When I first started training for Ironman about 4 years ago
I kept it pretty low key. My coach
would give me weight, cycling and running workouts and I would take care of the
So weights and even cycling weren't too tough especially
since on weekends all rides were group rides anyway. Well, after my first marathon for which I trained alone we
decided running with a group and getting a running coach might be a wise thing
to try. The marathon went OK but I
was running on my own, something I've never done before. Long runs weren't too bad but Wednesday
track workouts were not so OK.
I made it clear I didn't want to be on a team with a bunch
of cutthroat housewives trying to qualify for Boston. I wanted a low-key group that
knew how to run and a coach who was old school and down to earth.
Well after some searching I found a great running club that
was indeed everything I needed.
The absolute funny part of my little story is - the first
day I show up for run practice a woman about my age thinks she knows me. So I say I really doubt it because I'm
not much of a runner and when I did run it was out in North Scottsdale. After a few moments she realizes where
she's seen me.
"Didn't you used to JOG around the community college track
JOG? Did she
just say I was jogging my sprint track workouts?
I was so embarrassed.
So see, until you step it up against others you could just
be jogging it around a track!