are still stalking me follow my tweets, then you know every Tuesday night I'm out with Happy's Running Group in downtown Baton Rouge running a 5K. This is a group started by @2dumbrunners who own some local joints in town but decided to start a running club dedicated to running and drinking (it's like peas & carrots). They also have races each year the Happys 5000 , Po-Boy 10000, & Red Carpet Road Race which are all part of the Run Night Life Series (offering various awesome races in town.) They do great work for advocating running to our town.
For me... It all started with a harmless
threat ask by a twitter friend @KatieRUNSthis through hashtagging #RunLA. She forced me suggested joining a running group and after really enjoying my 5K group run at Fitbloggin '11 I figured I'd give it a shot.
My first run was over 45 minutes.
I was one of the last ones to show up after it was all done.
I was the slowest runner.
...and it felt great.
I was hooked.
There's something about being around liked minded people who share the love of running that makes you want to go faster, do more miles, and just relish the running moments. Group running has a profound impact on runners and for me it's for many reasons:
- Information. You can get information from runners about new products, new running trends, new races, etc. Word of mouth happens here people. So for all you "Running Companies" out there looking for more marketing - this is where you want to be.
- You're not alone. Which for me means - there's something to look at. Confession: I'm a people watcher! I can't help it. It helps to have people passing you (admittedly I get jealous), having to watch on your left and right that makes it all go faster. Distractions help to not thinking about my legs on fire.
- It's scheduled. Which means you can plan ahead, there's no excuses, each time you can say "I'll be there" which brings me to my next point...
- Friends = accountability. Every Tuesday creeps around and I know I'll get at least one person asking,"Are you gonna be there tonight?" While I never like guilt as a motivator sometimes it's good for gentle reminders and of course to know that people are happy to see you.
- Friends also = Support. They cheer you on, they give you high fives, they're excited about your races. They want you to succeed. They love to see progression. And get this - they love new runners! It's like a cult! They want to recruit more people and watch them grow into marathoners. Trust me, if you're a n00b, a running group is the way to go.
And lastly, after all, who wouldn't want to see these smiling faces each week...
So if you're in the 225 and you are a new runner, a current runner, a wanna-be runner... Happy's Irish Pub downtown on Tuesday nights... let me know you're there and you'll get a DubyaWife hug. ☺ You know you want one.