New Runners’ Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do this?
Yes, you can! This program is designed to help you prepare to run or run / walk a 5K. All fitness levels are welcome. The majority of our past participants had never run before this program.
We will start off the first week with mostly walking and some running intervals. Each week, the walking intervals will get shorter and the running intervals will get longer. This will allow you to build up your stamina and speed. Mentors will be with you each step of the way. And other participants will be there to cheer you along.
If you can walk comfortably for 20 minutes right now, and if you are willing to follow the scheduled program, then this program is for you! If you have the desire to become more active, meet new friends with healthy lifestyles and perhaps become a runner, then this program is for you!
(Please see your health care provider before starting any new exercise or fitness regimen.)
I’ve run a little in the past…..I used to run a long time ago…..I’ve never run before…..is this program for me?
Yes! We break the participants up into groups so that everyone can work at their own speed. The program is the same for each participant, but the speeds might be different. We will work with each participant to make sure that they are progressing. (If you can comfortably run 3 miles right now, just come out to a group run!)
How do I register?
Registration for the 2013 New Runners’ Program has ended.
How do I pay?
The cost of the program for new participants is $65 and includes the entry fee for the Dogwood 5K, a one year membership to the Mebane Running Club and all of the program components. Current MRC members can join the Program for $50. (Note our very affordable program fee. Comparable programs in the area can cost $85 or more!)
I really want to do this. How do I make sure I have a spot?
Two words – REGISTER EARLY! Be ready to register online beginning on January 8.
I registered; what now?
Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation with receipt of your payment immediately. Shortly thereafter, we will send you an email confirmation outlining program details and next steps. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 5 business days of sending in your information, please contact us via the email address below.
Be sure to read the confirmation email in its entirety as it contains a LOT of important information, as well as some hints on what you can do to be successful with the program.
Speaking of which, how CAN I prepare for and ensure my success in the program?
The best way to prepare is to start walking….now! Plan to walk for at least 10 minutes a day, three times per week, building up to walking 20-25 minutes per day, three to four times per week. This is not mandatory but will go a long ways towards your ability to start the formal section of the program off with relative ease. There is a great program in Mebane from the Mebane on the Move initiative called Mebane Walks. They have several weekly walks in the evenings and on Saturdays.
You can even join the MRC at our group runs almost any day of the week Introduce yourself as a New Runner to one of our ‘Ambassadors’ and they will point out some route options for you! It is also advisable to contact your health care provider to let them know that you are starting a new fitness program.
To ensure your success? Follow the program. Read the emails and follow the format given for group and independent workouts. Attend most, if not all, scheduled sessions. Walk when the mentors tell you to walk. Run when they tell you to run. Many prior participants have also found it helpful to befriend people in their pace group and meet for walk / runs outside of the program. Ask questions when you have them. Let the mentors know if you need assistance, individual attention, encouragement or advice. That’s what they are there for!
What should I wear?
Fitted, synthetic clothing and socks (“wicking”) are the best for running. Try to minimize cotton fabrics, because when you sweat, the cotton traps the moisture leaving you feeling wet and cold. Target, Walmart, Bull City Running (Durham), Off N Running Sports (Greensboro) and Fleet Feet (Carrboro) carry a great selection of wicking clothing. (Mention the MRC at Bull City, Off N Running or Omega Sports in Burlington and you should receive at least a 10% discount). Look for words like “moisture-resistant” or “Duo-dry” on the tags. The first few weeks will be pretty cold, so be sure to wear a hat and gloves. The best guide is to dress as though it will be 20 degrees warmer out than the actual temperature (to accommodate for your body temperature as you walk/run and warm up).
For the first few weeks, it will be very dark out on our Tuesday runs—reflective vests will be provided during these sessions. You may also bring a light if you prefer.
Running shoes should be selected based on your foot shape (high arches, feet roll inwards as you run, etc) and running style; Bull City Running, Off N Running, Fleet Feet and Omega Sports (Durham or Burlington) have staff that can help you select the right shoe for you. This really is important! You will notice a tremendous difference in a “regular” shoe vs. a running shoe designed for your foot type.
Visit the MRC Resources page for information about all of these topics and contact information for these stores.
Can I bring a friend, my kids, or my dog to a group run?
The Tuesday night training sessions will be full of runners and NRP mentors, far too many to accommodate extra guests. Additionally, we want you to be able to take this time out for yourself to concentrate on your running, form, speed, etc. and not on outside distractions.
On Saturday mornings, guests are welcome to come out and run with the Mebane Running Club.
You may still want to leave the baby jogger and Fido at home until the completion of the program, when you feel more comfortable with running and are familiar with the routes. After that, friendly leashed dogs are always welcome, and we have many parents who run with their kids. We even have quarterly family runs!
What should I bring to the first session?
A cell phone, identification, reflective gear, and water, as well as an open mind and a smile. Please leave ipods, headphones and other noise blocking devices at home. You want to hear the mentors, your new friends and the surrounding cars.
Where is the first session?
For security reasons, we send that information out to our registered participants. We’ll send you a confirmation email with all of the details. The meeting location is in downtown Mebane.
What happens after I complete the program?
The Running Club typically meets for seven runs on four different days of the week to accommodate our very busy schedules, and we often travel together to races. We have a variety of speeds regularly running from a 7:00/mile pace up to a 13:00/mile pace. We are a friendly, social bunch, and we look forward to seeing you at our regular runs and social events!
I have questions that are not on this list. Who do I ask?
Send us an email here