Monday, September 24, 2007

Four is the magic number

I'm up to 4 miles ... sure, it's not actually running the whole time, but it's STILL FOUR (4) MILES!!!!! Here's the funny part. On Saturdays, the entire Atlanta Team (all participants connected with Team In Training) are supposed to meet for General Training Sessions (GTS). As discussed in prior posts, it is EXTREMELY important for me to participate in these GTS meetings. I have now been able to run with the team on TWO Saturdays.

I'm getting to the funny part, honest.

So this past Saturday, the team is supposed to meet "at the River". So, I assumed that "at the River" meant at the end of Columns Drive (in the parking lot for the Chattahoochee National Park entrance which is about 2 miles from my house and well, why wouldn't they pick the location that is most convenient to me?). Well, as we all know what happens when one "assumes".

Here's the funny part (finally).

I go to the parking lot (which coincidentally the same one that I use when I run on my own) about 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. That's kind of funny too because I'm rarely ever early or on time for anything, but I digress. So I get there ahead of schedule, and NO ONE IS THERE. Coincidence? I think not. I do spy, however, a TNT water stop ... someone standing behind a table with large coolers handing out powerade and water for TNT.

Ah HA!!!

So I casually saunter over and say, "Hey! Isn't there supposed to be a TNT training run here this morning?"
And the guy behind the cooler says, "Yes, there is! Are you part of that?"
As I stand there in my "official TNT running shirt", I say, "Uh, yes, but where is everyone?"
He says, "Well they always start over at the Powers Ferry Frontage Road end."


So I run, and I do mean run, the 1.5 miles through the park down to the Powers Ferry end. Where, wouldn't you know, there's another water stop - but still no "TEAM". So I get some water, regain consciousness (because I made it down there in about 18 minutes which is pretty fast for me), catch my breath, do a few stretches and say (with much control) to the lady behind the coolers on this end ... " Hey, where is everyone?". She says with a grin, "They haven't started yet."


So I did a few more stretches and sure enough, my mentor shows up a few minutes later. I started to jog with her so I could tell her that I had already run 1.5 miles and that I parked/started on the wrong side. Alas, her pace was a bit too quick for me, so I dropped behind. However, I did catch up with her at the second water stop (the one that I started on) and she suggested that I run with her the last mile. So we did and I worked on my breathing, and she was very complimentary! She said I was doing great for just 5 weeks in - called me a powerhouse! Which was really nice, but I wondered if she was confusing me with one of her other proteges? OK, I'll try to learn how to take a compliment.

I'm not sure how this week is going to go, however. I woke up this morning with a horrific case of sinus congestion, headache, and general icky feeling. I just want to go to sleep. Fortunately, as Monday is my official DAY OF REST, maybe if I take 10,000 MG of vitamin C, I'll feel better in the morning!

Stay tuned!

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