No worries!

This morning was my longest training run before the Big Race on Memorial Day. We were supposed to run one hour and twenty minutes at an easy pace. I haven’t been running with the group but thought it would be good to join them today because (1) I could finally meet my wonderful coach in person and (2) the group was running on a flat surface which was more appealing than the hilly streets and trails in my neighborhood.

Well, I met my coach and the two of us ran together because I was the only runner assigned to him who showed up. One-on-one!

We chatted and ran. And ran and ran. He kindly waited while I ran down into some bushes off the trail and made my bladder flatter. He gave me tips on stretching. He discussed the pros and cons of drinking coffee before running.  He laughed at my jokes.  He told me about races he’s run and the progress he’s making on painting the exterior of his house.

And then we were done. Nine miles in one hour and twenty-two minutes. You can bet I’ll remind myself of that when I’m slogging through the hated mile 3 of the Big Race.

Bonus: all these endorphins are also giving me good feelings about my WIP and the writing life.  Everything feels bright and shiny right now.

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend.

                 

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    • Yeah, except he’d have to do ALL the chatting during the race so I could use my breath to remain upright. 🙂 Actually, when I’m running harder I don’t like talking because I lose my focus. One of the training groups with a slower goal is going to have the coach pacing them during the race. At first I thought that sounded cool but then I decided I wouldn’t like it. I want to be the only one putting pressure on me. HA

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    • Thanks, Janet. I felt pretty proud of myself. I don’t know if the third mile is always the dreaded mile but in the Big Race, it’s the mile with mostly uphill so everyone’s splits are slower for that one. But the good news is that I run faster in those last miles because I’m loose and more confident.
      I’m planning to run a 5k next weekend but those are tough because people run really fast in those. It’s always something. 🙂

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      • You should be proud! Is it a half marathon you’re running?
        I have friends who do those. They run 5km races fast, too. Me. I am pretty new to this running thing. I run my 5k pretty slow!I’m not really “racing” Hee.
        Janet

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      • No half marathon for me, I think my hips would corrode away. I’m training for a 10k that I’ve run before (which is how I know about the nasty third mile on that course).
        I think it’s great you’ve started running and aren’t all that concerned with racing. This training session has been good for me because I’ve learned the benefit of running without always thinking about speed. It’s a good thing. So keep on running, Janet!

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    • Glad to share the happiness with you, Laurie. You think I could pull a Forest, Forest Gump, and run out to see you? I have had moments lately when something like that felt possible.
      Congrats on your revision progress!!

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    • I wish we could run together, Lizzy. We could talk about unicorns and the writing life and beautiful flowers that some consider weeds but we know better…

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  1. Thanks, Janet. I felt pretty proud of myself. I don’t know if the third mile is always the dreaded mile but in the Big Race, it’s the mile with mostly uphill so everyone’s splits are slower for that one. But the good news is that I run faster in those last miles because I’m loose and more confident.

    I’m planning to run a 5k next weekend but those are tough because people run really fast in those. It’s always something. 🙂

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  2. Glad to share the happiness with you, Laurie. You think I could pull a Forest, Forest Gump, and run out to see you? I have had moments lately when something like that felt possible.

    Congrats on your revision progress!!

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  3. You should be proud! Is it a half marathon you’re running?

    I have friends who do those. They run 5km races fast, too. Me. I am pretty new to this running thing. I run my 5k pretty slow!I’m not really “racing” Hee.

    Janet

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  4. No half marathon for me, I think my hips would corrode away. I’m training for a 10k that I’ve run before (which is how I know about the nasty third mile on that course).

    I think it’s great you’ve started running and aren’t all that concerned with racing. This training session has been good for me because I’ve learned the benefit of running without always thinking about speed. It’s a good thing. So keep on running, Janet!

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