Nervous. That was the best word I can think of to describe how I felt driving to “The Hill” this morning. I was going to meet Dan (Cubicle Dad) and Dave (Pace of Chicago) for a group run at “The Hill”. I don’t do group runs often… or ever really, I get concerned that I’m not going to be able to keep up with the group or that they’ll be trying some wild workout I’ve never heard of.
I was also nervous because of how my legs have been feeling lately. I showed up to “The Hill” about 10 mins late, and as I was driving up I passed to Dan & Dave. GREAT I’m already behind!
I eventually got to the top and met the guys. Dave gave me the rundown that it was .6 up and .6 down and they we’re doing 8 miles. (YIKES! I’M GONNA DIE!!)
We headed down and I kept the group pace, same on the way back up.
Ok, I think I can handle this (sigh of relief).
They kept a comfortable pace the whole time, which I was more than grateful for! About half way through the run I was feeling good, legs were good, so I felt my pace picking up a little (about 11:10 according to Nike+).
I had the chance to pick they guys brains about a variety of running topics while we were out there, which was cool. They both have a lot of info to share about they’re training and races they’ll be doing this season.
Before I knew it we were done! 7 miles WHOOOOOOOOOOOO! It felt like the best run I’ve had in a long time!
To be on the safe side, when I got home I continued my routine of icing my shins/knees and took a few Motrin.
Thanks to both Dan & Dave for the invite, I hope we can do it again!
Tomorrow I’ll be doing 10 miles along the lakefront to kick off week 5 of training! Ep. 2 of “Distance Running” is currently in post and will hopefully be up by end of day Monday!