Once upon a time, I said that we were really through the looking-glass with this whole running thing.
I thought that once I hoisted my body out of the post-marathon ice bath, I was so far beyond the point of no return that I couldn’t make it back if I tried.
Like there is normal and then there is THIS.
Well, apparently not.
Last week I found out that I will be leading a 10 week 5k Clinic with the Uptown Running Room starting on January 7th.
I know. I KNOW.
Me. Kat. Getting bodies other than my own across the finish line. Welcoming new runners into the fold.
I’m still sort of stunned, to tell you the truth.
It’s bizarre and surreal all at once, because the opportunity literally came out of nowhere. My father-in-law forwarded me an e-mail he received from the Running Room because he’s currently in one of their Learn to Run groups. It had a list of good Christmas gifts for runners, and a call for Winter 2012 instructors.
When he forwarded the information to me, I asked myself, What do I have to lose?
Answer: Absolutely nothing.
I mean, it fits in with my marathon training, or absolute lack thereof until February 13th.
So I sent them an e-mail, sharing a little bit about my experience learning to run as well as my race accomplishments and crossed my fingers.
In all honesty, I think I have everything to gain from this experience.
If I’m going to be successful in training for a spring marathon, I need to start winter running. Having to teach other people how to run outdoors in the winter means that heading outside is officially non-negotiable.
Plus, I feel very strongly about the following things:
- There is a runner inside of everyone, even if they refuse to acknowledge it.
- Having a positive introduction to running and racing is crucial to getting new runners to stick with it.
And you know that part in The Spirit of the Marathon where that woman is hollering at the CARA training group and telling them that if they have enough energy to sing a song while they’re doing their 20 mile run that they should go a little harder?
I am positive that I would like to be that woman.
So, if you know anyone who wants to run and finish a race this spring, tell them to hustle down to (or call) the Uptown Running Room and sign-up! I promise it will be 11/10.
Running Pack in the Sky, what are your training plans this week? Are you racing? Recovering? Strengthening?
When you started running, did you train on your own or as a part of a group?
Even though I was training for a race on Galina’s orders, I definitely did all of the training by myself.