I’ve been toying with the idea of joining a running club for a while now. My reason being that; I saw how much value having a trainer added in my gym life. I was able to push myself much further than I ever could have on my own and I learnt so much! So, surely joining a running club would do the same for my running life, right?
I run and I run often but truth be told I completely suck at it!🙈 I just love it so much and I love the feeling after completing a run but running refuses to love me back😒. My bestie always says you will never regret going for a run! I think she is onto something- Since I started running, I have never once regretted it. But I’m slow, I’m so so slow! In my defense though, I’m a very slow walker and I think this is part of the reason I can’t run fast. This might seem like an excuse, but I’ve really assessed it and I have proof!😂 My best friend is a fast walker, always has been. When we were in varsity I literally had to jog to keep up with her when we walked to our ‘after lectures job’! Walking with her was a nightmare🙈😂 Anyway, Fast forward to twelve years later, she picked up running after I did and she is brilliant at it. She is lightning fast! (In my world anyway!) This is conclusive proof that the faster you can walk, the faster you run.
We have run together and we try to run together whenever possible (she pushes me so much & I love her so much for it!). Running with her is hard work bra!! I need to be in the zone. Our paces are world’s apart 😂 and often our running conversations remind me of our varsity walking conversations! ‘Come on Thoz’ I know you can run faster!’ and me ‘I’m going at full speed here!’
I digress- Last year I ran with the Nike Run Club a couple of times and I enjoyed those runs so much more than I could have ever imagined. I learnt a lot and realized that I’d been suffering on my own for so long for no reason. There are different fitness and pace levels available and most importantly, no man gets left behind!
My only issue is that joining Nike for the runs meant going completely out of my way, which made it so difficult to commit. And if there’s anything I’ve learnt over the last year or so is that if you want to be successful at anything, you need to create an environment that allows you to thrive! As much as I hate to admit it with 3 small kids, the distance and time was always gonna catch me out! So sometimes I would book and then not show up for some reason or another. I still enjoy it a lot and will probably try to get myself there whenever I can but as a weekly ritual…I don’t know! It was fun though and I made some awesome friends!
I came to the conclusion that the best thing for me to is find a running club closer to home. I found one- trust google! I got in touch with them and they just never got back to me!🙄 Anyway! I am still looking!!!
I’ve made some really unbelievable strides on my own, but I think it’s time to take it to the next level and joining a group might just be my only way!
I have to be honest I find running groups so unbelievably intimidating!🙈 Everyone always looks like they really know what they doing and they don’t have time for the likes of me, trying to get running to love them back! But I’m gonna have to bite the bullet on this one and do what’s best for me in the long run! Hopefully I can get to try out a few, cause just because you find a group doesn’t always mean it’s a fit!
Wish me luck!