When I was living in Glasgow, I tried a local run club that was well rated and was quite popular. I had hoped to meet some like minded people and improve my running.
Instead, I felt worse about myself and my running, and I certainly didn’t meet anyone. I went several times for an entire summer and I really tried to make it work. But it was so exhausting and demoralising to be the LAST one every time and to not be able to complete the intervals (when we did intervals) because I was that much slower than everyone else. (Not to mention I fucking hate intervals where you are running literally 5-7 laps as fast as you can with a 30 second break.)
And then there were the time trials, where I was ALWAYS the last person and was practically dragged around by the last pacer. I remember it being a warm (for Glasgow) summer night and I was gasping for breath and he wouldn’t let me slow down. I hated every second of it. And then to get to the finish line with everyone who had already finished already standing around (and looking bored) waiting for me. It was embarrassing and humiliating.
After that, I stopped going.
And after that I decided that run clubs weren’t for me.
Then I moved to Cardiff and I found that there was a local (and by local I mean a 2 minute walk local!) women’s run club, that on paper sounded perfect. The page read that they were inclusive, catered to everyone, and had a variety of different runs and paces every week.
So, I took a chance and checked it out.
And I was glad that I did. It’s been brilliant and amazing! Everyone has been welcoming, every run caters to a variety of distance and paces, and best of all- it’s been fun!
I’ve really enjoyed these evening runs, and I am looking forward to next week’s run!