Thursday, May 17, 2012

Running Strangers Are Not Strangers

Since I am going to be running a 50K on trails this summer, I'm starting to think more about training on the trails.

Conveniently, Fleet Feet here in Nashville is doing a summer trail mixer series.  For eight Thursdays in a row, you can meet up at the local park that has a few trails and run either the 2.5 mile trail or the 4.5 mile trail.  Then, everyone brings a snack and enjoys a runner's potluck after.

Y'all. SO. MUCH. FUN.

I went last week, and it was so fun to be running on trails.  I don't think I have run on one much since high school.  I went again tonight - this time without a running buddy like I usually do which forces me to actually talk to strangers.  But running strangers aren't really strangers at all.

Both weeks I ran the 2.5 mile trail.  Before you scoff at the distance, you should know that these trails have some HILLS.  Yes.  All caps.

Plus, I think baby steps are good seeing as I'm just starting to run again. :)

I ended up running into two other running pals along the course and caught up with them, but I stuck around after the run for over an hour after the run!  I was really proud of myself because even though I've gotten better about it over the years, I'm still kind of introverted.

I chatted with my two friends a bit, but then I ended up talking to three others for a while.  Next thing I knew, we were exchanging numbers, finding each other on Facebook, planning runs and talking about doing races together.  And then I got in the car with two people I just met, sharing the seat with another gal while this guy drove us to where our cars were parked.  This sounds sketchy, but other runners will know that it is not.

This is one of the things I love about running.  Community.  Meeting people you have something in common with and them becoming instant good friends.

That and I totally had a deep fried hot dog with bacon and cheese with a side of french fries and a coke today at lunch when my boss took our crew to The Dog.

No. Lie.

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