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I had a 5 miler scheduled for today, and as all I've done since I started running again is steady mileage, I was toying with the idea of making it a progression or a tempo running. Spent all day changing my mind and still hadn't decided when I set off, so I started steady (7:30mm ish) but after a couple of miles something made my mind up for me.
I came up behind another runner going up a hill on the golf course, I didn't speed up at all but because he was taking it easy I went past him naturally. However ,when I pulled a few yards ahead I think he decided he wanted to race as he came past me quite quickly (6:30ish). I couldn't resist then so I quickened up and followed on his shoulder for a couple of miles. After a couple of miles I decided to turn off as I didn't want to overdo it.
The funny thing is, when I was following him I felt great and had no idea how hard we were running, but as soon as I was on my own again I realised I was tired ( I had plenty left, but I was tired)
Does anyone else find it hard not to follow other runners? It was good to know that there's plenty in the tank though, although I have to behave for the rest of the week now! It did remind me of some of the things I love about running though. Made me really want to joing a club to have some people to run with.