Looking back on 2 years of running club

When I went to my ASICS Running Club session this cold, dark morning, I didn’t realise at the time that it is exactly 2 years today since we started.

27 November 2106.

2 years.

That’s a long time to have trained and run with people who are now friends.

A long time to answer to a Coach who now knows exactly how weak I am, and which exercises I am still unable to do, even after 2 years!

As a group (like any group I imagine), we’ve had our ups and downs over the years, and we’ve had our disagreements.

We’ve also had loads of fun, loads of learning, and loads of progress.

We’ve had people come and go, and yet, over the course of these 2 years, there is a core group of us who have been there since Day One.

And I am proud to count myself amongst them.

Proudly ASICS since the word go 🙂

I can only speak for myself, obviously, but even though I haven’t improved my race speeds enormously, I know that I am a better runner than I was 2 years ago.

Not significantly faster, but better.

Until I joined the ASICS Running Club, I had never even heard of terms such as fartlek or interval training.

I only knew how to run, which up until then I’d done mainly on my own.

To join a group, to drill, to train, to learn different skills has been a huge & exciting learning, and I am eternally grateful to our Coach, Vijay Shukla, who has patiently nurtured us over the years.

How Coach keeps the faith when he has a runner like Yours Truly, who doesn’t practice when she’s told to, who doesn’t cross train, who doesn’t weight train…

And, yes, of course, that’s why I haven’t made significant progress over these 2 years!  Hardly rocket science.

I’ve sort of stayed at the same level, but I’m secretly pleased to be able to hold my own (just about!! 😛 ) with a much younger crowd.

The people with whom I train twice a week see more of me than my friends.

We all see each other in extreme conditions – tired, sweaty, exhausted, disappointed, jubilant, nervous, and everyone is amazingly supportive of everyone else.

I know that whenever I run with any of my ARC mates they will be there for me 100%, supporting, cheering, and being totally non-judgemental.

So, here’s to my ASICS tribe!

Here’s to our long suffering Coach!

Happy 2 years to us 🙂

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