I did my first run with the L.A. Leggers running/walking club this morning.
It was 12 miles. My longest run ever, I think.
It took us about 2.5 hours. I chose the 12.5-minutes-per-mile pace group, and it was a good call. I was thinking about maybe doing the 12-minutes-per mile group, but that would've been too fast. It turns out they do the Galloway method of walking for a minute each mile, which means the running pace is a bit faster than I would normally do comfortably.
Here's what I liked about running with the big group
1) I could be distracted by talking to people. My work-the-room instincts kicked in.
2) It undoubtedly kept me going when I would've wussed out if I were on my own.
3) Protection on the boardwalk. I don't run the Venice Beach boardwalk on my own. Even in the safety of the big group, we got our share of harassment. No, it doesn't kill us, but who wants to hear sleazy remarks? We'd get more on our own.
4) There were water stations. Cool snacks, too -- of course, there weren't any that I could have.
Here's what I was less thrilled about.
1) All the matching shirts.
2) Weird hand motions and yelled signals.
3) I'm not sure I like the walking-for-a-minute thing. But I'm giving it a shot.
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