The Women’s Beginner Running Program offers four (4) group runs per week. You do not have to attend all the runs, but are encouraged to attend three runs per week.
- Monday at 6 a.m. (Shelley Lake)
- Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. (Shelley Lake)
- Thursday at 6:15 p.m. (Capital RunWalk or Crabtree Creek Greenway trail)
- Saturday at 8 a.m. (Shelley Lake, local running store, etc.)
As noted above, the runs leave from various locations in Raleigh, including but not limited to: Shelley Lake, Capital RunWalk (Cameron Village), Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail, and local running stores. A schedule will be distributed at the introductory meeting and will be available here on the NCRC Women’s Beginner Running Program website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will we run if it’s raining?
Yes, as long as there are no hurricane winds with trees falling, thunder and/or lightning, we will run. Keep in mind that it can be pouring rain on one side of town, and there will be not a drop elsewhere. Besides, it’s fun to run in the rain! Heck, you’ll be wet from sweating anyway. You may want to keep an extra shirt and/or towel in your car should you get caught in the rain.
What about if the temperature is 100 degrees and it’s a code orange day? Will we still run?
We’ll still meet at the designated running location. We will then decide about running. When it is extremely hot, we may decide to walk or just talk about running and eat popsicles.
Do I need to carry water when I run with the group?
No. You should be ok so long as you stay well-hydrated throughout the day. There is no need to burden yourself with a CamelBak or water bottles at this point. Bring water to drink after the run.
Should I eat before our runs?
You need energy, so eat a balanced lunch and snack in the afternoon.
What should I wear to run?
A good pair of running shoes and a supportive running bra are the two most important pieces of running apparel. There should be bought at a specialty running store so you get a proper fit. It is not necessary to go out and buy a lot of new running clothes (even though shopping is fun!). However, you should try to invest in a few pieces that are made specifically for running. These items should be made of special “wicking” fabric that will pull moisture away and keep you more comfortable. Never buy cotton clothes for running.
Does the registration fee for the program pay for the target race?
No. The registration fee covers the program only. You will need to register online for the Celebration 5k. More information will be provided closer to race-day.