Training for the DC Marathon required running in the cold winter months. I trained through the summer months by myself and made it through for Chicago Marathon, but I knew the cold weather would be more difficult to conquer alone. I looked into running clubs, and luckily my friend from work was involved in the Cambridge Running Club and was able to get me into it! At first I was hesitant, and had many thoughts run through my mind: Would I be able to find people my pace? Will they make me talk while running? I thought of running as my escape and a way to relax. Did I really want to run with other people?
But, I decided to give it a try. At the first track practice, I found someone to run with. I chased after her for each repeat because I couldn’t keep up. BUT, she kept me motivated. That week I also went to my first long run. I ended up running with a group way too fast for me! My fear of no one my pace! We ran 11 miles at a 8 minute pace. That wasn’t even my race pace! I think after the first few miles I said, “I might turn around soon.” But the woman I was running with, she said “oh I will be soon, just go a little farther.” So I did….but I was SO tired. Finally, she turned around too. I was free!! How was I supposed to run this as my long run pace? I ran home and told Dave, “I don’t know if I can do this!”
After two track practices and that one long run with the group, even thought it was tough, I could tell that the group would help me improve my performance! Not only that, but I will make some great friends! I found my group of ladies I meshed well with. We all took turns hosting our Tuesday long runs at eachother’s places and made dinner together…as well as spend Thursday nights on the track and Saturdays at the club long runs and breakfast. After the marathon, I went through withdrawal because I didn’t see my ladies 3 times a week!
Remember, one of my biggest worries about joining the club was the adjustment was talking while running…but…really… what is the point of running in the group if you can’t be social too?! This was difficult for me because I was used to running solo and not talking to anyone. And quite frankly, I couldn’t breath while talking and running. But, it got easier each time. And I’m getting excited to have people push me to work harder. Now, talking while running is no problem! When I run with Dave he tells me he dreads me talking because he can barely breath!
Joining my running club was one of my BEST decisions! Watch for posts on our 24 hour adventure for our 200 mile relay! Go Red Rockettes!