So I completed my first group run and it was awesome! Silly me panicked for no good reason. It was a very slow six miler but I did it!
I joined the 12-13 minute mile group, a group of pretty cool ladies I must add, and they kept me in a great pace for the first 3 miles. I was pushing it more than I was comfortable with. When it was time to turn around they stopped to rest for a minute but I kept going. I slowed down my pace and they passed me. But now my goal for next week is to keep up with them for all the run. It’s 7 miles next Saturday!
I’m not completely out of my skunk though. I had a “rest” day Sunday that continued on Monday and Tuesday, argh! Plenty of excuses to make: the heat, the rain, whatever… the case is that I’m not completing my training as I should. I will feel it Saturday for sure! I should run at least 3 times a week, running just on Saturdays won’t cut it. So once I feel like dying during those 7 miles I’ll finally get it! I need to run more often duh ;P
For now baby steps, next goal 7 miles and I’ll go from there. I told my coach how worried I was to join the group because of my slow pace and what she told me was what I badly needed to hear: I’m running my own race, there will always be faster people than me, slower people than me, people still in bed after I finish my run and people who will love to trade places with me. I had to pretend I was not almost on tears while listening to this, but coach is right. I’ve got this!