- NCRC Women's Beginner Running Group: I joined the NCRC Women's Beginner Running Group in July 2010 after a friend convinced me I could do it. I will be forever indebted to Alison for this push. I have gained so much through this program with the "least" of it being a love of running. I have met so many wonderful people (Hi Sarah! Brandy! Debbie! Mary! Suzanne! and everyone else that I won't name off. Seriously - you don't want me to...that would be like a
bazillionhundred awesome women!) through this program. These women have been supporters and are now life-long friends. It is through the support of this program that I have been able to complete three half marathons since May 2011. This program has done nothing short of help me do a 180 and get my ass off my shouldersrear in gear. This summer, I will be coordinating this program. I am working on the training calendar, lining up speakers, and trying to drum up "swag" from running companies. While I am excited about this opportunity, I do have a little small fear that I won't be as good as the previous coordinators. However, I know that with all my NCRC WBRG buddies, I will be fine!
- Girls on the Run: The easiest way to say this is to say that this spunky group of 15 makes every day better. While I only see the girls on Tuesday and Thursday, just thinking about seeing them for the next session makes me smile. I first learned about GOTR when I participated in a Reindeer Romp in December 2010. As I said before, I kept debating volunteering because I didn't think I fit the image of GOTR. Well, I am so glad that the opportunity came along because I can't imagine my week without the girls. They are wild, crazy, sweet, sassy, opinionated, and everything you want a confident 8 to 12 year old girl to be. I have said it before, and I will say it again - I wish this program was around when I was their age!
I am so very grateful for these opportunities. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would start running...and actually enjoy it. Now, I can't imaging my life without running, the friendships it has provided, and the "new" me.