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Welcome to Community Running!

We are a fun running club in the Boston-metro area. We offer coached workouts each week and year round. Our workouts are perfect for everybody, regardless of age, experience or ability. Our core membership is made up of "middle-to-back-of-the-pack" runners who run for fun, fitness, and often for a good cause. Members also volunteer together.
 

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Our next C25K class will start in early January -- stay tuned for details.

Workout cancellations: Dec 15 & 17 -- no practice due to MIT finals. No practice on Wed Dec 24 and Dec 31; stay tuned about Mon Dec 22 and 29. (Last updated 11/19/2014.)

New officers: a huge thank-you to our outgoing President Marie-Claude Lamothe, Treasurer Sriram Kannan, and Volunteer Coordinator Erin Donohue! Incoming officers are President David Leung and Treasurer Joseph Therriault; Meera Modi, Alicia Strauss, and Marcy Muzykewicz have also volunteered and their roles will be determined shortly. If you'd like to help out running CR (ba-dum DUM, ksh!), let David know.

We move to the indoor track on Monday, November 3.

Our Saturday long runs are back to meeting at 8am!

A huge thank-you to our flagship sponsors of our Grand Prix series: Marathon Sports, Greater Boston Running Company, and City Sports!

 

Our Workouts

Mondays

People start showing at 7pm at the MIT outdoor track, and at 7:15pm, we head out for an easy 1.6-mile warmup run. We then split into two groups. Coach Allison works with the 5K and 10K runners while Coach Brian works with the half- and full marathon runners.

Wednesdays

Just like on Mondays, we meet at the MIT outdoor track and start with a warmup run outside starting at 7:15pm. Coach Sean designs his workouts to be a good complement to Monday's workouts.

Saturdays

Saturdays are uncoached long runs, with everyone choosing their own distance. We meet on the ground floor (or just outside on the southeast corner) of the MIT student center starting at 8am; people leave no later than 8:15am. (Note: during the summer, we sometimes move the start time to 7am to beat the heat -- drop a note to info@communityrunning.org and ask.) Some people just come for an easy 4 miles; others are in the midst of marathon training and are going for 14, 17, or 20 miles. Afterwards, people often congregate at Area Four in Technology Square.

 

How Do I Join? What do I need to know?

It's really easy to join.
  • First, sign up for a free two-week trial membership. (Current members can renew their membership at that link as well.) [1]
  • Then, we strongly encourage people to join our low-traffic mailing list to get news and announcements. We also have a social mailing list (higher traffic) and longrun mailing list for our weekend long runs. Joining those two are optional, dependin on your interests.

Then, just show up! We recommend people show up dressed to run (layer appropriately for weather) and bring your own water (there are no nearby drinking fountains). If you need to change, there are bathrooms available in the nearby buildings.

When you show up, please introduce yourself! Our members come and go as their schedules allow, so we may not spot a new face in the crowd.

If you're coming by T, get off at either the Kendall or Central stops on the Red Line. If you're coming by car, you can park anywhere along Vassar St. If you're lucky, you can get a parking spot across the street from the outdoor track, but you may need to head further west to find a spot. Parking is free after 6pm.

[1] Note: we're flexible on membership costs, so if you need more time to decide, or if money is unusually tight, please talk to any Board member or send email to info@communityrunning.org. We don't want money to be a barrier to people joining us.

 

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C25K Program

We also help mentor totally new runners. Never run before? Can't run a mile? Not a problem. Everyone has to start somewhere, and many of our members started with the Couch-To-5K Program (C25K). Our New Runners Program is for new runners looking for support and camaraderie.

New runners are ultimately responsible for their own running, but it sure helps to have a support network -- for instance, a community of runners! On Monday nights, one CR member will work with all the new runners to help people get started, answer questions, and generally be available to help out. As always, our coaches can answer your questions in detail either before or after the workout.

Program Starts... ...for 5K Race on
Sep 8, 2014 (Mon) Nov 9, 2014 (Sun) - Boston River Run 5K

Do I need to register? Can I start late?

No need to register, but it's helpful to know who is coming. Just drop us a line at info@communityrunning.org.

You can start the program late, but you may not be able to train up in time for the targeted 5K. Not to worry, though -- there are tons of 5K races going on all year!

Am I a new runner? Should I be joining the C25K program?

If running a 1.6 mile warmup loop doesn't sound daunting, you should just jump into our workouts. But if you haven't built up to running a full mile yet, then you should join our C25K program. When you show up, just let people know you're here for the C25K program -- we don't want to accidentally send you out on the warmup loop!

Featured Member

Once a month, we feature a different member here in this space.

Name - Erin Donohue

Where you live - Brookline

Occupation - Director of Communications at a behavioral health care company

Favorite distance - Marathon!

Your favorite running route (can be city, park, country type of terrain) - Newton hills/marathon course

Favorite pre-race food - Toast with PB

Favorite post-race food - Scrambled eggs; chocolate milk

Distances PR (if you want to list) - Half Marathon: 1:43:32/Marathon: 3:54:51

Why do you run? - I run for fun, for health, and because it's a really hard habit to break.

Best run/race memory? - Any race that involves beer and a party after is a winner in my book. I have so many awesome memories that involve running a great course and then celebrating with my running family.

What made you choose CR? CR offers the perfect balance of expert coaching, hard work, fun, and social activities. It is an incredibly supportive atmosphere. I've improved my running and met great friends. What's not to love?

What would you want to tell someone who's thinking about running but unsure of how to start? The first three miles are the hardest. After you get past that, I promise it will start to feel better. I always feel much better at mile 7 or 8 than I do at mile 2! Keep at it and know it will get better. Also, find a buddy. Having someone to chat with makes the miles pass quicker.

Favorite Quote - "Eye of the tiger, Rock. Eye of the tiger." - Apollo Creed