I got up this morning and decided to run with the club I joined about three months ago. I haven’t gotten out with the Cleveland West Road Runners for one reason or another, but 63 degrees in December drew me out of hiding.
I’ve very rarely run with people…usually just against them. I signed up for the club as I wanted to meet people that liked to run and to push myself to get better. I can become a lazy runner and just find a nice pace. I thought running with others would change that. I believe my thinking is right after this morning.
As soon as I showed up the group welcomed me and wanted to know about me and my goals. My goals have mostly been around running to lose weight or stay healthy. Those are good goals, but I want to do more. I realized this morning I need to focus on my stretch goals more. I know I want to do more half marathons (I just haven’t) so that will be the focus for 2016.
There were a handful of us today. We went out as a group with some running and others walking. After about a half mile we broke up into groups and laid down the miles. I logged 5 miles at a 9:26 pace. Pretty good pace for me for the first time out with a group. I’m comfortable around a 8:45 – 9:15 pace, but a slower start and some hills made me just fine with 9:26.
It only took one run with the group to say I’m hooked. I met a great group of people this morning. The bagels and conversation after were an added benefit. I’m looking forward to running and also learning from others so I can hit some of these stretch goals.
Decide to dominate!