Date: 01/03/09 08:42 AM
Distance: 1.92 miles
Speed: 5.9 mph
Pace: 10' 06 min/mile
I went ahead and signed up for the San Diego Track Club again for this year. Last year my husband was a bit reluctant, but this year he looked forward to waking up to attend this morning's first meeting at 7 am in the drizzle and mist. I noticed there weren't as many people in attendance this year, but I also noticed that many people grabbed their info packet, t-shirt, and shoe ID and left. We stayed and listened to the the opening comments, met the coaches, did a warm up run, stretched, and ran some more. I found a comfortable spot in the middle of the C group, and I'm quite thrilled to be there. As far this morning's run went, I was pretty happy with getting an almost 10 minute mile average without pushing it too hard. Last year I had a little anxiety about being right between the B and C groups (I averaged between a 8:30 to 9:00 minute mile) and eventually I found my comfort zone with track workouts with the C group and long runs with the B group. (FYI, C group is a 9:30 minute mile and slower, B group is 7:30 to a 9 minute mile, A group is a 7 minute mile and faster.) This year it isn't about a time goal. It's about being there and taking care of unfinished business. This will most likely be the last time I train for and run in a marathon. The picture is supposed to be of our beloved head coach Paul talking about the track club , but it was starting to drizzle and I hurried to get a picture with my cell phone, making it look like you need your glasses on to see it. As I had already stated, a lot of people did not stick around because of the weather, but I did see plenty of familiar faces and a lot of hugs were exchanged. My husband was equally happy to see familiar faces, too. Oh, and our C group is called "Air Supply." Ick. All's I can think of is the song "All Out Of Love" on the easy listening station we had to have on the radio at another doctor's office I worked at. The song is just OK, but it's played in the same set of about 12 easy listening songs over and over again. So much for a hard pumping, motivational running song.
Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson