(San Pablo Reservoir)Well, after that run, I feel like I'm out of shape. As we all started getting out of the cars and I got a good look at the people I would be running with, I knew I was way out of my league. Everyone just looked like runner, the super long legs, thin, tall, the whole nine yards. I should have known that they were fast when they planned to start at 6:30, finish at 7:30 and run 7.5 miles. No way that I'm getting 7.5 miles in an hour on a flat road, much less a trail.
So, off we went. I immediately got past by most all the runners, including one running with a very cute dog that was just flying! Luckily, one guy, Steve (gosh, I'm not sure if that was his name!) was around my pace (though a bit faster if I'm being honest, unless he was hurting more than he let on) and I stuck with him for the whole run. Its always much nicer to chat with someone during the run and I love getting to know new runners. We actually did the same marathon last june (San Diego RNR) and finished probably within minutes of each other! (He cramped badly and ended an hour off his time...I'm just slow :) ).
Anyways, we probably did something around 6 miles and my legs were definitely burning for a lot of it. Times like these I feel like I'm just pretending to be a runner. I feel embarrased to say that I'm training for a 50k when 6 miles is hard. It feels like a lie somehow to say that I run 40+ miles a week and can do 18 miles at once without feaking out too much about it.
Sometimes I feel like a runner and sometimes I don't. Tonight on the run I really didn't.
The good thing was that everyone that I met was so nice. I got to meet Sarah, who found my blog earlier this week, and we talked a lot about her membership in the Luna Chix running group and her cycling. One of the runners had anyone who wanted back to his house for a delicious soup dinner prepared by his wife (I think?). Anyways, it was so nice to sit around a big table with 14 or so other runners just talking and relaxing. I'll just make Wednesdays my speed days and hope to get faster eventually :)
If I just keep running someday I'll look like a runner and be able to always feel with confidence that I am one.
I think I might go for 8 tomorrow since today's run was shorter than I would have liked. We'll see!