Last “non-training” Long Run
14.5 miles, 8:33 avg pace
Running with friends makes things better. Knowing your “real” training plan starts next week and this run is just for “fun” makes things better. Finding a banana on top of the fridge when you thought you were going to have to have a banana-less PB toast makes things better.
Knowing your friend has to run more than twice as far as you makes things better.
I showed up clothed, with two matching shoes and my contacts in the right eyes, ready to run.
You can’t ask much more of me at 6am.
Pam, however, showed up with a full on ultimate pit crew smorgasbord. Table, chairs, cooler, and all of SR’s favorite goodies. Water, Gatorade, pretzels, orange slices, chocolate milk, and obvs Swedish Fish.
We got all set up just in time for SR to come through around mile 12, and we took off to keep her company through the middle/end of her race.
Chatting the whole time made the miles fly (remember when I used to hate running with people? that was dumb), and I was surprised with how easy the pace felt. 8:30 is faster than I should be doing long runs, but this isn’t real training so it doesn’t count. All those silly rules can go pester someone else for 7 more days.
She’s lying. I tell great stories.
So in conclusion,
- long runs don’t always suck
- fast friends make you fast
- being part of someone’s first (or any) Ultra is fun, motivating, and humbling. and come with great snacks
Rocket Racing put on a great little event – very small and no-frills in a great location with friendly people. I liked it all so much I signed up for the Fantastic 15K next weekend. Super Pam will be busy at RnR Pasadena so I won’t get the red carpet pit crew, but I’m excited to kick off Huge Eug training with a race anyways.
Plus I need to start getting familiar with that beach path. October* will be here before we know it…
(* read as far or as little into that as you like.)