FAQ's - A Little More About Seaside Striders Running Club,...
How long has Seaside Striders been around?
Seaside Striders began back in the Fall of 2003 with 12 women who had a goal of running their first half and full marathons at the Inaugural Rock n Roll Arizona. After their first event, they were hooked and before we knew it, Seaside Striders was in its second season and training for the next event.
Is this group for beginners, or do you need to be a runner already?
We have runners of all abilities in this group. In fact, in 2015 we started a 10K walk/run group which included first time walkers and joggers and some runners taking a break from longer runs. This group coupled with our others (including our Boston Marathon group) to provide an extremely wide array of ages and abilities.
How many workouts does Seaside Striders offer per week?
We have two "official" workouts each week that are exclusive to club members and their friends. One is on Wed evenings, usually in Solana Beach area. The other is the Sat run, and the locations vary weekly to keep it interesting, and allow us to offer our runners a variety of terrains to run on. The Sat is generally in the North County area. Additionally, many of the runners join Coach Jim at the Monday Run in Cardiff for a group run with the community. How many workouts you go to is up to you, but there's several opportunities to run with the group throughout the week.
Do I have to train for a specific event?
Absolutely not. While many of the runners prefer to have an event to focus on, there are many other runners in the group who come out for the social and fitness aspects.
How many members does the club have?
The club is made up of approximately 40 runners each session. We keep it capped at 50 so Coach Jim can offer individual coaching to everyone in the group. 40 is big enough that there's plenty of people to run or walk with, but small enough that the group remains an motivating, intimate, and safe environment for each member.
Is a training group for me if I don't have a race or event to train for?
Yes. There are tons of benefits to training with a group. There's probably more, but here's five; 1. Motivation from others and our coach, 2. Safety, statistics say that runners who run alone are at a higher risk of danger, 3. Accountability of group workouts will help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals, 4. Social Networking, connections that you make running with others are amazing, 5. Healthy Competition, studies say that people who run with others are more successful in their goals.