Need convincing? Read on.
5. You’ll increase your fitness. No one can argue that’s not a good use of time.
4. You’ll have tons of support – both from other participants and excellent coaches.
3. There’s no figuring anything out. You show up, they tell you what to do at the class and during the week.
2. If you’re new to running racing, like me, it can be intimidating. When you do this training class, you walk into that first (or second, third, fourth, whatever) race with an immediate social network. I can’t tell you how nervous I was to run the BFF Pink Ribbon Run. And my anxiety had nothing to do with the distance or making it. I felt well-trained and ready for that, but I just didn’t know what to expect. When I went to the expo the afternoon before to get my bib and other goods, I immediately saw one of my coaches. Three steps later I saw a club member and chatted for a few minutes. Before leaving, I saw two other class members. If I had questions, I had people to ask. On race day, I couldn’t look two feet in any direction without knowing someone. It was awesome!
1. You’re worth it. While doing the class sometimes I felt selfish for leaving my family behind – including one of my daughters who wanted to join me. But I knew if I put others first during that hour and a half a week, what I took away would be so much less. The result is a (hopefully) lifelong new hobby that will benefit my health and, ultimately, allow me to give more to my family. That daughter started running with me in our neighborhood this week and she’s doing great!
If you want to learn more about the class, check out this post from last week. You won’t regret signing up, I promise. Rumor has it that the next version won’t be until the fall. Don’t wait!
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