Running Together

Today was a rare occasion that Dano and I ran together and, in doing so, I ran an unofficial 10 km PB of 1:01. It’s got us thinking that running together once a week might not be a bad idea.

The location for today’s run was a sunny, windy Isle of Wight coast, from Seaview (where Dano’s parents live) to Ryde and back.

The first kilometre was trail until we hit the seafront where we were met by strong head on gales but great views of the Portsmouth Spinnaker across the Solent.

Dano ran slower than usual, just ahead of me, to help pace me. I dragged my heels a bit the first 5 km, which we ran in 31 minutes.

The return leg had the sun in our faces but the wind behind us and I ran stronger. Dano counted down the last kilometre at 100 metre intervals, up the muddy, hilly trail where we finished uphill and with a negative split.

Today’s run was in contrast to our first ever run together, over two years ago, when we attempted 11 km, ran about 3 km and walked 8 km home in the rain (my fault).

I’ve not been a fan of running with company as I find it hard to concentrate on my run and my perseverance lacks. How do you find running with your other half or in a group?

Dano’s offered to take one for the team and pace me at one of our upcoming half marathons, either Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll or Copenhagen. It would be great to cross the finish line together.


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