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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.
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  • BLUESKY_321
    Sounds lovely Marsha! I'm sure that you will be a wonderful addition to the group!
    2974 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Marsha
    That is great that you found such a group. It can be such a bonus and motivator when you need it.
    I haven't looked for any groups but do have a walking partner that walks with me several nights a week. It makes it so much nicer.
    Again, I think you will really enjoy the social part of it. Thank you for sharing.

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    2974 days ago
    Glad to hear you had a wonderful time.Hopefully there will be many more for you to enjoy. Take care. emoticon
    2974 days ago
    the joys of living in a big city!

    I know, Lakeland might not seem large, but Sumrall is only 1005 people, lol.
    2975 days ago
    TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2975 days ago
    That sounds like a great time! I love group classes for that very reason. The social aspect makes the exercise so much fun that you hardly realize that the time has passed and you look forward to doing it the next time.
    2975 days ago
  • _LINDA
    What a fun way to enjoy your exercising! I like the times I get to walk with my Mom, otherwise I am always alone..Enjoy!!
    2975 days ago
    Used to love my runs with a group of ladies (or often just one other lady) from my Y in the mornings, who shared my pace and my reliability about showing up . . . and then the social chat in the locker room after too as we'd get ready for our work days. Miss that! Glad you can enjoy it!!
    2975 days ago
    That's what I was looking forward to when I was trying to run :) I'm glad you're enjoying yourself!
    2975 days ago
    Sounds like a good time and great motivator!
    2975 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Sounds like a good time. I bet you will repeat this over and over!!!
    2975 days ago
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