I had such a great time tonight! I met up with the Charlotte Runners club this evening and it was fantastic. It totally rejuvenated my love of running. I didn't even have that great of a run. It was 4 1/2 miles and I did it 49 minutes. I started off way too fast. I was trying really hard not to be creepy, but I couldn't wipe the giant grin off my face. There were a lot of runners there. At least as many runners as attended the last 5k that I was part of.
Prior to leaving the house, I put on makeup (Talia says I should!). I wanted to make a good impression! But before I could put on makeup I had to take of a stupid zit that I picked at on my forehead. Ugh! Why am I a disgusting picker?! It really is aweful, I just can't keep my hands off of my stupid face. My husband yells at me all the time. I suck at self portraits and that is a bottle pf peroxide.
At the beginning they introduce the newbies to the club (yours truly and a few others) and then they do a couple of drawings for free beer and gear. Today was a cool wicking hat. Then they explain the course and the markings that they have put down on the street. Every week a "sweeper" is delegated to make sure there are no runners left behind.
I was toward the back of he pack. There were some really fast people there. It was cool that everyone was gathered at the finish spot to clap and cheer on even the last person. We then headed over to the Philosophers Stone, the pub that is the center of the entire event. The runners club have the entire back patio to themselves plus beer specials that are just for us. I had a $2 24oz miller.
And I made a friend! Her name is Jenny and she has a 5 yr old daughter and she ran a little faster than me but that's ok and we talked over beer after the run and she's coming back next week and so am I! Do I sound like my 4 yr old on her first day of preschool? I can't help it. It was awesome and I can't wait until next week!
I didn't take any pictures, because remember, I was trying to not be creepy. But here's me being excited and sweaty (with a lazy left eye apparently) after the run. Photograph by Braden Taylor age 2 (He's starting his own facebook photography page)