Saturday, May 15, 2010

speed and support ...

Earlier this week, Mrs. D (who I am training for her first 5K after a long hiatus) asked if I would join her for some of her longer runs. She was having a hard time pushing herself mentally. And I guess she thought I wouldn't let her quit. (which is true). Anyway, since I am pacing J tomorrow, I planned to meet her this morning. But before she showed up, I decided to sneak in a two mile time trial.

The last time I ran two miles all out was in February. I finished in 14:50. Today, I headed out into the heat and humidity on very tired legs (thanks P90X) and clocked a 14:46! Four seconds faster! I think I might be overly excited about this. But I am really pumped.

Shortly after finishing, Mrs. D arrived and we headed out for three miles. I told her to set the pace and I started talking and talking and talking (trying to distract her from the running). She did great. Yes, she tried to get me to let her stop. Yes, she probably wanted to hit me on more than on occasion. Yes, she questioned my methods. But, despite her doubts, she finished. And she rocked it. I'm so proud of her for pushing past her mental block. And I am even prouder that she is staying focused on her training even when life gets in the way. And because I know you all love pictures, here we are post run (I think her smile is fake. I'm not sure she had forgiven me yet)


24 comments:

Julie said...

THere is no such thing as being overly excited! I also get super pumped if I know I finished faster:) Good for you!

busyrunningmama said...

Great job on the 4 second improvement! That rocks!

Also, how cute is Mrs D?? I don't think the smile is fake, she looks proud, and she should be!! Doesn't it feel great to help someone else accomplish their goals. To push them and motivate them! I love to do that! Great job to the both of you!!!

Barefoot AngieB said...

Nice job on the run ladies!
Don't forget that the new time was done on tired P90X legs! Just think what it will be when your legs are rested!!

Carly said...

I think I feel the same way as Mrs. D when I'm done running. Haha.

Marlene said...

Congrats on the 2 mile time trial!! Speedy, girl.

Awesome that you're helping out your friend. Good for her!

Heidi said...

Congrats on the time improvement. That's awesome.

And congrats to your friend too. She was wise to turn to you for motivation.

bobbie said...

I think it is awesome helping out your friend! Wish I lived close to get in on that extra support!!

X-Country2 said...

How cool that you're supporting your friend like that. Running is so awesome like that.

akjenniekt said...

I think that's great! It is really nice to have someone to run with and push you...it helps a lot:)

Jen said...

It is great to "coach" someone. I love it. Great post!

Jen said...

It is great to "coach" someone. I love it. Great post!

misszippy said...

Go Mrs. D! I'm sure she loved having you out there and that you make a fantastic coach.

Karen said...

That's so great! I'm glad she had someone to train with her! I know running buddies always help! :0) About P90X, my brother just graduated from State Trooper Academy and for six entire months, they did P90X every single day (except weekends). He is really ripped now...he was always athletic but never muscular like he is now! Great job with sticking with it!!

Carolina John said...

running with friends is the best!

Katie A. said...

I love that your such a giving runner to so many peeps! Very cool!
And congrats on the 4 seconds - that is a big improvement with all that you have going on with the P90x! Whoo hoo!
Good luck tomorrow!

ajh said...

Mrs.D surely looks happy. You must be an awesome pacer!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

you are seriously a running rock star!

I keep forgetting thst street races are on Sunday (since trail races are on Sat). I know you and J will have a great time!

Sarah said...

Wow...you are fast! I keep meaning to time a one mile run so I have something to measure every month as I work on my speed.
Great pic!!!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Woohoo for the FAST 2 mile TT! :)

And, that's awesome that you helped Mrs. D today..even if she did want to hit you a couple of times...ha ha!

Cynthia O'H said...

4 seconds faster is great! After Tuesday is out of the way (work is interfering big time this month), I'm going to plan to shave some seconds of my time too.

Lindsay said...

Good job. You are super speedy. I need to try a trail run.

Dallas B. said...

Great job Mrs. D! You too Coach T!

Monica said...

YEP....That's definately a fake smile! :)

aron said...

so awesome that you are out there helping Mrs. D! she did great :)