Yesterday was my second group training session with Team in Training.
It snowed all day here in NYC. Like big, wet snowflakes until about 2pm or so. Then it got colder and the pretty wet snow turned to ice.
I knew that the group runs are rain or shine so I knew that I was going to attend, whether I liked it or not.
Come 5:30pm, I changed into my fleece-lined tights, two long sleeved running shirts and a windbreaker in my office and began my trek up to Central Park. I didn’t have ear-warmers, a hat or gloves…did I mention that it was about 28 degrees out? Obviously I need to work on being a bit more prepared.
As I was walking to the train, I almost wiped out on the ice no less than 4 times. This was not a good sign. Regardless, I made my way up to Central Park and met BLC outside of the park so that we could walk through together. Little known fact – Central Park is freaking scary in the dark.
BLC and I chatted on the way over to meet the group (mainly wondering how we were going to get a run in without slipping on the ice and breaking a leg/arm).
When we found the TNT group, there were definitely more people there than I thought there would be. We are all a little nuts, I guess. Some announcements were made, the workout was explained and we got to hear from a TNT alumni who has been in remission from Hodgkin’s for four years. Even though we were all freezing and wondering what the heck we were doing in Central Park on a Tuesday night after a snow storm, being able to hear from someone who has gone through so much, and represents the type of people LLS and TNT support, really put things into perspective.
Motivation for the workout – check.
The workout was essentially a pace test to determine what pace we should be running out long runs. Those people who already knew their pace went with the “advanced” group for a different workout. In hindsight, I probably should have gone with the advanced group because I already have an idea of what pace I should be running but labeling myself advanced kinda freaks me out.
We started with a half mile warm-up jog to the starting point for our timing. Once we got to the start point, we were told to run at a conversational pace for a half mile and time ourselves. We would multiply that time by 2 and that would be our pace group. To be honest, I feel like this was a little deceiving. My conversational pace for a half mile is MUCH faster than my conversational pace for 10 miles. I think that goes without saying…
My time ended up being 4:36 for the half mile for a pace of 9:12 per mile. I will tell you right now, I will NOT be running my long runs at a 9:12 per mile pace. Just being real.
We ended up running about 2 miles in total – I ran the second half mile with BLC and timed him. Have I mentioned how happy I am that he has been joining me on my runs?!
After our run and pace test, one of the run coaches led a quick strength training session that included lunges, squats, planks and calf exercises. Right after our strength training exercises, we did some stretching as a group and ended for the night.
All in all, another successful group training session with TNT NYC! I’m super bummed that I will not be able to attend any of the group training sessions (GTS) until 2014 (<– how weird is it to say that!).
I will be at a wedding in Philadelphia this weekend and we head out to California to visit BLC’s family for the holidays so it looks like I will be running with BLC or solo for the next few weeks. Can’t really complain because the forecast for CA looks pretty nice…
Think I can manage