Training to Run by joining Running Group

My running group is so important to me. They keep me on track and hold me accountable for my workouts. I joined a C25k group last January it was cold but I wanted to get out of the house. I felt so closed in last winter. I found on facebook a local group of beginner runners. I made myself go, I am an introvert by nature so getting out and doing things by myself is hard enough let alone running in front of people I do not know. I was never a runner growing up with my disabilities. I was always very self conscious and had to really get out of my comfort zone, to get to the first couple meetings. This group was huge about 30-40 people and I didnt start till the second or 3rd week. The coach Joni just engulfed me right into the group right away.

me after my first 10K

me after my first 10K

She was terrific. So my running started off in a parking lot 3 days a week freezing and building each week, till we finally got to 3.1 miles. Joni had us graduate the program with a 5k race. This race made me, and all of us feel so accomplished! I feel it is very important to be rewarded with your accomplishments, and for me this was no small accomplishment with my locked ankles and heart condition. Joni started talking about trail runs and 10ks here and there, while we were running our 3 miles even after the program was over. She always showed up when anyone wanted to go on a run. I would look at her when she would say the words 10k and think “NOT” “No way will I be able to do that.” I just finally got my ankles to stop hurting and able to go 3 miles which was still challenging. Then one day I saw a gal, I met from our group talking to another on facebook about trail running.  I stuck my nose out again and left my comfort zone, and asked if I could tag along. Well next thing I know I ran a 10k in July and,I now love running and joined a group of gals to run the Ragnar Relay in the Cascades. So that is how my journey began, and now I am going to let you share in this journey to see how far it will take me. Once again I am completely out of my comfort zone.

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