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 swimming part.
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 on Wednesdays?”
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!