Introducing the MIT 13 minute-per-mile pace group – here we are!
I was so excited to show you all this picture of our group. And yes, I am in the back left in the yellow jacket, not looking at the camera. I was keeping an eye out for some ladies who had not yet made it to the water station and missed the golden moment, but its okay, I still love this photo!
It was a great day out on the trails, running with my group. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, there is something to be said for running with a group of people who share your passion, your interests, your abilities, and your setbacks. There is nothing more inspiring to me that to run with a group of people who are out there giving in their all and achieving their running dreams! It makes me so happy to run with others who share my aspirations!
I ran 5 miles with the half training group and let me tell you, compared to 5 miles two weeks ago, these runners looked awesome! I could definitely tell all of their hard work during the week has been paying off. Not to mention, everyone was chatting and laughing and the group dynamic was just awesome. People were encouraging others and offering words of support with every step. I’m so thrilled to be a Pace Coach for this group because they just keep reminding me what running is all about – being happy to be running! No pressure, no times, no worries, just running. It was a beautiful thing.
And the solidarity didn’t stop there. After the first 5, we (Duane, Wendy, Jill, and myself) headed back out for 4 more. I felt better the last 4 miles then I did the first 5 – it was a great feeling! In fact, after our run, Wendy sent me a note that said, “You are so much stronger now than you were in the fall. I think it was around mile 6.5, just before Antrim Park, that I looked over and saw that the run was ‘just a walk in the park’ for you. It was pretty special to see. You’ve got Pittsburgh by the bullhorns! Way to go girlie!” Thanks, Wendy. You have no idea how encouraging it is for me to hear that and the thing is, I felt that way at mile 6.5! I am so happy to be training for Pittsburgh with you and Duane and I can’t wait until we cross that Finish Line! I finished 9 miles in 2 hours exactly with an average pace of 13:25. I’m feeling pretty thrilled about that. 🙂
Here is a picture of the 2011 MIT Winter Crew:
Do you see me? I’m right there, in the back, probably not looking at the camera.
Happy Running to you all,