I mean seriously though and not just my looks. Something is wrong with my head.
I’m secretly fast!
No, I am not!
But, I harbor fantasies that I’m really fast.
I know I’m faster than 10 min/miles. I know this because “I was in High school” (despite the fact that I ran 100m not 5000m).
I know I am faster than 10 min. Despite what my half marathon times say. I KNOW that I could have run faster. Like a minute or TWO per mile faster.
I didn’t because … because I didn’t ‘feel’ like it. Yeah! That’s it. I could have but I CHOSE not to.
I know I’m faster than 10 min. Despite the heavy breathing and the effort and the struggle to maintain that 10.
I know I’m faster than 10 min. Despite that I can’t run less than that at any race and in reality end up running much slower than that.
OK. Maybe I’m not faster than 10.
I am a 10 min mile kind of guy. I am! I know it.
I accept it. I’m coming to grips. I am me and that is fine.
What’s up with the group runs?
Three times, I’ve run with a new group. A F-A-S-T new group.
Three times I have run faster than 10 min/miles. From the start. Right from the beginning I have always run faster. Because the group runs faster.
Group Run one - 9:44
Group Run two – 9:37 (one mile was actually 7:53!!)
Group Run three – 8:22
Three times, I have done what I could never do by myself! And just to prove to everybody that it’s not me. That it’s the group:
On group run 3, I left early and headed from the park to the car.
Mile 4 = 9:08 (with the group)
Mile 5 = 11:21 (all by myself)
WHAT THE CRAP! Same effort; same HR and two minutes slower!
So what does this mean?
One thing’s for sure, I’m going to keep running with this group. I may be the last; slowest; most ungraceful person there, but I am a better runner when I am with them then without!
Does this mean that I have to pick up group rides and swims??