Training has been going really well – managed another 10 mile run for my long slow run on Sunday and hope to increase the distance of that over the next couple of months.
Last night however, I trained with Liverpool Running Club. I have for a long time been umm’ing and arr’ing about joining a running club, as everyone who I’ve spoken to about them loves it, and tells me how they have improved as a runner. My worry has always been that whilst I always push myself in running to become faster, stronger, better (there’s a song in there somewhere I’m sure!!) it would become too much of a chore if I joined a club.
I pretty much told myself during injury that if I got back to fitness that I would join a running club – I just needed to give myself a push to go through with it.
I’m so glad I did because it was brilliant fun – being so used to pounding the streets on my own to run with others of similar ability and to do a structured run was fantastic. Although I think my competitiveness may have come out – I only ever run with other people in a race, so I found myself edging towards the front of the group all the time. I’m sure this will change over time.
You may be wondering what did we do in a running session; just run, surely?!
The straight forward answer is yes, but we completed a few ‘drills’ on the run to get the heart rate going, and to give me DOMS in my left glute today, uncool!!! A chain run was the first exercise; all running in a single file line and the person at the back sprints to the front then slows down to a jog.
There were three exercises that followed; with the first two splitting the group in half and a one v one session of short sprints taking place.
Unfortunately we got locked in the park we were running in and had to climb over a brick wall to get out. Luckily it wasn’t very high and we all had a laugh about climbing over it.
The atmosphere whilst training was great, and the range of ages made for fun banter – it had a really good feel to it.
So… I’ll definitely be going back again, and hopefully I’ll sign for them (if they’ll have me :p )
Due to the bank holiday on Tuesday there is no training, so I’ll have to wait until Thursday, which will be a track session day… I can feel my competitiveness coming out even more as I type!!