Step back week for the team… 8 miles on the agenda. We were running on an out-and-back course that parallels a freeway. It’s nice to be off city streets and away from cars, but this course does require people to cross a few busy intersections and it’s wide open to the blazing sun. It’s an alright path, but whenever we’ve run it people seem far more rundown than they do on other courses. I don’t know what it is about this path that wears people down, but it really does seem to have that effect.
I’ve discovered on out-and-back courses I really have the chance to increase my daily mileage. I ran with the front of the pack out to the turn around point, then I turned to ran back to the turn around with a few others. Then I started running back with a middle-packer. Once I was nearly to the end of the path, I turned back to find the back of the pack. I covered a little more than 11 miles total. I love that aspect of this gig!
We seemed to have a lot of difficulties with our team on this run though. One gal had heavy, lead legs… a guy had a hurt hamstring… one gal ended up with GI issues and ran home since she lived nearby… another girl was developing blisters all over her feet… a gal was overheating. It seemed pretty rough on many of them today. But I’m really proud of the way most of them handled it, they either listened to their bodies and called it a day when they needed to or they pushed through when it was appropriate!
I am coaching a group of runners for the organization Team Challenge. They are fundraising for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America while training to run the Napa to Sonoma half marathon in July.