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??
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