True story: When hubby (then new boyfriend) asked me to go out for a run with SDR more than three years ago, I worried that I would not be fast enough to keep pace with the speedy folk. I had ten solid years of running under my belt at that point, but still felt nervous like it was my first day of junior high. I was afraid I'd be the odd-runner-out, and I would be ridiculed behind my back. I felt vaguely ill imagining the outcome.
I couldn't have been more wrong if I tried.
What I know now is that new SDR runners are treated like old friends. And old friends are treated like family.
These days, with my relocation to Florida, I only have the opportunity to run with SDR every other month. But when I'm there, it's as if I've only been away a few days, not a few weeks.
This past week was a perfect reminder of how thankful I am to be able to maintain that connection. I ran four out of the six days I was in San Diego, sneaking two solo runs in before work, and arranging my schedule to make time for two SDR runs. The two SDR runs included a birthday 50-miler and a retirement run and potluck for two people with whom I've covered hundreds of miles. Dozens of people who showed up to give well-wishes to the birthday girl and the retirement boy.
There is an unspoken code of ethics that makes SDR such a strong group:
- Every major milestone and PR will be celebrated as though the runner just qualified for Boston.
- Put-downs will not be tolerated.
- Everyone is warmly welcomed, as long as they respect 1 and 2 above.
Do you run with a group? If so, what do you love about your running group?
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