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?