Wednesday, October 12, 2011

the group run

I've taken a strong liking to running. As a matter of fact - I might be hooked. I notice that when I run, I am able to clear my head, process the day's events, or just be alone in my own thoughts. When I don't run, I feel sluggish, stressed, and blah.

I ran my first 5k a few months ago, and it was an amazing experience. I trained using the Couch to 5K app. I would like to now work towards a 10K and a half-marathon, but thought about training differently for both. I initally set out to find a group run on meet-up, but after some googling I came across "Black Girls RUN!".

They have a group in NYC and last night I did my first run with them. I arrived super early, and my nerves got the best of me."What if I can't keep up?" was the nagging thought during my wait. So much so, I almost talked myself into going home.

I'm so glad I didn't.

Juanne and the other BGs were awesome! After introductions were made, we were off! We ran...and we ran. I'm not going to lie - albeit fun -it was hard. With the C25K, you have intervals where you walk and then you run. With this group, it was straight running.

When I slowed down, they were there to encourage me and keep my spirits in check. It's such a wonderful feeling to experience that kind of support.

I completed 2.1 miles last night and can't wait to get back out there with them on Thursday!

Here's a picture of the group before we started our run. I typically carry a camera, but in this moment I had to make do with what I had. I hope to have better pictures later.

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