August 18

Half-marathon training
Week one, day four

“What if I sleep through my alarm or have car trouble and am late?” “What if everyone else knows each other and I stand around feeling awkward?” “What if my hip acts up, I have to walk the whole way, and people wonder why I’m in the running group if I can’t even run?”

Man, my brain comes up with some stupid stuff when I’m trying to fall asleep.

So, today was our first group training run. Met at RunOn at 7 for a quick session on shoes and clothing, then jogged over to SMU to run what Coach Joe calls a “magic mile.” Four times around the track to decide on your speed group for future runs. On the way there I met Ryan, who told me she was running intervals. 3 minutes running, one minute walking. Sounded like a great idea and she invited me to run with her if I liked. I did and final mile time was 12:15 (when I run by myself and run the whole time, I run about 13:30). Whoo!

Jogged back to RunOn (well, I walked, as my hip had enough by then) for some retail therapy. More on that later. I had way more fun than I thought possible at 7 a.m. and met some great people too.

I probably won’t be able to sleep next Friday either. But instead of nerves, it will be due to excitement. Can’t wait!

About Elizabeth

Running and thinking about life one step at a time.
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