By Liz Fancher
|Liz Fancher & Dave Webster at The Dirty Half|
A few years ago, my “speedy runner guy” husband Dave Webster joined TPG – the Tuesday Performance Running Group. Every Tuesday evening, he spent an hour doing “speed work” or “running hills” with a group of dedicated runners. He ran in Drake Park, on Overturf Butte and at the track. In the winter, he’d run after dark in Farewell Bend Park!
About half a year later, my husband asked me to join him at TPG workouts. I told him “I am not a speed demon runner. My body does not have a single fast-twitch muscle.” I thought: “Why would I want to humiliate myself by running with a group of speed demon runners in the cold and dark?”
I agreed to try running with TPG once in a while. I thought I would hate it but that it would be “good for me.” Once I went, I discovered that I really like TPG. I enjoy challenging myself. I like running with a group of nice runners. I like running with the TPG group every week. The time flies by.
Over the last few years, I’ve continued running with TPG. Here is what TPG has taught me:
· I am stronger than I think.
· I run faster when I run with a group.
· It is OK to be one of the slowest runners.
· Running with faster runners encourages me to push harder and to run faster.
Here is what TPG has done for me:
· I’ve taken 10 minutes off my half marathon time in the period of one year.
· I can run races at a steady pace, without crashing.
· I can pick up my pace at the end of a run or a race.
· I’ve started to enjoy racing.
· I feel uplifted after most workouts.
· Best of all, I can tell folks that Max King coaches my running group. This makes folks think I run fast!
TPG is filled with a lot of nice, supportive people. Kari Strang even brought cupcakes to TPG to celebrate my birthday! TPG allows me the fun of cheering for other TPG runners at our regular workouts and races. I’ve enjoyed following the progress and successes of other TPG runners over the years.
Max King is a great coach. He is a thoughtful, intelligent man who offers interesting, varied and “do-able” workouts. He offers a “short” workout and a “long” workout so you can pick the one that works for you. So, if you are interested in running stronger and a bit faster come join us on Tuesday. TPG is free so what do you have to lose?
The Tuesday Performance Group meets every Tuesday at 5:30. Locations vary, for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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