Days 106-107 – Cheers to running friends

17 04 2010

I have a great group of mom friends who share my need to run. Ironically, I don’t exactly run with them. I love spending time with them, but I also love running solo — with my music, my thoughts, my own pace, and no pressure. Our camaraderie comes in signing up for races together and through sharing our progress, our dread of the distance and the aches, pains and gains that come with training. Race day — the motivation — is always a great girls day out, usually followed by a hard-earned brunch that lingers into the afternoon hours.

A few of these friends do run together, and I envy that. They hold each other accountable and use running time to catch up and support each other. I am so impressed and inspired by their early morning outings and 5:30 a.m. team workout sessions at the Rec Center. I love being an extended part of their group — even though I stick to my solitary runs.

My friends gathered last night to hear Dimity McDowell, author of Run Like a Mother, read from her new book at the Tattered Cover (and to celebrate Ronda’s birthday!). Dimity chose her chapter on running buddies, which is about the friendships inspired by running. Like great writers’ words often do, her insights — especially read in person with my friends beside me — caused tears to well-up among us and made me think more about my own gang.

In various combinations, my friends have met at the starting and finish lines for 5 sprint triathlons, 2 Denver Marathon relays, 4 Mother’s Day runs and a few Turkey Trots and Iron Girl Runs in between. From the early morning, sleepy carpool to the mimosas that follow, these are some of my favorites times. With our cheesy medals, cute (or not-so-cute) race shirts, and goody bags in hand, we share the pride of met goals — whether we just eeked out the distance or broke a personal speed record.

The Title 9 Mother’s Day Run (a 9.9K) has always been a favorite, because our husbands and kids are at the finish to celebrate and picnic at the Boulder Reservoir. There is a cooler-than-most shirt and necklace to wear proudly (like a BFF charm!). I’m sad none of us are doing that race this year. Just a week before my half marathon and two weeks before the Bolder Boulder for others, we’re opting for sleeping in and breakfast in bed.

Over wine last night after the reading, I realized the races, like our birthdays, are treasured milestones we celebrate. I love my mental scrapbook of years of races — my first 5K in Atlanta, finishing a race in the new Olympic Stadium with my sister, first 10K in Austin, triathlons and relays — all featuring my running friends past and present in the photos!

Today – half the family went up for a final ski day while Zach and I enjoyed a rainy day hanging out in our PJs. I did the FIRM Cardio Sculpt video (in my PJs). Yesterday’s 5-mile run was just a warm-up for trying to hit 11 for the first time EVER tomorrow — possibly in the rain…

And my tribute/countdown song for today: #33 – “I’ll be your friend” (radio mix) by Robert Owens — for dancing or running with your friends!

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17 04 2010
Kerrin

I am so sad that I am not there anymore to be a part of such a great experience:-( You guys were my biggest supporters and pushed me to do things I never thought I would be able to do. Those days with you guys were some of the best days of my life:-) You should tell everyone about the book that you bought for me when I left….”Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running”. I am going to check out “Run like a Mother”:-)

17 04 2010
Kelly

We miss you too Kerrin! Clearly you are part of this post : ) …with memories of lugging those bikes out of the green bus through fields of thorns and you practically holding my hand before that first swim! Pineapple pancakes and, of course, many essential race gear shopping trips! Good thinking about that book — will bring that up…xoxo

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