I have never formally trained anyone for a road-race. Offered plenty of support, offers to run with that wind up with us getting lost, and lots of written dribble about how I believe you should train, but never has someone come to me and said Ali Wan Kenobi, you’re my only help. Well, my friend J certainly did not address me by quoting Star Wars, but she did ask if I could help her train to run a 5K in exactly one month. I accepted the challenge.
My first roadblock is that J, like a lot of new runners, doesn’t really like to run. She wants to, but her motivation sags over her head, whispering only she knows what kind of noise that prevents her. For example, I suggested we start right away, which would have been today. There was immediate resistance, so I pushed forward to tomorrow. But, she’s going to have to accept that to do this comfortably, she’s going to want to run every other day.
What I have on my side is that J is in decent shape – she’s been a hard-core spin classer for as long as I’ve known her, so I know she’s go stamina and probably a good heart. So she’s got the ability build up running stamina, too.
For tomorrow, I’m taking her out to a mildly hilly area that has a 3-mile trail. I want to see exactly where she’s at and what she can do. And I’ll probably throw down the “do some core activities” suggestion.
And then, I will do lots and lots of motivating cheerleading!!!!!! I’m proving my title of coordinator of team spirit. I cannot wait!! Someone is going to entrust me to get them ready to run. This might actually work!
I’m excited to see how this goes.