Reigate ladies joggers - a little bit of me time
I’ve always wanted to be a runner. There seems to be something very simple and rewarding about putting on a pair of trainers wherever you are and heading out the door, giving your mind time to clear itself from the stresses and strains of the day. It sounds simple, but I’ve never managed to really get going before. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried…many times, but I’ve never found my mojo and often stopped with a niggling injury. Until now.
At the beginning of the summer I was walking on Reigate Hill when a group of ladies ran past in a flurry of pink fluorescent vests. What caught my attention was that it was a mixed ability group, all women and it was full of chatter and if you can believe it laughter. They were running towards the car park, so I guessed that they must be towards the end of the run, but they actually looked like they were enjoying themselves! I shouted after one of ladies to ask which group they were from; “Reigate Ladies Joggers, find us on Facebook!” came the reply.
Fast forward to the beginning of September and this time a I saw an advert for a new course called Rusty Runners being run by yes you’ve guessed it, Reigate Ladies Joggers. The start point was St Bede’s School five minutes from my house; the start time 7:30pm after my daughter is in bed. Any previous excuses were fading away. Then a friend saw that I was interested and said we should do it together. So that was it. Signed up for 6 weeks. All I had to do now was find my trainers!
As soon as I signed up and received my first email from Emma and Anna, it felt different to the previous times I had tried to start on my own. It was supportive and encouraging and at pains to reassure us that we would all be in the same boat and that no-one would be left behind. I’d never run as part of a group before and certainly never felt that I would be able to join a running club. I couldn’t have been more wrong and it has been a game changer for me. I’m now running regularly and look forward to the time every week to get out of the house for some me time. I haven’t quite got to the meditative state of my dreams, it’s still pretty hard work at times if i’m honest, but I’m getting there and enjoying trying.
Whether you have never, ever or sometimes thought about starting running then this is a fantastic way to do it. I had underestimated how much a group would support and encourage me, especially up the hills!
RLJ prides itself on being an inclusive, non-competitive, friendly running group. Anna Smith and Emma Mankelow are the coaches and are both qualified Leaders in Running Fitness affiliated to UK Athletics. RLJ run a number of different courses to give including Beginners, Improvers, Rusty Runners and Coming Back from Injury. There are also drop-in mixed ability runs throughout the week. Full details here.
Give it a go!
If running is not for you, but you are looking for more inspiration to get active then check out Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign here