Laura of Run Momma Run hosts a weekly Thursday morning group run. I've always wanted to join in on the fun but haven't had the opportunity because they run at 6am which, in all honesty, is just a little too late for me to go running. Today though, with it being Veteran's Day, and the court and school closed I could run anytime I wanted so I thought I'd give it a shot.
Lucky for me, Mr. I'm Getting All My Baby Teeth At One Time And Am Really Grumpy, (long name I know, we call him Jonny for short) was up and hoping to get out of the house too, so I took him with me. We almost didn't make it in time. I got Jonny all dressed in his warmest jammies and a fresh diaper just to have him dirty it. So, I changed him and got my shoes on, just in time to need to change him again. Seriously kid?! Running short on time, I grabbed my headlamp to find out that the batteries had died in the night. I quickly put in new batteries, but put one upside down. Then I couldn't get the batteries back out to switch them around (something about having forced them in the wrong way the first time, I don't know...) A few curses and swears and lots of counter pounding later I finally got the batteries out. Finally batteries in the right way, clean diaper, warm clothes and we were ready to head out the door. Oh crap, it was already 5:55 and I had almost a mile to run for the meet up! Sometimes I'm kind of speedy, but not THAT speedy. Luckily it was all down hill, I didn't have to stop for the traffic light and they didn't take off right at 6am.
The run itself was pretty uneventful. My headlamp, that basically made me late, stopped working within a mile (piece of garbage, of course maybe it had something to do with the counter pounding or wearing it in the rain the other day) but between the 5 of us there were 3 other lamps and it got light long before we finished so it wasn't an issue. Mostly I felt a little like I was in the way with my jogging stroller. I did my best to not take up much space, but strollers aren't exactly something that you can just blend into the shadows with. I also kind of worried that these women got up early to run away from home without their kids and there I was invading their group and bringing my kid along with me. Jonny slept the entire time though, so if it hadn't been for the fact that the stroller and I took up so much space, we could have been "out of sight, out of mind".
Overall, I enjoyed running with the group. They seem like they could be a nice bunch of ladies to get to know. However, I've become so accustomed to running by myself (or more often than not, with a stroller) that sometimes I think I prefer to do it alone. That being said, I'll never turn down a group invitation and look forward to some more group runs in the future, just maybe without the stroller next time.
And for your listening pleasure, here's a random song that has been stuck in my head all morning:
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