So, Sunday was the big kick off day for CIM training and I was SO ready for it. I arrived at about 7:50 am and waited only a few minutes before they let everyone into the store. I estimate that there were about 100 people there but some of them were only there to check out the training to see if it was for them before signing up.
The morning began with packet pick up which included our training shirt (photo coming soon), training schedule (see below), and $20 Fleet Feet gift card (you know what a gift card looks like, right?)
They talked at us for about 30 minutes, mostly going over things that were already readily available on their website’s training page. I couldn’t help but feel like they were kind of wasting my time, but I’m glad it didn’t last any longer than it did. We did get to meet our coaches and other “helpers” which was useful. After the pep talk, we headed outside for a 50 minute run.
One of the coaches, Justin, (I’m going to call him the head coach because he seemed to do most of the talking) cautioned us to slow down before we even began running. I knew he was right and had ever intention of keeping that mantra in my head when I started out, but a funny thing happens when you’re running in a group and expected to keep a certain pace.
The minimum pace for this group is a 13 minute mile, which I can do easily except for the occasional anomaly, but I freaked out when I saw that my Garmin said I was running a 12:40 pace at some point during mile 1. Never mind the fact that I was still warming up, I immediately felt like I was t o o s l o w and needed to pick up the pace. So I did. I averaged about 11:25 for this 50 minute run which is about 30 seconds faster per mile than I should have been going. 30 seconds might not sound like a lot, but in the running world, it’s huge. Trusting my internal pace will be one thing I’ll need to work hard on. Trusting myself.
Once everyone returned from the run, we did some core work and stretching, picked up a few nibbles that they provided – fruit, yogurt, bagels, and cream cheese – and I headed home. I generally have a recovery drink right after I finish my runs, or at least within 20 minutes. I’ll have to invest in some kind of insulated, lightweight, durable, container. Most of the containers I’ve seen are travel coffee mugs. What’s that about? Don’t the cup making people realize that more than just coffee and tea need to be insulated?
I ran for 3 easy miles this morning, but didn’t feel 100%. It was an “easy” run but was more difficult than it should have been. I blame it on running too hard on Sunday. Tomorrow is our first speed workout. I’m sure it will
kick my butt be tough, but I guess this is what I signed up for.