I haven’t participated in a training group since 2008 when I started training for my first 5k with the No Boundaries program.
I’ve talked to Hollys at several races and she recommended this group.
Then at my last race when I bumped into Gina, an old colleague, she encouraged me to join too.
Here is the schedule:
- Mondays: 5:30 p.m. at Prospect Park, Troy (Note: From November 10th on, Monday night workouts will be at RPI in Troy. Meeting time is 5:30p.
- Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. at Knickerbocker Park, Troy
Prospect Park is about a half hour from my work. I was worried about getting caught in rush hour traffic. But I got there plenty early.
It was quite chilly and breezy. I was freezing waiting for the training to start. (I even switched to capris from a skirt and added a jacket.)
I talked with Hollys and her friends while we waited.
Everyone started together. There were 3 groups: 5k beginners, 5k intermediate and 10K.
After some dynamic stretches, we took off in our separate groups. Gina got there just in time and I wound up running with her and her friends the whole time.
We chatted so it made the running go by quickly.
We ran 2 loops of the park which happens to be very hilly. I didn’t wear a watch so I have no idea about my pace or distance but I would guess that it was close to 3 miles. I even warmed up and took off my jacket and tied it around my waist.
I ran most of run. I just walked a little up one of the hills but then I passed them on the downhill.
I thoroughly enjoyed the run.
Unfortunately, I have races almost all the Saturdays so I can only do the Monday runs.
Looking forward to my next group run!
Happy Running! Have you trained for a race as part of a group?