It was the Joiners fault - he was telling me he belonged to a running club, Wednesday nights - 6.30pm. I went along - no joiner to be seen so I found the boss guy - "I'm new here - Clive the joiner made me come." The boss smiled and asked if I'd run before. 'Oh yeah I've got a badge - but to be honest I'm a bit of a beginner'. And so I joined Southport and Waterloo Athletics Club and what a lovely bunch of friendly people.
We set off - a bit faster than I was used to - we went up things called hills - and I was having conversations with people runners - talking the talk - at least for the first mile. Then the hills seemed to get bigger and the tops started moving away from me just before I reached them. Finally we stopped. Then we had to run a lot faster up a long hill. Then walk back a little way then jog. Then a much bigger hill - to me it was soooo much bigger. Then a short walk and talk and then back to a jog. We did this seven times. Then we ran home.
I learnt a lot of things and my recovery was pretty quick - no rolling around on the floor playing 'dead ants'. And I learned that I could talk and run at a pace a bit faster than I was used to - having others about helps to drag you along. While I was stretching at the end the boss came over: "Well done - You've just done the intermediate group - We don't really have a beginners class on Wednesdays, we do an 'easy run' on Mondays if you want to pop along!" It was lucky the joiner was not here!!!
So I ran for around sixty minutes with spurty bits and walked for ten - big step from ten weeks ago run one minute, walk one and a half. For those of you just starting out the results of this programme are amazing Right I have to polish my badge...