I felt really good on Saturday so instead of 2 miles, I went three ( I know, I REALLY over did,lol). Sunday morning I woke up super excited for my first run with my running group. I layered up because while I thought it was suppose to be 30 degrees it was actually 9… Which normally would have meant that I would be hittin the treadmill, however…. I FINALLY had people to run with and I. Was. Going!
So the deal was that we were going to do a 10k but treat it like a tempo run. We did a 3 mile warm up and then the 10k and a 2 mile cool down. I ran with my coach and another guy on my team (I love running with guys, it pushes me even harder because I want to be their equals). My coach made it very clear that at no point were we to be racing. which anyone who has been following my blog knows that I am super competitive, but you also know that I am quite out of shape due to my lack of running so I guess my coach was doing me a favor, lol. The goal pace was to be between 7:15 and 7:25 and these were our splits 7:49, 7:21, 7:12, 7:16, 7:05, 7:04 and the last .2 were at 6:10 pace. He did a good job of keeping me from going out and dying too soon and when a girl kicked passed us at the end he said, “Let her go, I know you can take her.” It killed me, but I listened and politely let her go by.
I love that I have this group to run with two days a week. I love that I have a group to push me because at the end of that 10k when I was dying and just wanted to give up, my coach turned around and pulled me through it. It was EXACTLY what I needed. I hope that it will be enough to get me through Boston with a kick ass time.
This is going to be my mantra this training cycle. I’ve waited a really long time to be here and I don’t want to throw it all away because I’m not focused or giving it my all… I even joined the local road runners club….I don’t know guys, I may become a legit runner in 2015…I can’t wait to see what the year brings.
Have you ever joined a running group? What did you think?
How was your weekend?
Is it still freezing in your area? Tomorrow is going to be 9! Freaking 9!