Well off I went last night to run for the first time with my gym under the banner and training program of Jog Scotland. I was out of my comfort zone as - a) it was the back end of the day, I'm an early morning runner but to prepare for this I have done the odd mid day run. b) It was with others, I'm a lone runner and have been since the day I started, the only time I have ever run with other people is Parkrun. Yikes I'll be expected to speak as I run, that's not easy multitasking for me.
Did I manage to keep up? Well this Oldgirl did not let herself or C25K down one little bit. In fact they decided to do intervals as there were two new runners i.e. me and A.N.Other! In my opinion a big omission as there were no introductions made, so the only name I know is the Instructors. But to be fair she needed to assess the unknown runners so it would be an easy session.
So off we went to walk 7 minutes brisk pace to the beach. The training would consist of 3 minutes x 5 fast'ish jogging with 2 minute intervals to recover, which could be brisk walk or slow jog. All in all for me it was an easy enough training session until instructed to sprint for the last minutes, even managed that too with a head on breeze.
I confess to keeping in the front of the group so that the chat was kept to a minimum and during walking intervals but the group is quite well established and will take time for me to be accepted. At the end back at the gym we stretched and departed, several of the girls called out to me, "see you Thursday night" Ah that was friendly.
Did I enjoy running with a group, "yes", will I go back on Thursday, "yes", will I learn from running in a club, "yes" I'm sure of it as time goes by.
They train using the Broadhill which is a wonderful little hill just down behind the beach front, smashing views of the city and bay from the top. I'm looking forward to that session/s. Its a place I go quite often and a run up it is a favorite of mine. I'm just like a kid all over again, can't wait to show off