Me - in a running club?
I think I might be being delusional, apart from the fact that tonight my husband and son both decided to come and join me for our very first Sweatshop running club run. They were both in the intermediate group - son coming in first at 27 minutes for his 5K run, hubby came in towards the end of the group and me...... well..... I came in last in the beginners group :(.
Part of me felt utter humiliation as the rest of the beginners disappeared, doubled back round, overtook me and hoofed off into the distance again. I was appointed a running buddy and another newbie, who still both ran faster than me but needed to stop more often- - talk about hare and tortoise!!! It was here that the mental battle kicked in, part of me wanted to slink off tail between my legs and cry,because I couldn't keep up and I so nearly did just throw in the towel and go and wait in the car. The other bloody minded bit of me said ' no, you CAN do this, just keep going' which is what I did. Ten weeks ago I couldn't run for a minute so to even be attempting running in a running group was a miracle...This was a follow up to my first 5K run off road around my favourite local route on Sunday, so maybe following a second 5K a day after my first was a bit too much for my poor old bod, which is in a permanent state of shock these days!!..
They were all really supportive at the Sweatshop though, and the group leader came and ran with me for the last 1/2 K really pushing me and encouraging me to lengthen my stride, telling me I was doing really well and that it was all in the mind and about over coming mental barriers - which is what our Laura is always saying.
Absolutely knackered now, and about to collapse in front of the telly with a rum and coke!!!:
I have pushed myself through so many mental barriers these past ten weeks - made myself really face up to things I have never have had the courage to push through in the past, (especially body image and body confidence) and still having to push myself through, but it is so empowering and amazing for your self esteem.
Just thought I would share my last two runs with you and say to everyone - KEEP GOING ... if I can do it at 50 years old and overweight with a dodgy hip, then I am sure all you lovelies can too. Happy running. Big yawns and goodnight