Monday, December 29, 2008

Running Clubs

Today, as promised, I researched running clubs in my area.

It appears as though there are two possibilities: one club in the town where my rental property is located that is very active, and has hundreds of members of all different ages and ability levels; and another club in the area where The Gazelle and I reside together which seems to be smaller, and probably has fewer highly talented runners.

In addition to being larger and filled with more skilled runners, the former also has at least 3 runners who are also authors of books regarding running.


Real, published authors. Real, published authors who know enough about running to write a book. Can you even fathom how much knowledge one must possess on a particular topic in order to write an entire book about it? I'm feeling slighted by Jesus himself. And God. And Santa Claus, and anyone else who may have any type of authority at all over the universe.

"Hello...God? it really possible for someone to be fast AND smart? Why is life so incessantly unfair??!!"

So, now I have a choice. Do I run comfortably, possibly being less challenged with runners which I am assuming are less talented, or do I most definitely challenge myself further and join the club with the running authors?

And so, this is what I ponder I sit on my blogging futon, eating the leftover, freezer burnt remnants of a pint of Haagen-Daaz Extra Rich Light Caramel Cone ice cream. Truthfully, I'm also pondering how long this specimen has been in my freezer. However, I don't think the shelf-life would deter me from eating it anyway, so its really a moot point.

Basically, all of this worrying about running clubs and rancid ice cream just makes my booty tighten.


Sort of like this picture still does...


  1. I've looked up runners clubs before too. That's as far as I've gotten.
    Can't you try both clubs? Maybe a run or two with each club before you decide which one you'll stick with?
    Good luck!

  2. That was exactly what I was thinking yesterday. Although...I'm scared to run with either one, so I'm not sure how that's gonna go! I'm a total chicken.

  3. HA! I looked up running clubs in my area yesterday. I joined one about eight years ago where I was one of three women. I'm sure it would be much different now though. I am too intimidated to join one, even after looking at them. I'm more than positive that every single runner in those groups would be faster and better than me. ;)

  4. I checked out a club not too long ago, and they said that they had runners of all abilities - but their slowest pace group was 8:30. But I went, 'cause I'm a trooper. And I left before the track workout was over. It was that bad. Now I do long runs with one friend who is about the same pace as me, and we have a grand time. Not that I'm trying to talk you out of the running clubs - but I do think you should check them both out. :)

  5. I think I'm even more scared now than I was before!


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