I'm afraid to run outside by myself. It's true. There are too many stories of women running alone and being attacked or kidnapped, as well as my own fear of overdoing it and not being able to make it back home on my own steam. On the other hand, I was nervous to basically ask someone if they wanted to marathon train with me. "Hey, I know we haven't talked a whole lot, but I know you're a runner sooo...wanna run a marathon?" Awkward. So it was with hope, excitement, and anxiety that I sent an email to a lady I go to church with and asked her if she would be my running buddy. I needn't have worried. She was great about it and I even ended up with two buddies instead of just one. Score! The other one is someone I had tested the waters with and it seemed she wasn't ready. They're both great.
Running outside with these two lovelies is one of the best things that has ever happened to my running. We run at the same pace (how lucky is that!), we all listen to music rather than chat, and they are wonderfully encouraging. Running with them has been terrific because they are easy going and they know what they're doing and where they're going. All I have to worry about is keeping up and listening to my body. On the longer runs I've figured out that my right foot rolls to the inside as I run. I'll probably need stability shoes to help with that. In the mean time I just run wherever the street or sidewalk slopes down to the right.
This week's long run of seven miles was fan-flippin'-tastic! After the Freedom Run I was sure that trying to go seven miles would be my doom. I was wrong; it was great! The hills were difficult but the breeze was a lifesaver. I'm pretty sure I can do anything now. One reason I was so nervous is because we had to go in the evening. Usually I run in the morning when I have more energy. I took a couple of Excedrin pills before the run to stave off aches and give me a little jolt of caffeine. It was a good choice and I felt great at the end of the run. I did end up getting kind of sick after I got home because my body needed to eject a few things, but it went away by morning.
Now this week brings a small bump up in distance during the week. My short runs will still be 3 miles, but the medium run goes up to 5 miles. I can do this!