Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Making Friends Fast

For those of you who see running for hours at a time for what it is, self-inflected torture, I can tell you that over the past year and a half, I have become a more focused and a bit more relaxed because of my running.

So after building up a group of good running chums in NYC, I knew I would have to find some new chums to run with here in San Fran. These folks understood the drive to run 10+ miles in the freezing rain and blasting heat. And we could talk about nasty stuff (you know what I am talking about) as if it was completely normal. (Because it is.)

However, as I have mentioned before, there are far fewer runners on the streets and in the parks here in SF, and it seems like there aren't as many races on a regular schedule here in the Bay Area as there are in New York City. I might be wrong about the races but New York Road Runners kind of kicks ass in this regard (sorry NYC complainers). I am new here but I have done a bit of research (read: just made some assumptions).

It was clear that the best way to meet some new running chums would be by joining a running club in San Francisco.

After doing some vigorous research (read: Googling) I found a club that meets early in the AM both during the week and on the weekends and has a very easy name to remember.

I am now a proud member of the San Francisco Road Runners Club and I will soon have a shirt to prove it.

Last night I joined up with my new chums for a time trial at Kezar Stadium. Now I had run an easy (ish) 3 miler in the morning and then ran to get there from my place (about 1.75 miles) and then the club warmed up (2 miles) and then we had a 2 mile time trial. Needless to say, I was not in the best place to do this time trial.

However, I did pretty well. 14:24 for two miles on the track.

I am excited about this group and the potential to become a faster, stronger and smarter runner. I am also excited to be straight reppin' a club when I hit the road, boyeeeeee. (What? WHAT?) I am thug that way.


Anonymous said...

Glad to have you run with us! It's a fun way to meet new people and see parts of the City you wouldn't see otherwise. See you Saturday!

Jen said...

Welcome! We're glad to have you running with us. Happy Running! - Jen (President, SFRRC)

dcc said...

Thanks folks! I won't be able to make the first few Saturday runs but I am excited for the rest of the year!