I’ve been talking about joining a running club for ages now but I’ve always put it off.
Whether it was out of shyness or doubts about my running ability, I never quite managed to reach out to my local club.
A couple of weeks ago though, I finally did and went for a taster session with them one evening.
I really enjoyed it.
It was my first experience of running in the dark with a head torch.
Musselburgh and District Athletic Club
The running club I met up with is the Musselburgh and District Athletic Club.
They meet up on Tuesdays for training and there’s usually a couple of different options.
You can go along for three sessions before they ask you to join as a member.
That should be enough to decide whether the club’s right for you or not.
I’d already decided after the initial session that I wanted to join.
I met some really nice people.
Run Along The River Esk
The initial run was a steady one along the River Esk.
I think there were about eight of us that did the run in the dark.
The rest of the runners chose to do hill reps but I still had a niggling injury so I opted for the steady run instead.
We ran at around my economy pace so it was ideal.
I like the running club’s philosophy that no-one will get left behind though.
If the leading runners are getting too far ahead, they drop to the back.
At one point along the run, we were surprised by a man walking along the pathway in the pitch black.
He may have been as surprised as we were I suppose, although it did seem a bit odd to be wandering along a path in the dark.
I’ve done some interval training before but not like the Stoneybank reps we did the following week of training.
We went round the 1500 metre course in small groups, the aim being to go with runners of a similar speed.
I wasn’t sure how I’d do or whether I’d keep up.
After running three times around the course, I felt fine and even managed a sprint finish on the third rep.
There were people faster than me and there were people slower than me.
It was good just to be running with other people!
Getting Ready For My Next Race
I signed up to another race a couple of weeks ago, the Newhailes 10K trail run.
There aren’t many races close by at this time of year but that one’s just down the road.
I know the area from a running perspective very well, although I’m not sure of the route yet.
The weather might take a turn for the worse by then.
It’s important to me to have running goals though so having a race to work towards is essential.
I’m hoping to have a running club vest by the time of the race so I can support the club.
Do you have any races planned in what’s left of this year?
Are you a member of a running club?