I think they’re all more excited about my race than I am.
They’re sort of in between clinics, having come off their graduation race last week – the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, where they did the half-marathon – before their clinics start up again the week after NYC.
Although I’ve always considered myself a “lone wolf” when it comes to running, I can’t deny the ease of running with a group on the longer runs. The chatter among the various people makes the kilometres go by much more easily than a soundtrack playing in your head, and I find I don’t have to listen to myself telling me how my hips are hurting or my baby toe feels like it’s getting a blister.
I’m glad I hooked up with the store in Oshawa. I wish I’d done it sooner in my training, as I could have really benefitted from the Sunday long runs and mid-week strength work.
If you really want to step up your running enjoyment and/or training, I’d recommend visiting your nearest Running Room and hooking up with a running group. You don’t have to belong to any of the clinics; just show up Wednesdays at 7pm and/or Sundays at 8:30 am and run. Everyone will be happy to welcome you.
- ING NYC Marathon Q & A (runnersexperience.com)
- NYC Marathon 2013 – Welcome Runners and Visitors (thestarryeye.typepad.com)
- Running for Amelia (slate.com)