Saturday, August 27, 2011
I was trying to write out my status this afternoon to share my morning experience when I hit something and my status appeared before I was finished. Grandkids were needing me at the time so I decided to just let it be, flawed as it was. But in case you are curious, here is the rest of the story:
This morning at 6am I met up with a group of runners that follow the Galloway method. I ran 6 easy miles with them, doing a 2 minute run and 1 minute walk repeatedly. We were gone about 100 minutes but took a 5 minute water/potty/greet other runners break at the half way point. This was only the second time I tried to run with a group and really only the first time I actually did run with a group for a significant amount of time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have heard the entire group is 60 people and 10 of them are women who are around my age or older.
We met at the Starbucks that is open 24 hours per day. For those of you who know Lakeland, it is the one at Lake Miriam shopping center. My group ran north on S. Florida Avenue, turned east and twisted and turned around through residential areas, including one home at the end of a cul de sac where a cooler stocked with water and a stash of pretzels are there for runners at least on Saturday mornings. We ran to the golf course on the corner of Edgewood and Buckingham where we took our break. Many of the people we met are training for half marathons and marathons, so some groups started much earlier and ran many more miles.
At the end of our run, we walked the parking lot for a 15 minute cool down and did a little stretching. Then more than 30 runners sat at the tables outside of Starbucks, enjoyed lively conversation and many sipped various iced and hot drinks. I enjoyed the run. I enjoyed the company. I enjoyed the coffee. I got in a great run and a social hour and was still home in time to start my child care duties at 9am.
This experience of running with a group and making it a social occasion is definitely one I want to repeat -- maybe over and over and over again.