I went from practically no running last week to running over 40 this week.* I can’t really pat myself on the back for my motivation. My added mileage this week is mostly due to me not wanting to let my friends down. It is good, although I vaguely remember a story told in my RRCA training program of a guy (or is it a dog?) who never says no to a run and ends up burning out. I won’t let that happen.
My friend Heidi texted me Sunday to see if I wanted to run during our kids’ dance class the next day. I had run a good 9.5 miles Sunday, but didn’t run on Saturday. Even though I don’t normally run on Mondays, I thought it would be a good idea. Then later that night, my friend Kelly (who happens to be Heidi’s sister) texted me and asked if I would do a long run with her Monday early. She had missed doing a long run on the weekend and is planning a half marathon next week and wanted to get in some mileage. Since I am encouraging her to do it, I felt like I should run with her. We ran almost nine miles before 7 a.m.**
When I got to dance class, I knew that Heidi was ready to go for a run. I knew if I didn’t go with her, she wouldn’t go. I had promised her first and it wouldn’t be fair to blow her off because I ran with Kelly earlier. Heidi and I ran a little over three miles, giving me close to 12 miles for the morning.
I ran another eight miles on Wednesday before 7 a.m., as well as my normal five miles on Thursday.
I am aware that I can do too much. I have been listening to my body and actually told Kelly no for a longer run on Thursday. I knew that I had had enough.
I am liking that my running buddies are kicking it up a notch. It helps to motivate me. Knowing that Kelly is meeting me in the pre-dawn darkness to run is a good reason to drag myself out of bed. I can’t let her down. Now that I know that starting at 5 a.m. is not only possible, but pleasant, I am confident I can get those extra miles in over these next few months.
*this depends on the length of my run tomorrow morning, but we are planning on running 8-9 miles, which will bring my weekly total to around 43.
**Kelly did less since I ran home from her house, which is about 3/4 of a mile.