Last night was our second group run for Women Run/Walk Memphis. I am coaching with the Intermediate 2 group and many of the women in the group have run a 5K before but are working on getting faster or getting back into running after a hiatus for one reason or another.
Due to the heat and the group’s pace goals, we train using run/walk intervals (9 minutes running, 1 minute walking). I’ve never used a run/walk plan before. Even when I started running again a couple years ago, my general strategy was to just run until either A) I wore myself out or B) I finished the route.
I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed the run/walk approach though. It is a really nice strategy for large group runs because it tends to make it easier to keep a little pace group together.
In terms of experience, I am definitely a baby compared to the other coaches, so I am probably learning as much as anyone else there (including lots of good stretches).
Last night our group did 4 miles and in two weeks they will peak at 5 miles. I also got to try out my new Brooks PureGrits. At first they felt a little loose, but after wearing them all evening, they seemed to start to conform to my feet a little better. I’ll have to do a couple more runs in them before I make up my mind.
Also, my friend Ruchee gifted me a ticket to see Michael Buble on Wednesday night. Words cannot describe how excited I am about this. I love me some Michael Buble. The concert may make it difficult for me to get to spin Thursday morning (I am currently on a streak of 19 consecutive weeks), but I’m going to try and make it all the same. In honor of Mr. Buble, here is a link to MB songs sorted by BPM to run to. You’re welcome.