Remember I told you that I had exciting news?
Well, wait no more. Here it is: I joined a running club that is about 15 minutes from my house, at a local fitness center. It has a training program for Twin Cities, Chicago and Des Moines Marathons. And there is a coach who personalizes the plan for the runners. And we’ll do drills. And they provide nutrition tips. And tips on getting through mental barriers. And I’ll do up to 3 group runs a week (yikes!). And all my runs won’t be at 4:30 a.m. (yikes!) And the coach will be able to provide tips/input about my running form based on watching me run during the group runs (yikes!)
Those of you who have been following me forever know that I am Type A and a creature of habit and that I don’t like attention focused on me. So all of this stuff is sort of scary for me. BUT, it is also exciting for me and, I think, just what I need in order to mix things up, improve my time and improve my attitude!
So, I know what you are thinking: It was only a week ago that you swore you’d never run another marathon. How did you decide to join a running training group? Well, I changed my mind. I’m a woman, I can do that. 🙂
Seriously, I wasn’t looking to do this. I was still thinking about doing Twin Cities, but switching back to Pfitz 12/55 because that gave me decent results last year. But then a friend of mine sent an email, with a facebook message that she had received from a lady that she works with, who I’ve only met once. Well, this woman knew that I run and somehow she must have found out that I blew up, AGAIN, at Grandma’s. This woman is a couple years older than me and went from a 4:26 marathon down to a 3:23 marathon in just a couple years. Her FB message to my friend was:
Tell your friend Cindi that I have the person that can train her to get her to Boston. Without a doubt. I’m not sure what her next race is BUT he is training people for Twin Cities, Chicago and DesMoines right now. I think this would be a good fit for her. You can tell her for Boston training he trained all 12 of us to PR’s, even me the crippled, injured one! I think she would be pleasantly surprised. He has a following and a reputation that proceeds him in this area. Plus he’s a hoot!
So I emailed this woman for a bit to find out about the training group. Part of her response: He WILL get you to Boston and while doing it will make you BLAZING fast!
Checking up on the coach’s athlinks results, it looks like HE is blazing fast, having run a 2:41 marathon at Boston this year and then a 2:49 at Fargo a month later. So he’s fast. And he his entire training group of 12 to each have a PR in Boston. And he is letting me join the group even though I’m not a member of the fitness club. AND, it’s not even very expensive (like, so cheap that I’m wondering how in the world they make money on this!).
So, I signed up. And if my legs are feeling good this week I’ll have my first group workout at the the track on Thursday.