I ran with a running team. Not just a group of runners, an actual team. It says so right in their name. And you know what?
I kind of liked it.
For the past year I've been ogling their Facebook page, wishing I had the guts to join them. My excuse was the same as most every other runner, "I'm really slow." I didn't want to be 'that person,' you know what I mean?
After attending one of their get-to-know-yas last night at a running store, I manned up and met them this morning for a chilly 6 miles. One of the leaders of the group ran with me and another newbie to the group. While a dozen of the faster runners headed off for 10, we ran a nice, casual 6 miles. He didn't seem at all bothered to go our (slower) pace. In fact, he seemed to have a real passion for running, no matter the distance or speed.
I think this group has real potential, and I'm excited to join them for more runs.
So what took me so long? Lack of confidence. As we were getting to know each other, the other new runner said she couldn't believe I could run a marathon and still think I'm "not good enough to join the group" (those were my words, not hers).
Truth is, as much as I crack jokes about being a speed demon and how awesomesauce I am at setting new PRs (it's all sarcasm, by the way), I really don't have that much self-esteem when it comes to being a runner. I enjoy running, but I don't see myself as a 'fast' runner or a particularly good one (just an obstinate one).
I mean, how ridiculous is that?! I love and try my best to encourage all my friends with their running, but I don't listen to my own words. So I'm hoping that I keep coming back to this group to both build my speed (gotta run faster to get faster, and what better way than to run with faster people? Genius!) and my confidence.
Do you run with a running group? Do you (or did you) worry that you're the slowest person?