This morning, I had the honor of meeting up with a few of my friends from my local Moms RUN This Town chapter. Since we were meeting at a park where there was going to be a race a little later in the morning, we kept our run short. We’re all training for our race next Sunday, The Great Race. Three of us are running the 10k, including me, and one is running the 5k.
Notice the pink socks and shoe highlights…yay, I can join Pink Saturday (although I know I’m missing Beverly’s graphic).
I really love running with these girls. One is my friend from a Moms Group I was a part of at my church for two years, and we started running around the same time. The other two, I met through MRTT, and we have been able to get together for several group or pair runs over the past few months, and I feel we’ve really gotten to know each other through these runs.
While we didn’t run far, or long, we were able to motivate each other to run up some steep hills. In Pittsburgh, and the surrounding suburbs, there’s not a lot of flat areas. Having these ladies to run with helps to push me to keep running when my quads are yelling to stop. We’re there for one another when one of us slips off the edge of the pavement and onto our knees. We’re there to just talk and keep one another’s mind off the stuff we each find difficult about running.
I’ve always been a solo runner. I enjoyed races because there was someone to talk to before it started, someone to cheer me on when I was dragging, but I have to say I LOVE running with friends on these humid days, or long runs, or just when I don’t feel like getting up.
So, what gets you out the door and keeps you going on those tough runs?
Happy Stinky Running People! – Melanie
For more Pink Saturday fun, please visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.