I've explored a little bit of my concerns with the running group. It's not, of course, the running group itself that concerns me. It's me and whether or not the running group is going to work with my particular individual psychology.
Today was more fun than the last time. I ran with a woman who was great to talk with. It was her first time, and I invited her to run alongside me. They do this two-by-two thing, which can be deadly depending on whom you're paired with. It encourages people to not take risks and meet new people (because of the potential deadliness). Or to welcome newcomers as well as they should.
We did 8.5 miles and didn't -- thank goodness -- go the typical route along the boardwalk again. We ran past amazing Santa Monica and Brentwood homes. I brought my own water bottle, which was good as we didn't have any water stations today.
This club doesn't work for people who need to stop a lot, for whatever reason.
I don't think I like being "paced," even though on another level I appreciate it. I like to know what's coming up and to have some control over the speed. The runs are less fun when I don't have that element of control.
Our pace, including the walk breaks, was 12:15, which meant that the nonwalking pace averaged about 11:30. Eighteen miles next week.
My running wish list
These are some things I probably should get:
1) A baseball-style running hat for sun protection. Because of my massive head, I'll probably need a man's hat, but those don't have a space for a ponytail. It's easier for me to find appropriate bras -- at least I know where to go. I don't know if anyone actually makes what I'm looking for in a hat.
2) A dorky fuel belt. They come with little bottles and a pouch.
I'm so resisting the idea.
3 days ago