Joining a running group is a great way to build your network

When I think about networking I think about people standing around awkwardly (ok, I'm the only one being awkward, everyone else is relaxed and at ease) wearing "Hello, my name is..." tags schmoozing and trying desperately to move their careers forward.  I believe that this is a circle of hell that even Dante couldn't imagine.  

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8 Weeks into 2014 Training

By Kathy Mukhopadhyay

This is the fifth year that I've shown up in the spring to start training with the Salt Lake City Jeff Galloway Training program, and every year I am amazed at how incredible all the people who show up with me are.  It takes courage to set a goal of running a long distance race, and then follow up that goal with a plan, and then actually follow through with the plan with action.  There are so many steps where inaction can steal your goal and turn it into an unfulfilled dream.  So well done courageous goal reachers, we are halfway to the half marathon and well on our way to the full marathon.

Now for some pictures.

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What to expect on your first day

By Kathy Mukhopadhyay

I'm a planner, I like to have a good solid plan when I do something.  This can make doing something new seem daunting and kind of scary because I don't know what to expect.  I felt this way the first time I ran with the Salt Lake City Galloway Training Program in the spring of 2010.  I didn't know anyone else who was going to be there, and I was going by myself.  I was worried that nobody else would run as slow as me, and I would end up running by myself.  As it turned out, there were people there faster than me, slower than me and the same speed.  Even though I didn't know anyone on the first day, over the weeks, months and years I made many lifelong friends.  If you are like me, and are apprehensive about taking the step to come and join our group then this post is for you.

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Running Gear to Get Going

Kathy Mukhopadhyay  

With training for the 2014 season starting in just over a month, I want to talk a little bit about what gear you need to get going with your training.  If you already have a significant portion of your home dedicated to your gear this may just be a review, but if you have a good pair of shoes and are a little overwhelmed by all the options for gear out there then this is for you.

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Treat yourself like you would treat your friend

Kathy Mukhopadhyay

Last month I started pondering how to make the decision about when to be tough and power through and when to give up.  If you spend much time online seeing "fitspiration" then you see the constant message of how noble it is to persevere and not give up.  I could go into the damaging aspects of this, but this article covers that quite well.  I could also go into the specifics of when to rest and when to run, but I did find some guidelines from Runner's World to help with specifics.  There are also plenty of articles with advice about how much pain you should endure when you have an injury. The thing is that with all this information in the end you still have to make the decision about how tough to be yourself.

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Change. It's a way of life for a military family.

Renee Deremiah

Change.  It's a way of life for a military family.  Moving, new schools, new neighborhoods, starting from scratch and making new friends, finding the butter in an another "new" grocery store.  I'm somewhat used to change and accept it as it is something I have chosen being married to my active duty husband for 20 years.  But of all the change I have been through, running has changed me the most.  Not just my physical appearance, but mentally, spiritually...completely.

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Running, the Brain, and Joy

Sarah Maulden

My story is similar to the others posted here - I NEVER thought I would enjoy exercise, least of all RUNNING! Growing up, my favorite activity was curling up with a good book and moving my eyes left to right for hours on end. My brothers played soccer and my sisters did ballet, but I was too incoordinated and unmotivated to enjoy any sport on a regular basis. (I still cannot do step aerobics to save my life.) I also learned to fear ball sports after being injured while made to play with bigger-stronger-faster kids. When I biked or ran with kids my age, they all just left me in the dust. Years later I would find out more about why...keep reading...

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Jeff Galloway Made an Athlete Out of Me

Brenda Christiansen

Running. It was always something that other people did. Not me. I tried it in 8th grade when I joined the 100 mile club at my school. I still remember kids on the bus pointing and laughing as I circled the track. I clearly was not meant to be a runner! I tried running again in college and although more kind than my Jr. High peers, my roommates still seemed to chuckle at my funny running style. Yep. That's right. I was not meant to be a runner!

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How I ran slow in training and got a marathon PR

Kathy Mukhopadhyay

Running a marathon is hard work, not just the race but the training too.  I've run 5 marathons and in all of them I've incorporated the Jeff Galloway run-walk-run method into both the training and races.  Even though I've incorporated walks into my runs, I've approached other aspects of my training with a little more variation.  What I found that in addition to the well known run/walk strategy, there were two more things in the training that made big differences in getting my best time- slow long runs and fast weekday runs.

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