The term Fun Run is a bit of an oxymoron. A bit like the words Army Intellegence, and Work / Life Balance, some words just shouldn’t be uttered in the same sentence.
Regular readers of this blog will know that earlier this year I set the goal of being able to run 10 klms by December, and I think I might have written that I’d be deliriously happy if I was able to run 5 k’s. At that point in my life I could run 1 klm, not very quickly, and would have taken days to get over it.
As the year raced by, my running goal took a bit of a back seat, and I’d hardly done any running, but having written it down and made myself accountable to an online group of ladies (with kicking boots) at the ol’ Craig Harper forum, I thought that I’d better get my arse into gear.
I’ve been running regularly for the last couple of months, and am surprised to find how much I’m enjoying it. Last week I summoned up the courage to ring the President of the Gladstone Road Runners ( http://www.gladstoneroadrunners.com/ ) and learned where the group would be meeting for their weekly run.
Each Thursday afternoon at 5pm ‘ish’, they get together, and the runners can choose between a 2 and a 5 klm run. So, at the appointed time, I pulled on my old workshorts, a pair of clean socks and my tattered runners, and joined them down at the marina. There were a lot of ‘older folk’ assembled down there. Very fit looking, wiry, and healthy ‘older folk’. They were all friendly, keen to give me advice, and made me feel welcome. Nice!
I signed up for the 5 klm event, and soon set off with several others. It was great! Up til this point I’ve only jogged around the school oval. The run through the park, over the bridge and along the waterfront esplanade next to Auckland Creek was magnificent. The weather perfect, and the runners around me gave me some encouragement or cracked the odd joke from time to time which took my mind off the pain in my left knee.
The pain disappeared altogether eventually, and in the last kilometre of the race I picked up the pace and ran home in just under 27 minutes. 5 klms. I’m 5 short of my goal of 10 but I can’t tell you how happy I am with this achievement. According to my shift roster, I’ve got a couple more Thursdays off over the next couple of weeks, so I’ll continue to join this dedicated and friendly band of joggers.
It’s good to run, and have fun 🙂