|Some of the group at the Divas Half in April|
Being out of your comfort zone is not an easy thing to do. But it seems that most every week, we are given a new workout that takes us to a new level. Not only do we have interesting sets that are not always logical on a track, such as 500's or 700's, we sometimes leave the track to run around the college or on the nearby trails. All of this, and the encouragement from other runners has made me a better runner. And when you are struggling, there is always someone to pick you up, take you along and keep you going. I have been positively inspired by this group of fabulous athletes, many who take on challenges such as triathlons, duathons, racing up a mountain, and of course marathoners and ultra racers. It is hard to express in words the lessons and confidence you can get from joining a group. Every one of us suffers through the highs and lows of a training cycle, but having camaraderie has made the workouts and especially weekend long runs so much more fun.
If you are scared and don't want to join because you do not think you are fast enough, are too old, too young, too fat, too skinny, do not worry. Everyone has a fear of something new and believe me when I say that you will not regret it. The power of a group is amazing and I wish every runner had the opportunity to be part of a group like mine.