It is really no surprise that I don't run very fast, however it is one of the best ways for me to burn off all the sweet treats I like to cook and you can do it in Sydney, China, New York or anywhere else I choose to travel. So I figure, why fight it? In a bid to enjoy running a little more, well actually just distract myself a little more, I went for a trial run with Northside Running Group.
I have been going for around 5 weeks now and I absolutely love it! There are different sessions every day of the week so it makes it really easy to fit into my schedule and it is far cheaper than any gym, personal trainer or anything I have ever come across. I think it is because it is volunteers who organise the runs, runners have a lot of races that carry hefty entry fees and there are very few other overheads.
So, here are my top reasons to join a run club:
Improvement: No matter how fast or slow, whether you hate or love hills, whether you can run 2 or 20km, you will definitely improve with other people there pushing you along. Even if they aren't pushing you, you will still improve. It is a million times easier to run that extra kilometer, go 10% faster or get to the top of the hill when you are running with a few other people.
New Routes: We are constantly going down great new little tracks or to parks that I didn't even know were there. It adds a fabulous variety to what is traditionally a quite boring recreation. I have also been chatting to some other runners
Motivation: Who wants to go out for a run when it is pitch black, raining and about 10 degrees Celcius? Not me. Although I have found myself buying a suitable jacket and heading out in the rain because I know there are 10-15 people who I have told that I am coming to run club, so I have to go.
There is also no way I would push myself to run up the same hill 5-6 times in one session, but being told I have to do however many repeats and running each repeat with a group means not only will I do them all but I will push myself each time I run up!
Knowledge: I recently bought a new Garmin Forerunner 410 and honestly, even after reading the book I had no real clue how to use it. After just one use at run club I was able to learn so much because everyone has the same watch!
I had also never thought about how invisible I was in the evenings in a dark shirt, dark pants and no lights. So now I have been slowly working on increasing the amount of fluro orange in my wardrobe.
There are running clubs all over the world - Australia, North America, or UK.
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