On the running front I had a couple of really good runs. My Saturday run was my first ever group run. It was funny, I was honestly a bit nervous! I set everything out the night before like the first day of school. Unfortunately, because I was a little nervous, I forgot my Garmin! So, two of the members graciously offered to pace me. Unfortunately, that meant that I had to run 1 mile more than expected - no big deal. I'm sure I looked like a newbie runner tool. Either way, it was a blast. I am for sure going to join. They do runs about every day it seems, but of course only the Friday and Saturday runs fit into my schedule.
If you are ever in the eastern part of Phoenix, check out the East Valley Runners.
Total weekly mileage: 51 miles!! A new personal record. I was scheduled to only do 49, but I ran one extra mile on Thursday and one extra on Saturday.
10 miles, ~8:05 pace
My first ever group run. I got to meet a lot of really neat people - only two of whose name I remember. Fail. However, I got to chit chat with some cool guys and not feel guilty about talking about running all the time. Score.
19 miles, 8:10 pace
Phoenix has been experiencing a "cool snap" with highs around 104. This means that at 6:00am, it is still in the upper 70s. This feels GREAT compared to ~90 at the same time. Mostly due to the cool weather, this run went as well as I could have ever expected. I took gels every 5 miles and only stopped to walk during my last gel. Well, that and when I hit the wall at 18.5 miles. I only had 4 minutes of running left, but for some reason I couldn't squeeze out any more miles.