My legs were sore, I was a little hesitant, but I went anyway. Last night I joined some people for my first group run. After the run I was glad I did it, though thinking about it today I’m feeling a little annoyed with how it went.
Stick with me, this isn’t meant to be another whiney blog post of mine.
I showed up a little early and met the organizer of the group, we’ll call him Todd. Todd was really nice; he showed some interest in my training for Chicago Marathon.
Todd: “So how long have you been training for Chicago Marathon?”
Me: “Since May”
Todd: “Oh… I decided to run a marathon on Oct. 31st. I haven’t really been training though”
Me: “Oh… So have you run a marathon before?”
Todd: “No, I can do 10 mile runs with ease. A couple of weekends ago I did 19 miles and it wasn’t too bad”
Me: “Well that’s very ambitious of you. Good luck”
Are you kidding me?! Does this scream foolish to anyone else? Either he’s going to be in for a big surprise, or he’s one talented runner, who by the way has only started running this year. To each their own I guess.
Let’s move onto the group run.
The group claimed that they run a 10-12 minute mile pace, which is exactly my range of pace. We started to run, and the group took off like a bat out of hell, and I was left behind with one other girl. We’ll call her Sue.
Sue brought her iPod Shuffle. Sue runs with her iPod Shuffle on, and still manages to converse in a louder-than-necessary tone on our run. It was very difficult to add to this conversation as you can imagine, so it was a lovely 4.5 mile run while Sue babbled on and on and on…
Here’s what I contributed to the conversation:
Don’t get me wrong, I came to this run group with full intention on meeting new people, I came with an open mind, and I tried my damndest to have a conversation with iPod Shuffle Sue.
AggGgghHhhhh!! Can you see how this would be a frustrating group run experience? Or am I over-reacting and being whiney?