I feel like an episode of the twilight zone. Its saturday morning, past noon, and I am in my pj's drinking coffee and... blogging?? What? Who is this girl and what happened to crazy wedding planning Sara?
Oh she's here. In fact right now she's playing around with her super fun new Martha Stewart paper punch and designing stationary.
I big pink puffy heart crafting. And weddings.
But you're here for the running related stuff huh...
Today was Team Challenge practice week #2 - New Jersey version. Aka we have a lot of participants from south jersey so we have split up practices in two spots to give more people the opportunity to get the "group training experience" I think I woke up about ten times in the middle of the night terrified I had over slept. I don't know why I do that, but I do. When my alarm finally woke up I double checked my emails and started reciting the names of the people to expect at practice. I am horrible with names. I shouldn't even be talking about it. But I am awesome with repetition, and if I repeat it enough times I am golden.
I like to be super on time! (or I am still learning how to use my new Garmin...)
My pretty sweet new coach shirt.
So here's the thing. I don't want to say anything negative about New Jersey, but with out fail, every time I go there I get some kind of lost. And then I get angry and frustrated. Lose lose. Thankfully the park we were meeting at is RIGHT by Ralph's office so he gave me great directions and I was there super early. And then I parked in the wrong parking lot. Excellent. This gave me plenty of time to practice with the Garmin and after a few minutes I got the hang of it. I jogged around the park until I met up with our wonderful mentor who helps out with practice. One by one our participants trickled in and then it was time to start practice. Meeting in such a small group was a change from last week but it gave it a much more laid back feeling which was great. I felt like I was just meeting up with friends for a run instead of leading this huge group workout. We were able to split up into two groups and head out.
AAAAAAND I got my Garmin to work! So when someone asks "what's our pace?" or "how far did we just run" I could answer with confidence instead of saying "oh about a mile". It really makes such a difference!
After our run - me with some of our fabulous NOVA teammates!
Bottom line, practice was great, the people are awesome and I am having a BLAST! Getting up early on Saturday mornings is totally worth it, and when practice is over I feel like I have really accomplished something for the day. I am loving meeting all the new people, hearing their stories, and helping them train.
Now if only the weather would warm up a bit...