Running Works team member and new runner David K has completed the first four weeks of our beginners run club. We caught up with him to see how he’s progressing…
“I can’t believe we’re already half way through, the past few weeks have flown by!
The thing that’s surprising me the most is how much I’ve enjoyed the sessions and how good I feel now when it’s over. For the first few runs all I could focus on was how hard it felt and reminding myself that it would be over soon. Now when we finish I feel a bit gutted that it’s time to stop and start looking forward to the next run. I’ve also noticed that I’m a lot less out of breath than when we started out, which can only be a good thing.
I’m not going to lie and say that it’s all been plain sailing, but that’s another reason I’m so happy that I’ve stuck with it. The soreness in my calves was really playing on me but as time goes by that has disappeared. I also changed to a different pair of running shoes which has helped a lot. My knee injury started to flare up a little bit but I’ve been really open with the guys taking the sessions and they’ve given me some good advice on managing it and knowing when to ease back.
We’re now run / walking three times a week, twice as a group and then the third one we have to fit in during our own time. In all honesty this has been the hardest thing for me. Going out with the group is great because we’re all in it together, but the solo runs I’ve had to motivate myself to run with just me for company. The way I get around it is looking at myself in the mirror and giving myself a talking to; reminding myself why I started this in the first place. I want to be fitter and healthier and that’s what gets me out the door.
I’ve also learned that I’m more motivated first thing in the morning so my solo runs get done at 5am. If you’d told me even just a few weeks ago that I’d be heading out to run at 5am I would have laughed in your face but it works and I’m doing it. I’ve only missed one solo run.
Reflecting on my first run club diary, I’m really aware that a lot of things that I was worried about were all in my head. I haven’t fallen over, I can keep up – I really am doing this! I’ve made positive changes to my diet and would even go as far as to say that doing this has given me extra confidence. Do I still imagine running for Krispy Kremes? Yes, but I’m running for myself more now than for donuts.”
Our next round of sessions for beginners starts on Monday 22 February. If you or someone you know would like to start running in a supportive and friendly group, you / they can sign up by clicking here.
Our beginner groups are fairly small and we stick to a traffic free route in central London – it really does exist!