So it was my first day running with the LA Leggers. I got all of my stuff together last night so I wouldn’t have to worry about forgetting anything in the morning. Well, I forgot my running hat of course so that was a first for me. I also put out my pre-run nutrition which was a few fig newtons and some apple sauce. I read somewhere online that they were a good pre-run food. I brought a Clif Builder’s Bar for after my run for the protein. I had my water bottles filled in my hydration belt and managed to fit my phone and my ID in its pocket. My keys were kind of bulky but I made them fit. Funny thing is I saw someone else running this morning with my same belt on and she had her keys looped into the belt, doh! So I will do that next time.
Today seemed to be a lot of firsts for me. My first time running with a group which meant (obviously) following someone else’s pace, lots of things being called out that I had to pass along to others, no music, eating before a run and no hat. Let’s start with following someone else’s pace. I like this. For the last year and a half I’ve been trying to run faster to get a new 5K PR. Now I’m concerned with endurance so this pacing thing makes a lot of sense and, again, helps me just focus on my form and breathing. We did a combination of running and walking. I understand that this aids in injury prevention and building endurance. I’m doing what they tell me to do and I like it.
Now the stuff that’s being called it is mostly for our safety and helps us run with others like pedestrians, walkers, bikers, etc. So I have a different awareness for my surroundings than I would have if I were just by myself. I like this too. We’re being courteous to others so we can all use the same beach harmoniously.
Running with no music is really interesting. I love music. It takes me out of my head and gives me motivation while I run. I really want to participate in this group experience so I am leaving my earbuds at home. It’s ok so far. I chatted a bit with my running partner and that kept me occupied. I’m not sure how I will do during a race on my own or on longer distances, but for now it’s ok. Again, I think running without music gives me a new awareness while I run.
So I usually don’t eat before I run simply because I tend to run first thing in the morning and I don’t want to take the time to eat and then immediately go out and run. Since I have to drive to Santa Monica and it takes me around 45 minutes, now I have the time. I’m going to try different types of food before my runs so I know what works for me by the time my race comes up. Please give me suggestions if you have any for pre-run, during run and post-race foods.
I think the best part of today was enjoying running along the beach. It sure is nice to look up and see the ocean and even smell the ocean breeze. I’m looking forward to running around Santa Monica and seeing it from a different view.
I’m looking forward to continuing my training and learning along this journey.