I have never participated in any type of running group or running club before. I have always said this is because of my marathon training which required I stick to my training schedule and run my set mileage and set paces on set days. However, that was only a half truth, and excuse. The real truth – I have always been very nervous about joining in with any sort of running group.
Since I am currently not able to marathon train I no longer have that as an excuse and it is harder to justify my reluctance. On top of that, something seems to have changed in me recently. While I am still a bit nervous about running with a group, because I am a somewhat awkward runner and not sure I will be able to keep pace, I am actually a bit excited and ready to try something new. I would love to meet some new running buddies and maybe even just some new friends. (You can never have too many friends right?)
I saw this notice when I was at Fleet Feet Sports a few weeks ago picking up some Teacher Appreciation Week gift cards for my school and some new sports bras for me:I thought this run group/series looked perfect for a few reasons:
– runs are only 3 miles (which is the distance I am focusing on)
– they happen twice a month (May – August)
– it is a free series
– they finish at a bar so I’d have time to talk with people after
I was actually really excited about going to the first one tonight, but my calf muscle is still not cooperating. I cannot really run right now (I tried and ended up walking) so I did not want to show up to my first group run and be the whiny girl who has an injured leg and has to walk. I am keeping my fingers crossed my calf is better in 2 weeks for the next one because after a few years of running I finally have myself psyched up and ready to attend a group run. Too bad I missed this one. I need to some how make it, force myself to attend, the next.
Please convince me this will be fun and that they won’t all be speedsters who will leave me in the dust. (I know at 30+ I shouldn’t be nervous about stuff like that, but I am.)
Any run group/club advice?