Friday, 21 February 2014

The meet-up...

For the first time ever I met up with someone for a run!  Someone who I only know through running.  Now, I know this doesn't sound like much, but for me it's a big deal.  Mainly because she's really good and I'm not.  I'm not dreadful, but I'm not good like she is, if you know what I mean.  She's run marathons.  Y'know... 26.2 miles of running.  That's grown up running, right?

Anyway - it was good!  I broke myself slightly with running up a big hill twice.  And didn't really run that well towards the end... but... I did it.  And I'm going to do it again next Friday!  Even managed to hold a conversation most of the way around.  Woooo hoooo!!!

I don't know if it's just me, but when you're just beginning with running it's hard to imagine that you can run with others.  It's hard enough to run with yourself let alone anyone else.  A bit like someone who's only ever sung into a hairbrush in their bedroom suddenly taking to the stage.  You just don't know if you could really sing after all.  Or, in this case, run.  But in the last month I've run with a couple of friends.  I've braved a couple of parkruns.  I've been along to a running group.  And I've arranged to go for a run with someone I met at the running group.  Before each occasion, I was feeling sick with nerves.  But I did it.  And I'm proud that I did.

I know I prefer running on my own - but it's good to know that another of my fears about running is gradually being reduced to something I can just do.

It turns out that running isn't just about running fast or far.  It's about all the other things it makes you feel about yourself and what you're capable of.  What a brilliant thing to tap into!

Geeky stats stuff (broken into two runs)

Up a hill to meet up with someone for a run...

Distance:0.48 mi
Avg Pace:9:38 min/mi

Moving Time:4:37
Elapsed Time:4:37
Avg Pace:9:38 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:9:38 min/mi
Best Pace:6:47 min/mi

The rest of the run...

Distance:3.58 mi
Avg Pace:8:56 min/mi

Moving Time:31:53
Elapsed Time:34:39
Avg Pace:8:56 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace:8:55 min/mi
Best Pace:6:16 min/mi

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