My friend Tinman just posted this photo to Facebook for us - taken at the Wahine Half Marathon a couple of years ago. In most of our group shots we're smiling, posing, goofing around, but this one captures one of my absolute favorite things about running - the camaraderie. From the angle, the cones, my dry-ish hair, I'd say this was the first few miles of the race, when we were still in Ala Moana Park. We went out too fast, running under 6:20 for the first mile and pulling well away from the pack, but it was a pace I knew I couldn't hold and I suggested we back off to 6:30s. Katherine was running Boston a couple of weeks later, so when she backed it off even further without a word, Brig and I understood that it was a purposeful decision, and not a time for us to try to rally her back to the pack.
We ran quietly together through mile 11. Brig dropped me a couple of times, but she's a good rule-girl and I'm a good tangent-runner, so I'd catch back up on the curves and fall in beside her again. We laughed about it. Brig was stronger in the end - she always is. She has a kick to kill for. She dropped me for a 1:25 flat on a long course, and I eeked in just under the 1:26 mark. Katherine's "backing off" pace still brought her in at 1:28, if memory serves correctly.
I registered for the Honolulu Marathon on December 14 today, and am going to take a different approach to training for it - more on that next.