“I can’t breathe….This stinks….People actually do this for fun??” These three statements ran through my head on the first day of my running club. Saturday October 2nd was the first time I had run in a long time. A couple weeks prior I heard about a running store in West Hartford, Fleet Feet, that organizes training groups for novices with the ultimate goal being to run a 5k at the end of the nine-week session. With all of the focus our company places on being active and living a healthy lifestyle, I decided it was really time to make a change. Luckily for me, I found four other women in our office who thought it sounded like a fun idea.
Each Saturday we run with a group of 50 other people on a course pre-determined by our coaches. The first week we ran 1.5 miles in intervals of two minutes running and two minutes walking. Last Saturday we ran three miles and ran three and a half minutes and had one minute of walking. Throughout the week we have a training schedule as well which prepares us for the Saturday run. Sunday is a “walking” day and Monday is our rest day. Tuesday and Thursday are running days when we run a specific distance and Wednesday and Friday are cross-training days. Having this regimen has been critical to our team’s success as it keeps us all on track. The coaches who run the training program also email us throughout the week checking in to see how we are feeling and offer tips and guidance.
I don’t think I could do it without the others at Ovation. We keep each other on our toes and hold each other accountable. We don’t allow ourselves to get off track. Whether it is an email with an article describing the benefits of exercise or a ‘group run’ after work, the support is invaluable and makes this adventure all the more fun. I’ve also received a few text messages at 8 o’clock at night instructing me to tell that person to get off their butt and go to the gym! It’s really nice to have people running beside you and telling you that you can do it. Running isn’t really all that easy for me, but as I’m putting one foot in front of the other, I focus on the end-results and those are, a healthier life and the accomplishment I will feel when I cross the finish line at our first 5k on December 5th.
We keep asking each other, “What’s next after this?” And now we’re talking about entering the Hartford ING Half-Marathon next October. We’ll let you know!