6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

First Fleet Feet Group Run

Stats for 1/16:
Time- 1:34:26
10.04- Miles
9:24- Pace
Foggy day on the Orting trail first group run with Fleet Feet.

I arrived early to see the parking lot PACKED!! Strangely I found a spot close to the bathrooms. I was a bit nervous to meet up with the group, not sure why I have no problem making friends. Chatted with my friend Jess who is training for her first Half Marathon. One of the coaches, and the photog for the training, came up and said "Tall Mom can I snap your picture? You are the running blogger right?" Quick pose, dimpled grin and an internal smile for being called "Tall Mom" in public.

Zoe (HERE), my buddy bandit, arrived wearing short sleeves. I ran to say Hi, told her she was TOUGH and then listened scooted back for the announcements. Picked up my t-shirt and NEW TRAINING PLAN!! It is going to be challenging, but I love it!! Fleet Feet is very well organized with an aid station and coaches along the course. Two thumbs up!

The group started running and no Zoe?? Hmmm.. So funny it felt like a race, I tried to push out the urge to be in front, so I started talking with Jennifer, her running partner was gone today. She is training to become a Marathon Maniac and hoping to avoid injury. Very nice lady!! I knew Zoe would catch up and she did. There were 3 or 4 women, a young guy and 2 coaches in front of us. My goal was to keep the planned pace.

The plan said to run 8 miles....BUT I had not run all week due to being sick and I felt rested, so we decided to do 10. Paul, the owner of Fleet Feet was among the few who did 10 today.

The run was uneventful, at one point our Baldeagle Sam (we think) cawed at us to cheer us on. We imagined that he was busy getting ready for a Salmon dinner date in the nest with his lady bird. That or he slept in. No bird sightings today.

The miles felt AMAZING. My legs love 10 milers. Done and Done!! Fastest mile 9:18, less fast mile 9:30, very consistent pace. Back to the parking lot for stretching and talking with the group. I found Angie, we played basketball together in high school, she is training for her first Marathon while breastfeeding...TOUGH MOM!! Keep up the good work Angie!

One of the coaches (I need to learn names) told me about a runner in the group named Heather, he thinks that Heather would be a good runner for me to "latch on to" for the training. So next week I will be sure to introduce myself, pretty sure I know who he is talking about..

A quick snap shot and home.. Muscle Man is heading to Portland and I slowed his progress since I tacked on the miles, sorry honey!!

How was your LONG run today??

Ps. Come find me on Dailymile.com (Mel- Tall Mom Puyallup, WA). I am LOVING IT! I even added the feed on the right side of my blog..

38 comments:

Libby said...

Thanks so much for the High Five yesterday :) I love this new community I've found myself in. Hooray for starting training. I think I'm going to have to check out the Fleet Feet that is kind of out of the way and a little far. I stopped by a running "superstore" their words and there is so much stuff but this is the second time they haven't been helpful at all! Thanks again

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Stephanie Nichole said...

Are any of your daily mile widgets not working? For some reason mine won't update my race sched. Hmm.

Good job on the 10-miler. Wish I COULD have had a long run :( A few more days and I can try running again! Yay!!!

-Stephanie

robinbb said...

Great job on a group run. I really wish I could find a good running group to run with but I am so self conscious. Way to get back out there and do 10 after a week of being sick. I did 0 today, I think I will start fresh on Monday. :)

Becca said...

I need to find a running group around here! Sounds nice!

MCM Mama said...

NIcely done on the long run.

Today's my rest day as I do my long run when the kids are at school. Makes it hard to run with anyone else, though.

ajh said...

I ran 10 today too. I ran with one friend but would love a running group training for a common goal. Sounds like you had fun.

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on your 10 miler! I only did a little over 4, but I am slowly working my way back up there!

Jill said...

I ran 7.25 today...had planned to run 5 but liked the route for the 7 miler better...great run. Felt really good and had 2 huge hills. The one hill at mile 5.5 is my hardest hill and I hate it but I did it and love the feeling everytime I am done running up it.

Sounds like you had a great run! Great job!

Jill

Lisa said...

Okay, you are officially a blog celebrity (and I mean 'celebrity' in a good way)!

Blonde Mom Runs said...

10 is a good number. :) I did 10 today also. Glad the group run went so well!

Zoƫ said...

You totally killed it on the trail today! So glad you're feeling better. :)

Suzy said...

Sounds like a great run! I like the nice round number 10 as well. Today I enjoyed the nice warm weather (43F) and got in 8.47 miles.

The Jesse said...

we had an 8 miler planned but i was feeling pretty good so we extended it to 9 miles. it was a good run. and then we came home and i did my first ice bath (legs only in a 5 gallon bucket). it was horrible! but it helped, shins are feeling great. we saw some peeps from a local running group on the trail we ran on today. sounds like you found a nice group to run with!

Lorian said...

Glad to see you are liking the running group. I have yet to join one. Nice run for being out of commission all week.

My long run went fine today, not as fast as i would like, but is it ever?

By the way, you did a great job on the spreadsheet! Your virtual running club is coming along great!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Great job Tall Mom! I covered 11 miles today, 7 running and 4 walking (barf). I ran with Team in Training but since I don't have a car, I take public transportation as far as I can and then have to run, or today walk, til I get there, 2 miles each way, and yes, it truely IS uphill both ways!! LOL ah, it feels so old fashion :-) glad u had such a great run too. Group runs are the best!

Alicia said...

I knew the paparazzi would find you sooner or later!

I'm typically a solo runner but I'm quickly understanding why people run with groups. It's great fun! Sounds like you had a great run.

I only ran 3 today but I'm looking to find a new training plan. I feel a bit lost without one!

Amanda said...

I am just getting a feel for dailymile but I think it's going to be great!

Tricia said...

We've got our first 10 miler in the morning :)

Velma said...

Nice work! I knew you would love the running group. I am not on the dailymile - I do trainingpeaks, but I will see if I can get a widget.

ShutUpandRun said...

Your group is making me wonder if I should join up with our local Fleet Feet group here in Boulder. I have got to find a running group one of these days. Makes those long runs so much better. Great run for you today...

Staci Dombroski said...

I took a new route today and it was way TOO hilly! My long run did not go as planned. It was hard to get through!!!

c.a. Marks said...

Awesome. Glad you found the 10 miles effortless. I did 8 miles today. Not bad.

shellyrm said...

Great run! So great you have your running group and new plan.

My schedule has me at 10 today and 20 tomorrow. I got my 10 in today with littlest in the jogger and my biking sherpia along for support. I hope the weather holds for tomorrow.

I'll find you on daily mile. I have my own program for tracking miles so I do keep daily mile up to date. But I liked it during Heather's 150 mile challenge.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Hmm...so Zoe was a bandit? They didn't seem to mind? i will have to do that too, only my Saturday care opens at 9. What time do you guys meet? 8?

also, next Sat is a 10 Miler! I think it is $10. As of now I am going to do it, I think...

http://www.runfsrc.com/fsrc/

Sounds like this training will be great!!!! i just have to find me a good plan now!! OKC in April, here I come!

Jo Lynn said...

Funny you ask "how was your long run today?" Today was the longest FLAT run I have had in over six months. FIVE miles! Since finding out about my arthritis last summer, I've just been doing trails (up & down, on dirt) or baby three mile flat, road runs. I'm just trying to figure out what my knee can handle before the pain sets in. ;)

Melissa said...

Great job!! I need to get a recommendation from you. I looked at an ifitness belt, which I loved, but I want a belt that will fit phone, key, energy beans, and has a couple of water bottles. Any suggestions?

onelittletrigirl said...

I am quickly getting addicted to DailyMile as well!!!

Rachael said...

I saw you added me on Dailymile! Yay!

We have the same zip up from nike, I think ... sleeves turn to mittens? Am I right?

Did 6.5 miles today, furthest yet (by .3 miles ... haha!)

I think I would fall over flat if somebody recognized me from my blog .. but you've got 300+ followers, you're a celeb!

Christina said...

You are a celebrity! Next you'll be signing autographs where people have printed out a page of your blog.

Denise said...

You're famous!

Sounds like a great group run! Joining my running club was the best thing I ever did. You'll look forward to running with them each week.

unathleticrunner said...

long run got pushed back to Monday--TG it's a holiday. Doing 10 miles OUTSIDE--we're in a heatwave---40's here! 10 miles tomorrow :)
Jealous of your running group :)

greentigress said...

I'll have to tell you tomorrow!! picked mons for my long runs due to fiance's work timetable with shifts...
I will be doing my 8 miles uphill... feeling daunted but it is a very gentle uphill!!

Shanna said...

This group sounds like a lot of fun. I'm thinking my running partner and I may want to look into a group here in our area to help us train come this summer! :)

Alisa said...

Consistent pace is still hard for me. I'm working on it!

way to kick off your first long run of marathon training!

lindsay said...

glad your group run went well (and that zoe was able to sneak in) :) it's so nice to run with others for a change - i think you will really enjoy the group!

ChristieisaRunner said...

How awesome that they called you Tall Mom. I like finding someone to latch on to as well. Tunes for 10 miles just isn't always the way to go. I'll get back with you soon about the legwarmer size. I've bought a couple of brands and sizes and need to visit the website again.

Marlene said...

Sounds like a successful first group run. No doubt you will have 33 friends in no time. ;)