Tonight, thanks to no "official" half marathon class, it allowed "C" and I to do our 5 mile run elsewhere - so, we opted to join up with our bestie bloggy friend "K" and her dog "D" for a 5 mile loop around portion of the route for our September half.
We talked and laughed and had a great time. I run MUCH slower than "K" and slower than "C", but both were cordial in allowing me to sort of set the pace which was faster than my "normal" pace, but it was a nice and manageable challenge. They were gracious enough to let me walk through a few intervals (thanks girls!). "C" called me the "beeper keeper" and said I could do whatever I liked! Do you know what I LOVED most about this run? I loved that despite the 3 of us having very different paces, we were all able to set aside our personal "norms" and just have a fun run together. We talked and laughed so much that it really didn't feel like 5 miles - it just felt like girlfriends catching up! So much fun!!!! (thanks "K" for enduring the afternoon sun/heat with us - know it's not your fav!)
The weather was super hot which made it feel impossible when some of our running intervals were in the 11:30 - 12:45 m/m pace (you know if I had my way every interval would be 14:00 m/m - ha!). It was great to be pushed to go a bit faster, but to be so with friends who get me . . .Nice! I love running WITH friends!!!!! We all know I'm not a solo runner!!
Got some rest days coming up (thank you cut back week!!!). Will be helping set up some of the race "stuff" on Friday night and Saturday morning and then will be hoping to PR in my 10 mile race Saturday (fingers crossed). I will be joined by April & her training partner "T" (April's blog is HERE), and my friend from work SD (it's her first 10K - good luck SD wishing you well!), and one of our classmates from our half marathon class who has become a fast friend and REALLY fun chica to run with, Jenn (Jenn's blog is HERE). There will be LOTS of other awesome people in the race and I can't wait to see them all. It's a fine group of people who come down for this race!!!
What's your preference: Solo? One buddy? Group? Talking? Silent? Music? Audio books?