I’m not a joiner. I prefer working out solo to boot camps and fitness classes, so joining a running club last night was quite a big deal for me. And I loved it! The club, South Side Runners meets at a Blue Coast Burrito less than a mile from my home. I’ve known about it for a long time. I’ve lurked around its Facebook page. I even met a lovely member, J, at a race packet pick up last November. Hubs and I ate at the Blue Coast in December as a reconnaissance mission. It was Ugly Christmas Sweater night and everyone was so nice when I told them we were there to check them out. Hubs had run with them twice before while I stayed home to garden. So last night was my night. I joined hubs for my first ever outing with a running club.
I connected with J from the November packet pick up. She’s perfect for me. She’s a fellow half marathoner who doesn’t stress about her time, she’s just happy to be out there amongst the fitness community. She introduced me to other runners and during the pre-run announcements she reminded the leader to recognize new members. What a gem!
J’s following a Jeff Galloway running plan and her watch was set to beep at 30 second intervals. After a while we decided to run 30 seconds, walk 60 seconds, due my not being acclimated to the 90+ degree heat. Later, when the heat and hills told me to give up, J walked the incline with me.
Back at Blue Coast hubs and I grabbed dinner and hung out with the others. It happened to be the last night to order club tech shirts, so we each ordered one.
I’m all in.