To be honest, I was never a big fan of run clinics.
I was terrified that the fast runners would laugh at me or be annoyed that they had to keep an eye on a slowpoke. I was afraid that they would think that I wasn't good enough to tag along.
But I was always curious and eventually curiosity got the best out of me.
Last year's MPIB run clinic sessions were a first for me and I pretty much enjoyed myself. There were 2 options of a 6km or a 4km run but somehow I always ended up doing the 6KM runs, doing my best to keep Kew and Khay Ann within sight. Fast fellas, they are!
|GCAM run clinic group pic before run on 23rd February 2013.|
Knowing that the same fellas were attending the Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2013 (GCAM) run clinic as well (it's good to see familiar faces!) I found my sleep-deprived self driving to Lake Gardens on Saturday mornings.
Most of the time I run on my own because of various reasons, but social group runs are fantastic for some motivation and serves as an encouragement booster.
1. Common goal or purpose.
We share the same objectives like training for a specific race of any distance, improving our pace and form. Having an informal forum to discuss your concerns and ideas is great.
Even having breakfast together after the run or checking out eye candy count as a purpose, too!
2. Motivation boost.
Running together keeps you at your desired pace, gives you a challenge to keep up with the fast runners as you may not want to be left behind and you know you'll put in the effort to stick as close as you can to the group.
Chatting to one another while running sometimes takes away the pain. Before you know it, your run will be done!
And when you're finally done with your run, you'll find yourself secretly patting yourself on the back for a job well done and going home with a huge smile on your face.
|Group runs allow everyone to stay close to each other as much as possible. :D|
Why run alone in the dark when it's safer to run in a group?
I have to be certain that the night isn't too dark yet for my evening runs. Even waking up early for morning runs can prove to be a tad bit dangerous as it is still dark. It's frustrating, really, and there's just so much I can do on the treadmill!
Safety in numbers: Some runners were mugged along the way before, or even raped! So it's best to be cautious.