A nice group run

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I intend to join a running club to try to improve my pace, so last night I headed off to a local Sports Centre to see if I could hook up with some of the people from the club I have in mind and go for a run with them.

I was a couple of minutes (only) late arriving at the club, but there was no-one waiting outside when I'd parked the car, and although I saw someone jogging up the road, I must have missed them. Probably not surprising really as it was raining hard, and only nutters go out for a run when it's like that! I had a quick jog up the road to see if I could see anyone disappearing into the distance, but alas no. So, feeling suitably miffed with myself for being late, I jogged back to the sports club with the intent of getting back in the car and going home.

However, when I got back to the club, there was a group of runners just about to set off. It turned out that they were a beginners running class from the gym at the sports club, and when I explained my predicament, they invited me along. Well, I was out and dressed for a wet run, so why not, I thought.

This was the first time I'd run with a group of people (outside of a race, which is different anyway), and I first ran with the ladies at the back and had a chat with them. Then I caught up the group leader from the gym who was a really nice guy. He said his intent was to get everyone in the group into at least one 10k before Christmas, and having run along with them, I'd say they were all more than capable of putting in a good showing in a 10k. I ran with other pairs along the route, gradually catching up the leaders, and in the end tagged on with a woman running alone who was setting a very good pace for a so-called beginner. We ran together for the last couple of miles and the pace gradually increased during that time, so that we overtook one of the two chaps at the front and weren't far behind the other one when we finished. She thanked me afterwards for setting her a tougher pace (I didn't like to shatter her illusion by telling her that I'd just been running along at her pace :).

I have to say that I really enjoyed the whole run. It was good to run at different paces and good to chat with people instead of being left to converse with myself in my head.

So, next Wednesday, I'll try to get to the sports club a little earlier to see if I can catch the guys from the running club. Secretly, though, I won't be too disappointed if I miss them and have to run with the "beginners" group again ;)

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