September 28, 2013

I've Joined Without Limits!

I have trained on my own without a coach for the last three years.  It always sounded fun when I read other blogs of people joining their running group for an evening run or the Saturday long run.  Having someone help with a training plan has also been on my radar for a while.  Actually, last April, I attended a session at my local TrySports store providing all the details about the coaching/training  group called Without Limits.



Each time I planned to fill out the forms and join, something stopped me from following through.  Finally, I pulled the trigger Tuesday and yesterday was my first session. I joined the group at the UNCW track for a 5:50 am workout.  I was really nervous  not knowing what to expect, how fast the other runners would be and if I would fit in.  When I arrived,  I immediately met the head coach, Tom Clifford as I walked onto the track.  Soon after, I met coach Kristen and she got me set with the workout plan.  First we had an easy mile around the track followed by squats, leg swings and a few other exercises to get warmed up.

Pushups from Pigeon pose!

The workout for the day included sprint work of 1000 meters.  I was put in a group with 3 other ladies and our first 2 were at 5:19 pace and our last 2 at 5:07 pace.  We did these on target and then I did one additional one on my own and that was at 4:55 pace.  Oops, I went a bit fast, but my speed was consistent for the each 400 meters and then the last 200.  After the speedwork, we had some additional exercises including planks, some jumps for the younger runners (they saved my joints and I skipped those!) and of course some stretching.  The only disappointment for me was the weather.  We had light rain, which is never fun, but overall it was fantastic and I can't wait to meet with coach Sami on Saturday.  She will write up my training plan and also give me my one on one session and help me with my form, cadence etc.  The group was so welcoming and I especially enjoyed chatting with Linda during the cool down phase of the workout.  I can't wait to go back next Friday for my next group workout!



Do you workout with a group?  Do you have a running coach?
(Pam)

5 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to do this too! Last May when my sin went from track to XC we had a plan to work out in he summer together with his team. Obviously that's failed when I ended up I the hospital and was recovering all summer. I would love to start it still! I always need that extra push and would like to do more than running. I have seen how it has helped my son. If only I could find this too!
    Congrats and have fun training. It's always nice to meet new runners :)

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    1. Thanks Jen. I am already excited to go back this week. It is way more fun to have people suffering sprints with you! Haha

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  2. I don't have a running coach but I've thought about it some. I do have a running group! It's fun to be apart of one I think. I don't think we're as "strict" as the one you've joined. As in we don't have coaches and have a workout of the day etc. But that seems good to have. I would love to try out one like it!

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    1. I did not have convenient access to a running group, so this seemed like a great option. I loved it and can't wait to meet more people and go to more training sessions!

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  3. I joined a running group a few months ago and I have really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, with schedules and other training I haven't been able to train with them lately. I miss it. :)

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