No, no... I'm not talking about UTSA! haha
This blog is more about SARR aka San Antonio Road Runners. They are our local running club. I joined a few years ago, but really took advantage of it this past year. I am NOT a runner. or I wasn't. I grew up with severe asthma and was in the hospital several times a year when I was younger. My mom had to fight (as she is a momma bear!) to get a bus stop put in front of our house because I would have trouble breathing while walking to the other bus stop. I was was pathetically sick kiddo. I haven't grown out of it, but it's vastly improved. I haven't been hospitalized since late grade school and my last ER visit was 6 years ago. I still take steriod inhalers and have my inhaler on me at all times, but it's SO much better. So.. back to SARR. :)
This spring they advertised a Walk to Run 5K program. I've tried the couch to 5K program on my own several times, but never got past week 5. I thought... just MAYBE, if it was in a group setting, I would do better. They set us up in different pace groups on the first meeting. If we didn't know our pace, we took a guess and then moved up or down groups as needed. I did REALLY well in the group setting. The first time I ran I mile I cried and I smiled for about a week straight. I had never done that before. You'd think I'd won the gold. Which I suppose in my small world... I did! I continued with the training and ran my first 5K in July. In August I joined the Half Marathon Training team... because what's another 10 miles?!?! haha It was hard. Just look at a few of my posts from October. haha I was SO tired of all that dang running.
This past Sunday, I ran my first half marathon though! Amazing. My mom was particularly proud. I think she, most of all, knew what an accomplishment this was. She's the one who fought for me when I couldn't breathe and had endless trips with the ER with me. Stayed in the hosptial with me and could never hold down a job because she had a kid home sick from school so often. But, I did us both proud and ran that dang 13.1 miles on Sunday. Thanks to SARR! I mean, yeah... I did the work, I know that, I'm not down playing my role, BUT, I couldn't have done it alone. I needed people there waiting for me to show up and run with them.
In a few weeks SARR will once again hold training. They are doing the Walk to Run 5K program again as well as a few others. I'm doing the 5K to 10K training. Now, that might seem silly since I just ran a HM, but I really need to work on my speed. And they recommended this training for speed work.
SO.. if you're in SA and want to work on running, either by getting started or increasing distance or speed, I urge you to check out SARR. If you DON'T live in the area, I suggest you check out your city to see if they have a running club. I would venture to say, most bigger cities do have a club. Running is becoming "trendy" again. :) If you can't find a club, grab a buddy or go solo and look up some training plans. There are TONS out there. Let me know if you need help finding on though!
Find your running club: www.rrca.org/find-a-runn