Monday, October 28, 2013

Running with the Pasadena Pacers

About a month ago I decided that it was time to finally get up the courage to join a running club. I'd been thinking about it for awhile, but especially now that I'm training for the LA Marathon I felt like I needed a little more help.
I'd heard about the Pasadena Pacers for awhile and felt like it was a good group for me. It's free to join them, the training runs are on Saturday mornings, and they break up into different groups based on whatever you're training for.

This is how they describe themselves on their Facebook Page....
The Pacers offer a FREE training program that is just right for you, right now. Whether you're a runner or walker, or both, the Pacers will help you meet whatever fitness goals you've set for yourself while enjoying the tremendous camaraderie of our friendly membership. We're a big club but you'll quickly feel that you're part of a more intimate group of friends and coaches who are personally committed to your fitness journey. 
How great is that, right??

I'm kind of a dork so I was super nervous that first day.  But of course, everyone was super sweet and welcoming and I had a such a great time!

It's perfect because they have a big group training for the LA Marathon, so it's been easy each week to find people who are training at a similar pace.

The Pacers are super organized and have a running schedule specifically for beginners training for the LA Marathon.

Everyone involved with the Pacers donates their time, and they just ask that you periodically sign up to bring water or snacks for the group.

After running for a couple weeks I decided to buy to the red shirt so that makes me feel much more official.
They meet at the Rose Bowl (unless there's an event - and then we meet at Garfield Park in South Pasadena) and so far they've all been fairly hilly runs. 

(most of these photos were taken from the Pacers Facebook Page)

Coach Hilda leads the marathon group and she is this teeny-tiny-kick-butt lady.  She's one of those super sweet but like super strong people who make running fast look easy.
I've been running with the Marathon group - but still met up with the 
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon group at the race on Sunday.  It was really fun because the half marathon coach led a group photo and group warm up.  
you can see the point of my hat in the back right
If you're a runner in the Pasadena-ish area - I highly recommend joining the Pacers. It's really fun to be a part of a group of people who are so like-minded when it comes to running and it's nice to not feel crazy for waking up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday...

Thanks Pacers! I'm so excited to be a part of your club!

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