Monday, September 7, 2009

Running with someone new...

Kelly and I after a hot run

I'm a huge fan of training with people. And to be honest, I can not even tell you the last time I ran or biked alone (swimming does not count - you can't chat while you are underwater!) So when a new runner moved into town (not far from the new condo) and expressed the idea of wanting to join our group - we where excited. We like to call new people that train with us - or the ones who show up randomly - as guest stars and it's always exciting to have someone new in the mix.

Anyway, she lives in my new stomping grounds in Panama City Beach, and we decided to run this morning. Seven easy miles. And I was kind of nervous. Hadley is aiming to run a 3:10 marathon in Chicago. Wow. So we met at my place around 6:30 this morning. It was a great route that was pretty much the IMFL running course right along the beach. We just ran along and chatted. Stopped to check out the gulf and decided to run around a mile right long the waterline. The water was so beautiful - bright blue and flat with thunderheads in the back ground. Then we made our way back to North Lagoon and before we knew it - back at my place. It was a great run. According to good old red Garmin - at a 9min average pace.

Tied with the amazing 12 mile run I ran on Saturday with Kelly and Lisa - my running is feeling awesome. I think I've made it over the mental hump of holding back on my long runs. Thinking that I'll fizzle out if I go too fast. Leading me to believe that I might actually have a shot of qualifying for Boston in January. And it's all because of the people I train with. They know what I can do - and are willing to push me to reach my goals. Awesome. I feel so fortunate to having such great friends!

'Recovery' after the 12 miler on Saturday

New job is awesome. Love it. And I've been working on mastering the craft of using my Iphone. Feel free to forward any helpful apps that you might have!! And once I figure out how to move pictures from the phone to my computer - be preparied for random photos!

And now - I'm going to gripe a moment about football season. More specifically - Southern Football. I know nothing about it. I did not go to school at UGA or Florida State. So PLEASE DON'T PULL ME INTO THESE HARD CORE CONVERSATIONS and make take sides for something I could care less about. So, people at the bar, at work, at grocerie store, let me I'm watching the FSU/Miami game right now. Ugh. Tis the season. :)


Missy said...

You better stay up on your SEC football or you might get shot in the south. BEEE very careful;)

I found a new cycling partner that might just kick my that good kinda way. That rocks. You have to be happy about your new guest star.


3 10? Holy cr*p! She really is a guest STAR.
Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

Running with others is fun and challenging. Keep working it. I am sure you have a BQ headed your way in January. Enjoy football season.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love making new training friends, good times

Patricio said...

Trying to catch up with the blogs I follow... nice posts and cool pics as usual!
Do you love the new Gramin or what? It's fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

Katie said...

I absolutely love finding new running buddies :) So much fun!
Way to knock out the miles... glad you have such great support. Keep it up!

Susi said...

holy hannah just looking at the photo of the ocean water makes me want to run! what a great thing to find a new running buddy! good on ya for pushing through some boundaries too!!

Herrad said...

Hi Chloe,
Good post and beautiful photos thanks for sharing.
Have fun with your new place and work.

Heidi Austin, PT, DPT said...

training partners are the best! what would we do without them?

Glad to hear you like the new job :) And yes I did Santa Rosa a couple years ago... (it was turned into a du because of rough water). Regardless it was a fun race and very well organized. Let me know if you sign up!

kristen said...

3:10 marathon - WOWZA. That's insane. Keep running with that studette!!

Great run girl!

Herrad said...

Hi Chloe,

Please go to my blog and pick up your award.

Jamie said...

How about this, if you make it to Boston, I'll promise to help you celebrate at the finish line!

I volunteered a the finish line last year. If I don't race it, I'll definitely be there again.

Gina said...

Apps you need:
- Pandora
- Bejweled 2 (best game ever)
- Flixster
- Google
- iHandy Level

Let me think of some of the others!

Judi said...

when people want to talk about the NFL just blow them off and say they suck since they hied michael vick back. damn i glad i don't live in philly.

you look just like marni in that picture, btw.

Amy said...

Go Mizzou?!?!

Your runs sounded awesome! I love that you can dip into the ocean when you're done.