December 18, 2009
Is this what middle-aged is supposed to feel like?
My body seems to be telling me to slow down. Or at least to ignore Mike’s ‘encouragement’ at the regular Running Inn training sessions on a Wednesday night when we enjoy (or is that endure?) an array of different workouts along the Eastbourne sea front.
Mike’s definitely the bad cop of the dynamic team (no doubt thanks to the military background) with Fiona providing the soothing voice. Thankfully there’s a full range of ages and abilities with an opportunity to hide in the pack but inevitably my competitiveness will kick in and I’ll look to cling on to the A-group of serious runners, with their marathons in the bag. Still, they seem to tolerate my clumping steps and gasping behind them and I’ll get a bit of encouragement at various breaks.
The Guesthouse East, the boutique hotel on Hartington Place, is always the start point, from 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings. Just pop along to sample a session and Mike and Fiona will talk to you about the club and the variety of training sessions on offer and you can meet the members and enjoy the banter. You might even want to sign up to one of the training weekends, where you’d receive a fitness assessment, pilates taster session, nutrition workshop and massage – as well as personal trainer-supported runs on the South Downs. The next course is 22-24 Jan so a great chance to lose those mince pies!
As for today, I think some stretching is in order and Beachy Head is definitely out of bounds…