Malaika completed the 2018 winter-to-spring season of Walk & Run 101, our beginner walk/run program. Here, she tells us why training with CRC was exactly the jumpstart she needed.
I remember the thoughts that went through my head when making the decision of whether or not to join the Walk & Run 101 program. I had never run (or even walked) a race of any length. I was worried that I would be the only person that was completely new to running; I worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the expectations of the program; and most of all I worried that maybe this wasn’t for me.
Fortunately, I didn’t let any of those fears keep me from signing up, which was a decision that changed my life in so many amazing ways. From day one, I realized that I had not only made the right decision, but that all of those fears were completely unfounded.
The CRC staff and the group that I trained with were so incredibly supportive. I made friends that I continue to stay in touch with to this day. I learned that I was capable of more than I would have ever imagined. Every week, I was gaining more distance and even more confidence. When the day finally arrived to run my first 5k, I was not only ready, I was absolutely thrilled! As I crossed the finish line, I knew that was only the beginning.
I have run in several races since then, and I have no intentions of stopping. My advice for anyone considering this program is to not let your fears keep you from trying it out. Give it a chance, and I promise you won’t regret it!
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The winter/spring season of Walk & Run 101 begins February 2. Interested in learning more? Join us for an information session at the Dublin CRC on Wednesday January 16! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.