Good evening peeps. Would welcome your thoughts and sorry for the length of the post!
I am still regularly doing a few consolidation 30-40 minutes runs each week post graduation, but have not really got any positive plans what to do next.
The gym where I go to boot camps every week (that and static cycling classes is all they do - it’s not like a normal “gym”) has started a ‘running club’ session. The description sounded good, mentioned training, intervals, which I’ve not tried yet, and fartlek, so I signed up and went along last night.
Now I am used to being the oldest in the boot amp class and the slowest and weakest (usually, unless there’s somebody new and overweight), but last night was dreadful!
There were 15 or so of them, and I was at least twice their age if not three times, and we started off with a gentle jog, he said, which was not so far, but up and over a motorway footbridge. It was not long before I was well behind the rest and when I made it to the other side he had just about finished his explanation and they started off running up the country lane. I stayed well at the back throughout, which didn’t in itself particularly bother me, but it did mean I missed all the rest stops because as soon as I caught up they set off again. I think they were doing intervals but I never really caught up in time to find out.
There was another young lady who seemed to be struggling too, and I did try to encourage her (“don’t let him beat you! Don’t let me beat you I’m at least twice your age”), but I was still way behind her usually and she ended up mostly walking until I was threatening to overtake her
I will not be going again, because I felt unable to go for my usual Tuesday morning run after that, and my knee hurts so I’ve probably done myself some damage
My concerns on which I would welcome comments are
The description of the class never indicated to me the level it was aimed at. Is that usual? Should I just expect that any sort of”running club” is way beyond me at the moment?
The other young lady has possibly been put off running for life and I bet she was sore this morning
My failure to keep pace with the others did not allow me recovery time, but I appreciate it cannot all be geared to the slowest possible runner. How best can that be resolved?
I will respond to the gym manager as he is quite approachable, but I do want to get a feel for whether I was expecting too much?
So any comments please?