On and off for the past couple of months, my friend Meg and I have been meeting up for a Tuesday night run. We have slowly morphed these into tempo Tuesdays, as we are both trying to get into shape by increasing our turnover little by little. We are capable of running the same pace, so it’s really a perfect fit.
Yesterday, we weren’t able to meet up due to other conflicts, so we both said an early morning run would work – we would just be doing it solo. My alarm went off way to early (as usual) and I was out the door by 5:10am to start my run. Before I laced up my shoes, I swore off the tempo. I had just run 5 miles 10 hours prior, and my legs were tired. I quickly talked myself into the workout, knowing it was only 20 minutes. The beginning of a training plan is usually the most important, as every other workout builds on these first few weeks of effort. Even though it was only 20 minutes, it was imperative I got it done. I hammered out the few miles at tempo pace and came home feeling pretty accomplished. I knew as I was finishing up, Meg was probably starting out on her run, so I sent her a simple text.
Even though we didn’t run actually run together, the accountability was there so it felt like we did! We want to be able to train together for the duration of the season (and beyond), so checking in like this was great for both of us. I’ve always preferred to run with a group over running solo, but I find it difficult to find someone who runs a similar pace. Even though we couldn’t physically be running step for step, this little check-in really made me realize how important a support system is when training – not only from your family (which I have endless amounts of support from) but also from the people in your life each and every day.