In the past 7 months I have observed a lot about how people view the connection to a club and what happens to that runner if they chose not to run with that club any longer.
It's has it's good and bad points.
When I chose to make changes in my training 7 months ago and that also meant I left my current running club, I was on the receiving end of a lot of comments, opinions and speculations.
- Some runners were shocked. Almost wondering how I could run another step without "a club".
- Some other runners applauded me in my decision - as they too do not run with a club.
- They, there were and still are those club extremist who are hateful that others have chosen not to run with them, any longer. My comment to them? Get a grip.
When did Running Clubs turn into the Mafia?
Running is a solitary sport. One person crosses the finish line. Yes, it is great to have the support of others (and I actually have MORE support now than when I was attached to a club)- but what happens if that club ceases to exist? You stop running?
Running goals change and evolve. Not one club is THE club nor will provide exactly what each runner needs.
Be a good sport. If someone chooses to leave your club. Wish them well and show your true sportsmanship and plan a solo run with them. Friendships should be the focus of running clubs, not what shirt you wear.
I keep in contact with a lot of my former club members - and they are great people. I am grateful I met them, but I will not dwell on why I left that club and I certainly have moved on. My hope is that others will just let it go and move on, too. For those who choose not to - that is the waste of your energy, not mine.
Afterall, it's been 7 months - that's a lifetime ago, in Runner years.
Please give me your thoughts - what experiences have you had (if you left a club) or seen what happens when someone leaves a club?
(c) C. Ragsdale 2011
Celebrate Your Finish,
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Certified Sports Nutritionist, Running Coach & Public Speaker
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