RUNdown of 2012
Running takes a turn for crazy in 2012
I don’t know how it happened but it did. It started in March with my friend, Tara H. inviting me to run Tobacco Road with her in place of one who bailed at the last minute. Seldom to turn down run offers, I accepted. Flat, fast and fun began the year of crazy. At this race I realized, “I’m stronger than I think I am.”
In April, Winnie R. was coming to town and wanted to run-it worked for Raleigh Rocks. Fun group of girls and lots of laughs pre-race with Nancy D’s full face of make up and Ben Gay in appearing in strange places. At this race I learned: Your Race, Your Pace.
On May 6, 2012 Tara Hill and I founded a social running group, River Run Club. The club meets every Thursday to encourage, motivate and inspire each other to RUN. We really just wanted an excuse to get together each week doing one thing we both love and we have this penchant for starting things. Amazing things have happened and this is one of the best things we’ve ever done. I’ve learned: Running Changes Everything. I’m lucky enough get see to see these changes in others every week. The club has given me back 10x what’s it’s given others.
River Run Club’s first race was the 1 in 9 Pink Shamrock 5K. This was a bucket list item for a few of our members which made it a lot of fun even in the rain. We partied on in to the night for a great event. On this run I learned: No Runner Left Behind.
Suzanne S. a RRC member and new runner wanted to run the Eno River Run , a trail run. “Ok, I’ll do that with you, no I haven’t done a single trail run in 2012 and only one in my lifetime, but sure,” said author who doesn’t say no to running opportunities. The race was single track trail running through the Eno River park. It was the most challenging run I’ve done to date.But trail running is cool and I hope to do more of it in 2013. I learned to: Be Open to Possibilities.
One week later was City of Oaks that I signed up for by myself on impulse. This was my first solo race and I was on a mission to beat the 2 hour mark. I will skip the part about every hill I climbed and pot hole missed and get to the result which was: goal met.
I don’t know what is in store for me next year besides I’m signed up for Tobacco Road again and planning on Run Like a Diva at Myrtle Beach and City of Oaks. I’m going to keep things open to see what comes my way, I like how 2012 went crazy good.