Saturday, June 23, 2012
I was in plenty of time, before 6am. The pacegroup leaders were having a meeting when I arrived, so I got in a little walking warm up. My pace group co-leader, Mary, came to meet me 10 minutes later and to introduce me to Patty. Mary explained that she was running a 5K race today and so were several others in our group, so I was to run with Patty. Patty's group is training for a full marathon, but today they were to run-walk-run 3.6 miles with walk 1 minute, run 1 minute, which is pace I was scheduled to train today for 3.1 mile. I certainly don't mind the extra half mile.
Patty said that my group (Mary and Aster's) will often run together except on the weeks they have longer runs. I mostly ran with Jill, Jennifer, Patty, and Brendan, four very nice people. We sipped coffee under umbrellas outside Starbucks for almost an hour afterward even though it was trying to drizzle. I enjoyed the conversation, much of which was about running and fitness. Although I definitely have the cardio to run faster and farther, my hamstrings are tight and I think this approach of building up slower will benefit me in the long run.