This morning I rolled out of bed at 4:30 to meet up with some other TNT teammates. There are weekday runs at 6AM at Cleveland Park, which is downtown. Since Phil started his new summer schedule, I won't be driving him to work on Thursdays anymore, which means I can meet up with some others to run together. Yeah!
I was a bit nervous about "ruining" everyone's run. But the girl who organized the runs encouraged me to come. God, am I ever glad I did! This morning, it was just Emily, Chris and me. Emily is sort of new, but faster than me. And Chris is already a runner- he has run 2 marathons. We started out nice and easy, at a conversational pace. But there are lots of hills here- some very hard ones. I hung with them, and hung with them, and hung with them. Much of the time I may have been about 20 yard back, but I continued to run. I did have to walk 3 times- each time was definitely less than 30 seconds, and the first 2 were after hills. Chris and Emily were so fantastic about encouraging me that it just helped me so much! We did 4 miles total, and the best I can figure is that our pace was somewhere between 11:15-12:00/mile pace. Not super fast, but it was pretty fast for me! I was SO thrilled to do so well. It is just easier to push yourself when you run with others- at least for me!
I am feeling pretty good about this week's training. Tomorrow is a rest day, and then Phil will be racing the sunrise race with me Saturday morning- an 8K (5miles). Then we will be driving up to see my family, including my cousin who is on leave from Afghanistan. Yay!!!