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Making Tracks: Picking up the pace with two training runs and a new running club

If you've been putting off your runs and need some motivation, this is a good week to get moving.

The Garden Training Runs, hosted by the Pikes Peak Road Runners, begin tomorrow (Tuesday, April 5) at 6 a.m. and will go each Tuesday and Thursday through June 9. The goal is to prepare for the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run on June 12.

On Thursday, the Incline Club begins its Thursday night workouts, alternating its "1-on-1-off" workouts with tempo runs.

And there is a new running club in town. The UVC Running Club starts at 6 p.m. next Monday.

Here is the lowdown

Garden Training Runs: If you enjoy the sunrise in the Garden of the Gods, you'll enjoy these runs. All are welcome to attend.

The group meets at the north parking lot in the Garden of the Gods at 6 a.m. Runners split up into smaller groups, based on pace per mile. There is a group for all levels, from elite level runners to the 15-minute-per mile folks. Don't worry if you have to walk. The Garden's hills get to everybody sooner or later.

There is also a trails group, if you have to get your single track fix. And dogs are welcome so long as you keep them on a leash and pick up after them.

The runs are fun and low-key with plenty of laughs to go around. Don't be late. The gang is punctual. The day begins with a couple of brief announcements and the run begins.

For more info, check out the Pikes Peak Road Runners website.

Incline Club Thursday runs: The Incline Club is best known for its Sunday morning long runs on the trails west of Manitou Springs. But the Thursday evening workouts are also popular.

Meet at 5:45 p.m. at the corner of Ruxton and Hydro and get be ready for a short, but high intensity workout. This Thursday, the run will follow the "1 on, 1 off" plan, meaning you go hard for a minute then rest (but don't stop) for a minute for 30 minutes (or 15 intervals.) There will be tempo runs of 30 minutes mixed every other week.

Run up Ruxton to Barr Trail and keep going until the 30 minutes is complete. Turn around and enjoy a leisurely jog back to Hydro Street. Once there, the group does a series of hill repeats, sprinting for about 30 seconds, jogging or walking back and repeating the sprint.

The Incline Club encourages runners to park in Manitou Springs (avoid parking on Ruxton Ave.) and warming up with an easy jog to the starting point.

For more info, check out the Incline Club website.

UVC Running Club: PikesPeakSports.us member Jamie Kratt is helping to organize a new running club that will go at 6 p.m. each Monday at University Village Colorado shopping center.This is from a post by Jamie:

Looking for a regular weekly run?  How about a run that you dictate how far and how fast you want to run...or walk? You decide!

UVC Running Club is a social running club that meets on Monday nights at 6 p.m. at University Village Colorado shopping center on N. Nevada Avenue (where Costco, Kohl's and Lowe's are). It has been organized to allow runners, joggers and walkers of all ability levels to gather in an exciting new atmosphere where you choose your intensity level and then choose where and how you want to socialize and have fun afterward.

From beer aficionados and multitasking moms to hardcore competitors or first time runners, UVC Running Club is for you!

Lace up your running/walking shoes and jump onto the Pikes Peak Greenway trail from University Village Colorado (UVC) shopping center. Head south for up to 6 miles out and back, or go north for up to 4 miles out and back. Mile markers are posted along the trail to give you the choice of how far you want to go. You create the run for you each and every week.

When you finish your run/walk, your only other decision is where you will enjoy food, beverage and spirits with new-found friends or your old buddies. UVC Running Club is fun, enjoyable and always full of camaraderie! Visit us at www.UVCrunningclub.com!

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