Today's run was basic.
I found out that the group runs are only twice a week - Monday nights and Friday mornings. While other runs are scheduled, they are not group runs, just guidelines for how you should be running. So instead of going out last night as was scheduled, I went running this morning. The morning air is much better for running than the night air.
The only problem is though that I am running alone and not as part of a group. I see now the benefits of running as a group. I did not increase my distance today. One is not nearly as motivated when running alone. Also, I do not yet have my gps watch (couple more days I hope!), so it is difficult to know how to properly increase speed and distance at this point.
So I ran the route. I did not pay attention to my pace, but I ran almost the whole time. A couple of times I slowed down to walk for half a minute each time or so. I was a bit distracted and not really focused well, so I just ran the route.
I must say though that I feel stronger. I came back a bit earlier than normal (meaning I ran a bit quicker, or perhaps a bit more than usual so i finished the route a bit faster), and I was not wiped out. Even post-run I feel like I can still go out and run a little more. Maybe I am just delirious!
Anyway, if anybody wants to run with me at 5AM or so (today was 4:45AM) a couple times a week, right now at a moderate pace, let me know. I can use a partner!