Thursday - Team in Training Alumni Run = Awesome Run!
This year has been a great year for running for me so far. I reached one of my goals of a sub-2 hour half marathon (now just a sub-4 hour marathon and I’m ready for new goals!) and I’ve started feeling more confident about my abilities to push the past. Last night helped me truly understand my potential when I stop thinking that I can’t go faster. It’s all in the mind. I ran with a friend Amy, and Amy is fast. She qualifies for NYC and Boston multiple times and is just an amazing runner.
After a few months of hiatus the TNT Alumni Committee finally organized another alumni run so I decided it was definitely something I wanted to go to (instead of beating myself up and doing ladders with the Niketown team - ouch!), so I donned my Ragnar Ambassador tee and shorts and headed over to Bethesda Terrace after work. I was nervous that no one was going to show up, but eventually a small group turned out - including fast Amy. She knew I was faster then the rest so decided that we were doing to team up and run together.
Now I was even more nervous that I wouldn’t be able to keep up. Oh and Amy had another stipulation - she needed to get back from our four miler by 7:45 to call her boss. It was 7:05. Okay that was fine 10 minutes miles and she’d be in they clear. But of course Amy wanted to do 9s. Gah! Okay 9s. I did that for NYC Half, so I went with it. With all the chatting to catch up on life the loop went past without me even stopping to think about how fast we were doing and we ended up finishing in 33 minutes. 33 minutes! That’s the fastest I have ever done it! 8:15 mile if you’re math savvy. Man, I wish that was a NYRR race and it was recorded. And I didn’t even feel winded at the end.
Ladies and gentlemen, that tells me one thing. Damn, I have not been pushing myself enough. But, I’m also pumped to get back out there and run even faster. I wonder what my peak really is?
(P.S. - Photo is my Team in Training Photo Shoot for their new campaign that was never used. Thinking it turned out too racy. But I love it!)