I run with my fantastic running club twice a week - Tuesdays and Saturdays - and have been running with the beginners' group where we run 4-5k, but as I have already covered 8k (with walking breaks) and my trainer has encouraged me to consider moving up to the group that runs 6-7k, I decided to give it at try today...
I couldn't keep up with them. I kept up for 3k and then had to give in and take a shorter route home.
It wasn't the distance - I can definitely run 6-7k now - it was the speed. They run at a pace around 6.30 and I can't keep that up for very long.
I'm feeling a bit deflated about it... but at the same time I am glad I gave it a go. Now I know that I am not ready for the next level yet and can stay with the beginners - a group of people that I really enjoy spending time with! That's actually really nice.