I’ve started a running group. That’s right, little old me decided to start a running group in my town. I’m not a coach or trainer and I can’t offer too many expert tips, but I can show, by showing up, that I am a runner. I can show that anyone can run a mile, a 5K, a 10K or even a marathon if they want to. All it takes is a pair of running shoes, a sports bra in my case, some persistence and someone to show support. Sometimes that someone is only yourself to start, but if you keep at it someone else will step into the support role.
Our group met for the first time on Saturday April 9th at 7am. When I decided to start the group I had no idea if anyone would show up and as I headed out the door that morning I still wasn’t sure. A couple people said they would come so I had hope. I just didn’t know for sure.
I was first at the meeting spot as I was early so I had a minute or so think what I would do if no one showed up. I decided I’d run my usual route and just go home and try again the next week. I couldn’t quit. I really wanted to start a running group. In my mind I had jumped off the cliff and I was just hoping that net would appear.
Luckily, I soon saw some moms I know coming down the street. They were coming to run! I was so excited that I could have jumped up and down, but well I’m just too cool for that. (If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.) In all, 4 other moms showed up to run. Yippee!!
We started on our 5K route and all ran as far as we could as best as we could and I know that I at least had a wonderful time. I had no idea what to expect when I decided to start the group. I didn’t know if anyone would show up and I didn’t have any great expectations. I just wanted to get people together to do something fun for us and to build a sense of community. I wanted to have fun running and with any luck bring a few others along on the fun ride.
I still don’t know exactly where the group is going. I’d really love to have a real coach for the group and help get true beginners up to running a 5K, but beyond that I don’t know where this is going to go.
Luckily, I have some experience at having a silly “marathon” goal in mind that I have no idea how to accomplish and then slowly, sometimes very slowly, taking one more step closer to that goal until I reach it. I don’t know the exact distance I have to travel this time, but I figure somehow that distance will become defined around mile 7 or so.
If you live in the Pelham, NY area and want to join us we meet on Saturday mornings at 7:00 at the Gazebo on the corner of 5th Avenue and Harmon Ave. See you there and bring friends!