KGW Reporter Pat Dooris, a self-described NON-runner, committed on April 1st to a 13-week training program to run his first Half Marathon. Here is his weekly blog about that journey to become a "Half Marathoner":
I looked forward to my first Saturday run with the new Galloway group April 9th.
The plan was to meet at REI in the Pearl District, then run to Lincoln High School for a “Magic Mile” and some other drills.
It seemed simple enough until I remembered I’d never run with a group. What should I bring? How far? How fast? What if they leave me in the dust? Bring water or not? Good heavens!
I decided to bring my usual run stuff, which I’m sure will get pared down as we go farther. But right now it’s a small fanny pack (a man purse according to my wife, Jackie) with an iPod, earphones, keys, driver’s license, my phone (to call a cab if the whole thing turns out to be a really bad idea), and a couple dollars to buy a cup of coffee afterward. I also carried a bottle of water because it’s my security blanket for now. I like to know I can get water whenever I need it.
The group of 20 or so runners turn out to be quite punctual.
In the TV world, we often over book ourselves and run late - and people are nice and wait. As I drove up to REI three minutes before 9 a.m., the entire team was already assembled and getting instructions on the run. I hustled to meet them and arrived just in time to hear Aaron, the leader announce it was 9 a.m. and time to leave.
We jogged over to Lincoln and began a couple laps around the track.
Aaron told us to do a couple 400’s---I had no idea what he meant but fell in with a friendly group as we headed around the track. A woman leading the group explained the "400" meant one lap, and admitted she too was confused when she was a beginner like me.
After the laps we did something Aaron called “gliders.” You basically take a straightaway on the track, start running at 50% then ramp up to 75-80% halfway through, before slowing down through the end of the straightaway.
I have no idea why we did that, but it was the first time I’ve run fast (for me) on a real track in, well, forever. It felt great! I’m sure Aaron will explain why we’re doing it at some point.
As the morning wore on, I got to meet several members of the group. Many were returning from previous years, some have run half or full marathons before, and others are beginners like me.
I like them already.
I can see how the power of a team can pull you forward when training to do this run.
I think it’s going to be fun.