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Carolyn’s Workout Diary: Week 5 – teamwork

In week five of her fitness challenge, Carolyn faces some old schoolyard demons.

Carolyn’s Workout Diary: Week 5 – teamwork

For the past two weeks I’ve been getting up at 5.30am and making it to the GetRunning Running Clinic by 6am three times a week. I know!

What’s been getting me out of bed is my accountability to trainer Gaz Brown of GetRunning, the group I’m training with, and to my incredible man Simon who has been a tremendous support since I started out on this journey. If I don’t get moving I’m not only letting myself down but also these amazing people around me who genuinely want me to succeed.

It has made me realise the importance of having a support crew to not only get running but to ensure that you keep doing it.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m loving it and all this exercise is making me feel physically more alive than I have in years, but when that alarm goes off there is a 9 in 10 chance that I’ll utter some profanity before leaping out of bed.

In the beginning Gaz swore he’d make a morning person out of me. He also told me I’d love the social aspect of the Running Clinic. I wasn’t so sure. For starters I’ve always been a night owl, and preferred to run alone – the lone wolf of exercise. That way I won’t be compared to anyone else.

The Running Clinic has forced me to face a few demons I thought I’d got rid of. I now realise I just avoided them by choosing to run solo or doing treadmill sessions in the darkness of the cardio theatre at Les Mills. No one can see you there! Well unless you come flying off the treadmill which I did once but that’s another story.

At the first Running Clinic we headed out to Auckland’s Domain and jogged a few circuits around the track. Three minutes jog, two minutes walk, repeat. And, guess what, I was the slowest. Waahhh. I was suddenly struck by the painful memories of primary school cross-country runs, which I hated, because I was usually in the slow group. I remember feeling humiliated and just wanting to give up and walk in protest. Sometimes I did walk but mostly I ran. So on that first day of the Running Clinic at the Domain I kept running and once I got over myself I realised no one cared and I wasn’t 10 anymore. And the encouragement I feel when I’m out there with this group is awesome. Sure, I’m not the fastest but then that has never been my goal. My goal is to get fit without killing myself in the process and get back to a healthy weight, and be able to run a half marathon with ease.

And Gaz is right. I’m becoming a morning person and enjoying the social aspect, especially when it’s with a group of motivated people who build each other up.

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