3.1 for the Win

I think I’ve mentioned before that every Thursday, I meet a group of ladies for a 3-4 mile run. Although I don’t always look forward to the running part of it, I always look forward to spending time with this awesome group.

Last night when I arrived for the weekly run, I discovered that the only two others who signed up were fast runners, whom I have no prayer of keeping up with. In other words, my like-paced running buddies were absent.

My first thought was to jump back in my car and leave, but I told myself that I was there and I was ready, so I’d better just go. So, off I went, but for the first mile or so, I kept considering turning around as soon as the other two were out of sight. They would never have to know how soon I turned around and would probably just assume I left when I completed my lower mileage run.

After much debate, I settled on doing 3.1 miles at whatever pace my body wanted. Last night, a 12:34 pace is all I could eek out between lung pain and tight calves. There were several walking breaks involved, but I kept moving and finished out the 3.1 miles in about 39 minutes. I’m not going to lie; it sucked and I hated most of my run. But, as with most workouts, once I was done I was very happy I had done it. I know I would have regretted going home had I done that instead.

Normally, I would be a little disappointed by yesterday’s performance, but in light of all that I wrote about yesterday, I’m considering my run a huge win.

Struggling through a low mileage run that just a few months ago felt easy, makes me scared of next Sunday’s race. But, I know I’ll finish it and right now that’s all that matters. As soon as I’m back from vacation, it will be time to jump into appropriately training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago half marathon in July and the Women Rock MN marathon in September.

I have a nine mile run on tap for tomorrow morning with one of my running buddies, followed by delicious beer and brunch. Honestly, I’m not necessarily looking forward to the running, but I’m definitely looking forward to the beer and I darn well better earn it!




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