Happy National Running Day
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Happy National Running Day! I still cannot believe that it’s a day that I, the girl who once proclaimed “I only run if chased”, is celebrating!
However, due to my running schedule and my inability to run two days in a row, I won’t actually be running today. Instead, I will acknowledge the day by blogging running- something I haven’t done in awhile. I find that when I dissect my runs when they are finished, I am better prepare for the challenge I come across on my next run.
Sunday’s run with the HM training group was brutal with a capital B. Due to the insane heat (We’ve had 20 days of 90+ temps in 2011!) our group decided to start at 6:30a to beat the heat. The early start didn’t help. By the first half mile I was soaking with sweat. Our leader was going at a pretty quick clip and two of the group members, one with asthma, dropped out by the first mile. That left me and 5 other people, 4 of whom has at least 1 full marathon under their belt. I was at least 2 blocks behind everyone else and frankly I was pissed. From the start, our leader has stressed that with the Galloway method “there is no such thing as too slow” and “we won’t leave anyone behind”. In the past, when someone (mostly me) was lagging, the group would eventually turn around and run back to me. I always felt bad about it but I was glad to know this was group training. The last two weeks our leader hasn’t been subscribing to the philosophies she’s preached.
About mile 3.5 I really started struggling. The air was so humid I could barely breathe. I was doing everything I could to keep going but it was so hard. I almost starting crying I was so frustrated. Thoughts of joining the 1:1 beginner group were swirling through my head. My husband saw me and slowed down so he could run with me and cheer me on. At that point the group turned the corner and we completely lost them. With no interval timer we had to basically guess when to run and when to walk. We kept thinking “Eventually they’ll realize they lost us and turn around”. It took a mile before that happened, and at that point we had reached a straight so we were back in sight. They did turn around and when they got there, Brett laid into the leader. He made it clear that we weren’t happy and that she wasn’t following the method. She was obviously taken aback because Brett is the world’s nicest guy but he was pretty firm about his disappointment.
At that point some of the quick people were burning out and the overall pace slowed. One of the women in the group- a coach in her own right- stayed with me and chatted so the last mile went by pretty quick. I realized how nice it was to have someone to talk to. My normal “slow” buddy hasn’t been running with us in over a month and I realized how much I missed her.
When all was said and done, we did about 5 miles in 61 minutes. I probably did a little less because I wasn’t doubling back to catch up with myself! J
Yesterday, to beat the heat I stuck with a treadmill run after work. I didn’t have a lot of time so I decided to try and pick up the speed a little bit, since speed seems to be my biggest hurdle. Normally my runs are an 11-12 minute pace but I decided to knock it down to 10, just to see. Turns out, at least on the treadmill I was pretty comfortable. The past 10 days or so had been stressful and frustrating so it felt good to push myself harder than normal. I worked off some (not all) of my stress and I wound up doing 3.1 miles in 36 minutes. Not bad for a slow poke like myself. Plus, I was having some tummy issues during the run so I was proud of myself for keeping my speed. At the end, I even pushed it up a little faster just to see how my legs would like it. Sometimes it just feels good to burn off all that stress.
How are you celebrating national running day?