I have all of the normal worries with doing anything for the first time (including THAT thing). I'm worried that I'll be too slow or too fast, that I'll talk too much or too little, and that I won't be able to find a groove. Strange how something so simple can still get me a little worked up! I've been running for 3 years now, time to be OK with this. I'm going to try my best to get out there for a quick 7 miler. The only issue may be getting the run in and cleaned up by an 8:30 appointment that I have at my new house.
Does anyone else do any 'formalized' group runs?
On a side note, I took a bit of a break this past week, missing my first speed day of my training season. My left quad is feeling a bit strange. Not sore so much as just.... Strange. Almost an itch or a burn. If my quad starts to discharge puss, I think that I'm going to get it tested for syphilis. Until it does, I decided to take it a bit easy.
In spite of my quad, I have been able to get quite a few good runs in though. I had a pair of 3 milers at 8:15 and 8:30 recovery pace. On Tuesday, I had a very good 7 miler at 7:55. I really wanted to hold somewhere between 7:55 and 8:00 - pushing a bit harder than I normally would and I was able to do it with only moderate effort.
On Saturday, I have a 7 miler at marathon pace. I'm going to try to hit 7:40 - 7:45 which would put me around 3:23 marathon. Maybe Rock and Roll Arizona would let me run that 4x over the course of a week and set a new marathon PR!?