Ever since I signed up for the Atlanta 10 Miler, I’ve been thinking about joining a local running group. I joined a few on Facebook but I didn’t really feel like I jived with them, if that makes any sense. (Okay really, the really local one meets at this gross restaurant that I hate after each run for breakfast and the second one wasn’t very active.) But then I somehow found Moms Run This Town – Decatur. Moms Run this Town is a nationwide free running group for…you guessed it, mom runners.
Decatur is about 15-20 minutes from my house and I like to pretend I live there. I actually have lived there three different times in my life, but currently, I don’t. I would love to, but it’s just not really in the cards right now. Maybe someday.
So it’s totally like me to sign up for a bunch of random facebook groups, what’s totally unlike me is actually going to their events. I just thought it’d be a good way to meet other moms who are into running. I was actually pretty nervous to go. I’m not used to running with other people. I usually just run alone, with my music. My friend Joan and I used to run together a few years ago when we did a couple of half-marathons, but we used to listen to our own music during the run. So, yeah, out of everything, the thing that made me the most nervous was not running with music.
The Facebook post said to meet at Dancing Goats Coffee shop in downtown Decatur at 8.
I was the first one there but after a couple of minutes, four other people showed up. The group splits into two groups for the run – some do a run/walk interval and others just run. Out of the five of us, two did the run/walk and the other three did the run. I did the run. The route was posted beforehand and it was roughly 3.75 miles.
We ran about an 10:30 mile the whole time and the two other ladies were really nice and easy to talk to. I actually really enjoyed myself. It was totally fine running without music and being with other people was very motivating in that I didn’t take a walk break every time I got the urge.
I actually had 5 miles on my training plan so after we finished, I did another 1.25 around Decatur before getting into my car and driving home.
This was totally out of my comfort zone, but I’m really glad I did it. Now that the scary newness part has worn off, I think I might have found a new group to run with.