So, yesterday was a big day for me. For two reasons:
- My sister was running 12 miles for the first time EVER and I was so proud of her! We’re running the Chicago half marathon together on September 12th and she’s doing so fantastic with the training program I created for her. Go Mandy!
- It was my first group training run for Team Challenge (eeek!).
I woke up Sunday morning with butterflies in my stomach like it was the first day of school! C was already up and when I came downstairs he asked if I wanted to take Diddy for a walk with him. How could I turn that down?? It was just what I needed to calm my nerves! Man, I have such a great kid – it was the perfect way to start the day.
We had a great turnout for our run. Here’s the group pre-run:
Plus, there were about 20 more that couldn’t make it due to location differences or prior commitments!
Before the run I briefly discussed the following:
- The importance of eating 1 1/2 to 2 hours prior to our long runs on Sundays. I also warned them that they may want to avoid dairy products until after running!
- The run/walkers should use the 60 second walk period to regroup and catch their breath, but keep their pace up so that their overall pace doesn’t suffer.
- Good running shoes are KEY.
We split up into 3 groups (runners, run/walkers, and walkers) and headed towards the starting point:
Being as we had a special appointment at Second Sole for shoe fittings afterwards, we had to make due with running on the sidewalk down to the high school track and back. The plan was to run and/or walk 30 minutes.
Here’s Chris and Ryan (our Endurace Manager) enjoying a quick walk break:
Did you notice my BFF, Nikki, in the group photo above?? Here we are in the store after the run:
Soooooo glad to be in the A/C!
The manager of Second Sole was so great, as well as the associates he had working yesterday morning. They even opened the store early just for us (and offered a 15% discount!). I think almost EVERYONE got a new pair of shoes (well, except for me since I had just gotten a new pair).
It was such a great start to the season. Everyone did such a great job, and they are all so nice! It’s still early, but if the momentum stays up we’ll all rock this race. I love that everyone ran/walked their own pace, but pushed themselves just a little more than they would have if they were running/walking on their own.
I really hope I can motivate and inspire everyone to finish this season strong. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m going to try!
If you were on a running team what would you want to hear about from your coach??