|Run Racing coach Jacob (left) and runner Brian (right)|
|Run Racing coaches leading runners in streches before running.|
|Run Racing coaches Jake (left) and Jacob (right)|
On Saturday I met Run Racing coaches Jacob and Jake. Jake was politely dismissive of his own running talent, modestly acknowledging a recent 2:53 marathon finish and 1:15 half marathon run. Obviously experienced in the marathon, the coaches (which included Run Racing race director Jason Bruton) lead the runners through an extensive series of warm-ups before hitting the streets.
|Running on the California State University Long Beach campus.|
I opted for the 4.5 mile loop, and found myself running with Brian. My Saturday run with Brian perfectly illustrates why training with a group brings the kind of results it is almost impossible to achieve with solo running. Between breathing hard, I had to remark to Brian that his pace was, honestly, a little harder than what I usually run. Still, with my USATF t-shirt on, I felt I had to make an effort to hang with Brian for at least a mile. In the end, Brian and I traded the lead a few times. When we checked our pace, I discovered the last two miles were right around a 7:00 minute pace. Not bad! Left to my own, I'm sure I would have been happy with a 8:00 pace, but that's the great thing about training with a group. You can find a partner to challenge yourself and the motivation to push harder than your solo running comfort level.
|Run Racing pace leader wins a USATF Road Mile Championships t-shirt!|
|Enjoying some post-run refreshments in Whaley Park, Long Beach, CA.|
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