Join the club!

This week just gone has been very exciting for me. Firstly I would like to say a big “Thank You” and “Hello” to all my new followers. It is great to know that I am not talking to myself on here!

It has also been an exciting week for me running wise, because on Monday 7th March, I joined the Spa Striders running group; something I NEVER thought I would do.

I have been running for many years and until last year, I would swear blind that I hated running with other people. That all changed in November 2015 when my husband and I went on holiday to Club La Santa, Lanzarote where I discovered the benefit and enjoyment of running wth others, especially people that were just that little bit faster than me. Since then, I have been looking for the right club to join and on Monday, I went for my first club run.

Since then, I have been looking for the right club to join and on Monday, I went for my first club run. I wasn’t particularly good, I was feeling very stiff from my 18 miler, on Sunday, and I struggled to keep up on the hills, but overall my average for the run was faster than it would have been on my own. I left the club after the run wishing I had joined years ago. I am back at the club on Monday and I cannot wait!

The rest of the week was fairly standard with an 8 mile run on the Wednesday and then a half marathon race on the Saturday.

The half marathon was at Long Marston Airfield and consisted of 4 laps of a 5km course and a 1km out and back loop. I was looking forward to this race having set a 10km PB on the same route in November last year, so I was convinced that this was going to be a fast time. I will post a full race review later in the week, but for now, I can tell you this with some certainty. I can run 10 miles at my ideal half marathon pace; I can’t run 13.1.

That race ended up the week for me as my Sunday run was replaced with going to the cinema to see London Has Fallen. Having seen the film, I wish I had gone for a run!

Until next time, happy running!

Helen xx

(Just as an aside; if you have never heard of Club La Santa, then it is sports heaven for fitness lovers. It is a purpose built sports retreat in the north of Lanzarote and just amazing. Google it!)

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