I've joined a 10K run clinic with two little fun runs as the target of my winter running madness. The Resolution Run on New Year's Eve and the Richmond Road Race in mid January. Both races are a ton of fun and no they aren't chipped, but who cares, I'm all about having a lot of fun. Since the real winter running season is hiding just around the corner, I decided to spiff up my clothing collection. After all, winter running pants can only last so long before they are able to run a race on their own...if you get my drift. Marlene mentioned that she was enamoured with a running pant from Lululemon, and yes, they are very cute, however, my old lady thighs and expanding abdomen just couldn't get use to the fact that the waistline is lower than what I'm use too and yes, I tend to yank my running pants up around my waist like Erkel, from the T.V. show, Family Matters. So I purchased a pair of Sugoi, MidZero Zap Tights. Hopefully these will take me up to at least January before I have to break down and get some SubZero Zap tights.
So, back to is it just me? Do any of you, when running with a group, make sure that no one is struggling or falling behind? On clinic night I started my run and was tooling along at my usual clip...when I caught up with a couple of the runner's who had left before me. I asked if they were okay and comfortable with their running pace, (like why would I even ask this?) anyway, later into the run I look behind me (it is now very dark out) and I can't see them...literally, I can't see them, not one of this little group of new runner's had any reflective running wear on. Me, I'm lit up like a Christmas Tree, so I stopped and waited until they caught up, not only were they struggling with the distance (6k), they were having difficulty figuring out a proper pace for themselves. Where was their group leader??
Well, I'm just so happy that they are out and running and really put in an effort to "just do it", I staid with them, set a comfortable pace and answered any and all of their questions about running. When we finished the run, we high-fived....no one had ever high-fived them before...they were just so excited! Isn't it interesting the habits we get into when we run with the same group over and over again, it is just second nature for my running group to keep an eye on one another, encourage each other and wait for anyone who is lagging behind. Training runs are just that, training, not a race.
However, oh yes, I just can't end it there...I emailed the clinic instructor with what had happened and I think I've stirred the pot....heck, I'm not even a pace leader this session and really why am I like the proverbial mother hen???
Is it just me....or when you run with a group do you look after one another???
Life's fun if you don't weaken,