Why I Became a Club Runner

Why I Became a Club Runner

For over eight years I was an independent runner. On December 1, 2017 I changed my running status; I became a member of my local running club in Witham, Essex.

In truth I had spent many months considering the decision. In theory my choice was based on wanting to grow as a runner. I believe learning by speaking to and comparing oneself with others are rewarding and essential activities if one is to realise one’s potential.

The timing of my joining was also a conscious act. My off-season began after my seventh marathon at the end of October and I knew that this would be the ideal time to focus on other elements of my running, aside from racing and training with a specific goal in mind.

Since joining, my perspective on running has shifted unexpectedly. My first three club workouts have been tough but enjoyable.

  • 2 x 15 minutes of 400m repeats with 1 minute standing rests (3 minutes between each set)
  • 30 x 30 seconds hard effort with 30 seconds of walking rest
  • 5km time trial

Although I view myself as a disciplined runner, these workouts are more difficult to complete alone. The soreness in my calves for subsequent days was a constant reminder of how other runners can motivate and support me.

I have also met many friendly and experienced runners, who are keen to include me and have already provided me with some technical advice and new methods of warming up and stretching. They have already taught me that experimentation keeps one fresh and focused.

I do not regret the choice to become an affiliated runner. Now I experience the best of running, often training alone, but at least once a week interacting with other passionate and skilled runners. I look forward to embracing more of the club running culture so I continue to improve as a well-rounded and humble athlete.

4 thoughts on “Why I Became a Club Runner

  1. I tried once, a few months ago during half marathon training – the half would be run at night, and I am a morning running, so in addition to adding to the time on my feet, and evening run would be great training – and it was the most horrible experience of my life! LOL 😀 Glad you are getting something out of it! That is great!

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    1. Thanks Kate. But sorry to hear that club running didn’t work out for you. I became involved with my local club because it fit with my training, lifestyle and my long-term vision for my running. But it’s important to recognise that it must be right for you as an individual, otherwise it can have surprisingly negative impacts. I hope your half marathon was a success.

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