1. I went to a running class on Monday. It is sponsored by the organization that does my boot camp. I won't be going back. The class was disorganized, too far from the house, and attended by non-runners. I know this sounds totally awful and maybe it is a little awful. However, I was hoping to find one - maybe two if I was lucky - running partners. A non-runner cannot be a regular running companion for me because of lack of experience, totally different running goals, and paces that are too different. Maybe I will have to check back at the end of the class!
2. The other grand thing I learned from the class was the reaffirmation that I am really just an average runner. In my head I like to think that I am a little bit above average. BUT, I am really just average. The class leader was fast...like 8 min miles fast on short and long runs. I would love to be able to hold that pace on long runs. I am not there and don't think I ever will be. The other ladies were slow so that left me in the middle...just average. I am working on coming to terms with this. Drew likes to tell me I am "middle C" in many things and I guess this is another one of those things.
3. I am not a good pacer. I ran a 5 mile tempo run on Wednesday. I was excited to do some speed work and I did run fast...for me! However, I was all over the place with my splits. I ran a warm-up mile and a cool down mile. Both were over 9 minutes and that was perfect. The middle three miles were 7:42, 7:55, 7:26 (my goal was under 8 so goal met) in that order. That is so inconsistent. I do love to challenge myself on my last mile or last hard mile and I did that for sure. My next tempo run goal is for my mile splits to be within 10 seconds of one another. I know I can do it.
4. So far I have not been bothered by the heat and humidity. Running at 6am helps and I am glad I am dealing well with the heat.