These two tricked me.
They said that we were going to run 10 miles and I think that they mentioned something about some hills but NOTHING about the 1.4 miles of straight uphill.
I don’t even know how they found the road of torture (what I named the beast of a hill) but they did and they made me run up it. All of our legs were shaking once we reached the top… fine, I am glad that they got me outside of my comfort zone and to do something that I probably wouldn’t have done on my own.
A reader emailed me with questions about running with people so I hope I can answer her questions in this post.
I found this group of girls through Rachelle and I met Rachelle through the blog 3.5 years ago.
Other ways to find people to run with —> local running groups, go into your local running store to see if they know of any groups, ask around (people at the gym, on the running trails etc), recruit your non-running friends to run with you and turn them into runners, talk to people at your local races that finish at about the same times as you and in the comments I want you guys to add in because that is all I can think of….
Before I moved back to Utah this last August I ONLY RAN BY MYSELF. I would go with my sister or bangs friend every now and then but other than that I was a solo runner. It gave me so much anxiety the few times that I did run with other people to the point that I couldn’t even sleep the night before.
What if I was late?
What if I slowed them down?
What if I had to go to the bathroom?
What if I was having an off day and couldn’t keep up and got lost and started crying on the side of the road somewhere?
Yes, dramatic but I was very concerned about messing up other people’s workouts so I just wanted to stick to running by myself so that I could just do my own thing and not have to worry.
I moved back to Utah and Rachelle somehow talked me into meeting up with her group of running friends to go for a run.
I was hooked.
No one cared about what pace I was going. If I needed to stop to tie my shoe then they all stopped for a second with me and no one cared, if they needed to go faster or slower then they did, I wasn’t messing up anyone’s workout. They were just all happy to be running and working together. Because they are runners, they all understand off days, needing a water break or having a really good running day and needing to cruise ahead.
***It also really helps to find a group that is around your same pace, people that have similar goals and personalities that work well together.
Do what is best for you. If running by yourself is exactly what you need and what you enjoy, then keep doing it! If you are wanting to join a group and run with other people then get on that and start doing it ASAP!
If you are nervous, just try it out… I am so glad that I finally did because I absolutely love running with people now and these running friends of mine have helped me get through some hard workouts and hard life situations.
And for a few random things.
1. Brooke sported her Bangkok shirt yesterday. She is also obsessed with apples and does not like it when I cut it up for her.
2. Guacamole and salsa should always be used as a salad dressing.
3. Brooke’s hair is getting so thick that she now needs adult elastics because the toddler elastics always break.
4. I AM making these this weekend. Come on over and eat them with me.
What are your pros and cons for running with people?
Those that do run with people—> how did you find your running group?
What makes you nervous when it comes to running? Races, running with people, speed workouts, hill workouts, nothing at all?!?!
I kind of need to know what your Friday night plans are!!