I finally ran Summer Streets! And boy did I run. 10 miles. That would make it the longest distance for me yet.
Not only did I PDR it, I also started out pretty strong getting back under the 10m/m.
Right from the start I was running along with a girl who would continue to be a pacer for me. It wasn’t a race, it wasn’t a competition, it was just support & motivation …. that she had no idea she was providing. I took a walking break after I hit a 5k mark, I said goodbye in my head to runner girl (no, that’s not creepy. not at all) and slowed down. But after being surrounded by bikers I soon found groups & pairs of runners passing me. As they went past, I realized I wanted to be there with them. Not because I was competitive that they were getting ahead but because I was motivated by them. Running has almost always been a solitary activity for me. I don’t run in Central Park and only part of my route is along the East River. I haven’t tried a running club yet or meet ups and don’t run with friends. There’s been a few times when I’ve fallen in step with someone running the same blocks as me….and I usually don’t like it.
But I was reminded on Saturday that being surrounded by other runners is good for me. It pushes me, encourages me …and makes it more fun. I love fitness classes, promotional activities and organized events, so why don’t I mix this in with my running? Perhaps it’s time to look into a running group ? They have ones for people who haven’t fully come back down into the under 10m/m speed right??
And since I seem to be seeing a lot of movies lately, after anxiously awaiting I saw The Help. I read the book a while back, shortly before they announced they were doing a movie. I loved both! Yes, the movie didn’t include all the points of the book (do they ever) but they didn’t change it either and I thought that they really brought personalities to the characters. I love Emma Stone (as seen by last weeks movie choice…) and was thrilled they made her Skeeter.
Do you like running with other people? Have you ran with a running club or team ?
Have you seen The Help yet? Did you read the book before hand ?
Thoughts on books made into movies …favorites / least favorites?