Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Run Club "Long Run"

Tonight I ran with the run club at my gym. The schedule said long run: 4.5-6 miles. I was hoping they would do 6 and I'd just run 1 more by myself since I have a 7 mile long run scheduled for this week. No such luck, the leader called for 4.5. It was a small group, just 8 of us... and they freaking TOOK OFF! 4 guys (including the leader) were way out front and I lost sight of them quickly. Another guy and girl were only about 10 feet ahead of me. And I fell to the back with the girl who sometimes leads. I think she just fell back with me so I wouldn't be alone. I don't get the feeling that's her pace. Kinda crazy though when an 8:33 first mile puts you dead last in a group.

The girl who was just ahead of me decided to turn back at 1.5 miles so the leader chick went with her. I was close enough behind the guy still to see where he was going. I've sorta kinda run this route before but I didn't know exactly where they turned around. We got to the end of a neighborhood and the Fast Four were waiting. They started back toward the gym as we approached. The other guy turned out of the neighborhood and took a different route back to the gym. At that point I figured I was all alone and really running pretty well so I'd just go ahead and do my own thing and get my 7 miles in.

I had literally just hit a 10k PR (58:40) when I saw the leader chick and 2 members of the Fast Four running toward me. One yelled out, "We found you!" I told them I didn't know I was lost. I guess they got worried when I didn't show back up and somehow it's a gym liability thing if something happens to a runner during a planned run. It was nice of them to come back looking for me, but really I thought it was kinda crappy to not somewhat run as a group (or at least buddies) in the first place. I'm not a rock star, but I'm not a slow beginner either. Run Club is advertised for members of all levels and I can only imagine that somebody who runs (gasp!) a less than 10 minute mile might be really discouraged in a situation like that. It didn't really bother me because I've run all but a handful of times by myself anyway.

Anyway, I had a great run. I knew that 8:33 first mile could not be sustained for 7 miles (and probably not even the planned 4.5- but if I did keep it up I would have paid whoever stuck with me to pace me for my next 5k!!!). I slowed down to the 9's once I was on my own but it still wasn't all that uncomfortable. I ended up running 6.67 miles in 1:03:05 (average pace 9:27). I planned to get all 7 miles in, but when the other runners came back for me I felt like I should finish with them, so I came up a little short on distance.


Shanda said...

Good job!! Yeah that it the one thing about running clubs. You just never know. Do you always do your long runs on Wednesday?

Kristi said...

Shanda- I almost always do them on Monday but Wednesday is my other option. That'll probably change, though, when the kids are out of preschool in 3 weeks. I usually run while they're there.

Pam said...

That was pretty sorry of them to take off and leave you like that. The same thing happened to me when I joined a run club last year. It was in Clarksville, which is over an hour from here, but I figured it would be worth the drive to have some company on my longest long runs during marathon training. That didn't work out. I drove over an hour to run my long run by myself (which I could have done at home) because everyone else took off.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I love that they came back to look for you. Sorry the group didn't work out for you I am sure that was disappointing. I usually run by myself because I find it too frustrating to run with someone who doesn't want to run the same pace be it fast or slow as I do. :)