Have you ever heard of the group “Moms RUN This Town”? They are free running group for women and have chapters all over the country.
We don’t have a moms running group here in my town so I decided to start a MRTT Chapter here. If your town doesn’t have one, it’s really easy to do! Maybe YOU should be the one who starts one?
I set up a Facebook Group and in less than a week, it had 40 members. I scheduled our first run for this past Saturday, but unfortunately several women said they couldn’t make it. Even worse? It rained the ENTIRE day before the run and I woke up at 4:30am that morning and heard it pouring down rain.
I started thinking…why am I doing this? Was this a dumb idea? I got on Facebook (at 4:30am) and wrote a message that we were cancelling the run. But then as I lay in bed and tried to go back to sleep, I heard the rain stop. My husband woke up because of my tossing and turning and I told him my dilemma. Should I cancel the run? Should we meet anyway? He simply responded, “Just run.” and rolled back over and went to sleep. Gotta love how simple guys are.
I got out of bed and cancelled the FB post. And went back to bed for a little while – we were scheduled to meet at 6:30am. I woke up and headed downtown – thankfully the rain had stopped! For the moment at least. I had no idea if anyone would be joining me. But as I stood out there, women started showing up.
There ended up being five us who ran on Saturday, and I am SO glad I didn’t cancel the run.
Such an awesome group of moms! We all just ran (or walked) our own pace for the 5k route. Not bad with views like this one the way!
The rain held off for most of our run, but we did get a few sprinkles on the way back. The air felt cool (for Florida) but the sprinkles of rain still felt great.
I had one of my best runs in a LONG time – I ran all three miles without walking! That’s huge for me!
I’m pretty happy with that 11:10min/mile average pace. Obviously, I’d love to get faster, but I’m happy with that as a starting point. I’m going to have to start mapping out my half marathon training plan soon, so stay tuned for that. For now? I’m really looking forward to growing this MRTT group over the next few weeks!
Do you run with a group? If so, I’d love to hear about it and what made you decide to join it!