Recently, I've been running more alone than as part of my classes, so this morning's run as part of Plycore was a welcome change. Most of the people who take these classes are in much better shape than I am. Even though, I have gotten much stronger over the last year, their conditioning is far better than mine, so keeping up with them is always a challenge. We ran 2.67 miles this morning, but consider I don't have a Gamin yet -- I can't tell you what pace we ran, but I do know that it was much faster than I am currently running when I run on my own. The first three guy were out about a full two blocks ahead of me by the time we reached the halfway point. I was able to stay with the next three ladies until we were about two thirds of the way through the course, but the settled in about a half of a block behind them and losing ground quickly. It was a challenge just to keep up with them as longs as I did and required much more form me than I normally put out. Normally, I have enough energy to sprint out at the end, but that was not an option on today's run. I may have been able to pick it up a little but didn't try because that wasn't the point. My goal is to be able to keep up on these runs at my own normal pace. I know that it will require a lot of continued effort on my part, but I am committed to my running goals.
After class I did a few cross training exercise on my own because the class stuff was sure to aggravate my Achilles. I made sure that I stretched a lot, then hit the foam roller. I can see this being my SOP for a while. I hope not, but I think it will last this way until I finish my next race on the 9th.