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Running Buddies

by Meghann on August 26, 2012

I miss long runs with friends.

On Friday, Mary told me she was running 20 miles on Sunday and was recruiting friends to run part of the distance with her. Knowing I haven’t run more than 6.5 miles since May, I told her I would be more than happy to run some of it with her, but definitely not all of. Yesterday she sent a group text giving the thankfully decent meet-up time of 7:30 and i set my alarm clock accordingly. I’m not going to lie, I was tempted to bail, but after another friend said she couldn’t make it, I decided having one friend bail was enough and I could do this.

Once I was up and at Mary’s, I’m glad I didn’t bail. You never regret a run, right? Especially a run with friends. Courtney joined us as well and, together, we did a 6 mile loop of beautiful Davis Island. Mary and Courtney have been suffering from lack-of motivation this season (as have I), so I think we all needed each other. We kept their version of “easy” pace (currently 8:30 min/mile = my version of holy-crap-this-is-fast pace) and I found myself thankful whenever we saw a water fountain and could take a break.

Mary had completed 10.5 miles before Courtney and I joined her, I ran 6 miles with them, then Courtney finished the remaining miles with Mary. I wish I could have kept with them, but I know my limits and I think 6 miles at their pace was about all I could handle. I was happy to be done.

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What? You mean you don’t head right back to your car and start taking ridiculous self portraits of yourself after a run?!

It was nice to run with friends and there’s no way I would have pushed myself like I did today without them. Thank you, Mary, for inviting us out today!

When I made it back home, Derek and I made egg sandwiches for breakfast.

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Two pieces of wheat toast, two eggs, two pieces of ham, and goat cheese.

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I’m a little sad we’re out of fruit, but the sandwich definitely hit the spot.

I’m off to a friend’s baby shower!

Have a great Sunday!

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1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

I’m always afraid to run with people because I’m not sure I can keep their pace. I’m a fairly slow runner but I’m improving. I just have my asthma to watch and sometimes slower means I can run further.

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2 Michael Anderson August 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Katie – I spent 23 years worrying about that (I am 46) …. but it was a 3 mile run in early April with my brother that told me I was running slower and shorter than I thought. He didn’t care and just kept my pace (OK, he pushed a bit) It was the motivation I needed – I ran my first ever 5k 6 weeks later, keep improving my speed (I will never be ‘fast’), last weekend ran a ~2 hour half marathon, and this weekend ran 10 miles on trails at 8500ft on a trip to Utah for Gear Diary … now I look forward to running whenever and wherever. Don’t need to run with others – but don’t shrink from it either!

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3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 26, 2012 at 11:44 am

Haha I love the photo montage! and I wouldn’t have kept up 8:30 for 6 miles! lol I would have probably crapped out at 4 miles or so!

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4 theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine August 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I agree, running with friends is definitely motivational and pushes further than you would ever go by yourself! That is an awesome pace, good for you for keeping up!

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5 Jennifer L August 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

You may have said this somewhere before, but I can’t remember…. Do you eat anything before you exercise in the mornings? If I don’t eat anything my workout suffers immensely and I usually end up feeling sick. I know everyone is different, I was just wondering :)

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6 Meghann August 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

YEs, I do. I just usually don’t blog about it since it’s fairly repetitive. I had a piece of toast with peanut butter before my run yesterday.

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7 Courtney W August 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I love running with people of all paces. Sometimes it’s good to be pushed and sometimes it’s good to enjoy the more social aspect of running with others. I still don’t consider myself a runner because I rarely enjoy runs by myself. You could call me addicted to running with others. #workoutslut :) glad I was able to see you this morning!

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8 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights August 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I agree that running with friends always helps. I spend a lot of my mid week training runs by myself, and I always struggle. Now that I’ve been back to work for a little over a month, I haven’t been able to meet up with any of my friends to run, which has been really tough mentally. As a self proclaimed slow runner, I really feel like I need the extra support, especially during my long runs!

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9 Katie @ running4cupcakes August 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

You are so right, you never regret a run…. Or running with good friends!

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10 Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! August 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Running buddies are the best! I ran with a friend for the first time when I was in Sweden this spring, and it was fantastic. I really need to find more runner friends, because it really does make things that much more enjoyable!

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11 Meghan August 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I really love taking before runs and after runs to see how hard I worked on my face. You can totally tell facial expressions. The before is like: omg I am so clean and now I have to go run and get gross and mmm watermelon smoothie afterward face. The after is: sweating is awesome can’t you see that, and stop taking pictures time for smoothie. Ha.

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12 Beth (Running with the Sunrise) August 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Your photos are so adorable. I’m glad you had a good run and that you got to spend some time with your running friends. I’m sure they appreciated your company. Have a great Sunday!

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13 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I love egg sandwich breakfast – but I do agree that some fruit on the side completes it. Grocery shopping time?

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14 Mary August 27, 2012 at 6:11 am

Its funny you posted this because I was just thinking about how I have been lacking some serious motivation as well to get my butt in gear and train for my upcoming fall races. I’m SO glad that I have my running buddies to whip me into shape and get me back into the swing of things.

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15 Emily N August 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

That is exactly how I feel about 6 miles at that kind of pace. There would be no talking from me on that sort of a run. Yes, I am getting faster, but not there yet.

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