Today I tried to guess my way through the scheduled training run of 7 miles. I ended up just short with 6.8 miles but it was nice not to have a planned route to run. I tried to keep the pace even during the run, but the first 16 minutes were tough because my legs felt thick, sluggish, and generally slow. I know I was slower for the first couple of miles because everything felt more efficient towards the second half of the run which normally means my pace is somewhere around 7:45 or just under 8:00
I was glad to see the weather was just as cool as it had been during the weekend. I think that is bringing more and more people out into the early hours of the morning to get their exercise in for the day. It is good not to be the only one out on the trail suffering through a few miles. I love seeing the packs of 10-15 runners that are there together. They are segmented into groups based on ability. It is all very nice and neat. They have planned routes, aid stations, and conversations about anything you can think of. I want to run with those big packs on some mornings and I plan on joining a running club here soon. I’m thinking of the Dallas Running Club or maybe a triathlon club to get heading in the right direction for multisport racing next season.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself though. Right now the goal is to complete the marathon and have a good time doing it. At least I’ll be running with the big pack that day!