Last winter when I started training for the Pittsburgh Marathon, I decided it might be a good idea to train with a running group. I thought it would be safer, would push me and I would be able to surround myself with people who are on the same page as me….crazy…to run through the sleet and snow for fun.
I joined a group and went for a couple of runs. The few people that I got to know inf the group were fantastic, however I still ran alone. Let me elaborate; the fast kids ran a little too fast and the slow kids were a little too slow. So, it didn’t quite work out. I probably could have stuck with it longer and found the right people, but through a friend got hooked up with another group. The times and places they met were a little more convenient and I stuck with them for most of my long runs throughout the winter. But, I never really found my niche.
This past Sunday, I finally understood why people like running with other people so much. I ran with Frank and his daughter Brianna. All three of us have about the same goal for Columbus. Frank and I are shooting for a 3:50 and Brianna is working to break four hours. So, our long run paces are about the same. We pushed each other, made the time go by with conversation and all three of us felt great at the end of 12 miles. I think I found my running group for the rest of the summer. I look forward to making progress with them, making conversation with them and ultimately reaching our goals together.
I’m going to make this short and sweet because I’m boarding a plane to Chicago to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary! 20 years! I may not blog this week but will share pieces of my adventure on Instagram and Twitter. My running schedule is a little off this week, but I’ll fit the miles in. Luckily it’s the first “step-back” week.
- Monday – Run 3.75 miles @ 8:56 (done!)
- Tuesday – rest
- Wednesday – 3 miles (some kind of speed work in Chicago)
- Thursday – rest
- Friday – 3 miles @ 9:15
- Saturday – 6 miles @ marathon pace (8:35-8:45)
- Sunday – 10 miles @ 9:15-9:45