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.