Sheryl’s first night nerves

At the start of our recent beginners groups Sheryl Arnold shared her story of starting running and the first ‘night’ worries, we thought we would share them with you

Thanks Sheryl for letting us use them

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In April, I sat just where you’re sitting. I held the same doubts, the same fears, and the same hopes as most of you probably have. I worried about being the fattest, the slowest, the accident prone one and the one who held everyone up the most.  At no point did I think I would ever enjoy running. At no point did I ever think I would be anywhere near the front, and at no point did I ever think that I would sign up for not one, but two half marathons. But I have!

 

 

In 10 weeks time, you will have your last session and Sophie will say – thought we’d take it easy tonight and only run for 1.5 – 2 miles. You will smile and say – thank god – let’s go to the pub! At no point will you even consider that just 10 weeks prior to this, you would have died or cried or even wet yourself if Sophie or Simon said – tonight we will run for 1.5-2 miles!

 

Through the amazing, support of Sophie and Simon AKA The Dream Team, and my lovely RedwayRunners friends I have made since April, I took part in the Bedford 5k and then the 10k both on Saturday! My next run is in September and is 5 miles. I also have other 10k, 5k’s and two half marathons booked in. The ONLY difference between me and you is the fact that I started my journey in April.  If I could give you any advice, it would be:

  1. Do your homework – from week 3 onwards, it will show / you will feel it if you don’t!
  2. Keep hydrated – especially the entire day you are running (my worst running session was because I had not drunk enough during the day and had no back up energy to call on)
  3. Believe in yourself – if you don’t, who will? (Running is fun – it’s a chance to get rid of the day’s annoyances and take time for yourself – why else would I choose to come here on my birthday instead of having dinner with my family?)

You’re in great hands.  Enjoy the journey you have started. Welcome to the Redway Runners family.

Club trip, Tallinn

We held our second club overseas trip of the year out to Tallinn in Estonia, this meant the trip completed the Baltic Way trio of half marathons with the previous trips to Vilnius  (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia)
More on Baltic Way demonstration at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_Way

We had 13 travelling, and it did not start well with our booking mostly being Thursday to Tuesday with Wizz Air, but they managed to not inform us they changed the outbound flight to the Tuesday, resulting many having to cancel the trip or arrange different flights that involved transfers across Europe

Anyway the flights for many became difficult due to issues with trains, resulting in missed flights, flight delays, resulting in missed connections, but we all arrived eventually.

First up a number of us travelled to Helsinki for the Tokoinranta parkrun, only to discover this was cancelled late on the Friday, so a few of us did the route anyway, before catching the ferry to Tallinn

On the Saturday in Tallinn Sheila and Phil took part in the 10K.

The Sunday we had 10 running in the half marathon from the Viru Gates around the city and out to the coast. Well organised race and some great Redway Runners performances – well done all

Half results at:
http://www.championchip.ee/en/live/1226

Most coming home on Tuesday, hopefully without too much incident, still another good club trip, Malta next in March 2020, more info click here

3,000 Milestone

We have just gone through a major club milestone for the first time

We have 3,000 members of Redway Runners and we appreciate everyrun of them