Friday, June 18, 2010

An accidental brick & running with the big dogs

Yesterday I got to run with my friend Christian, who is a very fast runner (remember when I said I was going to try running with people faster than I am?) , he's a 5 time marathoner and a High School track & cross Country coach in Minneapolis! We went to college together & recently have been talking about running, a lot! 

Yeah, I think he's great, but I can't vouch for his coaching skills! 

I met him at one of our beautiful lakes in Minneapolis and my workout quickly turned into an accidental brick (Bike-run-ick!). I biked 5.52 miles to the lake and then told him I was tired and a bit run down! Nothing but smiles from him as we set off on our run! 

Did I mention it was windy? It was, that's why my hair looks like Buckwheat's from little rascals! We ran between 7:30-8:20's for our first 2.8 miles and then Christian took another lap and I biked next to him! He ran his last lap of the lake in the low 7's--someday I will be there if I keep pushing myself and running with the big dogs!! I was covered in grime when I got home from my 11+ miles and 2.8 run. 

In hindsight, I maybe could have ran the last lap with him, but I know he wanted to go faster and I am still working on feeling tip top, so riding with him to chat was fine by me. 

I always wonder though if I could have pushed myself harder nearly every time I run! Do you guys feel that way? Coming home from a workout or a run and feeling like I still have gas in the tank and could have amped it up, bums me out. Today I know I had to have some gas for my little accidental brick, bike ride home, but NEXT time. Next time I will really be ready to bring it. 

I forgot to have him analyze my form--what a nerd! I was going to ask and I forgot, he has been a coach for 11 years so I think he can help an old lassy like me shave some time off my 5k. Thanks Christian for running with me!  

Next week I officially start working on my triathlon training! I blogged about it WAY back in December when I signed up...

It will be coming up fast on August 22nd!! I am following a plan from Beginner and will be hitting the pool next week with a little help from my friend Meghan!  

Are you doing a new race or event this year?? 

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