There is one thing about getting fitter and faster that I really enjoy and that is my new found sense of confidence in my own abilities.
Before I would always run alone – I would very rarely join a group. I always thought that I would be slowest or I would not be able to last the distance and have to walk. Lately however I have realized that I don’t have to worry about having to walk. Or not being able to keep up. I am just as fit as they are. Maybe still not as fast, but then it is a training run anyway and not a race.
On Saturday I joined a group run for the first time. It was fun. There were about 12 of us and I was not the slowest and even if I had been it would not have really mattered. They stopped off at various places along the route to drink water and let every one catch up. I really enjoyed it and it made 19km go very quickly – having somebody to talk to helps.
Then last night I went for my first run with a running club. I have also always been nervous to join a club and still am a bit, but I went along anyway – just to see. We did 10 kms and once again talking made it seem a lot shorter. I must admit that I did stop chatting every time we hit a hill though.
It was lots of fun and I will go back next week.