I was not pleased.
This pain persisted through Monday and into Tuesday. Hot yoga Tuesday morning seemed to alleviate the sharper pain, but I was left with a dull pain in the rear. Why this happened? Who knows. *Yawn* I am starting to get
In any case, I went into today's group run feeling a little dubious about being able to hang with anyone. I wanted to avoid hills, speed, and trails. What I got were 1) hills, 2) speed, and 3) trails. Am I that much of a sheep that I follow a group when they are doing things I said I would avoid? No, of course not. But the fact is that I wanted to run with the group, and I am stubborn enough to stick out the route even if it isn't what I would have chosen for myself this day. Also, I forgot my watch, so if I wanted an accurate read of my efforts, I needed to hang with someone who had one. lol
Anyway, sticking it out gave me a far better reward than if I had just dropped off and done my own thing. I was reminded once again, that while I am not the strongest runner out there, I am STRONGER than I thought. And, I'll take that. When feeling down about feeling less than stellar, a strong run is just the push I need to tip me over into happy land again.
So, 4.5 miles done. It was a mix of road and trails, and when we took our first pause, I found out we were going 8:15 pace. Say what?!? Needless to say, I tried to slow down a bit after that. When one of my friends had to take a phone call regarding a race she is directing this weekend, I was happy for the extended walk break. All in all, it was a great run. I discovered a plethora of hidden trails that I hadn't even known existed, and I had fun talking with my friends.
|Sweaty post-run self-portrait!|
Love, love, love group runs and the things you discover on them.ReplyDelete
I agree! Although I also have to say that I find group runs very challenging, too. Since I am not that fast, I love the group runs for the challenge they bring me. The Wednesday group I run with is the BEST, though, and I am getting to a point where I wouldn't miss it for anything. :)Delete
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You ARE stronger and in more ways that one :)ReplyDelete
Not only did you run fast...but you endured the chocolate challenge (and for those of you reading, she even gave me a Birthday chocolate bar during the challenge) annnnd I did notice that you ended this post with 'Happy running!' hmmmm...I think someone's running is progressing nicely!
That was hard - giving away chocolate, that is! :) I am surprised I didn't spend the whole 40 days hoarding it away. lol I guess next time I might have to take any food challenge to the next step - coffee maybe? (*Shudder*) Now, that would be hard. :)Delete