I admit, I was really hesitant to join. I didn't think I was going to know anyone, and it's always been difficult for me to take that leap into the unknown. I didn't really take my running seriously. I was just doing it for the exercise, to get outside, and mainly so I could continue to eat everything that's not good for me! In the few weeks that I've been a Running Grrrl, I've really noticed a difference in my attitude. You should have seen me the past 2 weeks preparing for Miracle Miles. I came home every day from work, changed my clothes, laced up my shoes and hit the pavement. I was in training mode! I drove the backroads and mapped out a new route to run to make the scenery a little less dull and a little longer than my normal 4 mile route. Miracle Miles was going to be my first real run. If I was gonna do it, I was gonna do it right!
The kindness and encouragement I've received from so many of the Grrrls has been amazing. I cannot thank you girls enough for making me feel welcome. I look forward to our weekly meet ups and being amongst women who are so inspiring and admirable. We all walk different walks, have taken different paths and lead different lives. But when it comes time for that morning run, we are all there for ourselves, for each other, and for our club. That just seems so unique to me. I guess because running is something most people can't stand to do!
After our dinner Friday night, it made me more eager to get know you all. I find it so interesting that of all our different ages, backgrounds, and everything else, that we all find time to come together and bond over our love of running. Okay, so I admit, I don't really even LOVE running, but I do love being a part of this club. And for the sake of being a part of the club, the like of running is definitely growing to love!
For a long time I was searching for something to be involved in. I wanted to become involved in my community, help out. I wanted to focus on leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Most importantly, I wanted to make friends with positive, good people. When I came across this sweet little blog, I figured it was meant to be. I immediately emailed for more information, before I could change my mind. I even wrote that making contact was out of my norm, and I needed words of encouragement to persuade me to come out to a run. I thank Erin for giving me that encouragement, and I am so thankful I took that leap.
If someone had told me a year ago I'd be competing in a 6.2 mile beach run, I would have told them to get real! But I can't tell you how awesome it was to be running up to that finish line and seeing 1:01:something (cause seriously who remembers seconds?) on the time clock! And I'm so excited I got to share it with you Grrrls!