The Beaches Resort where we were staying has group runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 am. I planned to join the Wednesday group run. I had my usual group run fear that I wouldn't be fast enough to keep up. I also didn't have my trusted Nathan water belt with me so there was no water or pocket for "stuff".
|Ready to Run!|
We met at the pier by the dive shop and there were four other runners in addition to the Beaches fitness director Leonardo. Three were clearly "fast" runners that I was going to have trouble keeping up with. The fourth, Sylvie, was from Montreal. She had a belt for stuff and a bottle of water - I recognized her immediately as one of my "type" of running buddies. Slower, but determined and prepared. Sylvie told us she had just started exercising a few weeks ago and was looking to lose 30 pounds.
|The dive shop pier|
|Leonardo and the "fast" runners|
I kept as close as I could so I could learn the loop, and parted ways with them after the first mile. I also lost Sylvie fairly early as she wisely chose to do run/walk intervals at her own pace. I ran another mile on my own, closer to a 12:00-minute/mile pace. After that second mile, the humidity and lack of water were taking their toll on me so I decided I had accomplished my mission of running on vacation and mentally checked that box.
As I was heading for my room, I saw Sylvie and sprinted over to her with my last burst of energy. We congratulated each other on our runs and commitment to exercising. I know Sylvie will stick with it and lose those 30 pounds!
|Sylvie and me, post-run!|
|on the pier with Freddy & Rick later that day|