Thursday evening, I ran with one of my new run buddies. There are actually two new people in the group that run a pace similar to mine. Only one was there on Thursday. We did 4 miles in about 41:40 which works out to a 10:25 pace. It was a good partnership. I was trying to move a bit faster, the run buddy was trying to run without stopping. We pushed each other along and it was a win-win.
Friday morning I had an appt with Trainer. Lately he's been working my upper body hard. In a way that causes sore muscles (in a good way) the next day. Friday was no exception. Owie my arms!
Saturday morning I was scheduled to run six with my run buddies. The plan was to run 4 miles easy, then pick it up for the last two miles and run those at a 10:20-10:30 pace. We agreed that if anyone couldn't keep up for the last two miles, the others could leave them behind at that point. We also planned to walk about a half mile afterwards as a cool down.
Let's just say...it didn't quite go as planned.
I'll start with the good stuff. I'm very happy with my 'easy' pace for miles 1-4. Those came in at about 11:15 average. If that's my new easy pace, I'll take it! Plus it was awesome having *two* run buddies during that time. And I'd be remiss not to mention that I was running without pain; that's always a good thing.
Now the not so good stuff. When it came time to pick up the pace, one of the run biddies did a great job and surged on ahead. The other stayed back and was just going to maintain an easy pace. As for me, I tried to pick up the pace, but to no avail. I hit the target pace for about a half mile, but was really struggling. Not fun.
So I changed strategy. I slowed down so the other run buddy could catch up. We decided to make the final mile enjoyable and took a walk break when we hit a shady spot. There was no shade on the trail and it was taking a toll on both of us. Next week, she wants to show me a different loop with some trees. Sounds good to me!
Here's what Garmin says:
mile 1 - 11:01
mile 2 - 11:15
mile 3 - 11:12
mile 4 - 11:26
mile 5 - 11:03 (half mile at 10:20, the other half at 11:25)
mile 6 - 13:33 (includes walk break)
Today is a scheduled rest day, although I might do some yoga later this afternoon. I could use the stretch.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks!!