I am a lone wolf when it comes to running most of the time. Sometimes a friend joins me or I run with a group for one particular run or for interval training but I am not part of a club nor do I regularly run with a certain group of people. Yesterday that all changed. The Gentlewoman (a magazine that I love above all others) started their spring running club with Nike and it is an 8 week long club leading to the Nike 10k in June.
So I went to see what it is all about. I was one of the first to arrive and started talking to Laura one of the Nike pacers. She is now one of my favourite people in the world and it was so easy to laugh with her (if you are reading this Laura, you are brilliant and I hope one day I can run as fast as you). She told me that around 75 women have signed up to join The Gentlewoman’s running club and at hearing that number I was intimidated. I have never run with so many people before. I quickly found out that not all 75 of us would be running together. There were three distances – 3k, 4k, and 5k – and people could run the distances they wanted to.
I stuck with the 5k distance – I love that distance. When the group started running I felt truly out of my depth. These were fast women and I am not a fast woman. I am a keen runner who is more slow than anything else. And when I run on my own, I feel no need to push myself. I like my own thoughts and I like the silence of running alone but yesterday I pushed myself in a way I haven’t done before. The fastest were well out of my reach but I was running at a pace which was definitely the fastest I have ever run. I felt strong and it was incredible. Also, the views were stunning – it’s not often I run in London town while it is still light.
I didn’t think I could get that feeling from running with a club. I thought I would leave with insecurities about my strength and stamina. Instead I have a determination to run even harder next week. This Nike 10k has nothing on me.
Post run smiles with fellow runner, Alice!