On the 25th of June, I started my 5k training plan along with my friend. We went to the park late at night after work and I came to the startling realization that my friend was really out of shape. I already knew that he was overweight, even obese, but he so excited about training with me. I made the program for myself and it was supposed to be at an easy pace for me, but I didn’t even consider what he might be able to do.
As we ran together the first night, after about 10 minutes, he had to take a break. We ended up walking much more than I planned to and eventually I had to shorten the running time down to 30 seconds. I had to do a lot of the pushing and encouraging and some running backward to make sure he wasn’t giving in.
It was a wonderful experience. Even though I know that I would have gotten a better workout by myself, I appreciate the company and am committed to having a running partner. I’ve run quite a few races by myself and if someone is eager to run with me, I’m all in. I know that I’ll get better, faster, stronger regardless because distance running is something you can get very good at very fast if you stick to it.
On the 26th, we did the second day of the program and he was really determined to do better. We only took one water break and we didn’t need to shorten the running time. He ran much slower than the day before, but he always kept moving. I found myself having to run ahead and run back, but I think him figuring out how to keep up a pace is a massive improvement.
Whether he sticks with me through the whole thing or not I will not give up on my goal, especially since this race is already paid for and I’m really looking forward to running a marathon by the end of this year.
Today, I will be spending 30 minutes on the elliptical and doing a 30-minute strength training circuit. It’s a full moon tonight, so hopefully, I’ll gain some strength and motivation for the coming month.