I met Karen at 8:30 a.m. my 30 km LSD run. She's leading the Running Room's marathon group. Woody's marathon is a week earlier than Calgary so we're pretty much at the same spot in our training.
We ran the country road route that she usually runs with her group. We started at the Running Room and ran straight down the Delburne Highway (19 Street) until we reached one of the range roads and turned down it for a few more kilometres. We passed farms, fields and country homes. It was an out and back so we turned around at the 15 km mark.
You know I haven't run with anyone in a really long time, especially on a long run. It was really good to have the company. I don't know Karen that well so we got know each other over the three hours.
I like Karen. She's genuine and has a big heart. I'm going to try to run with her group on the odd Sunday.
I didn't sleep well the night before so I was pretty groggy for the first 5k or 6k. I wore my CamelBak for the first time in about a year. I wasn't adequately hydrated so I needed as much water as I could carry.
We aimed to keep our pace at 6:30. I was in charge of our pace until my watch died. Fortunately it decided to die when we were only a kilometre or two away from our starting point. We did 10 and 1s. I don't usually do them. But I didn't mind this week. They really do help extend the long runs.
We did speed up a few times and skipped a couple walk breaks. In the end it was a solid long run. I'm really happy. This week I will focus on my tempo runs and hills.