Group run on Saturday was awesome! It was 63 degrees and a little overcast with some sun peeking through the clouds. We started out on the trail for a 6 mile run in our pace groups and soon I settled into a rhythm. Now I can actually see my pace group the whole time that we run! I am getting faster!
This time I was able to keep pace with a young woman who is usually just ahead of me. She keeps a very steady pace and it was great to be able to stay with her! Neither of us talk much while running which is fine with me. I am used to being by myself (because I am slow) and actually like the silence. For me, running is a great time to pray and to contemplate the beauty of nature. Running for over an hour gives you a lot of silence to listen to God and to pray for others! ( So let me know if you have any prayer intentions! I have a lot of miles to cover over the next few weeks!)
At almost 3 miles, my pace friend informed me that we were keeping under a 12:30 pace which made me nervous, because my fastest time for 6 miles had been a 13:10 and I still had to make it back over some tough hills! I decided to stay with her as we turned to head back for the last 3 miles.
I was determined to keep my pace the whole way including the hills! The hills are always hard, but even more so when you have run 3 miles already! So I started up the first one telling myself to dig, just dig, do not stop! Then the second one! I made it! Realizing the hardest part was over I pressed on.
Soon I was at the 5 mile mark and caught myself thinking: ” O.K., only 1 mile to go. One mile is easy!” How crazy is that ! I guess the endorphins were kicking in!
I finished 6.15 miles and checked my Garmin. I averaged a 12:44 pace! My fastest pace yet!
I got back to Fleet Feet and started stretching. I leaned over to touch my feet and noticed something on my shoes that I had never seen before. I got so excited and started laughing and pointed it out to my husband and a friend. It seems that my shoes knew just the motivational phrase that I needed to get up those hills! (click the picture to enlarge)
Nothing like motivational shoe strings!