I went out to meet the training team for my long run again last week. The young girl that is registered for the same race I would like to do, showed up with a buddy, said hi, and they went and ran on their own.
I ran again with Kim, the nice person who dropped back for me last week. By mile 2 we couldn't even see anyone else running, and neither of us know the area very well, and we missed a turn on the planned route.
Of course we didn't realize we missed a turn for quite awhile.
I had the route on a small piece of paper and saved on my phone, but we could't figured it out...so we just ran our own route.
I am a little frustrated with myself that I can't keep up, and I am beginning to realize this isn't really a team designed to help someone train for their first marathon. This seems more like, lets meet up and run together so we aren't lonely while we train kind of thing...
There are "coaches", but we aren't assigned to anyone, so there isn't really anyone for me to talk to. I have chatted with a few folks as they run by me in the beginning of my run, and that's about it.
It seems, I am the pokiest of the bunch for sure. I am not sure what to do in the weeks to come, I guess, I will have to see if my sole run buddy is willing to run with me, even if we get lost.
The problem with getting lost wasn't getting the miles in, it was missing the water stops.
I was fine running ten miles with no water, but my run buddy was pretty thirsty. I actually ran all my 12 milers in half training with no hydration. I am just used to it, but two hours is about my limit.
I do need to experiment with carrying hydration on long runs, and a few different kind of fuels, on top of running distances I have never tackled before. I was really looking forward to the group motivation, because those experiences will be pushing my comfort zone for sure.
I think I am going to skip group this Saturday because there is a 100% chance of rain, and the thought of running two hours in the rain doesn't appeal to me. Friday, after work I am going to try to knock out the 12 miler on my plan.
I am torn...I am not sure if I should try to keep going to meet with the group, and see if Kim will still run with me, or just plan my routes near home, drive ahead, stash some water along the route and do the best I can. Trying to tackle 16, 18, and 20 miles alone seems pretty daunting...
The one great thing about the actual race (the road race) is water every two miles :) I keep telling myself it will feel easier race day, if I can just figure out the training.
So, any wisdom, thoughts, or tips that got you through training? Would you just train on your own? try to hang with the group? Would you run two hours in the rain on purpose?