Earlier this week I posted this picture to facebook.
Despite the fact that I ran a 5k PR just last month, my runs since then have been slow. I’ve mostly been running 6+ miles at a time, and taking it easy. So it was nice to see a sub 10 minute pace on my Garmin after a 3 mile run. I wasn’t dying to hold the pace. My heart wasn’t pounding in my ears. I was just out for an easy 3 miler, and the 9:23 pace just happened. I was pleased.
Then yesterday I drove out towards Walnut Creek to meet up with these ladies to celebrate Aron’s birthday with a long run.
(photo credit: Kristin)
We all headed out through the neighborhoods and then onto a gorgeous trail. We even saw a coyote run through a park near us! A small group of us turned around after 5 miles, while the other group went to the base of Mt. Diablo and back for a full 14 miles. I did a lot more listening than chatting on this run, as I was determined not to fall of the back of this pack of speedy girls. When we got back to Aron’s, I saw this on my Garmin:
That’s 10 miles in 1 hour, 34 minutes or a 9:25 pace. That’s also about a minute per mile faster than I’ve been running my long runs. It felt hard, but not impossible during the whole run.
Generally, I get nervous about running with people who are faster than I am. I’m afraid of slowing them down, or of ruining their run because I can’t keep up. That said, when you’re trying to keep up with faster runners, you push yourself way more than you would on any other training run with just your iPod for company.
So that said, to my speedy friends, if you’re doing an easy run and want some company, I’m your girl. I won’t be much of a chatter, but I’m a stellar listener as long as my heart isn’t pounding in my ears.