After finishing my 10k running program in November, I wanted to keep going – so I signed up for the next program: Speed Development. Speed Development isn’t about turning you into a champion; it’s about helping you to improve from where you started. Sounds easy, right? But then we had the holidays and a burst of freezing cold weather, and I stopped running. Like, at all. So when the start of the program rolled around, I emailed the coach to request a refund. Well, I’m happy to say that they have a no-refund policy AND I’m cheap. So I had no choice but to jump in.
It feels ridiculous to be scared of a self-paced, no-pressure running program, but showing up with the other 249 runners was intimidating. We started with an easy track workout, and yesterday we did our first ‘long run’ of four miles. I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF! Why? First – I showed up. If you’re supposed to do something every day that scares you, this program takes care of three days/week! Second, I was ‘seeded’ in the intermediate group but I asked to be dropped to the beginner group. My ego didn’t want to do that, but I know that it’s hard enough just getting out there. I don’t need to challenge myself by going longer and faster as well. I need to show up, follow the plan and just commit. Week one – DONE.