake Nokomis, Pace Group Leader, Erich turns the entire morning around. Erich, who estimates he’s logged the most Jeff Galloway miles in Minnesota with a whopping 5,000 miles. You meet your Minneapolis running group in the parking lot, warm up, and find a safe running path. Erich leads your group by observing and dishing out valuable run/walk/run advice. He’s more coach than leader.

“Keep your eyes toward the horizon during your walk breaks because your walking posture will help you to finish a race strong,” Erich advises.  You and your group simultaneously nod your heads at the Aha! moment.

Thirty seconds of running followed by thirty seconds of walking look so easy coming from you and the other runners.  Within five minutes of running, your group decides this was well worth waking up for. You’re all moving and energizing together on a Saturday morning; suddenly the cold terrain feels more peaceful. You realize how fortunate you are. You are not running alone.  You’re running in a Jeff Galloway group, on a Saturday, and your leader has invaluable knowledge that more than matches his 5,000 miles worth of experience. Because Erich’s expertness, support, and humor are the exact ingredients that will drive you forward.

open sky with snow

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It’s not too late for you.

With 7 weeks still remaining until the Minneapolis Get in Gear 5k race, you can still join the Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway 5k Training Group and learn Jeff Galloway’s Run/Walk/Run method from the person with the most Galloway miles in the state of Minnesota.

Thinking of a longer distance? Well, our Half Marathon Training Group starts this Saturday, March 16. Train for the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon with us!

Jeff Galloway, Minneapolis Registration page

With group runs every Saturday morning, we promise that by the time you get to race day, you will be a runner.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. That’s a gorgeous picture! Getting up at 7:30 sounds hard, haha, but definitely motivates me to start the day out right!

    March 13, 2013
    • Thanks for the comment! Image credit goes to Tome213 at Stock.xchng. Early morning runs/workouts always make the rest of the day a breeze. Getting out of the door is the hardest part.

      March 14, 2013

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