Originally posted June 2011. I love to reread the posts from my early days of running with Team in Training. It reminds me how far I’ve come.
Our team had arrived at our longest training run – the 18 miler. This can be great fun when you have an awesome pace group, like I do. There’s always lots of conversation and kidding around. This is why I would hate to train for a full marathon by myself- I would miss the social interaction and accountability to keep going and I would likely cut my runs short. I know many folks who enjoy running solo. I’m just not that kind of person.
For those who are at a pace all their own, long runs can suck. There’s always someone on the team whose abilities are unique. This is why I walked about 8 miles on our 18 mile training day. One of my participants is training for a full marathon at the end of June but is the only person at her pace.
I ran the first 12 miles with my pace group and it was awesome. I probably could’ve run further but I didn’t want to push it because it’s been a while since I’ve done that kind of mileage. Running back to walk with my participant worked out great for my training and it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot about her. She has some AWESOME travel stories to tell. As I write this, she’s in Turkey.
Now that I’m looking my next 26.2 in the face and knowing my ‘unique ability’ to drop off from my pace group somewhere between miles 17 and 20, it’s even better to know that my husband and my team will be out there. I usually wind up doing the last 8-10 miles by myself but I always know that, at any moment, I’ll see one of my coaches or fellow mentors or honored teammates. Some of them will run/walk a way with me.
Looking forward to Sunday.