IRun Mommies

I saw this on Facebook last night…

Anyone thinking…”Hey I would like to start running, but I’m not a runner” Come join the IRun Mommies, a free running group, that meets at Vinoy park at 8pm Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings at 6am. No intimidating paces, or distances. We will start tonight with a 30min run/walk interval program to help you achieve a goal of your first 5k race!!

Hmm. Mommies? Running? Free?

Sounds like a great combination to me!

I was scheduled to run Day 3 of the Couch to 5k program tonight. The first three days of c25k are the same and the IRun Mommies were just starting the program tonight with a group of beginner runners. Perfect!

I loaded up the Mini Athlete and my jogging stroller and headed downtown to meet up with the IRun Mommies.

Who are the IRun Mommies you ask? Here is an explanation from their website:

Let us introduce IRunMommies, a group of moms serious about their fitness and their families. IRunMommies are masters of transition, seamlessly moving from work mode, to training mode, to family mode. We compete in endurance races, extreme races, and adventures races and take fitness to the next level by participating in events that help raise money for worthy causes. IRunMommies also help organize fitness fundraising events as well. Whether it is triathlons, tree climbing, 5ks, half and full marathons, charity walks, or having fun with family and friends, IRunMommies are there for each other and for the community. We train hard, we play hard and we love hard. We are ordinary moms doing extraordinary things. We are IronMommies!

They have chapters all over the country and here’s a random fact: The founder of IRunMommies is from my tiny hometown of Venice, FL!

Because they were starting a new batch of us “beginner” runners, the group split into two groups. I (obviously) hung out with the beginners. There were seven of us and we set out do do Day One of Couch to 5k together.

(Please excuse the blurry photo – it’s tough to take a photo while running!)

I was the only one with a jogging stroller which surprised me a bit at first. Then I realized that this time is a welcome break for many of the women from their role of “mommy”. It’s a time to relax, get in some “adult” conversation, and enjoy some peace and serenity. Check out the gorgeous view on our run – doesn’t get more peaceful than that!

One thing I fear (and I think many people fear) about joining a running group is not being able to keep up. I love that the IRun Mommies mantra is “NO MOMMY LEFT BEHIND!” And they live up to it! The group always laps back around to make sure no one falls too far behind. I love that support!

The beginner group was led by Katie who also teaches the local “Baby Boot Camp”. She has gone through an amazing transformation since having her babies – check out her story here!

Don’t you just love the bright IRun Mommies outfits??

I had a GREAT time running with the group and plan to go back next week. I’m hoping to talk a few of my new mommy friends into joining me. The Mini Athlete had a great time too!

Have you ever tried a running group? Why or why not?

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  1. I run with a bunch of women in my neighborhood. We never bring the kids on weekend runs, so it’s our time to have fun and run. We’ve had a break during the summer with vacations and everything, and I miss it!

    My pet peeve about groups that market themselves as “not for runners!” is that they aren’t very welcoming to those of us who do take running seriously, but still want the social aspect. I tried to run with a group of “Non-runner runners” down here and they were really unfriendly to me when they learned of my usual distances and paces. I tried to explain that I wanted to run with other people at whatever pace, but they didn’t seem to believe me and they were so unfriendly that I haven’t returned.

    I’m sure other groups are more friendly, I’ll just have to keep looking :)

    • That’s a great point! I’ve definitely never thought about it from that perspective since I’ve always considered myself one of the “non-runners”. I think groups do that because so many of us are intimidated by running groups thinking everyone will be so much faster than us. That’s why I was so happy to see this group advertising a beginner group. The “regular” runners still took off and did their regular run but I knew there would be other beginners for me to stay with! I hope you find a friendly group like this near you!

  2. what an awesome group! i’m always too afraid to run with groups because i’m afraid of slowing everyone down! love the way they lap back for people!

  3. That sounds like a great group and perfect for getting back into running after having a baby! I definitely have the same phobia of being left behind or not being able to keep up with running groups.

  4. Wonderful! I don’t run with anyone…I’m kind of a solitary runner. It’s my worship time, really. But occasionally I may want to meet up with people and have some camaraderie. Great to see you getting back out there!

  5. I would love to join a running group but I’m too chicken. I’m convinced that everyone will be loads faster than me (I am pretty slow with about 11-11:30 pace usually). I envision them all striding off like gazelles and leaving me in their dust. I’m hoping I’ll get up the courage to try. It would be much easier if I knew someone else in the local running group or knew that they had a “no slow runner left behind” policy! Glad you found a good group!

  6. Marlena

    What a fun run that was last night! Didn’t think I’d ever put those two words together in a sentence. It was great meeting you and Patrick – he is just adorable!! Sometime soon he’ll have to meet me little Hope :)

  7. Glad you found a good group to run with! I have yet to join a running group here but I was invited to one from a reader and plan on giving it a shot in the next month. It looks like fun!

  8. Charlotte

    I love your blog and it was great to meet you last night. I was a little intimidated the first time I headed out to meet this group but simply let them know that I was just starting out. It’s so important to start slow and not hurt yourself trying to be competitive. Glad to see this beginner group starting up since my shin splints. Now I can have a fresh start at a comfy pace and hopefully we can all keep each other motivated to improve as a group. No mommy left behind!!

  9. It was great to meet you in person last night Callie! I can’t believe what a bad blogger I am that I didn’t take a picture with you. I was too mesmerized by that adorable baby. Glad you enjoyed the group. They have kept me motivated to run outside during the horrible summer heat. 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. are about the best times to get out there. Hope to see you next time!

  10. This is so cool! I am yet to meet other women who are expecting, but hope to get into that soon and continue once my baby is born with groups like this. I see that there isn’t currently one in Minnesota, but I may just have to change that. ;) Thanks for sharing this link!

  11. I am going to try to come this Tuesday. I have a friend from college in town visiting/staying with me. They leave Wednesday am, so it may be Saturday before I can come join you guys. I didn’t forget about it. I’ve been slacking on my C25k as I was out of town last week, so I hope to not be too behind you all :)

    I’m looking forward to seeing you (and the baby!!).

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