Winter Warrior Challenge with the Falmouth Track Club 2016 is in full swing.
Cool thing is they are a lively group and very into supporting each other. They even made a separate group page for us to chat about our Warrior stuff.
Uncool thing is they are a lively group and social........
So I have been outside for 5 days when a member says come to the track workout to get credit for Day 6. Great idea and I have wanted to get back to these. Learn something. Train besides just putting on shoes and running. SURE! There will be a safe running place with people and lights at 6pm.
I am trying not to focus on the whole I know no one I like being alone thing.
When I arrive I find folks running around the parking lot to warm up as the track lights aren't on. someone finally turns them on and we run a warm-up lap to find it is icy most of the way around. I am not about falling on my ass and start to think-I am out! I will just run around the parking lot where I felt safe and call it a night. I already had 2 laps around under my belt so that must be a mile to meet the daily requirement.
After some skips, lunges, ect it is agreed that we will run around the school as it is safer. A woman says I just did the route with "Bill" and he has GPS so I know the route that is a mile. She says it is confusing so I'll show you.
Great, the group agrees, let's go.
So if you know the Falmouth High School at all we head from the track down behind the school and they start to pull away. I am okay with that. I need to travel at my own speed. By the time I come out the other side to the student lot they have looped that and are ready to take that back driveway back around. I am keeping my cool. I never run with anyone else. I feel pretty good and I just need to keep up enough to see the route.
By the time I get back to the track they have run the front loop and I didn't see it as they are passing back by me to do the loop again. The very enthusiastic woman who was leading now leans out to high 5 me and say great job. I'm not feeling great at this point but determined not to feel defeated.
It's okay Jennifer. Just run the loop of the front lot past the front driveway. It has to be that.
I am headed on my second loop and don't see another soul. I am running without headphones. Just me, my breathe and the stars which were beautiful I might add.
On my second loop I am just coming into the student parking lot when I see them looping the front driveway. I can't even to begin to know how far behind I am and I am trying not to calculate it in my head.
I am working on my head talk.
My pace is all that matters.
You showed up.
Screw it-I am all done!
I will say I was upset. I want to be better. I should stick with running alone.
What is the lesson here?
I got home and mapped my warm up loops as they were different than the mile loops. Turns out I did 2- .74 mile loops. I did a .25 mile warm up loop and 2 -1.17 loops.
I ran just under 4 miles last night.
My total mileage for 6 days is 17.48 miles.
I showed up in January at night in the dark when only the die hard runners are still running.
There is not one thing listed above that I should feel down on myself about.
My body is tired. I was running about 3 miles once a week previous to this. So this is a sharp increase. I feel myself getting stronger. I do not want to fail this challenge. I do not want to quit.
I just may end it with a 5K race.
Ice Ice Berry