Well it is official, I am coming out of the closet! I zipped down to the Coburg Harriers last night and loved every minute of it. I think I am really becoming “a runner”. I was so nervous when I was getting ready and then to to top it off when I got there I couldn’t find any of the people I had been told to locate. My hubby, 2 boys and their cousin, who is staying with us at the moment, had decided to come down and play cricket on the near by oval. I fleetingly thought to myself if worse comes to worse I could always just join them and forget about this whole mad caper. I ended up deciding to watch the little aths events that were on and pretend I was one of the parents. It wasn’t long before I noticed a few “older runners” arriving and heading out. By about the third lot, I decided to do a shifty and follow them. It was a little 2km run through merri creek on a trail section with a few little hills. When I arrived back I thought to myself I could just bolt now but I am a bit of stickler for seeing things through so I asked one of the runners if they were part of Brians (coach) group. Bingo, yes, so I tagged along. I could of died a thousand deaths when I walked into the clubrooms and there were about 15 people of varying ages, and all eyes were on me!! I soon found Jegster who went to great lengths to make me feel welcome and he introduced me to Brian.
We headed out to start our session. At this stage I was thinking “what the bloody hell are you doing here?” I soon told myself off and thought just get on with it. We did another little warm-up jog and then Brian told us we were going to do circuit sessions aroung the merri creek and a session of hills. WTF!!!!!! I have never done real hills before in my life apart from recently conquering the Anderson Street hill so then I really started getting nervous. But you know what, I loved every god dang minute. Am I abnormal???? I loved the fact that I pushed myself out of that comfort zone and I could clearly see the benefits of doing these types of strenghtening drills. I was also quite proud of the fact that I didn’t make a scene and kept up a fairly well all considering. I am going to have to get use to running on trails though as it was uneven in parts so I really had to concentrate on my footing. I was envisioning myself on my very first session rolling down the embankment, and apart from the embarrassment of such an event occuring, ending up with a sprained ankle, pmsl! I think I will have to find some good ankle strengthening exercises as I do have weak ankles.
When the session finished I spoke to Brian about my goals and I came away feeling so excited about it all. This has been a really good move for me and if I can manage to get there once a week, I will be extremely happy with that 🙂