Thursday, 15 January 2015

Joining the Club

I joined a local running club!  And even though late afternoon running has never been my thing (exhaustion, heat and hunger, anyone?), J Bear and I lined up for our very first club time trial on Tuesday.

Strolling to the starting line.

Now I'm not the world's most outgoing person, so I always find it hard to casually stroll up to a group of strangers and introduce myself, but I must say that everyone was so friendly and welcoming.  The Bear and I genuinely had a great time!

My new club hosts weekly time trials on Tuesday afternoons, with 4 and 8 km options each week.  And since I know very well that the tempo run is my Achilles heel, and, ironically, will most likely be what gets me to a sub-50 min 10 km, J and I decided to tackle the 4 km.  

Quick briefing before we set off.

It was hot.  And believe me when I say that that stroller is getting heavier by the day, ha!  (J now almost weighs just as much as his big sister...)  Fortunately a large portion of the 4 km time trial route, which winds through a nearby neighbourhood, allows for us to run on the sidewalk, which is fantastic safety-wise.  Workout-wise, on the other hand, ploughing through the dust and gravel is quite a task - ouch!

We finished in 22:47, which I'm pretty happy with for now.  I guess the real challenge will come when we try to beat this time next week...?


Happy to be a Harrier!


8 comments:

  1. I am the world's no 1 Introvert and it took me many, many years before I went to my 1st time trial. In the end I loved it and I have run hundreds of them. I surprised myself with my times for 4 and 8km.

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    1. So glad to hear that I'm not the only running introvert out there - it was really hard for me to show up...! So glad I went though - will definitely be a regular from now on :) .

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  2. Great job getting out there and joining the club! I wish I lived closer to town sometimes so I could join in on club activities easier. Kudos for pushing the stroller on the time trial too that is a workout!

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    1. Two days later and my legs are still sore from that run, haha! ;)

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  3. Yay! I want to join a running club -- it would definitely make me get out for more runs!

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    1. It definitely motivates me to get out there and do my tempo runs, Lisa - I'm not a big fan of those at all. Hopefully we'll see some results...!

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  4. Awesome job on getting out there and joining a club. And awesome time by the way with stroller!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! Can't wait to get out there tomorrow and try to beat that time...!

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