I LOVE mentoring. I love it that I really do know quite a bit about running now, but more than that, I love helping people get as obsessed with this sport as I am. I'm like the crack dealer who gives free samples!! I love helping people reach their goals and seeing the look of accomplishment on their faces when they realize the CAN run. One woman in the group came with a cane last week and this week she not only walked without it--she knocked 10 minutes off her time from last week!! That's FAN.TAS.TIC!!
I went early to the group run tonight so that I could put in some extra time, which I did. I did a little warm up, then ran about 21 minutes at an easy pace (12). After that I got with the 13:00 pace group and ended up being the pacer. I was really nervous about that because every time I start running I get the overwhelming fear of "what if I can't do it?". It's not so bad alone, or even as a member of a group...but as a pacer??!! Not doing it is not an option. And, when I'm supposed to be "Coach Dana" I shouldn't be huffing and puffing...or, worse, limping along. As a back of the pack mentor it's much easier because I can slow down with someone who is struggling. But, as a leading pacer there is no slowing down. If I'm being honest....it was incredibly EASY!! I could very easily kept going.
Now...mind you...my first couple of miles did NOT feel that way at all. I wondered a few minutes into it if I'd be able to keep going. I had the thought after a mile that it would be fine for me to take a little walk break. But when I "checked in" with myself I realized there wasn't any part of my body that hurt....and my breathing was not labored at all. I could have "easily" talked someone's ear off. I think my heart rate monitor isn't working properly because through the whole night it only got up to about 165. During the 13:00 mile it hovered around 150. Either it's broken or my heart is much stronger than it was... But, nevertheless, there was no reason for me to take a walk break. So, I didn't.
The first mile is "always" the hardest.
Tomorrow is Power Yoga and swimming-hopefully with Flipper. Wednesday is 30 minutes "easy" running with Turtle-I'm going to try to keep our pace about 12:30. Thursday is my first "speed" day of 10 warm up at 12:30ish pace, then 10 at a faster pace (going for 11), then 10 cool down. Friday is rest. Saturday I'm going to attempt a 6 miler with no walk breaks-12:30ish (maybe 13) pace.
So much to say, so little time! Thanks for stopping, come again soon!