So, it's that time of blog again when I contemplate joining a training group/program.
I think I've narrowed it down to the program at Jack Rabbit Sports (in terms of what works for me).
Pro: time and location that work for me.
Con: I'll have to travel 20 minutes to meet the group (when I can just walk out my door and run from here).
Pro: spending money will motivate me to do all of those runs.
Con: that's... a lot... of money.
Pro: it will be nice to run with a group.
Con: running at 6:45pm on a hot August evening? Blah!
Pro: meeting new people will help me through the long runs and give me confidence that I can make it to the finish line.
Con: ...so will the knowledge that I've already crossed the finish line of 5 marathons.
I guess the biggest problem I have is the cost. I long ago abandoned the idealized notion that running is a cheap sport to participate in, but I already paid nearly $200 for my race registration, not to mention another $250 qualifying for my guaranteed entry. Add the $300 of this training program, and that will put me at nearly $750 spent - to run a local race. Not including shoes, gels, gear, etc... I don't know...
On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"