So two days ago I decided to run just for the fun of it. I ran for 1.2 miles at a 7:00 minute mile pace. I was having trouble with it but for the average female (average as in someone who is not a distance running track star), 7 minutes is a really fast mile pace. So today I went on a 3.12 mile run with a group of people and they told me that they were running at a 8:20-9:00 minute mile pace. I was having trouble keeping up after the 1 mile mark. Which made me think that we weren't actually running that slowly. I started thinking that because if I just decide to go running, without any major motivation I can easily run over 3 miles at a 8:00-8:30 mile pace. So now I feel like complete crap because supposedly I should have been able to keep up and because I wasn't able to I'm the equivalent of crap now. And it's even worse because I was one of two girls in the group and although both us us couldn't keep up. Because I'm older and because of my occupation it reflects extremely horribly on myself.
I'm sorry if I sound like a petulant child who won't take responsibility for my actions but I really don't think they were running that slowly. I think it was more towards a 7:00 mile pace than it was an 8:20.
I can understand that. I was disappointed in myself in school the last 2 times I ran the mile in gym. In 8th grade I ran it in 8:06 minutes and in 9th I ran it in over 11 minutes. The reason I was so slow the last time was because I got an extremely painful cramp under my ribs which I usually get when I do a lot of running, which I never run. They cramp was so bad I could hardly walk, but they wanted us to keep going. Worst mile of my life. If I ever was allowed to get a dog, I would probably run with it because I see it as good for your health, but I wouldnt want to awkwardly run alone :/