2011 Women's Beginning Running Group
2011 Survey Results
Thank-you to the 22 people who participated in the survey. I'm
happy to report another successful year for the Women's Beginning
Running Group. Joe and I have reviewed the survey and will make a few
changes next year, yet keep a lot of things the same. Based on comments,
our main concern is the size of the group. We have to balance the
current low cost of the program with number of participants. Decreasing
the size of the group means increasing the cost. We will still make
shirts optional next year, but we will offer sleeveless shirts instead.
There's not much we can do about shirt sizing. For example, I bought
shirts in the same size and brand in three different colors and each
shirt has a different fit with one being un-wearable. Maybe we can
order a few extras so if someone is not happy with their size they can
do an exchange. I'm glad everyone liked the logo. It was my pleasure
coaching this group.
1. Rate your expectations of the Women's Beginning Running Group:
Fell short of my expectations = 0%
Met my expectations = 13.6%
Exceeded my expectations = 86.4%
2. Rate the usefulness of the weekly lectures:
Very useful = 59.1%
Useful = 36.4%
Not very useful = 4.5%
3. Which of the following lectures should be repeated the next time this
program is offered? Select all that apply.
Static stretching = 90.5%
Dynamic stretching = 90.5%
Nutrition = 85.7%
Heart rate training = 71.4%
Training tips = 95.2%
Women's safety = 76.2%
Race etiquette = 85.7%
4. New items were added to the course packet this year. Which of the
following should be included in next years course packet? Select all
5. Rate the usefulness of completing the training journal and feedback.
Very useful = 86.4%
Useful = 13.6%
Not very useful = 0%
Words of encouragement were appreciated.
I liked it. Writing things down helped
me figure out what I was doing wrong (or
right!). Having Joe's comments let me
know if my thinking was on track or not.
A lot of times, he was giving gentle
encouragement and assurance.
View the progression; feedback
encouraging & helpful.
Great to get comments back from Joe on
I especially appreciated Joe's
thoughtful comments and suggestions. I
greatly benefited from his comments.
Couldn't have done without the journal.
Joe's comments were helpful and
inspiring. Having the journal to fill
out reminded me when run days were and
prompted me to do my homework or in
other words "run".
6. In previous years we had a speaker on form and
this year we broke it down and had a weekly form focus. The form focus
was listed on the top of each page in the training log. Rate the
usefulness of the form focus.
7. If you purchased a technical shirt (cost was $15
in addition to the program), please rate the following.
I am satisfied with the quality of the
shirt = 80.%
I am dissatisfied with the quality of the shirt = 13.3%
I am satisfied with the front logo =
I am dissatisfied with the front logo
The cost of the shirt was reasonable =
The cost of the shirt was unreasonable
The shirt should be an additional cost
to the program = 66.7%
The shirt should be included in the
cost of the program (program cost will increase by $15)
8. What is one weakness of the program?
The program ends when the 5k goal is met
I wish there would have been an introduction session at
the first meeting in order to get to know the other
members. If people came in with running buddies already,
it is likely they only talked to the people they knew
More specific feedback on breathing and form would be
Didn't get to know other runners as well as I wish I
My only complaint about the whole program is that it is
so hot in the summer months. I hope that I do not regret
not signing up for the second session.
The group was so large it was hard to get individual
attention from mentors/coach.
Too many people. Didn't get to know anyone.
I thoroughly loved the two mentors with whom I ran each
week - they provided tips and helpful reminders and were
great motivation throughout. However, I would have liked
to have a one-on-one run with you, Coach Kelly, to
really improve my running. I know that it's not possible
for you to do an entire run with each participant, but
even running with you for 5-10 min would have been more
I love the mentors but I did not have one every time we
met. I am a loner type person find it hard to ask for
assistance that is not offered to me. I did break that
barrier by the end of the program. Maybe mentor could be
assigned specifically to participates.
I would have preferred to run in the morning but I know
this wouldn't work for most peoples schedules.
I thought the program was wonderful and it exceeded my
9. What is one strength of the program?
Very informative and you cover all the basics.
This program was exactly what I needed to motivate me to
run consistently. I love how the running was broken down
in the overview of training. The small increases in the
run each week made the goal attainable and pressured me
to keep up with the program. Really glad that I found a
partner to run with, that helped with my success. The
weekly form focus was very helpful for me too. The
coaching was very helpful. Your advice about breathing,
how to set a pace, and when it is ok to walk were
instrumental to my success.
As long as you keep on track with the program, you will
be able to complete the 5K goal at the end.
Having all the mentors is a real plus in this program.
Very seldom did I see anyone running alone. A mentor was
usually somewhere close by. They were able to answer
most questions, they watched our running form and helped
with corrections. And each and every one of them were
very encouraging, no matter what level of runner you
Mentors; especially helpful to me was Mary who ran with
me the most; Meredith and Myriah also ran with me - I'm
very very slow...but they made sure I was not left
I loved the accountability of running with a group.
Being able to run with others, the log helped me to
focus on what I needed to do and establish a routine (it
was like homework, I knew I needed to do it!)
Support and experience of you and Joe, I always felt
better after I talked to you or asked a question. U got
me through my shin splints!
The encouragement from the mentors and coach Kelly and
I enjoyed having the schedule and staying on top of the
runs to prepare for the weekly meetings.
Lots of support! Didn't matter what speed I was running,
there was always a mentor to be there with me. At one
point, I had a mentor catch up to me because she didn't
want me running alone! That was excellent!
Running with a group provides motivation and
I think that because you are unable to spend quality
one-on-one time with each participant, the mentors are
wonderful, both in motivation and to help with
during-run form focus. Also, the lectures and
supplemental information is crucial to continuing
healthy and safe training / runs in the future, for us
newbies. Having us keep a journal and Joe taking the
time to provide his valuable insight also helped me to
stay motivated as well as understand my runs and the
factors affecting my runs.
Joe and Kelly's knowledge. Starting slow and growing
each week with great encouragement from mentors, other
participants and coaches.
Great flexibility to work at your fitness level,
wherever it is. And to schedule your workouts within
your schedule - very important.
It is very well planned out. The training progresses at
a steady pace and coaches are very approachable.
I like that we had 1 mentor for 2 people. I think this
really helped we with the program.
I love the log and the fact that Joe reads them and
comments. It's great for accountability but also a
great place for us to ask questions and interact with
the coaches. I feel that this is not just a group of
runners but a couple who genuinely care about sharing the
joy of running with us. You truly care about our
How quickly you can go from not running at all to
completing a 5K!
It's a really good program. Both coaches are obviously
really well prepared and committed. The lectures, the
training log, and the feedback all exceeded my
expectations. I expected to just meet up once a week and
run. Having a training plan laid out for me was
terrific, and I know for a fact that I increased my time
much more dramatically because of the support/pressure
of the group and the coach's running plan/expectations
for me. I am not entirely new to running, but I learned
a lot in this group and dramatically advanced my