Today was the first day of DC Fit. Well, technically, it was the second day, but they did the same thing the first two sessions, which is introduce the instructors, give the ridiculously long intro shpeil, and do time trials to place everyone in pace groups.
A friend of mine went last week and said that the guy talked for almost an hour and a half, so when I woke up this morning and it was raining out, I was really not psyched at the prospect of standing in the rain while the director did his talk thing, and kind of hoped he'd just let us run and do it next week. Alas, 'twas not to be, and we stood in the cold rain for about 80 minutes before running.
I was impressed that about 20 people showed up today in the crappy weather, almost all of whom were not there last week. I think there's going to be a pretty decent sized group, though I guess I won't really know for sure until the next weeks when everyone starts coming for runs.
They place us in pace groups based on a comfortable 3 mile run time. I did mine in 27 minutes, which puts me square in the middle of the 8-9:30/mi group, about where I expected to be.
I was talking to the one of the coaches after the run, and was telling him about the relays. He had not heard of them, but he seemed really intrigued. He said the idea reminded him of a high school long weekend road trip, which was kind of an odd comparison to me, since I never did anything like that in high school.
So anyway, so far, I think this looks like it'll be good. It'll be nice to have a running/support group as I train for my first marathon, and DC Fit partnered with my local running shop, so we get 15% discounts on everything we buy there.