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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Good Will Running


You know, sometimes a run is not about speed. It's not about the distance. It's not about whatever your training schedule says. Sometimes it's about being a good person and enjoying yourself regardless of the circumstances.

Last night the original plan was to do my last tempo run of my half marathon training. 1 mile warm-up, 3 miles at 9:07, and then a 1.5 mile cool-down. But when I arrived at running group we had a new gal join us who didn't know the route. She was told to find me since she thought her pace was similar to mine (i.e. between 9 and 9:30). Okay, that's cool. I'll show her the ropes.

Except, her pace was closer to between 10:30 and 11. And she thought we were running a 5K and not 5.5 miles. Oops!!

She managed to hang with me at 9:23 for the first mile but quickly began to fade. Of course she told me that if I needed to go ahead she had her iPhone and could figure out her way home. But that's no way to treat a newbie! So, I slowed down and stuck with her for as long as I could. Then, when I was literally turning around to run backwards so that I could check on her, I decided that as long as she could see me she'd know where to go. But every time I came to a major intersection I would stop and wait for her to catch up just to make sure.

Which meant my overall pace last night was a leisurely 10:55. I admit, I haven't run that pace in MONTHS. It felt kind of nice, actually. My legs definitely wanted to go faster but I was enjoying the breeze on my face and just the action of running. Plus, I wasn't even last to the post-run dinner! In fact, I beat almost everyone else there. We'll just ignore the fact that most of them ran 8 miles :-)

And all is not lost in tempo-work land. I'm sure this afternoon's lunch time run will fill the gap quite nicely.

So, yeah, sometimes a run is just a run. And there's nothing wrong with that.


kilax said...

This describes my running for the past two months ;) I hate to admit, but I kind of like not worrying about speed so much. Kind of.

That was nice of you to stick with her! Hopefully she'll come back! :)

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Aww that is so sweet of you to hang back with her. That is being a good running partner and person. I don't know many people who would do that. that made me smile.

Anne said...

As a fellow newbie I know she must be so grateful to you for not leaving her to fend for herself! You're so kind...

Holly said...

I completely agree! I used to get SO caught up in matching my best/lace pace. It made running not as fun - more like work. And I wanted it to be FUN. I think sometimes our bodies just want us to NOT think about our time or pace, as hard as it is to do. And I know it's better to prevent injuries that way, too!

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