Crossrunning.org - My New Running Partners
Friday, May 04, 2012
So today, I don't work until later, so I got a chance to get out and meet some new running buddies. These new friends have started a non-profit organization called crossrunning.org and I will be doing as much volunteering with them as I can. They are currently working with a local shelter taking people who are transitioning from homelessness and guiding them through one variation or another of C25K...and the goal is to move on from there. Maybe to be able to put on our own 5/10K, incorporate healthy living classes etc etc etc. Besides meeting up with them for the AM runs (on the M-W-F that I don't work early), we will be soliciting donations of gently worn (or new) running shoes, clothes, strollers and such. One of the other volunteers has already managed to get us a half dozen or so new pairs of shoes - WOOHOO Naperville Running Company!!!
It was also the first time that I "officially" put the Garmin to work. All I can say is I LOVE IT!!! Works flawlessly and I may even end up weaning off if the music using this....well, not totally I'm sure, but at least on the shorter runs or the training runs. LSD's will still require some music or a very talkative running buddy, but OH MAN! It was SO worth saving up for the two years and doing all I could to get the thing to an affordable price. Gonna be hard to not want to run or workout all the time. Maybe once the newness wears off it'll be better, but as soon as I got home today and downloaded the info from this morning, I was wanting to get out there again....just to see what I could do and where I am at physically (not on the C25 program).
So, anyway, all in all a GREAT start to the day! Now, to get ready for work. Will be going to a wake over my dinner period. One of my former co-workers passed just this week - my age, 51, - heart attack - and she was a tiny thing! If that doesn't keep me motivated to stay healthy, I don't know what will!!!
Spark strong friends and keep on SPREADING THE SPARK!!!