Nearly a week off from running (whoops! I barely noticed) had me huffing and puffing last night and my legs saying "whaaat is this?" Ok, well I ran 4 miles last Saturday in the EARLY morn so I could get to work/the football game by 830am. SO, I guess I had run once since last Wednesday, but still. Sunday's 75 miler had my knees and low back aching a bit, but I'm helping to pace my friend during the last 6 miles of her marathon this Sunday so last night I thought "dang, I better run!"
I met the group at Nike and a friend wanted to run together. Great, I thought. He won't want to run ahead when I'm dying. Sure enough, we had to stop three different times for a minute or two so I could get my breathing under control. I always feel bad about holding people up, but he wanted a running buddy so...not my problem. :)
He headed off to do an extra two mile loop, while I headed back to the store, ran an extra mile or so around the block and did some serious stretching. Even though my legs and lungs weren't quite up for the run, it felt good to push it and finish nearly six miles.
As for pacing, I'm actually REALLY excited. My friend J and I are almost the same speed. Just a few weeks ago she called to see if I wanted to run the full marathon w/ her bc her training partner had dropped out and was already registered. I had to pass on that (could not run a marathon when I'm only in shape enough to finish about 10 mi). I mean sure, I probably could SURVIVE, but couldn't keep up with her and she really wants the encouragement at the end. Has anyone else hopped in the end of a marathon to help a friend? I'm really looking forward to it! My first marathon was the Portland Marathon and it's a great race!
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