I just wanted to pop on and write a quick blog about mustering, why we do it and why we love it.
Mustering is our way of running and something that we will always do, its fantastic. No one gets left behind and the faster runners are able to get their distance up during the run.
The main principles of mustering is that the 'slowest' member of the group runs in the middle of everyone else. The faster runners go on ahead (but not too far), turn back and run past the last runner until they turn back and repeat.
I love mustering, I always think of it as a challenge, I set myself little targets, some runs for distance and some for speed and if I am having a bad day (they do happen) I take it nice and steady and it really doesn't matter because I know I won't be left behind
For lots of our runners we know mustering can feel a little daunting especially if you aren't used to doing it, it can take a little while for you to become fast enough to muster and it takes a lot of confidence to take that first turn back towards the back of the pack.
Mustering isn't just about the faster and slower runners, the middle pack play a massive part in keeping the group together. Only you know how tired you are feeling during a run, although you might not be able to go on as far a the fast runners we do ask that you turn back at a point you are comfortable with and tuck back in when you feel ready (As long as this is always past the slowest runner).
In my opinion mustering is what makes Happy Feet so unique and special, regardless of your pace we all get to be together and support each other, to me there is no better feeling than that.