Today when I got up to run I had planned on running between 4-5 miles since yesterday had been a longer run. So, I got ready and headed out to the paths at the Charles River. As I made my way there I saw a huge group of runners running down the sidewalk together; there had to be at least 30 of them! When the cross walk signaled me to go I hurried after them. I have never been on a run with someone before. I’ve thought about it but I was never sure how to go about finding someone to run with. I don’t actually know any runners in Orlando, so that’s why I usually run alone. I thought about joining a running club or finding a group run, but I never had the time to do it because of my job. So this morning I found myself following this group of runners. I didn’t even know where they came from or where they were headed, I just had to follow them. Fortunately they were making their way to the Charles river, somewhere I knew very well by now.
As I got closer to them I noticed that some of them were wearing bright green shirts with the words pacer on the back. It seemed to be a very organized group run. I passed one of the pacers at the back and fell behind one that seemed to be going my pace, although to catch up I had to go faster than I normally would have. So there I was running with people! The pacer in front of me was just chatting away with another runner; It was a very relaxed environment. It was then that I noticed the words on her sleeve: NRC. NRC? Then I noticed the swoosh. This was the Nike Running Club! The Nike store was only a couple blocks from my apartment so this made sense.
We went around the river, under an overpass and then kept going straight where I normally would have turned. There was construction to avoid, but thankfully not much traffic. This led us back to the river path that I was familiar with. At this point the pacer I was following held back so I continued to follow the runner she had been talking with. We made our way over the Harvard Bridge and then she turned right. I was kind of hoping she would have turned left and went back to the Nike store. I was curious as to what happens at the end of these runs and I was nearing my 5 mile goal for today. So I continued to follow and after a little ways she stopped where a big group of runners were gathered.
The group turned out to be the rest of the Nike Running Club. Apparently they were taking a little break before continuing. I heard one of them say that some people were half done and some had a third left. That was my cue to leave. I was pretty tired and wanted to stop for the day so when they continued on I went the other direction and made my way back home.
My run ended up being 51 minutes and 27 seconds long. In that time I completed 5.59 miles. I felt a lot better than yesterday and I was pretty happy with my pace. Next weekend I will see about officially signing up for a Nike Running Club Run so I can start with everyone.