2012 will go down as the Year of Firsts.
* First time in the 130’s as an adult.
* First 5K.
* First 10k (August 4th!)
* First Half Marathon (October 7th!!!)
* First who knows what else?!
The wonderful thing about learning to run and training for new distance is that practically every single workout is an opportunity to accomplish something never done before.
My training plan for the San Jose Rock n’ Roll Half (am i seriously running a half marathon – what the F*CK)is comprised of 3 miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a long (sloooow) run on Sundays. I’m cross-training with Dailey Method on most days, yoga as often as possible, and taking a complete rest day once a week. I’m being conservative with both mileage and pace to avoid injury.
In the spirit of firsts, I did something new today: I ran with a friend! My buddy (and birthday twin!) Jamie and I have been planning to do some outdoorsy stuff for awhile so I invited him on my training run today. He’s an experienced runner but was very gracious and willing to run at my pace.
If only I had been willing to run at my pace….
I definitely succumbed to the self-imposed pressure of being with a faster runner. While my overall pace (10:28mm over 3.17 miles) was almost exactly what I’ve done on my last couple runs, I started off too quickly and felt miserable most of the time. I *really* didn’t want to have to stop to walk but into the second mile, my heart rate had been so high for so long that I just really needed to slow down. Jamie was a sport and willing to walk but I was bugged. The recovery was essential and I got through the rest of the run but it was not comfortable. There was no way I was going to walk twice but I couldn’t stop thinking about it for about half a mile.
Was it as simple as starting out too fast? Was I using too much breath conversing? Was I a bit nervous about running with someone else and unable to release my body the way I do when I’m alone? These were all surely factors, combined with the fact that running is hard and I am still a new runner. I am a new runner. I am a new runner.
Okay runners – how do you feel when you run with other folks? Is it a welcome distraction or does it introduce other challenges? Or both? 😀