Sunday, November 10, 2013
This isnít about cliques or mean girls, but enjoying a shared activity.
Iíve written before that there isnít anyone in my immediate area who runs, at least no one other than the HS cross country teams. There are many reasons for this. Itís a small town, a popular retirement area and on our narrow, curvy country roads with 45-55 mph speed limits you risk your life by being a pedestrian. Weíre not so much a town as a collection of neighborhoods (without sidewalks) around a huge lake.
At least once a week I drive 25 miles to the next town. They have sidewalks and I combine my run with other errands.
One of my goals has been to increase my distance and perhaps participate in races longer than my comfortable 5Ks. So, at least once a month I drive 40 miles to the nearest city where they have a wonderful paved trail along the river.
Yesterday, I got there early and as I was running I kept coming upon one group after another, all in distinctive blue shirts with the logo of my favorite running store (Fleet Feet in Roanoke). The groups were of various levels of fitness. Some were doing run/walk intervals. All were talking and encouraging each other.
I know that my running store has training programs since they email me all the time about these opportunities, but this was the first time I saw them and I was envious. I wanted to join them. I want a group too. Sadly this isnít possible so I will have to content myself with reporting my fitness efforts to my ďimaginaryĒ friends here on SP. Itís a nice alternative and Iím glad youíre here.
For the record, I did 8.2 miles yesterday, my longest distance so far.
I did meet up with the entire bunch at the end of my run. They had a tent & table set up where they checked everyone in and conducted group stretching sessions. I met the store owner who previously had been only a name on email and congratulated him on his contributions to the community.
Thatís why I shop locally. I want him to stay in business and continue to provide employment and encourage fitness in the population.