Most of the time, running is a solitary sport, and for most runners, that is okay. In fact, for many runners, running alone is one of the attractions. We all have our individual reasons for running and personal goals that we are trying to achieve, yet runners know that we are also part of a massive running community, always connected in spirit and occasionally gathering in large events to run together.
When I climb out of bed in the early hours of Saturday mornings, my wife is still in bed sleeping and I generally take my weekly long runs out to quiet neighborhood streets and rural roads by myself. Sometimes I listen to music and sometimes I just enjoy the quiet. When I began training for the Monumental Marathon several months ago, I made a change and joined the Indy Runners informal Monumental Marathon training program. After a few miles of running, I generally found myself running alone again, albeit on the busy Monon Trail, Central Canal Towpath, and various mid-north Indianapolis roads. And that is okay. Indy Runners got me started that day and I appreciated being part of a group. Something surprising is happening lately, though, as I push my body into prime condition to run the marathon. I’m managing to keep up with other runners. Since the members of this running club and participants of the marathon training program are undoubtedly not your average recreational runners, I’m proud of the level of performance that I seem to be reaching to be able to stay with them.
** 19-Sep-2017, 3.2 miles, 9.4 minutes per mile, gradually increasing the pace from initial warm up until running the last mile in 8.5 minutes, on a treadmill. Is there such a thing as running intervals with only one interval?
** 21-Sep-2017, 4.0 miles, 10.0 minutes per mile, on a treadmill. Tempo runs are feeling easy now and the target pace is feeling slow, but I’m not going to deviate too far from the training plan.
** 23-Sep-2017, 13.11 miles, 10:52 minutes per mile. From running deck in Broad Ripple south on the Monon Trail, west on 42nd St and 52nd St, southwest on the Central Canal Towpath to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and northeast on the Central Canal Towpath to running deck, with Indy Runners. Weather was 66 to 78 F and sunny. Nutrition was Clif bar pre-run, copious Sportade drink at mile 5, GU gel with water at mile 10, and two Quaker Chewy Granola bars post-run. With the temperature rising quickly toward a forecast 91 F, I decided to cut the long run distance short this week. I accompanied the evenly matched runner of a month ago.
Total distance this week, 20.3 miles. Music of the week, Red Sky by Moon Hooch. Quote of the moment, ‘If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.’ by Emil Zapotek.