I made my way up to the local running store to meet up with a few running friends to celebreate NRD. Not going to lie, it was HOT, but being my very first time participating in NRD, I couldnt use the heat as an excuse.
The group run was planned for 3 miles out and back along the lake. As we walked to the starting point I saw a few runners move to the front of the pack and assumed they would be the faster pace group. I didnt plan to pace myself very fast but as we started I was pulled by the lead pack and just went with it because my legs were feeling pretty good. I am quickly realizing how important group runs are for my tempo runs. It is so much easier for me to pace along with other runners than it is for me to run a tempo run on my own. Running along with the lead pack, we were pacing around 730 - 8 min/mile and it felt pretty easy given the temperature. Stopping twice for pictures (one of them is above) I was still able to average just under an 8 min pace for the run. Felt really good about the time and my legs felt great after we were done.
After the run, a number of prizes were raffled off to everyone who participated in the run. I was amazed because the run was free and they gave out a free pair of shoes, 4 free entries into 2 big races, and a bunch of smaller prizes. Cant beat those types of prizes for a free group run.
Awesome first NRD, so glad I went to this event, and I cant wait to participate in more group runs at the running store.
Is it easy for you to maintain your pace on tempo runs or do you find it easier to pace with someone??