Every year my kids go back to school and I make a deal with myself to get in better shape, whether that means losing weight or exercising more. This year is no different except I haven’t really started yet. I’ve written quite a bit about my journey to becoming a runner and what I realized is that while I ran all summer, I wasn’t really training. I wasn’t working on building endurance or speed. I was just kind of doing the same thing over and over again. As my next 5K grows near I had this moment of “what the heck am I doing?” What’s the point of doing it if I’m not really working on getting better.
This couldn’t come at a better time. The Grand Strand Running Club is hosting another 5K training class and I’m in!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never run a step in your life or you’re an accomplished runner trying to improve your time. This class is for every ability, walkers and runners alike. The goal is only to do better than when you started.
The class begins on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Claire Chapin Epps YMCA in Myrtle Beach. Tip – the group will be outdoors, around back. It runs for 12 weeks and the target race upon its completion is the Reindeer Run on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Each class lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes an educational component where the coaches will talk about proper nutrition, race strategy, sports psychology, and other topics.
This is a judgment-free, supportive, encouraging, and FUN experience! I promise that there will be people of every size, shape, age, and ability there. And seriously, even if your worst fear is realized and you are the slowest, look at the bright side. You’ll have more 1:1 time with the fantastic coaches who will do nothing but tell you how proud they are of your progress. You can do this. So let’s do it together. I’ll be there.
Oh and the picture at the top? It’s the training class from last January. We warmed up together, wore matching shirts, supported each other, ran with coaches who cycled through the field to check on us, and cheered each other on as we crossed the finish line. We all ran our own race at our own pace, but were still there for each other. I love these people!
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