I don’t have a lot of time, but I am super excited.
Last night I went to the local Running Store where they have a group run on Thursday nights. I, of course was intimidated by this group because I don’t know them at all and well….I don’t exactly look like a runner yet!
When I arrived and saw I was the only girl, except for one other, I almost ran away…especially when all these men showed up in their fancy running pants and fancy schpancy jackets (note: the jealousy). But I stayed to learn they were doing 6 miles. I decided I would do 4.
But no one showed me a map of the course or anything. Instead they said someone would stay with me since I had never run with them before.
Ummm really , no. It won’t be a run for the poor runner who is assigned to me and I would just feel bad. They insisted that this how they do it and to not worry.
I was for certain that once they realized how slow I was, that my babysitter would pull away and I would be left lost and alone on a course I don’t know, in the dark.
But they didn’t.
In fact, I had 2 runners with me who didn’t seem to mind the ultra slow pace. They were about 10 feet ahead of me the whole time and chatting away…
while I was back there, huffing and puffing and cursing the hills that they led me over.
In my head, when I wanted to walk…I kept telling myself I had to at least not let them get any more distance on me….and I heard Demond telling me I can do it and if I walk now, it will be too easy to stop again in a few more minutes…so I ran on….
We passed the 3 mile mark and I looked at my watch.
ARE YOU SHITTING ME!!! ( I know, I rarely swear, but that is my literal thoughts)
I just ran 3 miles in less than 45 minutes? I have never done that!
So I caught up to my new buddies and confirmed that we had completed 3 miles.
They pointed out that we have less than 1 mile left…I was quick to point out that I am good with going the distance…but….that I had just PR’d for a 5k….
They were so excited….as I picked up our pace, determined to come in, in less than an hour…..
My final finish time was 57 minutes….a 14.25 minute per mile pace.
My fastest ever!
I couldn’t have done it without those 2 with me….I am certain I would walked up some hills…and all of Demond’s crazy endurance training he has had me doing…