Lots of running updates! I was chugging along and then had a routine doctor appointment with a new PCP. We were chatting and turns out she’s a runner and recommended her running group. I’ve never joined a running group, but she planted a seed. I’ve pretty much lost most my running buddies to moves or they no longer do marathons. I decided to at least look into it and contacted the coach. And just for good measure, I contacted another very popular group in town. The popular group never responded to me. The coach of Team Aussie ( the group I’d heard about), responded right away and was very inviting, plus I liked the fact it was smaller and more personable. So I did it. I paid the monthly dues (which were very reasonable) and met them today for the first run of fall marathon training. I also decided if I’m going to do this, I need to go all in, and follow their plan and not do my own thing on the side. So I dropped my miles to match theirs and did a 9 mile hilly run today, instead of 15 flat miles I’d do on my own. I was pushed and ran much faster than I would have on my own and really liked the vibe of the group. Afterwards there were smoothies. So I am in! I’m really excited and think this will be good for me. Plus it’s very close to my house and it’s a full week of workouts. I cannot make the weekday times ( stupid downtown job!), so I’ll have to do that part on my own, but as the marathon runs ramp up I will have a group to run with!
Which brings me to a fall marathon. Since this is an experiment and I want to follow the group and it was too late to register for Chicago which a couple of them are doing….I registered for the Frankenthon (very small local race) again. It’s low cost, guilt free, and hopefully gives me a good shot at a Boston qualifier.
So I’m pretty psyched. This is a whole new way of running for me and the first time I have ever trained for a marathon and not written my own plan.
That’s the biggest news in my running world. My only exciting picture this week is a homemade lasagna I made. Even the sauce is from scratch and there’s a ricotta filling with two cups of basil leaves blended into in there. Gotta love runner food…