Team Bangs Run to the Beat
It’s here already. Myself and my badass team of chicas, Team Bangs on the Run 2, will be running 13.1 miles of awesomeness this Sunday at the Run to the Beat half marathon. Back in June, I selected this team to come on this journey with me. And boy, what a team and what a journey it’s been!
I started running last year with no clue what I was doing. I knew nothing of training plans, trainers, gaits, gels, chafing, isotonics, pacing, sports watches or ‘the zone’. As I blogged about what I was learning from running and how it was changing me, more people contacted me with similar experiences, telling me how I was inspiring them to get out there and give it a go. The better I felt, the better I wanted everyone to feel. Having gone through training for my first half mara alone, I thought it’d be nice to do my second one with some people. When I asked on Twitter if anyone would like to run the Paris half with me, overnight I had 20 women signed up.
It was a happy accident. I hadn’t expected so many people to be interested. I suddenly found myself heading up a group of women who looked to me for support, advice and encouragement. The further I got into it, the more important it all seemed. I wanted women to think about themselves, their bodies and ultimately, their goals and aspirations differently. I wanted them to understand how the process could be applied to every area of their lives.
Paris was an incredible experience.
Then came calls for the next Team Bangs. I hadn’t even thought about it, but again, I felt compelled to spread this word further, to help more women discover their potential. And so, after receiving over 40 applications, I narrowed it down to the 13 awesome chicas who now make up Team Bangs on the Run 2.
Watching these women train so hard, go through their ups and downs, learn, grow and be so open in sharing their experiences has been awe inspiring to me. Their work ethic and the way they’ve bonded as a team and supported each other is a true testament to what a team is all about. From the number of emails I get from people saying they’ve started running as a result of the Team Bangs movement, it’s fair to say these ladies have done their job.
I’ll be honest; I have no idea if I’m a good leader. I don’t know if I do things right. I’m just as supportive and encouraging as I can be and give people the gentle push they need – but the will, the drive, the focus these ladies have, it was always been there. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you you can do it.
This is only my second Team Bangs. I’m still ironing out kinks, but it’s fair to say I have big plans to take this further and spread the message wider.
A huge thanks to my Team Bangs on the Run 2 ladies for being shining examples of what running can do. Huge thanks also to all those who’ve supported Team Bangs and made donations. If any of this has made you consider lacing up the trainers yourself, well, then it’s been worth it.
We’re running Run to the Beat raising money for Refuge, a charity that helps women and children escape domestic violence. Please help us hit our £2000 target by donating here. Our Just Giving page stays open for three months after race day so you have plenty of time to make your contribution. Thank you!