Friday, 8 January 2016

Small Beginnings

So we had our first little running group on Tuesday evening, thanks to a kick up the bum from Nat. Thank you to everyone who turned out even though the rain looked for a while like we might have been swimming rather than running. 

I absolutely loved it, but to be honest that’s more in retrospect than at the time, just down to a lack of confidence. However, having done it, I feel a million dollars, like I’ve had a huge injection of confidence! From feedback from those that came on Tuesday evening, it sounds like taking that first nervous step out the door into running has had a similar effect on them.
One brilliant thing about running, and especially racing, is that I know what being nervous feels like for me, and I can recognise that feeling in other situations. The real bonus is that I also know how awesome it feels to have overcome those nerves and that incredible sense of achievement when you cross the line. Success really does breed success. So for anyone else who’s considering joining us on a Tuesday evening, 7.30, once you’ve taken that first nervous step, you’ll feel amazing, proud of yourself, and next time will feel a little easier.

Lessons learned
  • Landmarks are more useful than stopwatches. A session needs to be completely doable by anyone without any kit (heart rate monitor, watch, gps) and they should be able to repeat the session on their own.
  • It’s the people at the extremes, the one that needs to go a bit more quickly, or slow down that you have to pay more attention to.
  • Demonstration of stretches as taught on the LiRF was fun, although delivering them in silence as prescribed is almost impossible, but in a good way, because it’s way more fun to chat.

So my bible verse today is Zechariah 4v10 – “Who dares despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”

THAT’S AMAZING! We may feel a little bit rubbish at the start, we may feel like we can’t, but come on, we went out and we began, we started, we took the first step. That's totally worth shouting about :-)

Come and run with us, see you on Tuesday, 7.30, the bowling green in Hastings at the Half Marathon start line,


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    1. Pretty sure the only person I know who could mistake that for am 😊

    2. Pretty sure the only person I know who could mistake that for am 😊

  2. Bloody marvellous. Some sessions are do complicated, and one hot can do without equipment is a real boon. Great stuff Jac!