It’s easy to feel intimidated if you’re just starting to run or get into a rut after using the same courses day after day. Whether you need to be connected to other people in the Westminster area or are just looking for a new place to explore, these links will prove helpful:
Founded by Dave Griffin in order to provide his daughter with structured summer cross country training, Flying Feet has expanded over the past few years into a training program for all ages and skill levels. Runners can enroll in the summer or fall program and receive a personalized training program from Griffin. Participants can also opt to only do group runs on Saturdays. This is great for those who can’t commit to multiple runs a week, but still seek to do long runs with others. Griffin is an enthusiastic coach and passionate runner; he’s written a book titled After the Last PR and writes the column “On Running” in the Carroll County Times.
A modest yearly membership fee to WRRC gets you reduced race entry fees, three newsletters, and automatic membership to Road Runners Club of America. While many runs take place on the road (as the name suggests), membership is a great way to meet other local runners. Additionally, some races that the team participates together, such as the Trails for Tails 40-mile relay which benefits the no-kill shelter Animal Rescue, Inc., are off-road races. Additionally, WRRC hosts a bi-monthly series of races May-August called the Twilight series, which is great for checking your speed and fitness level during the summer months.
This division of the Carroll County government website provides an aerial view of the 12 trails of Carroll County. This is great for both beginning runners looking for a good trail to start with to seasoned runners trying to shake things up. Trails are clearly marked, and the map provides a total trail length. Additionally, general outdoor enthusiasts can check which other activities are permitted in the park.
To close, here’s your motivating image of the week:
Though it may not always feel like it, the ability to run each day is a gift and a blessing! Get out there, connect with other runners, and explore new terrain! Enjoy it.