Hmmmm……. So what should I talk about?
Well, actually, I was inspired by a random tweet I just sent.
1. First off, there’s Miles… Miles was not only my very first serious running friend, but he has been my running mentor, my coach, and my inspiration. We met at a gym where I worked and he was a member. I always made sure to be around when he came in to workout, and I still vividly remember the day he told me that he had qualified for Boston. I was in runner’s love!
A few years later, I told him that I wanted to run a marathon and he
nagged encouraged me until I joined him and his guy friends for noon-time Tuesday track intervals. He sent tons of running information my way, helped me develop my race plan, told me what to eat before my race, and coached me to a BQ.
Miles and I have run many training miles and races together over the last 17 years, and we still try to get together at least once a year for a reunion run.
Eventually I trained for, and ran my first marathon; and while chatting with these ladies one day, they invited me to join them. I fit right in with their pace, and for years there were five of us that met at 6 AM every weekday to run before we got our young children up for school. The years have passed, friends have moved away, but Susan and I still try to run together at least once a week. Not only is she my BRF, but she’s a BFF, too!
Most of my marathon recaps will include the name of at least one Cruiser, and all of my glorious point-to-point training runs were with this amazing group of friends.
What I love about this group of almost 300 local moms, is the variety of running levels and how everyone can find a compatible running buddy within our chapter. There happen to be about six of us around my pace that have gotten very close as we’ve met regularly to train for the same races. I will always be grateful to my Cruiser friend Amanda who introduced me to this new group of running friends.
On Sunday, I will be meeting Courtney, Julie, and Jenny at the Leesburg 20K, and I can’t wait! And of course, being the running social butterfly that I am, I’m hoping to meet lots of other local runners at upcoming races. So if you see that I’m training for a race that you plan to run, let me know, and we’ll organize a meet-up!
- Where’s the most unusual place you’ve met new friends?
- Married people: How did you meet your spouse?
- Who’s racing this weekend?