My friend is preparing to run a half marathon and is increasing the amount of 10K runs she is doing. This amazes me. I’ve only just hit 10K runs and feel like that is enough for me. So I find this commitment incredible.
We decided to go for a 10k run together.
I’d never run with someone else and as much as I was looking forward to sharing a run with someone, I was very nervous about it! My first issue was if I couldn’t actually run 10K and I had made it all up. The second was that I didn’t think I would be able to talk and breathe at the same time. The third was what if I couldn’t keep to the pace.
And I was right to be nervous, about the second and third anyway! Luckily, I could run 10k and I hadn’t made it up (I guess that was the most irrational of the 3).
I didn’t need to worry about breathing and talking, because I couldn’t keep to the pace… I left my friend behind. And felt terrible. I just couldn’t pull my pace back. It was hard work to run what was slower for my body. I tried for the first 2 miles and just found my legs pushing me on. It was taking more energy (mentally and physically) to stick with her than it was to run at my own pace.
I realised that I was still very new to running.
I had made great progress but I wasn’t good at it yet. I had firm boundaries and my body had to stick to them. I felt terrible socially and decided that I probably wasn’t a social runner – no clubs, groups or competitions for me.
I reassessed why I was running.
I started running with a goal in mind. In August I was going to California and we would be hiking Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. A hike that could take over 16 hours and I wanted to be in good shape (carrying as little weight as possible!) I also wanted stronger legs and knees. I had made gains in all of these areas. So instead of being a social runner, joining groups or competitions, I would use my gains in running to be social in hiking!
We planned a hike to Scafell Pike in the Lake District as a taste of what’s to come for Half Dome in Yosemite.