Sunday, August 26, 2012
I have a new running friend. She is totally unlike me. I love gadgets, she prefers to just run. I'm on about 8 Sparkpeople and another 8 FB running groups - she does not have a computer or a smartphone.
Last night was our longest run together, over 8 miles. I finished 1 mile before she arrived on the trail because I didn't call her to join me until I parked. Then I ran past her because she was on a phone call. I ran back to get her and finally, we started our journey together. I'm running a Jeff Galloway app with 1 minute run, 1 minute walk intervals. I'm also using my Garmin to track mileage and its beeping every mile. I know she's getting irritated so I start skipping walk breaks and running 3 minutes, walking 1 minute.
We're in mile 4 and she begins talking about not getting caught in the dark. I let her know I'm scheduled for 9 miles and I'm doing it and she needs to turn back if she's afraid of the dark. Well, she sticks with me but it truly is getting darker out. We're on a wooded trail and it's really starting to get creepy with bugs flying and crawling around. So, she challenges me to run until the stop sign. I take on the challenge, knowing the stop sign is about a mile away. I kept running after we got to the stop sign, I was feeling really good by then. It was breezy, my breathing was good and I was totally warmed up by then. By then, my earbuds were out and I was ready to run the next stop sign.
I'm really enjoying my new running friend. If we stick together, I'll have to change my run/walk intervals to more like 5 minute run, 1 minute walk. It just takes me so long, a few miles, to get warmed up and feeling good. With my increase in mileage, however, I will start running earlier. Actually, it was a last minute decision I made, not knowing what the weather would be the next morning with threat of a storm approaching. By the time we got back to our cars, it was very dark and we saw a small animal crossing the trail and couldn't make out if it was a cat, possum, raccoon, or I've heard people say they have seen fox out there. Surprisingly, there were a couple women walking alone in the park. I guess if it were not for my new walking buddy, one of those would have been me.
I've always preferred to do my runs alone because most people I've run with are too fast and I feel I'm holding them back. The 1 min walk/1 min run is too easy for them. I'm a slow runner but my endurance is good. After 10 miles, I'll pass the faster runner because she is tired from running so fast. My new running friend is nearer my age and definitely nearer my pace so I'm hoping it will be a good match.