You speed up, you slow down, you let the dog sniff things, you let him pee. Your pace might go down a bit when he gets tired, or when he tries to lap up the dew that's on the grass. Then it shoots up when he sees a chipmunk that he wants to chase.
But it's great to have a companion as enthusiastic about running as you are, especially when he finds your running shoes, brings them over to you, and drops them next to your feet.
My confidence level is slowly increasing, thanks in part to physical therapy, but also to Frank. I'm not one for doing speed work, but with the time I'm spending with him, I think I'm getting it done.
My last three runs have been great. When my knee first started to bother me, I was running between a 10:00 and 10:30 pace. But now that it's healing, I've been shocked when I look down at G-unit as we ramble on. I've been hitting between a 9:15 and a........8:30 pace!! At one point I was cruising along, and my chest was feeling a bit heavy, and I realized I was running a 7:40 pace. Wha wha whaaaaat?????
That's all well and good, but I think I need to fit in some solo runs, so I can find a consistent pace on my own. Which is where tomorrow's run comes in. Saturday it's going to be chilly and rainy, I'm talking 30 degrees in the morning chilly. I haven't run on the treadmill in a while, so I'm going to do my 18 miler inside. I think it will be good for me, mentally, and physically. I need to do some hills, and I have Mildred Pierce on the DVR, and I'm eager to get it done.
Tomorrow is day one for participating in my virtual Fall 5k race, details are here, but you have until October 9th to run a 5k, with a chance to win some great prizes. The registration fee is a donation to my NYC Marathon fundraising page, to benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation.
I'm so thankful for the donations I received this week, I truly appreciate it.
Happy Running, Biking, Swimming, Walking, Racing.....Happy Weekend : )