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Running Club

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Yesterday was the first day of a little initiative we've started at work - running club.  Three of us that work there are really keen on keeping fit and getting better at running so we decided that on Tuesdays at 4pm we would get into our running gear, head out of the gate and go for a jog around the beautiful surroundings of our workplace.  I must admit, we did have a laugh when my two co-runners emerged from the changing room wearing exactly the same outfit!

I've mentioned on my own blog, but probably not here, that I'm lucky enough to live by the sea and my workplace is perched up on some small cliffs near Christchurch in Dorset.  Our run took us along the seafront and round a Quay.  Dodging beachgoers and people crabbing was interesting! I wore my GPS watch (which I'm going to review at a later date on here) which tells me that we ran 2.3 miles in 26 minutes. Just a little run compared to the five mile run I'll be doing in London on Sunday - eek!

It's actually the first run I've done with other people and I found it so much fun.  It's definitely more motivating than running on your own - no-one wants to be the first to admit they need to do a little walk! Plus it's nice just to have the company - running can get a bit lonely sometimes, especially when doing longer distances.  My favourite bit? When we ran into the sea at the end to have a little paddle and soothe our aching muscles! Cold seawater is absolute heaven on hot calves and shins!  We then trotted back to our cars sans-trainers to cool them off a bit!

On Monday I ran the 3 miles home in a somewhat shabby 35 minutes.  I've been having pains in my calves and shins over the last couple of weeks so it wasn't my best run.  I definitely enjoyed having the support on the run today, even just having someone to ask me if my legs were feeling okay and give me some encouragement made a massive difference!

On a final note, if you're someone who prefers giving support rather than receiving it you could always consider a career in the fitness industry.  If that is something you'd like to explore then Focus Training do some great Personal Training Courses including those for Fitness Instructors.  What I'd really like right about now is for someone to do the Sports Massage course and come round and give my legs some attention - they are sore! (Any takers? Anyone?)

Do you like to exercise in a group or do you prefer a solo approach? Have you ever used a personal trainer?

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  1. I think I would be so much better at running if I went with a group. I am not totally hopeless, I'm just hopeless at motivating myself!

  2. The vast majority of my runs have been solo and although I found my local club great for motivating me to do track and hill sessions I didn't quite gel on the longer runs and prefer to go solo. That said I've started to discover the JOY of doing about one run a week with a friend and I'd much rather do a class or have a PT session than use the gym. I've have 6 PT sessions on the past 8 weeks and really enjoy them but I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to afford them.

    I'm actually training to become a PT myself at the moment - very exciting :)

    Can't move it, climb it!

  3. Running in a group definitely helps in terms of motivation! It can also make exercising a lot more fun without you even realising!
    Looks like you girls had fun!