Saturday was a 16 miler with 10 at marathon pace. My marathon pace is 9 min/mi. I decided to run with the 4:30 group, their MP is 10:15. My decision to do this was based on my knee being a little achey when running a 9 min. pace earlier in the week and my fear of something happening 2 weeks before the marathon. The 10 miles felt good, so I decided to break off from that group and pick up the pace for the remaining 6. I’m glad I did because that felt really good! No problems with my knee after, just a little soreness all over.
This week will wrap another 5k training session. Someone asked me recently if I liked coaching the My First 5k group. I LOVE it! I truly feel like I get more out of it than I ever imagined. Hearing the excitement in their voice as they run 5 minutes straight for the first time. Hearing them say, I think I’m starting to like running. Having them run other races and come back and say to me, I could not have done it without you, Coach Regina. My groups always become my little family and they warm my heart.
Definitely looking forward to lower miles this week and my group’s race on Saturday, The Pumpkin Run.