FAQs

Before joining Run Club, we imagine you might have a few questions as to whether or not Run Club is for you…

 

I have NEVER done any kind of running. Can I REALLY do this?

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The approach we employ at Run Club is gradual, progressive, and methodical. Each season of Run Club kicks off with an easy two miles. If this doesn’t sound terribly daunting, it’s likely you’ll fit in just fine at Run Club.

That being said, if two miles does sound REALLY daunting, you might find Run Club a bit more challenging than most. This is not to say that you can’t do it, but perhaps drop us a line first and give us some more details about your current level of fitness, running experience, etc.

Why not just do a free run club at a running specialty store?

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There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the innumerable ‘free’ run clubs offered by the many retailers out there.

But, if you’re serious about becoming a runner, learning about the sport, and learning how to incorporate running into your life in a sustainable way, Run Club is definitely worth a look.

Each season of Run Club is a ten week ‘program’ that is designed to take you from two miles to (at least) 13.1 by the end of the season. Run Club includes maintenance runs, bootcamp, speedwork, long runs, and trail runs. Essentially, our club includes ALL of the things we feel any runner should have in their routine.

Our team has DECADES of experience in the sport. You name it, we’ve done it. From 5K’s to 50 milers, we’ve done it. Additionally, all of your coaches have professional certification. USATF. RRCA. NASM.

We engage some of the best specialists in the SF/Bay Area to support Run Club in educating our runners on topics such as mental preparation, nutrition and hydration, injury prevention, biomechanics/form, and much more.

Additionally, each season of Run Clun includes a veritable laundry list of perks/amenities that adds up to about $50 (if not more).

We also have a great time! Each season of Run Club includes bar nights, team dinners, and other cool opportunities to connect with your teammates. So, if you’re new to the city or just looking to meet new people, Run Club can help.

What does Run Club include?

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Run Club includes Tues. night maintenance runs in Golden Gate Park or Downtown, Thurs. night bootcamp (downtown) or speedwork (Golden Gate Park), Sat. morning long runs , a twice weekly email newsletter supporting your training, a private Facebook group for connecting with your coaches/teammates, a technical training shirt, a $20 A Runner’s Mind giftcard (good for a purchase of $80 or more), social events, partner discounts, and much more!

Access to all five workouts costs $150. Access to two workouts costs $120. Access to one workout per week costs between $75-$100 depending upon the workout.

Do you have pace groups?

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We don’t provide pace groups. We’ve got nothing against pace groups. But, at Run Club, we believe one of the most important things to develop is an intuitive and flexible sense of pacing.

Some days, a faster pace might feel better to you. Other days, a slower pace might feel better to you.

Additionally, your pace will naturally increase over the course of the season with Run Club, if you show up consistently.

We want to encourage all of our runners to explore any/all paces over the course of the season.

To boot, we typically see 100+ runners for each season of Run Club. So, if you’re worried about running solo, it’s typically a non issue, particularly for long runs on Saturdays.

I have challenges navigating. Will I get lost during the runs?

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Each week, the email newsletters contain map links as well as a written descriptions of all runs. We always encourage our runners to review the aforementioned before every run. It might not be a bad idea to print the written description out as well just to be safe.

In addition to sending course maps and course descriptions, Run Club coaches always provide a description of the run prior to the start of each run.

Long runs on Saturdays and trail runs on Sundays typically include course markings as well.

Lastly, we try to keep our run courses out/back in order to minimize the chances of anyone getting lost.

All this being said, if you’re navigationally challenged, we’d encourage you to not listen to music while you run or at least keep the volume down and your eyes peeled when you’re out.

The Run Club team also makes a point of making sure that ALL runners are back before wrapping up any/all workouts.

I’m new to the area and want to make some new friends. Will Run Club help with this?

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ABSOLUTELY! Each season of Run Club typically sees 100-150 runners. We see a nice mix of Run Club ‘alumni’ and new faces each season. We host team dinners on Tuesday nights, periodic team bar nights, and other cool social events through the season.

We’ve been witness to countless friendships, romances, and just about everything in between. You could consider Run Club a social club with a running problem!

I have NEVER done any kind of running. Can I REALLY do this?

Click to view the answer.

The approach we employ at Run Club is gradual, progressive, and methodical. Each season of Run Club kicks off with an easy two miles. If this doesn’t sound terribly daunting, it’s likely you’ll fit in just fine at Run Club.

That being said, if two miles does sound REALLY daunting, you might find Run Club a bit more challenging than most. This is not to say that you can’t do it, but perhaps drop us a line first and give us some more details about your current level of fitness, running experience, etc.

We’ve got over 80 Yelp reviews that you can peruse which might help you determine whether or not Run Club is for you.

Also, it might be a good idea to check out the video on our home page of a first time Run Club member to get an idea of what to expect.

If we still haven’t answered all your queries, drop us a line at info@sanfranciscorunningclub.com.

 

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Marathon Matt - Club Director
Phone:  415-572-4437
Email:  info@sanfranciscorunningclub.com