Runching with Greg

On Wednesday, Greg and I headed out for a run. Greg is my coworker that I recently started hanging out with. I found out a few weeks back that he runs. He approached me in the lunch room to bring up the fact that he had heard that we had a work Flying Pig Relay team. We did! And we had fun. In addition, one of the members that was on our team this past year is no longer with the company, so we have an opening.

After that, we talked about running a few more times before I finally IMd him and asked him if he wanted to join me for a run at lunchtime.

Since that day, we have run together about 6 times, averaging twice per week. It is nice to have someone to get me out the door. Some days my motivation is definitely waning, and having him gets me running.

Wednesday we decided just to do 4 miles. We went back and did the first route that we did together that day. It was a good one because about a mile of it is on trails, which is a nice change of pace from running on sidewalks all the time. This route is also not so hilly as what we ran on Monday. It takes us through a new park in Blue Ash that is different every time we are there. They are working on the park, updating it, developing it, and there is some construction going on there now.

At least on Wednesday it was not raining like it was on Monday. On Monday we did a little over 4.5 miles and we came back to the office completely soaked to the bone. Water was dripping off of our clothes and hair, I hoped that this run would feel as good as that rainy one did. Because despite the cold and rain, it was a lovely run.

Here are how things turned out for us on Wednesday:
Mile 1 - 8:33 (this one hurt)
Mile 2 - 8:16
Mile 3 - 8:03
Mile 4 - 7:51 BOOM!

Greg said he was hurting a bit by the end. It was the opposite for me. I was feeling wonderful by the end and hurting the first mile. There is something to be said for warming up I guess.

Do you have a running buddy at work?

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