31 Jan 2015


Hello Beginners!  

Thank you again to Jen for hosting such a lovely coffee last week.  We have such an amazing group of women this year.  You are all working so hard and supporting each other every day.

It is hard to believe that this week we will be up to an 80 minute run!  As we mentioned last week, please make sure you have the right “equipment”.  If you have not been to Runners Need to get your new running shoes, please do so asap.  

Many of our runners will be on the Alice Leader class this week and will be doing the long run on Wednesday.  For those of you running on Wednesday, we will meet at ASL at 8:05 and hit the road no later than 8:10.  We will start right away with the run so please make sure you do your 5 minute walk before we run.  We will hope to be back to Barclays around 9:40.  

Please reply to this email and let Meg know if you would like to join on the Wednesday run.  The route is attached below.

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you Wednesday or Thursday!

Meg and Vicky


Beginner Note 31 Jan 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015


26 Beginner Note 26 Jan 2015


Hello Beginners~  

Congrats on doing so well on your second 60 minute run last week.  You all have made such incredible progress in such a short period of time.  We are so excited for and proud of all of you!

Regarding the half marathon, thank you to those of you who have already registered and let Meg know.  For the rest of you…please register asap and email Meg when you have signed up.  Also, please email Patricia Shelton ([email protected]) with your flight details asap.

This week we will start increasing our running time by 10 minutes.  Please make sure you are getting in two other runs each week in addition to our Thursday group runs.  The Tuesday run should be approximately 45 minutes and the weekend run should be approximately 35 minutes.  

For this Thursday’s run, Vicky has come up with a nice route which will end up at Jen Skor’s house for the coffee.  Thanks again to Jen for hosting us.

Kensal Rise to Jen’s house:

Start out heading west on Circus Road, turn left on Grove End to St John’s Wood Road and go west, working your way to the canal entrance on Blomfield.  Enter the canal heading west and run to the Ladbroke Grove exit.  Here we turn right and run over the bridge along Chamberlayne Road to Harvist Road. Turn right on Harvist, which turns into Brondesbury Road, and take that to Kilburn High Road/Maida Vale.  Turn right and follow Maida Vale to Carlton Hill. Turn left on Carlton Hill and run to Abbey Road where we turn right and go to Jen’s house, 32a Abbey Road.


Beginner Note 26 Jan 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015


12 Beginner Note 12 Jan 2015


Hello Beginners!

Happy new year.  It was so nice to see so many of you last week for our first run of 2015.  You all did really well.  It is not easy getting back into the routine after the holiday :).  

This week we will do our first long, uninterrupted run.  We will be running 60 minutes with no breaks.  The route map is attached below.  It is approximately 5 miles.  We will run 60 minutes again next week and then start increasing by 10 minutes each week.  Our half marathon is just three months away!!

At this point you should all be running three times a week.  As we increase our mileage on Thursdays, the Tuesday runs don’t need to be as long.  Tuesday runs can be approximately 45 minutes at this point and will increase to 60 minutes in a few weeks.  

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.  

Meg and Vicky


Beginner Note 12 Jan 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015


19 Jan 2015


Hello Beginners.  

You all did such a great job last week running 60 minutes!  We will do 60 again this week.  The route for Thursday is attached below.  It is a 5 mile Hyde Park loop. 

Everyone should now be running three times a week.  The Tuesday run should be approximately 45 minutes.  Weekend runs should be approximately 35 minutes.  These times will increase gradually.  Please remember to stretch after all runs!  

Hopefully you all received the email from Jane Novak with details for registering for the half marathon.  Please register soon and let me know when you have signed up.  Also, please email Patricia Shelton ([email protected]) with your flight details asap.

See you Thursday!

Meg and Vicky


Beginner Note 19 Jan 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015


9 Beginner Note 9 January


Dear Runners,


I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!


This Thursday we will be doing a loop back to St John’s Wood.  We will run to Hyde Park via Lisson Grove and Seymour Place entering the park near Speakers Corner.  We will exit the park through Brook Street, and continue running straight until we reach Regents Street, at which point we will turn left heading north towards Portland Place and Regents Park and on to Starbucks.  This is a 60 minute non stop session, but the route has many street crossings giving you plenty of mini breaks.  If you weren’t able to run during the holidays please don’t stress – it will take us a couple of weeks to feel comfortable again in the routine.  Whatever you do, don’t not come out because you are worried about having lost your fitness over the break – it will be OK, and you will not be the only one that feels that way!  If you are having trouble during the run, slow it down, but don’t be tempted to walk – you can slow down to a pace where power walkers would overtake you, and that would still be OK.  A word of caution here – please be careful at street crossings, check for cars/bikes even if you have a green man.  On one of our runs over the holidays, we were about to cross Marylebone road and a car raced through a red light, even though the cars in the other lanes had stopped!  It was very unnerving, and just served as a reminder that we shouldn’t take it for granted that cars will stop on red.


See you Thursday,



Beginner Note 9 January 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014


4 Beginner Note 4 Jan 2015


Hello Beginners!  We hope you all had a wonderful break.  We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday morning.  We will be running two 30 minute intervals with a 5 minute break this week.  Next week we will do our first “non-stop” run, running 60 minutes without any breaks!  Wow!

See you Thursday.

Meg and Vicky

Hi Everyone,

Manny told us about the 10th grade social tomorrow at 10:00 that a few of you want to attend, so we’re planning a loop route tomorrow.  I was thinking of going on the canal to have some uninterrupted running (I know how everyone loves that!), but it’s supposed to rain, so we’ll save the canal for another day.  The new plan is to run down Allitsen to Primrose Hill, through the park, and down Regent’s Park Road.  We’ll take a right on Chalk Farm and run past Camden Market, then take a right on Parkway which leads us to the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park.  We’ll go left and follow the Outer Circle to Charlbert and head to the churchyard for some stretching.  

By the way, whenever there’s an event on Thursday morning that will affect a few of you, we’re happy to try to plan a loop route to accommodate as many of you as possible.  There may be times when we can’t easily change the route, especially as our distances increase, but we’ll try.  Just let Meg or me know, and we’ll do our best.

See you tomorrow!


Beginner Note 4 Jan 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015