Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I Joined a Run Club!

Yep. It's true. I did. So after running almost exclusively on the treadmill for pretty much the last two years, I decided I'm bored. Not super duper bored, just bored. And a little lonely. I have so much fun when I get to meet up with my friends at races, and then it's just me, all alone, at the gym. NO MORE!! If I ever feel like I could have done more in terms of training for Moab, it would have been running more outside.

Saturday was my first meeting with the group from Runner's Roost. I learned that there would be people of all abilities, with distances ranging from 4 to 20 miles on the weekend runs. SOUNDS PERFECT. Obviously I was in NO shape to be running that many miles. Six days after Moab? NO WAY. But what I wanted to do was get a feel for the group. See if it was something I maybe would enjoy. I've been training solo for so long, I didn't know if I would feel left out, too slow, too weird, you know, all the social anxieties I haven't dealt with in forever. Anyway.... it was rad. I was not familiar with where we were running, and everyone looked out for me to make sure I didn't get lost. A possibility since I was the slowest runner there. They chatted with me and made me feel welcome (warm fuzzies). The coach ran with me and she was SUPER AWESOME to talk to. I decided then and there that they were a pretty wonderful group of runners, and I would be back.

Regular weekday runs are on Wednesdays. I picked a good week to decide to join! With promise of "easy" running, 3-4 miles, and a sunny evening, I headed to Louisville. And was met with... an EASTER EGG HUNT!! How fun! Running AND looking for eggs to win prizes??? My kind of activity. I started out a bit fast, and ended up chasing a group of speedy ladies. While looking for eggs around the halfway point, I met a guy who is training to run Bear Chase 50 mile with his mom for her birthday. HOW AWESOME!! I didn't find any lucky eggs, but they gave away TONS of stuff, and I managed to win some Saucony arm sleeves. Although they were confiscated less than 30 minutes after I won them.


The best part about the weekday runs is that kids are welcome. I wanted to check the terrain before heading out to see if A would be ok on her bike (even 3-4 easy miles is too much for her to run right now). Looks like she will be joining me in the weeks to come.

12 comments:

  1. How fun. I love that you've found some local running friends.

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  2. Good for you!! This is totally on my list. Running solo has its perks but I do miss having a tribe, if you will.

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  3. A can come with you? That is THE COOLEST THING!

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  4. Fun! I run with a group on Monday nights. I like the company and that they push me.

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  5. How wonderful! I love my run club! I have met soo many good friends that I would not have met otherwise. Enjoy:)

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  6. Group runs are pretty fun! The company was always welcome for me!

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  7. I discovered the awesome-ness of running groups a few months ago. A bit awkward at first but totally worth it! I skipped out on a few weeks but was back last night to the BRC group runs in Littleton - oh, how I've missed being around crazy runners!

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  8. so glad you met some new people! and free stuff on the first run, gotta love it :)

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  9. Interestingly enough, I just joined the San Diego Track Club (SDTC) last night (basically paid the fee online), mostly to start going to their Tuesday night track workouts in North County. Maybe meet some new local running folks, too, since I am always running solo.

    And they get add'l local running store discounts (like RRS) and race discounts so seemed like a good deal!

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  10. OMG, those sleeves look so precious on her!

    I love to have running flexibility but often wonder if my running would improve if I joined a club.

    Hmmmm.....

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  11. Wonderful!!! So excited for you!! And A with the arm sleeves is too cute!!

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