Erie Runner’s Club board member, marathoner, and self-proclaimed “cupcake”, Suzy Carstater has an offer for any newbie (or not so newbie) runners who are signed up (or planning to sign up) for the Biggest Loser 1/2 Marathon that is coming to Erie in August.
Suzy posted this message on the ERC Facebook page:
The one thing that has helped me race in distances over a 5K has been a consistent long run training group.If anyone has signed up for the biggest loser 1/2 marathon in August as their first 1/2 marathon a consistent weekly long run is a key to success. Myself and members of team cupcake are willing to work with anyone who is interested in training.
If you plan to run the 1/2 in August or the 1/2 in September it is time to start now. You should be able to walk 30 minutes and start on a couch to 5K program. This will fit into running a 5K for St. Pats as a first 5K, when spring comes you should be able to run/walk a 3 mile distance and should be running 3 times a week. We will be increasing the long run over 3 miles starting about 12 weeks before the August race.
Please come to the membership meeting (second Monday of each month at the Plymouth Tavern in the front meeting room — next one is Monday, January 14) and if you would like to find training partners see if you can meet up with someone at your pace and training for a similar distance.
If you are wondering about my coaching qualifications, I do not have any and if you look at my race times, you’ll see that I am not fast but I left the couch at the age 50 and in the past five years have run several 1/2 marathons, the Erie Marathon and the Oil Creek 50K. I am proof that you can run a 1/2 this year, all you need are running friends and some determination.