I went for a run on Saturday morning, ahh I am sore! I think I ran further than I have for a long time. I haven’t been doing the couch to 5k for a while because my knee started to hurt every time I ran, so I gave it a rest and never quite got up the motivation to start again for fear of injuring my knee.
One of the student’s wives in our community here (I’ll just call her V) started up a ladies running group late last year. It was around the time we were leaving for our trip back home so I didn’t get involved. But now that we’re back I wanted to give running a go again.
We got up to start at 6:30 (on a Saturday!) to beat the heat. There were four of us and I certainly felt the most shabbily dressed! I’ve been exercising in my old Green Team t-shirt and school basketball shorts. My running shoes cost about $20 because they were bought in a hurry on a holiday for walks in national parks.
The loop we ran was about 2.7 or 2.8 km (someone had an app on her phone that tracked the run for us). We kept a steady pace the whole time, stopping only at the top of a hill for a little walk, and waiting for the traffic lights to change in our favour.
I know I’ve said before that I liked running by myself but I may change my mind. If I had run the route we did yesterday by myself I definitely would have stopped half-way up the hill. But because I was with others and V encouraged us to keep a steady pace up the hill and not stop until the top, I kept going. I kept up with the others, because I had to in a way.
When we got back to our houses V gave us the option of of doing another lap or calling it a day. I certainly wasn’t capable of doing another lap! I was finished, but I felt good. The others did another lap (despite some looking as tired as me!). Perhaps I’ll be able to work up to a second lap eventually!
I’m excited about this running group and the motivation it gives me to run. I may need to invest in some good running shoes though…
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