I am a mediocre runner. I have never dreamed of being professional and never would be, yet running has always been in my life. Primary school, family, secondary school, running alone in university and now with a crew.
My first proper run with a crew was actually in Hong Kong with the Harbour Runners back in 2013. They meet outdoors. With an alternating location and destination every week, we run together in three different pace groups. It was challenging, but it was the first time I felt myself being pushed as I ran through the urban cityscape, not wanting to be left behind, or be beaten by the three guys running next to me going up the steps on to pedestrian skywalks. I was hooked. I wanted to be pushed and dragged along. Because of my competitive nature I was also very drawn to the feeling of fear that I did not want to be the last one home in my pace group. So I pushed further.
One of the attractions of TrackMafia is the ability to discipline ourselves. I can’t speak for everyone but I am pretty sure this applies: I run because I enjoy it. Sure, I might still run faster than the average jogger around the block,but I would be running leisurely. There are always days that I just need to put music on and run aimlessly. But the thought that every Thursday, a group of people willingly come together to break away from limits posed by their bodies, and to go through the pain that we would endure during the process, sends shivers down my spine.
Before I properly engulfed myself into this MADNESS, I was living in Rome for 6 months, and had the pleasure to be introduced to the lovely people over at Tiber Runners. It was such an honour to be trained by Alessia, a coach who competes at National level. She showed us techniques, timed us, gave up her free time on the weekend to do extra sessions on the track and she told me ‘Cynthia you can be faster.’