HOW TO START RUNNING IN KANSAS CITY

Newbie Run Club

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Want to start running?

Dive into the excitement with the Newbie Run Club— a Couch to 5k training plan designed for first-time runners and walkers gearing up for the Rock The Parkway 5k. Our dedicated coaches are your personal guides, perfect for those taking their first 5k leap, returning from a running hiatus, or aiming for a second triumphant run. Once again, we continue our partnership with the flat and festive Rock the Parkway 5k event so lace up your shoes, hit the pavement, and let's turn your 5k aspirations into a reality!

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Are you ready to run your first 5k?!

Ready to crush that 5k goal? Our stellar Newbie Run Club Coaches, Mary Nacrelli and Megan O'Hara, are geared up to make it happen!  They've got the perfect plan – an interval training program sculpted to prep you for the Rock The Parkway 5k in April.

Exciting news for 2024 – we've added not just one, but two run group locations and coaches! Mary Nacrelli takes charge at the Mission, KS store, while Megan O'Hara leads the pack at the Barry Road Store in the Northland. Double the locations, double the energy!

Save the date for the kickoff extravaganza on January 9th, 2024 – our free info meeting at the Mission, KS location. Get ready to meet Coaches Mary and Megan in person!

The only race you're running is against yourself! With our coaches bringing the charisma, this 5k is not just a run – it's a blast! And guess what? We've fine-tuned this program for YOUR success. Yes, YOU can conquer that first 5k, with Mary and Megan as your wingwomen all the way!

What it includes:

The Newbie Run Club fee includes:

  • Rock The Parkway entry.
  • Special Start / Finish area.
  • Amazing finisher’s medal.
  • Dedicated Couch to 5k Coaching.
  • Free Newbie Run Club Tech Tee.
  • Free informational meeting to meet the coaches, ask all the questions, learn about proper footwear, and more.
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The Newbie Run Club participants will complete the Rock The Parkway course prior to the live event.

  • Experience the course.
  • Your coach will walk you through the course and what to expect.
  • Dress rehearsal for your clothing and footwear.
  • No pressure for time.

Steps to the Newbie Run Club

Free Informational Meeting

On January 9th at 6:00pm we will host a free informational meeting at the 6009 Johnson Drive Running Well Store location.  At this meeting you will meet the coaches Mary and Megan, hear from the Race Director of the Rock the Parkway 5k and be able to meet your fellow runners in the Newbie Run Club. During this time the coaches will also ask the group what times everyone would like to get together both in-person and virtually for the weekly meet ups and training runs.

Steps to the Newbie Run Club

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Step 1:

Free Informational Meeting

On January 26th at 6:00pm we will host a free informational meeting at the 6009 Johnson Drive Running Well Store location.  At this meeting you will meet Coach Mary, hear from the Race Director of the Rock the Parkway 5k and be able to meet your fellow runners in the Newbie Run Club. During this time Mary will also ask the group what times everyone would like to get together both in-person and virtually for the weekly meet ups and training runs.

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Step 2:

Understanding the Training Plan

Coach Mary will take you through the eight week training plan gearing you up for the Rock the Parkway 5k! The training plan is based off of an interval training plan where you will walk / run to build up your endurance. The first week of the eight week training plan will start with more walking than running and will gradually build you up to more running than walking through the training program.

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Step 3:

Weekly Runs and Virtual Check-Ins

Once a week you will meet in person with Coach Mary to have a group run together and meet in person to discuss your training.  In addition, there will be weekly virtual meetings to talk about any challenges you face and adjust your training plan should it need to be adjusted.

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Step 4:

Dress Rehearsal

One week prior to the actual 5k event you will meet Coach Mary at the start line for a test run of the event.   This will provide you an opportunity to run in the clothing you plan on using for race day, see the course, learn where the aid stations will be placed and ask any questions you may have about the event prior to race day!

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Step 5:

Event Day!

The day of the Rock the Parkway 5k you will meet Coach Mary at The Running Well Store tent.  There you can leave your belongings so that you only need to focus on your run! This is the day that eight weeks of hard work pays off, it is your job to run and enjoy the journey! We can’t wait to see you at the finish line!

The Mission, KS Coach

Coach Mary isn't just a coach; her heart is pure gold, and she's thrilled to guide you through the Newbie Run Club journey. Get ready for eight weeks of training with her fun motivational and contagious positive vibes. Passionate about running and staying fit, Mary was the original Newbie Run coach. She's not just about the 5k; she's your go-to for preventing injuries during training. Meet Coach Mary on January 9th at the Mission Running Well Store to get all your burning questions answered about the program, training, and the race itself. It's a chance to soak in her wisdom and get inspired for your running adventure!

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The Northland Coach

Coach Mary isn't just a coach; her heart is pure gold, and she's thrilled to guide you through the Newbie Run Club journey. Get ready for eight weeks of training with her fun motivational and contagious positive vibes. Passionate about running and staying fit, Mary was the original Newbie Run coach. She's not just about the 5k; she's your go-to for preventing injuries during training. Meet Coach Mary on January 9th at the Mission Running Well Store to get all your burning questions answered about the program, training, and the race itself. It's a chance to soak in her wisdom and get inspired for your running adventure!

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Meet Coach Mary!

Coach Mary has a heart of pure gold and absolutely loves coaching the Newbie Run Club participants. Mary is going to make sure you have support during the eight week training program providing you with fun motivation along the way.  Passion for running and staying fit is in her DNA as she was the original Newbie Run coach when the program launched.  She is a fierce advocate for preventative health and will not only show you how to run a 5k but will show you how to keep injuries at bay while you train.  Come meet Coach Mary on January 26th at the Mission Running Well Store and feel free to ask any question about the training, the program or the race.

Testimonials

I wanted to run a 5k for my 50th birthday. I signed up for The Running Well Store’s Couch to 5k program expecting weekly group runs and community. Then Covid arrived. TRWS did an excellent job of pivoting and revamping their program to meet the new normal. Coach Mike coordinated twice-weekly video calls, which served as excellent education sessions. They also allowed ample time for the group to get to know each other, albeit virtually. Coach Mike provided extensive training resources and we received real-time coaching and support via the Strava App. Our training culminated with Coach Mike mapping out a socially distanced version of the Hospital Hill race that let the group safely meet in-person. Having such a comprehensive running foundation has allowed me to run without injury, learning stretching and rolling techniques and make life-long friends along the way. Quite a testament – especially in the mist of a pandemic! Thanks Coach Mike and The Running Well Store!

If you are thinking of starting to run or starting to run again, this group is a great place to start!

-S Rider

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    New Member: $105
    NRC Alumni Rate: $95

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