I'm normally not too partial to the group run. I like loner runs where I can run at my own pace and do my own thing. But yesterday I saw the benefits of running with a group. WE RAN REAL FAST AND REAL FAR. First off, yesterday was supposed to be my rest day but I wanted to run with all my friends. So I told them I was down to run 6 miles but they all wanted to do 7 so I thought ok, we go for 7. I normally run 9:00 minute-ish miles. It’s my stride and it’s my comfortable pace. I rarely push myself (unless I’m doing intervals) because if I am being oh so very honest with you I am lazy. OK? I said it. It’s so much easier to run at a pace that’s pushing it while leaning more towards the easier side than it is to push my “aerobic threshold.” (The anaerobic threshold is defined as the level of exercise intensity at which lactic acid builds up in the body faster than it can be cleared away. For this reason, it is also sometimes called the lactate threshold or lactate turnpoint (LT).) (Thank you runningforfitness.org for that lovely definition.) I don’t care who says it’s good for me, it’s hard to make yourself work harder when all you want do is cruise. I mean you’re already running, isn’t that the point?
BUT when you run with some cool people you push each other. WHO KNEW? I KNOW RIGHT? I DIDN’T! (Ok that’s a lie, I did know that but again I am lazy and I avoid it like the plague.) BUT it was fun! (At least there were fun parts.) Towards the end I was really feeling it but we were running 8:20 minute miles! And we ran 7 miles. Now granted we ran our first mile slower (around 8:56) and then we really started picking up at miles 3-6. Mile 7 was rough and I was all sorts of tired. But it felt really good to run outside my comfort zone. It was a pleasant reminder that when you run faster, the workout ends faster. Who doesn’t love that benefit?
So gather your friends and hit the terrain for some good old fashion fun running. You’ll have people to share your pain and push you harder than you would normally push yourself.
Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat