Saturday, February 02, 2013
I joined Boise Run/Walk's Robie Creek training group that started first thing in January, but this was the first week I've made it to the weekly run and workout. The last few weekends it's been too icy to risk driving all the way across town first thing on Saturday morning, but I have been following their training plan on my own. We met in the gymnasium of the community center at 8 am and the coaches discussed in-race nutrition, use of Gu, gels and so on, for this week's topic. Then we did some dynamic stretching for a warmup (high knees, skipping and so on) and headed out. There were at least 60 people there of all ages and running abilities there, some doing the 10K training and some doing the Robie half marathon. After our warmup, we headed out through one of the downtown neighborhoods and down to the portion of the Greenbelt that runs through a park and then along the golf course. The whole path was icy, so I couldn't run at the pace I would have liked, but it was a nice change of pace. I was actually one of the faster runners there, and except for one really fast runner, came back with the first pack of runners. I think we were all just happy to have made it back without falling! I saw the fastest runner icing her knee and getting bandaids when I got back, so I think she must have fallen on the ice.
Overall, I'd like to find a club with more advanced runners, but it is nice to have a reason to run in a different area, and as the runs get longer, having the company of other runners is going to be really motivating. As the distances increase, the long run is alternating weeks with 8 mile runs, so I might do my 8 milers with my dog, and then the 9, 10, 11 and 12 milers with the club. We'll see, I'm pretty stingy with my time on the weekends and this eats up about an extra hour and a half versus just running in my own neighborhood.