I attended the Fleet Feet Social Run on Thursday. We did 4 miles in 38:15.42 at a 9:34 pace. In the past, I've spoken about how I am sort of in between pace groups on this run, which is frustrating because I don't run with the slower group and be unintentionally pushing them to run faster or run with the faster group that will run me into the ground by the second mile. Staying my own pace would most often would leave me running alone, which kind of defeats the purpose of attending a social run, but I have been thinking more about it, and this run could be a good place for me to learn about pacing. I have just been so happy to be running that I haven't given enough attention to pacing and understanding how it will benefit me as a runner. Up till now, I have just been amazed to be running. Recently, I have come to think of myself as in the my toddler stage as a runner: I am up and about, happy as hell to be doing it, but not skilled in the slightest! Now that the weather is getting nicer, more people are beginning to show up to the run, and almost all of them are more experienced than I. They may not be running at my pace, but they know how to maintain their pace, which is a skill that I lack.