Starting to pace aka good thing to have running buddies

(Brisbane Running Buddies, after all, you just shouldn't run by yourself http://groups.google.com/groups/brisbanerunningbuddies/

We're getting closer to the race and I am already nervous about it. Good news is, well, if I may be so bold to call it that (ahem!), I get the feeling that a lot of us feel as if we're totally not ready.

This Saturday, we ended up having to pace ourselves for a 2 mile run. Afterwards, when I caught my breath and chilled after having had some coffee, did I realize that it was only 1 mile (or so-sh) off from having run the whole 5K. Hmmmm, it was good to have a sense of distance. Apparently, from the watercoolers on Auditorium Shores to the wooden bridge in Zilker park, it was the 1 mile point so we had to pace ourselves and just run at a steady pace (walking whenever we needed to take a break of course).

Patrick Guy, our trainer told us that if you start fast, you really will lose time in the long run and this type of training (as opposed to the intervals training I mentioned before) actually prepares you a whole lot better for the/a race. I ended up running with Greg, Katie and Chris which we all agreed was a big advantage. People ended up taking turns (spontaneously so) setting the pace and since we were all pretty much on par in terms of fitness/ability, when the pace-setter said, sorry,can't go anymore, we were all glad since we were all ready for a walking break.

The Trail of Lights are being set up as we speak. I keep hoping for some trail/run designation so that I can visualize, and try to run it a few times beforehand. Well, pacing and walking is more like it. Knowing how much better I did in the company of Greg, Katie and Chris, I hope that for the final race I can run (pace, PACE already!)alongside a few of my compadres.

Eventhough not all of Team Zen got selected for the Club Chronicle challenge, the team does consist of more than just 'us 11'. I'm honestly glad to be part of the whole team. As we were yakking during our pace-run, I was happy to hear that everyone is intending to continue after this Club Chronicle challenge. I need them, so thank you Adam from Zen and Patrick our trainer for being available every Saturday morning. Here is to many more, including ALL of us in the challenge. You guys keep me going.

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