A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

If you had told me....


The weather forecast said rain. The sun outside said otherwise. The temperatures were rather prohibitive. But Kim and I were not deterred. We were going to get our 3 mile run in, but this time we vowed to go slower.

I tell you, though, something about running with another person just gets me going. Ninety-five percent of my runs are done alone but I really enjoy running and chatting with someone else.

I think that's the one thing I never knew about running. Although I started running with a group, I never really clicked with anyone there. And since it was a beginner's group, we weren't really pushing each other for speed and you never knew who was actually going to be passionate about it. Denise made today's Take and It and Run Thursday post about the fact that no one ever told her that running would bring so many wonderful people into her life. I have to agree. Becoming a runner has allowed me to have something in common with people when I probably wouldn't have before. I think if someone had told me two years ago that I would be running at lunch with someone I met online I would not have believed them. If someone told me two years ago that someone I first met online would invite me to watch the Chicago Marathon with her or drive an hour just to do a 10 mile training run I definitely wouldn't have believed them.

No one ever told me that running lingo and jargon is its own language. No one ever told me that speaking that language to someone you didn't know was a runner and watching their face light up could make your day.

And if anyone had ever told me that I would run the last mile of a training run on almost 90 degree day under 9 minutes, I definitely wouldn't have believed them.


Route:--Elev. Avg:583 ft
Location:Chicago, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:06/25/09Up/Downhill: [+118/-118]
Time:11:42 AMDifficulty:2.5 / 5.0
Weather:Partly Cloudy
 89 F temp; 51% humidity
 94 F heat index; winds NW 8

Distance: 3.10 miles
Speed:6.5 mph
Pace:9' 15 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 28+0' 136.3-0.2-6 ft
29' 56+0' 416.0-0.40 ft
39' 05-0' 106.6+0.1+3 ft
end8' 00-1' 157.5+1.00 ft
Versus average of 9' 15 min/mile

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Anonymous said...

I hope we have that positive effect on each other when we run together!! :)

RunningLaur said...

Looks like a great run!

kilax said...

Erin, you're such a great writer! I just loved this post! And I do love it when someone happens to speak the running jargon to me!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow you sound so motivated! And i'm so impressed you were able to do that in the heat... I'd melt!

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